Down to its versatility and myriad of health benefits, Hemp Oil has reached an all time high in popularity, and men are women who want to make healthier lifestyle choices are reaching for the wellbeing product. Hemp is an all natural ingredient which can support your health and well-being through a high supply of minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. If you’re living in the UK its completely legal to find, purchase and consume this oil, it is however the availability and legality of hemp oil in the US is complex and confusing due to the the complex relationship between state and federal legislations.
A Short Background On Hemp Oil
Hemp Oil is processed from the seeds and stalks of the hemp plant and despite its source, it contains little to none of the psychoactive element Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), meaning it cannot get you ‘high’. For instance hemp may contain 0.3-1.5% of THC whilst marijuana contains anything from 5% to 20% plus. Hemp oils main components are in fact omega fatty acids, similar to those which can be found in fish and olive oil.
The Potential Side Effects of Hemp Oil
Almost everything we use in our diet to prevent or manage health problems has some risk of side effects, and hemp oil is no exception. Firstly it is important to note, however, that negative side effects of hemp oil are rare and some only occur in extreme cases, they can also be considered minor in comparison to the side effect of pharmaceuticals. To date, there have been no reported cases of toxicity from the ingestion of hemp seed oil.
Hemp Oil Contains Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids found in hemp oil are classified as polyunsaturated meaning that they are a healthy dietary fat. These compounds are extremely beneficial to the body and are ideal for human nutrition, except when taken in excess. Overindulgence of polyunsaturated fatty acids has previously been linked to cardiac dysfunction, cancer growth, and an increased susceptibility to bacterial infections.
Hemp Oil Can Help Prevent Psoriasis
The CBD in hemp oil has been known to prevent and treat severe skin conditions such as psoriasis. The cause of this condition is unknown but it is thought to be connected to the immune system. Hemp oil is able to manage and treat psoriasis by regulating the immune system and as an anti-inflammatory for flare ups of the condition.
Hemp Oil Can lead To Digestive Problems
Those susceptible to gastro-intestinal problems such as softening of the stool may experience mild digestive issues such as diarrhea or stomach cramps when consuming hemp oil. If you suffer from a bowel movement disorder, consult your doctor before taking the oil.
Hemp Oil Can Regulate Insulin Levels
Alongside working in company with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), hemp has also shown its ability to regulate blood sugar levels in our body. Lower insulin levels mean that more fat can essentially be burned off throughout our day and users should have a lower risk of developing type two diabetes (depending on other lifestyle factors).