Hemp seed oil comes from the small seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. The seeds do not contain the same levels of compounds as the plant itself, but they still have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds. The base recommended dosage of hemp oil use states that four drops should be taken three times a day which promotes the overall well-being of the patient.
Full-spectrum hemp oil that also contains plant matter may add other effective compounds, which may help with certain health issues
These are some of the properties that it exerts.
- Anti – inflammatory
- Skin regenerative
Hemp leave(Image: OlegMalyshev / Getty)
Uses and Health Benefits
The hemp seed oil has tremendous application for personal use, much of which has been understood only recently. These are some of the most prominent health benefits of using hemp oil.
Hemp oil helps to treat multiple issues such as back pain, chronic pain, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, depression, fibromyalgia and others.
The hemp oil helps in improving the mental clarity, balances the nervous system, supports the healthy response against inflammation and acts as an antioxidant agent.
Recommended Hemp Oil Use and Dosage
You can increase the dose of hemp oil for treating severe problems.
- Harmonization and Prevention of Body Functions
Three drops of Hemp oil in 2-5% concentration twice daily i.e. in morning and evening or 1-3milligrams of CBD per dose.
- Digestive or Stomach Problems/ Mild Pain/ Right Sleep
Three drops of hemp oil in the morning and evening. Use 2-5% concentration of the oil or 2-6 milligram of oil per dose.
- For Stress, Depression, and Anxiety
Three drops of hemp oil in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. Use 2-5% concentration or 10-15 milligram of hemp per dose.(These quantities vary from person to person and these are for an average adult weighing around 60-90kgs)
How Hemp oil Helps in Alleviating the Chronic Pain?
Many individuals suffer from chronic pain which may manifest in muscles, organs, joints, body cavities, ligaments.
Chronic pain associated with diseases may leave the patient incapacitated and functionless. CBD promotes pain relief, supports muscles, healthy joints and organ function.
CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid system and impacts the nociceptive pathways which help in the reduction of inflammation that acts as a leading cause of chronic pain and disease.
Hemp Oil use: Sublingual ingestion which measures around 2.5-20 milligrams at least for 25-30 days.
The hemp oil is the best choice for alleviating pain because it contains essential fatty acids.
These fatty acids help the body to produce eicosanoids which balance the body control and keep the body temperature and pain levels in balance.
Hemp Oil Dosage use For Various Conditions
- For increasing appetite in patients who have cancer: 2.5 milligrams THC orally with or without the inclusion of 1mg CBD at least for six weeks.
- For treating epilepsy: 200-300 mg CBD orally at least for 4-5 months.
- For treating sleeping disorders: 40-160 mg CBD orally.
- For treating schizophrenia: 40-1280 milligram orally daily for around four weeks.
- For treating glaucoma: place a single dose sublingually (i.e. under your tongue) measuring around 20-40 milligram. Doses greater than the recommended dose result in increased eye pressure.
Pros of Hemp Oil Use
- It helps in lowering inflammation, reduces nausea, anxiety, and seizures.
- It acts as an antitumor agent with antioxidant effects.
- It helps in prevention and improvement of neurodegenerative disorders.
Hemp oil is a type of vegetable oil which is emollient and highly nutritious. It relieves the aching area and lowers the inflammation by absorbing rapidly.
It results in the fast healing process when applied to the warm area which leads to faster and deeper penetration.
Hemp oil can be easily mixed with essential oils which help in soothing the pain sites.
Cons of Hemp Oil Use
Hemp oil can be correctly used for pain relief without any side effects, but significant quantities may affect the overall body.
Some of the side effects are:
- Allergic reactions
- It is toxic if consumed in large amounts example 203-305 fl. Oz or 6-9 liters.
- Use the recommended dosage of hemp oil and for the proper duration. Consult your doctor before using hemp oil.
- Hemp oil is sensitive to air and light which means it gets spoiled and rancid extremely fast, so you need to keep it in the fridge after opening it.
Pain Management By Hemp Oil
For Nerve Pain or Neuropathy
Both of these conditions result in nerve damage which has multiple causative factors such as increased blood sugar, obesity, alcohol, diseases, vitamin deficiency, and others.
Nerves spread throughout our brain and body. So, this pain becomes very violent and fast within an hour and comes back in different areas.
Painkiller mixture: Wintergreen essential oil around 30-35 drops with hemp oil measuring 60 ml or 2 oz. Apply a moderate amount of oil and massage well on the warm area. Repeat this for a week.
Hemp seed oil used in combination with essential oils and antioxidants to reduce inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory hemp oil recipe:
Helichrysum and Cistus essential oils 15 drops each and add hemp oil around 1oz or 30 ml. Blend it and apply on inflamed areas. Repeat it for a few days to ensure complete healing.
For Back Pain
Nerves and muscles are present on our back which may result in a backache due to our faulty habits. These include lifting weights, sitting postures and straining your back in sports injuries or accidents.
Back Pain Recipe: Add hemp seed oil around 30 ml or 1oz, birch essential oil and Frankincense essential oil both around 10-15 drops and form a mixture. Apply it topically several times during the day to help relieve the back pain.
For Headaches and Migraines
Headaches or migraine may affect certain parts or whole-brain which may last for a few days. It can be severe and may cause disability.
