What are the properties of hemp oil?

Hemp oil has many properties, including its ability to care for and protect the skin, its high antioxidant content and its level of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which help prevent cardiovascular disease¹.

In this article, we will explore the properties of hemp oil in depth, unravelling the mysteries behind its growing popularity. We will examine how this oil, often used as a base for CBD products, is distinguished by its unique characteristics.

Because the oil is extracted from hemp seeds and not the whole cannabis plant, it has very low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound associated with cannabis. This makes it ideal for people seeking the properties of CBD.

Whether you are looking to improve your overall wellbeing or simply curious about what hemp oil has to offer, we invite you to read on to discover more about this fascinating natural product.

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What exactly is hemp oil?

Hemp oil, as can be deduced from its name, is a vegetable oil derived from non-psychotropic cannabis. Specifically, it is made from the seeds, which are cold-pressed to obtain it. Therefore, we can say that it is a vegetable oil whose production process is very similar to that of olive or sunflower oil.

Like these other vegetable oils, hemp oil is edible and is also very healthy. It is notable for having levels of essential fatty acids that are ideal for human consumption. These include linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), in an optimal ratio.

This oil has long been used as a foodstuff and also for skin care. In the culinary field, it is used as a dressing for all kinds of salads, for baked goods and also in sauces and smoothies.

Hemp oil is also widely used in the cosmetics industry, due to its moisturising, antioxidant and skin-protecting properties².

Properties of hemp oil

Hemp oil is not only known for its versatility in cooking and cosmetics, but also for its impressive nutritional profile. Hemp oil is a source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making it an ideal complement to a healthy diet³.

Hemp oil contains essential vitamins such as vitamin E, known for its antioxidant properties. It is also a good source of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorus⁴. These nutrients are essential for the maintenance of various bodily functions, including strengthening the immune system, bone health and regulating metabolism.

Antioxidants present in hemp oil, such as polyphenols, help protect the body from oxidative stress, a contributor to ageing and various chronic diseases. In addition, the presence of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in balanced proportions supports cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart disease¹.

Furthermore, the use of hemp oil in skin care is well known for its moisturising and regenerative effects. This oil can be a great ally in your beauty routine. This liquid derivative of cannabis is highly moisturising, thanks to its high fatty acid content, making it ideal for dry or irritated skin.

Hemp oil in the CBD industry

Hemp oil has gained a prominent place in the CBD industry, an ever-expanding sector that explores the benefits of cannabinoids for general wellbeing.

Hemp oil serves as the basis for the production of many CBD products, especially CBD oil. In fact, most of the CBD oils in our catalogue use hemp oil as a base, which is enriched with CBD extract. These two unique ingredients make up the majority of our high quality natural oils.

In the CBD industry, hemp oil is found in a wide range of products, from oils and capsules to creams and beauty products. This versatility makes it very interesting for a broad spectrum of users looking for topical skin care solutions.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that, legally, CBD is not considered edible in Spain, so hemp oil is no longer edible when CBD is added to it. This implies that our CBD oils are exclusively dedicated to cosmetic use and that using them in other ways constitutes an improper use of the product.

References

  1. Leizer, C., Ribnicky, D., Poulev, A., Dushenkov, S., & Raskin, I. (2000). The composition of hemp seed oil and its potential as an important source of nutrition. Journal of Nutraceuticals, functional & medical foods2(4), 35-53.
  2. Baral, P., Bagul, V., & Gajbhiye, S. (2020). Hemp seed oil for skin care (non-drug Cannabis sativa L.): A review. World Journal Of Pharmaceutical Research9(8), 2534-2556.
  3. Callaway, J. C. (2004). Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview. Euphytica140, 65-72.
  4. Ibíd.

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