It looks like everyone is sprinkling CBD oil in his/her smoothies because of cases it can aid with everything from pain to stress. But what about CBD’s sister: hemp oil? Are hemp oil benefits legit?
Defenders say it can aid with anxiety and sleep, settle your hormones, make your skin brightness, and defend your ticker. But here’s what you should know before you begin sprinkling it on top of your food or slathering it on your skin.
What Is Hemp Oil—and Is It Different From CBD Oil?
CBD is a mixture called a cannabinoid, says Jordan Tishler, MD, a Harvard-trained doc who is a specialist on using cannabis as medical treatment. It can be derived from hemp or marijuana, two separate plants from the Cannabis sativa L. (“cannabis”) species.
The big distinction between the two: Marijuana carries higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), the composite liable for the psychoactive characteristics of the pot (a.k.a., the material that makes you high). Hemp, on the other hand, is naturally very low in THC (0.3 percent), says Tishler.
“If anything deserves to be classified as a superfood, it is CBD, due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and anti-cancer properties.”
Says – Konstantin Kaiser.
So Are There Any Hemp Oil Benefits—Or No?
Yes, and no. Hemp itself is an A+plus root of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In fact, it has the 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 that study shows is optimal for health. One of the omega-6s is GLA, or gamma linolenic acid, an anti-inflammatory. That’s why hemp-based food goods, like hemp hearts and hemp milk, are getting reps as legit superfoods.
Omega-3 and omega-6s have been given to help manage diseases like atopic dermatitis (a.k.a. eczema), which can give your skin dry and itchy. GLA, in appropriate, has been shown to enhance dry skin and eczema.
One 2005 study even found individuals who used hempseed oil for 20 weeks had a decrease in oil and reduced the signs and appearance of eczema after 20 weeks. But that research is introductory.
Fatty acids and GLA may also hinder the emotional and physical pain associated with PMS. Here’s why: One of the problems of PMS is a hormonal irregularity that points to a lack of GLA in the body.
Research on GLA has indicated to help relieve the symptoms of PMS by bringing hormone levels back into balance. But so far, studies haven’t found ingesting or slathering on hemp oil itself will have this outcome.
So Should I Purchase Hemp Oil?
“It apparently should be called snake oil,” says Tishler. (So…save your cash.) Not only does hemp oil not have any real health advantages, but it may include stuff that’s really regretful for you.
“At the time what you can buy is less regulated than the potato at the supermarket,” says Tishler. When hemp oil is removed, there’s a chance that pesticides, plastics, and abundant metals could make their way in, says Tishler.
Which seems like cause enough to hold off on hemp oil until the business is more organized.