|The health benefits of hemp oil
Hemp oil is native to Asia and has been used for its medicinal properties for many centuries, dating back to the Ming dynasty. In the west it is only just emerging from controversy because of its unfortunate association with cannabis or Marijuana. However, scientific research and studies into its properties have revealed that the level of THC (the main psychoactive constituent of Marijuana), contained in hemp oil is negligible.
It is classified as a 'superfood,' and a very rich source of omega 6 omega 3 and omega 9 essential acids and is in fact the only plant oil to contain both omega 3 & 6. It now rivals flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil, because of the levels of Gamma Lindenic Acid (GLA) which it contains, it is also a rich source of antioxidants.
Apart from its high protein content it also contains high levels of, dietary fibre, carbohydrates, vitamin E and other trace minerals. Hemp is one of the purest plants on earth and one of the few cultivated crops that needs no pesticides or herbicides to produce a healthy crop. It is a hardy plant, able to withstand diverse, severe and extreme weather conditions.
It is easily absorbed into the skin, offering protection from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, has healing properties that soothe and treat the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema and has the ability to repair damaged hair. Recent research studies have concluded that it has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, psychiatric disorders and disorders of the immune system, especially arthritis, diabetes, neuropathy and symptoms associated with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMT).
Hemp oil is delicious and nutritious, when used as a salad dressing. It contains less saturated fat than any of the other natural oils and when heated it does not smoke, nor does it produce trans-fats at normal cooking temperatures. It can be stored in the freezer and will not solidify, therefore needs no defrosting.
Oil is not the only by-product obtained from the hemp plant. Other parts of the plant are used to make soap, protein powders, clothing, linen and paper. Historically, the British Empire is said to have been built on hemp oil. So important, that it provoked wars between the French and British over the Russian supply of hemp, which then had the reputation of producing the strongest fibre for making sails, rope and sailors uniforms.
The recommended dose is three tablespoons of oil daily to maintain good health. Hemp oil can be purchased at health food stores or from the many of the on-line outlets.