Hemp. The plant has intense research that has been done in order to get an understanding of its properties, benefits, and what makes it so different from weed or pot in spite of originating from the same species. The oil harvested by cold pressing hemp seeds has gone on to be reckoned as a breakthrough in studies that research the nutritional role of plant species. Let’s start by telling you why hemp is contrastingly different from the other variants of cannabis.
What is hemp seed oil and how is it made?
As in the extraction of other oils, the hemp seeds are cold-pressed in order to yield an unrefined hemp seed oil. A vivid hue of green is what makes this solution stand out, the shade of green the standard of comparison. The darker the shade, the grassier the flavor. A nutty flavor is found in the fluid and is what sets the oil apart from others procured from the plant.
Is there a difference between hemp seed oil and full leaf hemp extract?
The question that has perturbed many into forming an argument is whether there is any difference between hemp oil and hemp leaf extract. A stark difference, say experts.
Though the hemp plant serves as the extraction source in both cases, pay attention to which parts of the plant are used. In the case of hempseed oil, the seeds are used to extract an omega-rich culinary oil. The full-spectrum leaf extract on the other hand is what is obtained from the leaves of the plant.
This full-spectrum leaf extract comprises a variety of cannabinoids including CBD (cannabidiol) the active ingredient in cannabis. The hemp seed oil on the other hand is purely nutritional. It comprises omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid, and other nutritional antioxidants which help maintain good cardiovascular health.
Can this omega-rich oil get you high?
“The amount of THC in hemp seed oil is not enough to create a psychoactive effect and hence is not intoxicating. Consuming hemp seed oil will not get you high, and this has been verified by various food research institutions globally,” says Abhinav Bhaskar, Co-Founder of Ananta.
The hemp-based company was founded by him along with Vikram Bir Singh with a view of providing a healthy, natural, and sustainable option of nutrition, wellness, and personal care to customers. The duo is committed to bringing the benefits of hemp to the world.
Can hemp oil relieve pain?
Vikram highlights the distinction between hemp seed oil and full-spectrum leaf extract when it comes to pain relief. “The hemp seed oil is akin to a superfood due to its nutritional composition. It has the golden ratio of omega6:omega3. Due to it being nutritionally beneficial, it is sold as an OTC product under Ayurveda. The full-spectrum leaf extract on the other hand acts as a pain reliever due to the presence of various cannabinoids along with CBD. It is only sold under a license and through an Ayurvedic doctor’s prescription.”
Breaking down the mechanism of how hemp full-spectrum leaf extract can act as a pain reliever, Abhinav says “On interacting with the body’s natural cannabinoid receptors, the oil helps in reducing pain signaling and pain perception. As more and more people are starting to research about hemp they are realizing that there so much more to this herb than what popular culture highlighted it for.”
This anti-inflammatory property of hemp leaf oil is increasing its popularity as a remedy for arthritis, rheumatoid joint pain, osteoarthritis, and other bone aches.
What are the benefits of hemp seed oil?
The duo advocates the plethora of benefits that hemp seed oil has been proven to have. Highlighting that Hemp Seed Oil is a natural source of important nutrients including important fatty acids such as omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids in the most well-balanced ratio(3:1), they say this is what accounts for the numerous benefits. Hemp oil is also a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a type of omega-6 fatty acid.
Hemp oil is anti-inflammatory
Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and Omega 6 fatty acid present in hempseed oil have been shown to reduce inflammation.
Hemp seed oil for skin benefits
The abundance of essential fatty acids in hempseed oil helps in alleviating skin irritations, dry skin, soothes skin rashes, etc. Along with that, it assists in skin cell repair and regeneration along with moisturizing and hydrating the skin.
Hemp seed oil benefits for hair
Hemp seed oil acts as a deep conditioner for dry and brittle hair. It helps fight dry and flaky scales along with help in fighting hair fall.
Hemp seed oil for a strong immune system
The hemp seed oil also helps in boosting the immune system with the help of valuable nutrients.
Hemp seed oil for Heart health
It contains naturally occurring omega fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6 which help in maintaining a healthy heart condition.
Why is hemp seed oil so effective?
This hemp seed oil comprises a rich set of nutrients in the right proportions thus making it a favorable option for pain relief, maintaining good health and its useful bioactive compounds have a multitude of benefits.
These extend to:
- The omega-6 fatty acid and omega-3 fatty acid improve immunity
- It mobilizes the digestive system
- The oil comprises important proteins, vitamins, and minerals required by the body
- It is an excellent source of hydration, nourishment, and antifungal for the skin and hair
- It is being adopted as an essential ingredient by cosmetic and beauty care companies globally
What are the side effects of hemp leaf extract?
The full-spectrum hemp leaf extract is prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor and should be taken in microdoses. Vikram says that although safe, the most common side effects that one should watch out for are
People who are allergic to cannabis will develop frequently seen rashes, irritation on the skin, hives, etc if treated with hemp oil.
The full-spectrum leaf extract lowers blood pressure and thus those who have a condition of low pressure, to begin with, should stay away from using the oil.
If the oil does not suit you, you may experience bouts of nausea, a dry mouth, drowsiness, and an upset stomach.
What are the legal aspects of the distribution of hemp products?
Though the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) has outlawed the use of cannabis for recreational purposes, the law does not extend to the leaves and seeds of the cannabis plant. “The hemp seed oil does not need a license,” says Vikram, pointing out however that “the full-spectrum leaf extract needs a manufacturing license to be distributed and the company must be registered under the Ministry of AYUSH.”
What is the future of the hemp industry?
The industrial hemp market is projected to surge at a CAGR of 32.17% by 2025. Let this sink in.
Abhinav is of the opinion that due to its various health benefits, the growth of the hemp market will be huge. “However, the complex regulatory structure of industrial hemp and its usage in different countries is expected to throw different challenges for the industry from time to time. The very reason that every part of the plant can be used and the plant has more than 30,000 applications explains why the industry has a bright future.”
Speaking of the geographical factors influencing the boom of this industry, Abhinav says that India being a tropical nation, the conditions are very favorable for hemp growth. “The most interesting verticals of a hemp crop is that it grows organically. This industrial hemp can be grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides, using very little water as compared to other crops while reducing the carbon footprint and giving an opportunity to the farmers to earn more than they usually do because of its demand.”