Hemp extract can also alleviate pain associated with cancer, such as nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy .
Hemp extract (or CBD – cannabidiol) is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive because of its chemical properties and reaction in the body. Recently, CBD has gained popularity for its health benefits. This summer the FDA approved the first ever CBD (or hemp extract) oil for treatment of epilepsy (Read more here).
There are many health benefits to hemp extract, and hemp extract has been used for many years as a natural and holistic treatment for inflammation, pain relief, depression and more. Scientific evidence is accumulating giving hemp extract oil more backing and added popularity when it comes to natural treatments. Below are some of the health benefits of hemp extract, backed by science.
5. Hemp extract has displayed anti-psychotic properties.
Due to the fact that hemp extract binds to receptors in the brain responsible for mood, sleep and appetite, mimicking the neurotransmitter serotonin, there is indication that hemp extract oil may be a possible treatment for anxiety and depression.
In other animal studies, hemp extract has been shown to lower the incidence of type 2 diabetes . This study leads others to believe that hemp extract may reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease among humans.
Case reports and personal testimonies grow for the use of hemp extract to reduce anxiety and depression.
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Some people experience skin irritation when using topical oils containing CBD, possibly due to an allergy. Start with using a small amount to see how your skin reacts to it, and keep an eye on any changes.
Potential Risks of Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds. In one serving of hemp seeds (3 tablespoons), you’ll find the following:
In addition to CBD, Hemp oil contains large amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fats, which are two types of unsaturated fat s, or “good fats,” and all nine essential amino acids, the materials your body uses to make protein. Here’s more information about nutrients in hemp seed oil and how they may benefit your health.
Over time, excess inflammation in your body can contribute to a variety of diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and asthma. It has been suggested that gamma linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid found in hemp, acts as an anti-inflammatory. Studies have also linked the omega-3 fatty acids in hemp with reductions in inflammation.
When deciding which hemp oil extract to use, these are the criteria you should look for:
These solvents do a great job of extracting the cannabinoids from the hemp plant, but some residues of these solvent chemicals remain after the extraction process, which can be potentially harmful to your health.
Ethanol extraction is considered safe and nontoxic in small amounts. The main drawback is that ethanol extraction can destroy the plant waxes, which can have health benefits.
How to choose a hemp oil product.
For a long time, researchers were only concerned with studying delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component that is concentrated in marijuana. However, within the past decade, they have become increasingly interested in the therapeutic benefits of the other compounds found in both varieties but especially concentrated in hemp, namely cannabidiol (CBD).*
Cannabis sativa varietals that have more than 0.3% THC (much more) are commonly referred to as marijuana. Hemp is a genetically distinct plant varietal of Cannabis sativa that contains less than 0.3% THC (i.e., trace levels), and it will not get you high.
Hemp-derived CBD oil is an isolated extraction of the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (aka CBD isolate). This means it contains only the phytocannabinoid CBD and does not reflect the full array of native plant compounds in hemp.
In the body, cannabinoids interact with and support the endocannabinoid system—a homeostatic physiological system that affects the brain, digestion, immunity, and more.*