The word “hemp” has somewhat of a stigma to it, because it comes from the same plant marijuana comes from, cannabis. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp contains little to no THC. Oil derived from hemp has been used for years for many different health benefits. Hemp seed oil can be consumed or applied directly on your skin in order to reap the benefits.

According to LiveStrong, hemp contains all of the essential amino acids that help maintain your body’s proteins. Hemp also contains calcium, potassium, folate, magnesium, and copper. These nutrients are important for your body, and depending on how you use hemp seed oil, the benefits vary.

Hair and Skin Benefits

Because of its omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, hemp seed oil is amazing for your skin. The fatty acids help rejuvenate your skin by using it as an all-natural moisturizer. Hemp seed oil can improve your skin’s elasticity, and can even prevent psoriasis. Hemp seed oil can reduce redness and acne, while helping prevent breakouts in the future by keeping your skin hydrated and healthy.

There are many different products on the market for your hair that already have hemp seed oil in them. You can also just mix some in with your shampoo and conditioner, or you could create a hair mask that has hemp seed oil in it. The lipids found in the oil help improve the volume and shine in your hair. The vitamin E and fatty acids help soften your hair at the same time.

Heart Benefits

Hemp seed oil is said to have the “ideal” ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids of 3:1. These fatty acids are known to help lower your blood pressure and helps prevent a stroke. Omega-3 acids are not naturally made by your body, so that means you have to eat foods with high enough levels.

Studies have also shown that those who are at higher risk for coronary heart disease have greatly benefited from consuming omega-3 acids. The fatty acids lower risk of sudden cardiac death, heart attack, and stroke. One of the advantages of consuming hemp seed oil for omega-3 acids over fish, is that hemp seed oil does not have the harmful levels of mercury that fish does.

Immunity Benefits

Immunity is your body’s resistance to illness and disease. The omega-3 fatty acids in hemp seed oil are multipurpose because they are also good at boosting your immunity. The fatty acids help regulate the good flora in your intestines. In some studies, hemp seed oil has had better antioxidant abilities than many other seeds, even flaxseed. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals that can cause some cancers.

The list of benefits from hemp seed oil is never-ending, and some people even call it a superfood. With its skin, hair, heart, and immune system benefits it lives up to the name. Some people suggest using hemp seed oil every day in order to really experience the benefits. Make hemp seed oil a part of your everyday routine, and you will be sure to become a believer.

Gabrielle PfeifferWritten By: Gabrielle Pfeiffer