Hemp oil, produced from the pressing of hemp seeds, is a clear and colourless liquid with little flavour when refined. In unrefined form however, it ranges from a light to dark green and tends to a taste of nuttiness. It is produced from varieties of cannabis sativa.
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is reknowned for its diverse uses, dating back to 6000 BCE and its relation to the cannabis plant, making it a controversial yet highly desired commodity.
Its use can be traced back to ancient China to help cook food. Over the next 8000 thousand years, the true potential of hemp oil was slowly realised, being used in construction, clothing, shoes and eventually to create paper.
Sadly, modern history has not been quite as kind to the humble hemp seed. Its production was made difficult through world wide criminalisation of the plant it’s produced from, significantly altering the availability of the product for medicinal use.
Despite its relation to the drug marijuana, it doesn’t contain any THC, marijuana’s psychoactive component. In fact, most of the contents of the hemp seed oil are essential dietary acids, such as omega 3 and omega 6.
What does Hemp Oil do?
Thankfully, more progressive law has made it easier to study the full extent of hemp seed oils medicinal use. Being high in omega 3 and 6, as well as magnesium, zinc and iron gives it various health benefits, for both the body and mind.
Hemp oil is an incredibly useful product, being high in omega 3 and omega 6. This means that it can help treat various skin conditions when used as a dietary supplement.
- Lichen Planus: Various studies show that the fatty acids in hemp oil can help treat the inflammation of the lichen planus
- Eczema: Other studies have shown that hemp oil is effective when controlling eczema symptoms.
- Acne: A study conducted in 2014 came to the conclusion that hemp oil is effect and powerful and possibly universal anti-acne treatment.
- Psoriasis: Another study has shown that omega-3 fatty acids, can be beneficial to the treatment of psoriasis
Muscle Joint Pain:
Hemp Seed oil has anti-rheumatoid properties, suggesting that it can be used to treat MH7A, a cell heavily associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Mood Improvement and Stress Relief:
A 2017 study has shown that the inhalation of hemp oil can improve their mood, relieve stress and increase their energy, which also indirectly helps with join pain, by relaxing the mind and body, a major part in managing the pain of arthritis and preventing flare ups.
Luckily, although it has a lot of uses, it doesn’t have too many side effects, most users reporting few to none. These include headaches and sleepiness mainly, as well as lowering blood pressure.
Hemp Oil in the Media
This polarization is only a recent phenomenon. Ancient history shows that cannabis and hemp oil were very common and culturally accepted, appearing in China, the Netherlands, Egypt, India, Greece and even the Middle East.
Around the 1800s people became interested in integrating the plant into western medicine, exploding to over 2000 cannabis medical patents by 1937, encorporating CBD oil, marijuana and hemp seed oil.
However, shortly after the demonisation of hemp began in the media, and we slowly saw the world turn against this widely used plant.
Recently, however, we’re seeing this turn around, with more and more people beginning to accept and embrace the uses of hemp and its products, which in turn has loosened the laws.
Facebook No Likey (Sept 2019)
One issue facing the hemp seed oil industry is the apprehension of people advertising the products. Arguably, one of the most important advertising platforms, Facebook has banned hemp products from appearing in advertisements. Their explanation for this is that due to their platform being global, they need to have policies that respect every culture and law in the globe, however this ignores the fact that they’re able to target adverts depending on county and as it’s pointed out in various places on the internet, this doesn’t apply to many substances that have differing prohibitions.
The damage of this isn’t only not letting the industry advertise and grow, but also delegitimizes the products as something that should still be sold in the dodgy back alleys of the internet.
Hemp Architecture (Jan 2020)
Recently, a cheap, low carbon, fire resistant house was constructed in Britain, using the plant and its oils. The sheer versatility of these materials is shown in the fact that everything that went into the house was grown in a tiny 20 acre property. The company, “Practice Architecture” are planning to make a hundred more of these houses to showcase the use of these.
Hemp Oil Research Studies
For those looking for information on the effects on hemp seed oil we encourage you to look at the many studies out there looking at the issues. Here’s some to start you out.
A 2005 study that examined the Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis looked at the long history of hemp seed use in fold medicine, treating a variety of things, in the case of this study dermatitis. It was given to a variety of test subjects in the form through their diet, so it was simply consumed with their food.
Hemp Oil and Inflammation/Arthritis
A 2014 study recently conducted is the “Hempseed oil induces reactive oxygen species- and C/EBP homologous protein-mediated apoptosis in MH7A human rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast-like synovial cells“. The study points out that the polyunsaturated fats (like the omegas in Hemp Seeds) has an effect on inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis. Hemp Seeds use to help these issues can be dated back to ancient Korea and China.
Hemp Oil Anecdotal Claims
Source : cannabiscompany.com.au
I suffer from arthritis and,bit skeptical,I gave hemp oil a try as friends were saying how it helped them,and their elderly animals,with their arthritis.within a 2-3 weeks l felt a marked difference. I’m quite surprised and I love the flavour” – Deborah,
Date: March 14, 2014
Hi I had hip pain for 3 years, could not sleep and always that dull ache. Doctors wanted to put me on medication but with too many side effects. I looked on the internet for something natural and came up with hemp oil, googled suppliers and that’s where I got your site. Started taking it and after 30 days pain was 95% gone and sleeping through the night. Been on it for 11 months now, I found out that I need a double hip replacement at 49 years of age. Doctor took one look at my x-rays and told me he can’t see how I get out of bed in the morning. One other quick story,my wife had an operation on her back many years ago and has had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. Started her on hemp oil and after 3 days she got out of bed with little or no stiffness….” -Warren and Patricia Harris
Date: Jan 19, 2014
“…After taking the capsules for one week, I noticed that I was sleeping better because I wasn’t in pain laying in bed! On the second week, I noticed that my limp was practically gone! After a month, I was absolutely PAIN FREE!!!!! My blood pressure has been good but I haven’t had my cholesterol checked yet…” Sheila Robicheau,
Legal Status in Australia
Many people are worried about the legality of hemp seed products, due to their tenuous relationship with restricted drugs. Luckily, due to recent changes in Food Standards, various hemp products can be consumed perfectly legally, and even imported without special permission.
It should be noted that although hemp oil seed doesn’t normally contain any any THC and CBD, it is possible for trace amounts to be present. The restriction on these are a maximum CBD and THC content.
THC being 50mg per kg
CBD being 75mg/kg
In short, as long as you’re getting from a legitimate source that doesn’t have it infused with THC or CBD, you should be able to have and consume it in Australia with no legal issues at all.
Where to buy Hemp Oil
One good source of Hemp seed oil and food infused with hemp seed oil is 13Seeds. They offer the pure oil, capsules, infused honey and even drinking chocolate to sweeten up your coffee.
Hemp Foods is a good source for hemp seed oil, as well as hemp seed oil in supplement form or in a multi-supplement.
If you’re interested in cooking, Cannabis Company has a selection of hemp seed oil products, with various recipes to use them in.
Hemp Oil Dosage and Usage
General guidelines surrounding dosages of Hemp Oil include commencement with minimal amounts, gradually increasing to ascertain the body’s tolerance point. The size and weight of a person does not necessarily impact how tolerant you are of hemp oil and therefore as there is so much variance between people’s physiological compositions, it would be remiss of us to suggest an ideal dosage.