Hemp oil is a fatty oil extracted from whole hemp seeds through cold-pressing. In this article, we’ll explain the benefits of hemp oil and how you can use it.
What is hemp oil?
Hemp oil, also called hemp seed oil, is a fatty oil obtained from the seeds of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). Our hemp seed oil is made from organic hemp whole seeds. These seeds are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and contain important vitamins and minerals.
We extract the oil by a cold-pressing method to preserve all the nutritional values. That makes it a very healthy oil. People who pay attention to their ecological footprint can use hemp oil as a great alternative to coconut or avocado oil.
Hemp oil and its ingredients
Let’s talk about the healthy ingredients of hemp oil.
Hemp oil is so healthy because of its high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-6, such as linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid, and omega-3, such as alpha-linolenic acid. Plus, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is around 3:1, which is considered very good for human health. These fatty acids are important for the heart health as well as the energy and oxygen balance.
While omega-6 fatty acids can be ingested with numerous vegetable oils, omega-3 is a so-called marine fatty acid. Omega-3 is predominantly found in fatty cold-water fish such as salmon or tuna. For people who don’t eat fish, hemp oil is, therefore, an excellent alternative.
Hemp oil also offers a lot of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. It contains vitamin E, B1, B2, various minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and trace elements such as iron, manganese, zinc and small amounts of copper.
Typical quantity per 100 g product
|3761 kJ / 899 kcal
Usage of hemp seed oil and its benefits
Due to its valuable ingredients, hemp seed oil can be used both internally and externally. It’s not only an edible oil to use in the kitchen but also a health booster and great care product.
In the kitchen
Hemp oil and its ingredients are great for the organism and your nutritional balance. It’s a great addition to your diet and can be used for various dishes.
The oil has a fine, nutty flavour. Depending on the harvest, it can differ slightly. The darker the oil appears, the more intense and nuttier the taste.
Like most cold-pressed oils, it shouldn’t be heated too high and is therefore particularly suitable for cold dishes such as salad dressings or dips. You can drizzle it over cooked vegetables to give them more taste.
People who follow a healthy diet or avoid meat want to make sure that they supply their body with all the necessary nutrients. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play an important role in this. If fatty sea fish is not an option, hemp oil can be a great alternative to cover the requirements.
Take a look at our recipe blog for cooking inspiration.
For the body
As mentioned, hemp oil is a great boost for your health. It provides the following health benefits:
Improves and hydrates skin and hair
Because of its antioxidant effects, it’ a little beauty elixir and a great treatment for your skin. Applied to the skin, it is very moisturising. The healthy fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect and can support your skin to resist infection or damage. It also promotes hydration and repair for your hair and protects it from becoming brittle.
Lowers blood pressure
The omega-3 fatty acids can help lower the blood pressure. That’s especially helpful for people with high blood pressure.
Promotes heart health
It is is rich in linoleic acid. Adding these acids to your diet can reduce your cholesterol level. Lowering your cholesterol levels reduces your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.
The anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce pain, especially chronic pain. You can apply the oil directly to the painful area for natural pain relief.
The mentioned anti-inflammatory effect doesn’t only apply to the skin. Because of the gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and the optimal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, hemp oil can reduce inflammation and is also recommended for arthritis, rheumatism, chronic intestinal diseases and other inflammatory processes in the body.
Balances the hormone system and supports a healthy pregnancy
Many women struggle with hormonal fluctuations or period pains. Adding hemp oil to your diet can be a natural remedy. The richness of omega-3 fatty acids in hemp oil also makes it a beneficial supplement for pregnant women.
Strengthens the immune system and general health
Fatty acids and vitamins in your diet are essential for a good immune system function. Because of its richness in essential fatty acids and vitamins, hemp oil is an excellent addition to your diet to help your body maintain a strong immune system. It lowers your cholesterol levels, regulates your triglyceride levels, strengthens the cardiovascular system, which is responsible for the proper distribution of blood and oxygen in your body, protects against heart disease, and strengthens the natural defence of viruses and bacteria. Also, these omega acids can help to stress and anxiety.
What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?
Hemp oil is often equated with CBD oil. However, they are two different products, which lie in the production method.
Hemp oil is made by cold pressing the seeds of the plant into oil. Unlike CBD oil, it has little to no CBD content and therefore no intoxicating effect.
CBD oil or cannabidiol oil is made by extracting CBD from the leaves and flowers of the female, green hemp plant.
Make Nordic Hemp your producer of choice for hemp products
Our cooperation, the Nordic Hemp Cooperation offers a wide range of products ranging from hulled hemp seeds and hemp seed oil to hemp fibre and hemp seed oil.
We have 14 years of experience growing hemp and are certified under ISO 22000 and the Organic label.
Estonia is the third biggest hemp producer in Europe, and more than half of the country’s harvest is being produced by our members and partners. That’s in total hectares of more than 6000 ha per year. Thanks to the Nordic climate, clean air, and unspoilt soil, Estonia offers the perfect environment to grow hemp.
Our goal is to become the biggest hemp producer in Europe in the upcoming years. Since 2018, we operate in a state-of-the-art hemp production facility capable of sorting, de-hulling, and oil pressing. It is the biggest de-hulling factory in Europe with zero-waste production. All our final products are laboratory-tested to ensure safety of our products and keep the quality of our products high. That makes us a trusted partner and producer of hemp products. We also continue to ramp up our supply of hemp year by year.
If you are interested in our products or want to become a partner, contact us!