Hemp oil has seen a massive surge in popularity, and many people are considering this wellbeing product to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. As an all natural ingredient, hemp is a good source of antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals, but what effects does it have on the body?
A Little Background
Hemp oil is produced by pressing the stalks and seeds of hemp plants, but it contains little to no Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, so there will be no psychoactive effects. Hemp oils typically contain less than 0.3% of THC, but it can provide a great source of omega fatty acids.
The Potential Side Effects
Almost everything that we eat, drink, or use as a supplement carries a risk of potential side effects, and hemp oil is not an exception. However, it is important to note that it is very rare to experience negative side effects of hemp. Side effects only occur in very extreme cases, and most side effects are considered to be minor compared to the possible side effects of conventional pharmaceuticals. Currently, there have been no cases reporting toxicity related to ingestion of hemp seed oil.
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
While fat has a bad rep, the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in hemp oil are considered to be healthy dietary fat. Polyunsaturated fats are highly beneficial for the body, and unless taken in excess, they are ideal for human nutrition.
Overindulging in polyunsaturated fats has been linked to cancer growth, cardiac dysfunction, and an increased bacterial infection susceptibility.
However, hemp seed oil is considered the most unsaturated oil that is derived from plants. These essential fatty acids cannot be naturally produced by the body, so they must be obtained from our food. Generally, North Americans have high deficiencies in EFAs due to a high intake of animal fats rather than plant-based fats. Hemp seed oil has a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids for long term healthy nutrition.
Hemp oil is also well regarded for the prevention and treatment of severe skin conditions, including psoriasis. This is thought to be because hemp oil can regulate the immune system, and the anti-inflammatory effects can help to prevent flare ups.
Regulated Insulin Levels
Hemp oil has also demonstrated an ability to regulate the blood sugar levels inside the human body. A lower insulin level can allow more fat to be burned off throughout the day. As your insulin levels are better regulated, you may also have a lower risk of developing diabetes. Of course, you can’t rely on hemp seed oil, as there are a number of other lifestyle factors that can influence the development of diabetes. However, if you adopt a healthy lifestyle, hemp oil can provide an additional level of protection against type 2 diabetes.
If you struggle with digestive issues, such as constipation, hemp oil may also help to improve your digestion. However, if you have a bowel movement disorder, you may experience mild digestive problems and should consult your health professional before you start taking the oil.