Hemp oil is a popular product derived from the cannabis plant. It is used in a variety of products, from body care to fuel and lubricants. Hemp oil can be refined or unrefined, and each type has its own unique benefits. Unrefined hemp oil is dark greenish in color with a mild nutty scent and contains natural vitamins and antioxidants.
Refined hemp oil is clear with little or no odor, but it lacks the natural vitamins and antioxidants found in unrefined hemp oil. Hemp seed oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa L.). It is naturally rich in antioxidants, which are significantly reduced when refined. Unrefined oil may be more stable, giving a longer shelf life, and antioxidants also confer additional health benefits.
Refined hemp seed oil is generally used as ingredients for body care products, fuel, lubricants, and even plastics. CBD hemp oil is very different from hemp seed oil, as they are often extracted from different parts of the plant. CBD hemp oil contains only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%), providing therapeutic benefits without the intoxicating effects associated with THC. The benefits of CBD oil go beyond the limited potential of common hemp oil, and many people use these products to relieve pain or reduce anxiety. Cold-pressed hemp oil preserves hemp's nutritional content, which is why it's often referred to as “nature's most perfectly balanced oil”.
Hemp seed oil has anti-inflammatory GLA properties that can help regulate the immune system and, in turn, help reduce irritation, including outbreaks of psoriasis and eczema. It can also hydrate the scalp and hair follicles for healthier, shinier hair. When skin care products are made with hemp seed oil, they can easily moisturize the skin without leaving a heavy or greasy feeling. Hemp seed oil also works as an excellent carrier by diluting the essential oils you want to apply to your skin. Overall, understanding what properties each of these oils has will help you understand which hemp oil to buy the next time you want to try one. Taking hemp seed oil in the hope that it will help you “relax” or eliminate chronic pain can only be discouraging.
More research is being done to really know how hemp oil works on the skin.