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Hemp Seed Oil

April 20, 2011 Reviewed by admin 5 Comments
In honor of today, April 20th, also known the world over as 420, we here at Truth in Aging decided it was time to take a look into hemp seed oil. Note that we have already taken a look at cannabis specifically and its interesting acne fighting benefits.  This article is not a plug for cannabis (though it is also not an anti-marijuana post); in fact, hemp seed oil is perfectly legal since it contains only trace amounts of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana that is responsible for its mind altering effects). Hemp seed oil is produced from the Cannabis sativa plant, but that’s pretty much where its relation to many stoners’ drug of choice ends.

A quick Google search turns up a myriad of positive anecdotal evidence regarding hemp oil. Most of the praise involves the substance’s ability to heal eczema and other dry or itchy skin issues. It has also been touted on several message boards as a savior for those with rosacea, sensitive or inflamed skin. Because hemp oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it is a great emollient for hair (as well as a fantastic health booster) and may be particularly helpful in the dry, winter months. The high protein content of hemp oil will also improve hair’s condition, as well as help nail growth and strength.But is there any scientific evidence that backs hemp oil’s magic, or is it pretty much just snake oil?

Though there certainly isn’t enough of it, there is some research that indicates hemp oil’s effectiveness; at the very least, the studies prove that the oil should be further examined. One study found that topical application of gamma-linolenic acid creams to areas of the skin suffering from pruritus, or itch, helped alleviate the itch as opposed to a placebo cream. GLA is a fatty acid and one if its primary sources is hemp seed oil.

A twenty-week randomized, single-blind crossover study found that in comparison to olive oil, “dietary hempseed oil caused significant changes in plasma fatty acid profiles and improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis. It is suggested that these improvements resulted from the balanced and abundant supply of [polyunsaturated fatty acids] in this hempseed oil.”

TIA has reviewed several hemp-based products; some of them we’ve loved, like The Body Shop’s Hand Protector, Reviva’s EFAs Cream and The Balm to the Rescue. Others we haven’t been so fond of, like Alterna Hemp Leave in Conditioner. Regardless, it seems like hemp oil is definitely something worth checking out if you have a skin ailment that just won’t quit.
  • August 27, 2016

    by Lorena

    How do I order the hemp oil?

  • December 19, 2015

    by erica shephard

    I've been using Hemp oil to help with my IBS because all the Doctors told me that they could do no more for me. A friend told me she was using it to help with her kidney cancer and she had no pain and was feeling well. So I thought if it can do that for her I must try it and the difference its made to me it quite remarkable truly I will always use Hemp Oil people are now noticing how well I look this is a fantastic product everyone should know about the benefits of Hemp Oil

  • April 24, 2011

    by Alan Adkisson

    The holy oil was given to us in the old testament. It is proven to have many positive affects. PHEONIX TEARS has much information on its use against cancers. The outlawing of cannibus is a crime against humanity.

  • April 23, 2011

    by Linda Merchant

    marijuana is the safest thing you can injest or use topically to prevent drying of your hands to helping with headaches.This plant is beyond belief in many circles and they don't have anyway of knowing the power this plant can and does produce.

  • April 20, 2011

    by Brandt Hardin

    Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html Drop in and let me know what you think!

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