What is the hemp seed oil?
Published: 6 July, 2020 - Updated: 20 July, 2020
The hemp (cannabis) is originated in Asia and some properties have been assigned to it. Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids composition of oil from its seeds has a positive effect on the body.
Cannabis sativa (hemp) is originated in Asia and its use to produce fibres and in the preparation of a variety of textile products dates from 4000 BC, while its recording use of traditional herbalist dates from 2700 BC. Following the local knowledge, some properties have been assigned to it from its use in ayurvedic medicine, as a food and its industrial use.
Hemp seed Oil Composition
The production of hemp derivatives is subject to very strict regulations, and their seeds and oil extraction process do not contain significant quantities of psychotropic substances (so-called THC, tetrahydrocannabinol), making it perfect for direct consumption and without risk. Hemp is composed of cannabidiol (CBD), which has no psychoactive effects and has been demonstrated some interesting health properties.
It is important to note that AECOSAN confirms the following: "In relation to hemp-derived foods authorised in order to be placed on the market in the European Union, only those derived exclusively from hemp seeds have a strong track record of safe and significant consumption, for example oil, hemp protein, hemp flour, and on condition that they are varieties of Cannabis sativa L. containing tetrahidrocannabinol below the 0,2%.
Hemp Oil Properties
Hemp can also be used as a superfood because its seeds contain large amounts of Omega 3 and Omega 6. Oils and other products can also be made from the seeds, and the varieties considered for these purposes are those that are THC-free.
The essential fatty acids, linoleic and α-linolenic acid are components in the tissues of the nervous and cardiovascular systems, as well as precursors of other important fatty acids: DHA-EPA and gamma-linolenic acid, respectively.
Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, crushed or powdered into a meal, in hemp milk (similar to soy milk) and prepared as tea.
The composition of the essential fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 3 (linoleic and α-linolenic acids), of hemp seed oil, has positive effects on our body, especially for the cardiovascular system, in the metabolic process of glucose, in the immune system and as an anti-inflammatory effect.
The EFSA (on hold 4673) states that Hemp oil seeds are beneficial for the cardiovascular system and helps test cholesterol and triglyceride levels, by its Omega 3 and 6 acids, which have determined a positive effect on decreased heart muscle contractility and circulation as can be seen in studies.
The optimal relation between Omega 6/ Omega 3 essential fatty acids in Hemp Oil supports the immune system (EFSA on hold 4675). A study conducted in 117 people showed that Hemp seed oil reduced the treatment period by 8 days, in cases with nose, throat and ear problems, when compared with standard treatments.
Hemp oil and its Omega relationship have an anti-inflammatory effect (EFSA on hold 4676, 4677), which may help to relieve muscular and osteoarticular pains.
How to take Hemp Oil
The hemp seed or cannabis oil is recommended to consume raw, uncooked, because when it is subjected to high temperatures its properties can vary.
It can be used as a regular element in the meal and added to dishes such as salads, pasta, rice, toast and even soups delivering an odour and taste similar to hazelnut. In conclusion, to any recipe with the aim of increasing the intake of healthy omegas (Omega 3 and 6).
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