We spend a lot of time waxing poetic about the benefits of CBD. We can’t help ourselves, really.
But what about hemp oil benefits? CBD, after all, comes from hemp, so it has to be good for something too, right?
Hemp Oil Benefits
Remember, hemp oil isn’t the same as CBD. CBD oil comes from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant, which contain a higher concentration of CBD.
Hemp seed oil comes from the small seeds. The seeds don’t contain the same levels of CBD as the plant itself, but they still have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds.
Lots of people add hemp to their diets on a daily basis. Maybe you’re one of them. But do you know exactly why you do it?
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain:
- 111 calories
- 6.31 g of protein
- 9.75 g of fat
- 1.73 g of carbs (including 0.8 g of fiber and 0.3 g of sugar)
- 14 mg of calcium
- 1.59 mg of iron
- 140 mg of magnesium
- 330 mg of phosphorus
- 240 mg of potassium
- 1.98 mg of zinc
- 22 micrograms (mcg) of folate
Hemp seeds also contain vitamin C, some B vitamins, and vitamins A and E.
Maybe it’s hemp seed oil. Maybe it’s hemp hearts. Whatever the case may be, here’s why you should start (or continue)!
Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat. Healthy fats to be exact. They’re an excellent source of fatty acids. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3).
Research shows that these compounds have beneficial effects on our cardiovascular health.
Hemp seeds also contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine, which produces nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide causes your blood vessels to dilate and relax, which leads to lowered blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Again we can thank those omega fatty acids. These omega-3s and omega-6s may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema and may also relieve dry skin, improve itchiness and reduce the need for skin medication
Hemp oil can moisturize without clogging pores, helping balance out oily skin, hydrating it and regulating the skin’s oil production. And when the skin dries out, it causes an overproduction of oil. Hemp can help prevent dry skin and reduce acne that’s caused by excess oil.
You gut is responsible for many key health mechanisms in your body. It’s home to the majority of your immune system, and it aids in digestion, detoxification, drug metabolism, and the production of vitamins. Knowing this, it makes sense that you want to keep it happy.
Hemp can help. It’s a good source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, and we all know that diner is essential for digestive help and movement. These help relieve constipation and bloating and ease bowel movements.
Hemp helps nourish and balance the healthy bacteria in our gut, and eicosanoids, the hormone-like agents produced by the essential fatty acids, have been found to regulate the secretion of digestive juices and hormones. This can aid the digestive process. Hemp’s protein also helps. In even fact, it’s given to patients suffering from digestive troubles.
We love hemp, both in it’s natural state and when we use it for CBD. In both cases, there are so many hemp oil benefits for overall health that it just can’t be beat.
So, tomorrow, after your daily dose of CBD, toss a few hemp hearts in your smoothie and add some hemp oil to your meals throughout the day.