Pain is a warning sign associated with a migraine or headaches for which you need to consult a doctor or follow this natural recipe:
Add grapefruit essential oil around seven drops, hemp seed oil around 10 ml and peppermint essential oil around 3-4 drops.
Apply a small amount on the back of the neck and temples and rub softly. It helps in improving circulation along with oxygen, reduce inflammation and make you happy.
For Joint Pain & Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmune disorder which affects joints, skin, eyes, heart and blood vessels. If left untreated may result in deformation of bones by bone erosion.
It is advised to incorporate 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 which helps in the suppression of inflammation which occurs due to rheumatoid arthritis.
Prepare a mixture of birch essential oil and Frankincense essential oil around 20-30 drops of hemp oil around 60ml or 2 oz. Apply this mixture on the aching area 4-5 times a week with a five-day break.
For Varicose Veins
These are enlarged veins found on legs due to the circulatory problems. Varicose veins are extremely painful.
Hemp oil helps to relieve the heaviness, swelling, pain, and visibility of enlarged veins associated with varicose veins.
Use the following mixture to reduce the pain and looks related with varicose veins: add Cypress essential oil and immortelle essential oil around 20-25 drops with hemp oil measuring around 45ml or 1 ½ Oz.
Benefits of Hemp Oil For the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can be quickly relieved by using hemp oil. Following are the known benefits of hemp oil which relieve the chronic pain:
- Muscle relaxant
- Heals the sleeping patterns
- Helps in reducing anxiety
- Reduces depression
- Reduces the touch fear
- Reduces PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).
- Easy to use
- Does not feel like a medicine
Hemp Oil For Eczema
This study found out that people taking hempseed oil internally benefitted in their symptoms of atopic dermatitis ( eczema
). Hempseed oil is very rich in PUFAs ( polyunsaturated fatty acids ) which have been noted to be extremely healthy and strongly anti-inflammatory. Within about 20 weeks, the plasma lipid profiles of patients changed considerably. Their blood now contained more of healthy fats, which was doing their skin good. Omega – 3 and omega – 6 fatty acids in hempseed oil were responsible for such an effect.
Hemp seed oil use:
Take about 1 – 2 tablespoon of hemp oil daily. This provides a significant amount of healthy PUFAs.
Hempseed oil for Inflammation
People who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases should really try hempseed oil.
Hemp seed oil use:
Taking 1 tablespoon of hempseed oil daily is good enough to start seeing its effects.
Safe Dosage and Toxicity Issues
Hemp oil is safe to be applied topically, as well as when taken internally. The recommended dosage of hempseed oil is about 2 tablespoons daily. It starts to become toxic in large quantities.
Hemp oil is a powerhouse of nutrition when it comes to healthy fats. And it is better than flaxseed oil, which in itself is a reputed source of omega – 3. Hempseed oil is more than 40 % oils , and 80 % of these are essential fatty acids ( EFA ). These are healthy fats which are required by the body but are not synthesized inside. So, these need to be obtained from food.
Among the EFAs,
- 55 % of it is Omega – 6 ( Linoleic Acid LA)
- 22 % is Omega – 3 ( Alpha Linolenic Acid ALA )
- 1 – 4 % Gamma Linolenic Acid GLAwhich is also Omega – 6
- 0 – 4 % Stearidonic Acid which is Omega – 3
Health Benefits of Omega – 3
Omega – 3s are required for proper organ functioning. They are also required for the brain. Omega – 3s help to lower systemic inflammation, prevent excessive cognitive decline and they are great for heart health.  They are essential for normal metabolism.
Health Benefits of Omega – 6
LA performs a host of functions in the body. It is essential for alerting the immune system in response to a stressor or pathogen. This leads to inflammation, but this necessary. Omega – 6 is also required for energy production, safeguarding from allergies. It also keeps the heart tissue functioning properly. Omega – 6 also helps the body recover from fatigue.
However, a high concentration of omega – 6 in coparison to omega – 3 can lead to pro-inflammatory behavior. This is believed to set the seeds for inflammatory diseases.
What is the healthy omega – 3 to omega – 6 in diet ?
Our body doesn’t like too much of omega – 6 , especially when Omega – 3 is low. The ideal ratio of omega – 6 to omega -3 is 3 : 1. This is exactly the ratio of these essential fatty acids in hemp oil. This makes hemp oil the best balanced oil in terms of EFAs. The ratio of EFAs is really very important to health.  The average American diet can have omega – 6 as many as 30 times more than omega – 3. This is very low amount of omega – 3 to counter the negative effects of omega – 6.
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Hemp Oil : A complete protein ?
Hemp seed oil also contains some amount of protein in it. This is because the seeds themselves are an excellent source of protein. That is why they are used to make hemp protein powders. The good thing about this protein is that it is a complete protein, that is, it contains all the amino acids required by the human body. This protein content in hemp seed oil is about 20 %.
This amazing protein content makes this oil very healpful for all protein related health issues of the body. It can help the body recover faster after workout, build muscle and tone the musculoskeletal system.
Nutritional Data For Hempseed Oil
Chemical composition of the fatty acids in weight % of the total fat content
|Linoleic Acid||52-62 %|
|α-Linolenic Acid||12-23 %|
Other Compounds Found in Hempseed Oil
|γ- tocopherol||468 mg/L|
Data taken from Source  . ND stands for not detected.
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