Over the past few years, there has been a lot of confusion around hemp. Many people are of the belief that hemp and marijuana are basically the same things, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hemp is one of eight varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp plants contain less than 0.3% of THC, which is a very low amount compared to most marijuana plants that have anywhere from 0.5-33% THC.
The THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is what gives people the “high” feeling, so when people realized it was a close relative to the marijuana plant, they banned people from growing it in most areas of the country.
However, because the government was so quick to put a harsh label on marijuana and even hemp simply because it was a similar plant, they clearly missed the many crucial benefits that hemp has to offer. So what is hemp oil good for?
Helps Improve the Skin
You might have heard that hemp is used to make rope and other important fabrics such as clothing and shoes. What most people don’t know is that hemp oil is actually great for your skin according to numerous studies.
Hemp oil is really rich with nutrients and filled with antioxidants that help your skin look more full and complete. Not only does applying it to your skin provide plenty of moisture, but it also does everything it can to keep your skin moisturized at all times without drying out your skin. This is important because most moisturizing products cause dry-skin which will actually produce more oily skin lol.
It is also known for it’s great “anti-aging” properties making you look much younger if your skin has some wrinkles or lines you’d like to get rid of. There are many factors that cause a person to “age”, and no hemp oil doesn’t stop people from getting older, but what it does is speeds up the Collagen production which is protein naturally found in our bodies to help your skin look more “youthful”. The antioxidants also fight free radicals in the body from taking molecules from the skin making which starts to happen as we get older.
Good for the Body
One of the main compounds found in most hemp oil products is CBD. Now keep in mind CBD oil and hemp oil are different. Hemp oil comes from the hemp seeds from a hemp plant containing little to zero CBD but pretty much zero THC. Hemp oil can also come from the seeds from a cannabis-sativa plant, and it still will contain very little THC but will have more CBD in it.CBD oil comes directly from the stems and leaves of the cannabis plant, making it more likely to contain THC but still not enough to give you the “high effect”.
CBD and hemp oil are known for being a type of relaxing method and typically used for pain relief. Studies have shown that by putting this oil on your skin around areas of inflammation, can be very effective in soothing the pain and making the muscles less tense making it easier for someone who struggles with long recoveries after working out.
It’s also known for being great for the heart because it potentially reduces the risk of high blood pressure because of all the fatty acids found in hemp seeds.
Good for the Brain
Scientists have concluded that the very nutritious balance of fatty acids found in hemp seeds (Omega-3 and Omega-6) have proven to be great for the brain. Stress could be damaging your brain cells or it could be a mixture of that along with you not eating the most healthiest of foods out there.
Nevertheless, Omega-3 fatty acids help repair those brain cells making your brain much more clear and able to function more cognitively.
It’s also known for helping patients sleep better when either eating many whole hemp seeds or simply applying the oil on your skin.
Have you ever heard of the Endocannabinoid system? Lol and no it’s not some crazy made up term. The Endocannabinoid system is a biological system that is found in not only just humans, but its found in all mammals.
This is extremely important because this provides synergy throughout our bodies and our minds to help maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis is just the state of all of our organs, blood pressure, body temperature, etc all stay relatively normal under pressure situations.
Studies have shown that we actually have receptors in our minds and bodies naturally that respond to the THC and CBD found in marijuana and hemp. This is the reason people are able to get “high” or also just respond to these so-called drugs in such a positive and surprising manner because our bodies naturally seek the nutrients found in both hemp oil and cannabis.