Hemp Seed Oil Health Benefits

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You may have heard of hemp oil being beneficial for us, but what are hemp seed oil health benefits?

You may be more familiar with it’s cousin, hashish oil, but don’t get these two confused! Hemp seed oil is made from hemp seeds. It contains very minimal THC meaning it won’t have any psychedelic effect on you.

For those of you who aren’t aware, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component of hashish oil, or cannabis oil and the marijuana plant. This is the stuff that has a psychotropic effect on people which makes it illegal in most countries around the world frequently used for pain management.

Hemp oil on the other hand is made from hemp seeds which are very safe for consumption containing a very limited amount of THC component – approximately 0.3 – 1.5% THC.

Whereas marijuana has a much higher level of THC between 5 – 10 %.

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In Australia in November 2017, a momentous event occurred, where it became legal to sell hemp seed food products.

This is very exciting news for those who follow a ketogenic diet, low carb way of eating or simply want to incorporate healthier foods in our diets.

A nutty flavored oil, it’s made from organic hemp seeds.

The product I am talking about here is made in Australia.

For Hemp oil in America, you can find it on Amazon.


Fatty acids and Fiber

Hemp seed oil contains omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, similar to other healthy unhydrogenated seed oils and coconut oil.

Fatty acids are essential to assist cells to absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. Without these fatty acids, the cells lose their elasticity. Therefore, without these fats, our cells simply can’t do their job.

This is why the low fat era has led to a faster aging process as the cells didn’t receive enough fatty acids required to do their job.

Nobel prize winner Johanna Budwig conducted research into the importance of omega 3 and 6 oils for our body.

The oil made from hemp seeds have a high fiber content. Fiber helps our bodies digest foods more easily, thus supporting the process of elimination.

Nutritional Make up of the oil

Hemp seed oil has the perfect balance of 3:1 ratio of Omega 6: Omega 3 fatty acids. Giving this oil the ability to boost weight loss, reduce cardiovascular disease, increase immune system strength.

Omega 3 fatty acids of hemp oil contains stearidonic acid (SDA) and  alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). Omega 6 fatty acids including gamma-linolic acid, ceramides, linolenic acid.

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Gamma-linolenic fatty acid is a precursor, or building block for some prostaglandins, which supports hormones.

Here’s an interesting fact: we all have cannabinoids in our bodies that occur naturally known as endocannabinoids. They are slightly different from those found in the hemp plant.

Hemp oil contains fiber and numerous minerals. These minerals are potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus.

Having a complete amino acid profile makes hemp seeds themselves highly valuable, especially for vegetarians and vegans.

They also contain vitamin E, D3 and B including folate.

Comparing the amount in grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) of hemp seeds see below:


hemp seed oil health benefits

Hemp Seed Oil Health Benefits

  • Phytonutrients and healthy fats make hemp oil considered a superfood.
  • Protects against aging.
  • The perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids makes it excellent for moisturising dry skin.
  • Helps with acne due to it’s linolenic acid, also an omega 6 fatty acid.
  • Hemp seed oil also helps with psoriasis and is a natural emollient.
  • It makes a great hair moisturisor. When fatty acids, from ceramides, are applied topically or consumed,  cell membranes absorb the oil while preventing it from leaving the cell. Thus maintaining moisturized hair.
  • Hormonal balancing – Another omega 6 fatty acid, gamma-linolic acid (GLA), this oil can also support and reduce menstrual pain in women during their cycle and prevent premenstrual syndrome.
  • Also helps boost the immune system.
  • Cells are made up of membranes called myelin. These membranes require fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6 to be able to absorb nutrients such as Vitamin A, D, E and K. All contained in hemp seed oil.
  • Helps with weight loss due to it’s omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. This helps boost metabolism and lowers cholesterol.
  • It’s an excellent source of fatty acids for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Supports hormones, especially for women, helps with managing premenstrual tension and menopause symptoms.

Some Side effects to consider:

  • High doses can cause diarrhea, especially if one is not used to it.
  • Some research has shown that cancer cells in those with prostate cancer have been shown to increase. It is best to avoid hemp oil if there is a history or risk of prostate cancer.
  • Those who take blood thinners are not recommended to consume hemp oil since it is considered an anticoagulant.

How to use Hemp Seed Oil

One of the best ways to use this oil is in salads.

Drizzle over your avocado, hemp seed, baby spinach, cucumber, mint leaves, red onion and lemon juice ingredients and voila, a nutritious salad to have at any time.

Create a salad of your preference and drizzle with the oil.

It’s best not to cook with this oil as it changes the chemical make up of the oil.

Instead, drizzle over your meals such as beef to boost the nutrient content.

Can also be used for dipping keto bread in.

For more recipe ideas click here  and have a look in the shop for recipes by the CEO of Hemp Foods Australia, Paul Benhaim.

Hemp Foods Australia

I’ve discovered a fabulous company here in Australia where you can buy hemp seed oil legally!

These products are also certified organic and displays the certified organic symbol. This means they also contain no hidden nasties in the form of harmful chemicals. In fact, the hemp plant itself actually has less need to have deadly chemicals used for pesticides or herbicides applied to it.

Hemp Foods Australia provide a number of products, including hemp seed oil.

Some of the products offered include:

  • Hulled Hemp Seeds
  • Organic Hemp Oil
  • Hemp Protein Powder
  • Organic Hemp Powder/Flour

This company also offers international shipping.

To find out more about hemp seed oil click below


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I would love to hear your thoughts about hemp seed oil.

Have you tried it yet? If so what did you think?

Feel free to leave comments below.






12 thoughts on “Hemp Seed Oil Health Benefits

  1. Great article! Hemp seed oil sounds like a staple for everyone to have in their cupboards. Hemp is so versatile, it's an absolute crime it's not used more in every area of our lives.
    1. Hi Lace, thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's frustrating when its unnecessarily illegal in some countries when it has so many health benefits for us! Fingers crossed this will come to be accepted in more countries around the world. All the best to you :).
  2. I have been a little suspicious about hemp seed oil, largely due to its THC content. Your statement gave me great information that hemp oil can be used safely and has many beneficial health effects. Thank you Kathleen for this informative article.
    1. Hi Kari, thanks for your comment. Yes, it is reassuring to know that it's safe. That's what prompted me to do my research and find out too. Especially now that it's legal around these parts, woohoo! I didn't realise how beneficial to our health it is, I'm so glad I was able to do my research :). All the best.
  3. Yay! Australia, I use hemp seeds in my smoothies and it is delicious. It adds a creamy taste and it is very mild not overpowering at all. When I started using it this law was not yet passed. Thank you for this informative article.
    1. Hi Angee, thanks for stopping by. That's a great idea using them in your smoothies. They sound delish! Isn't it great that it's legal to eat healthy hemp seeds now hey!
  4. Hi, great to hear that Australia is now too allowing the consumption and production of healthy hemp products. I have consumed hemp seed chocolate bars many years ago in Switzerland and always thought they taste great. They too had no THC in them but were a great energy food. To see that now one can buy hemp seed oil in big bottles is very good news. I just have to wait until it gets allowed in Thailand where I live. Thank's for the information.
    1. Hi Stefan, thanks for stopping by. Sounds like the hemp seed chocolate bars were yum. Lets hope the rest of the world can allow hemp seed products too. Considering there's no THC to be concerned about, it's hopefully just a matter of time before it becomes allowed.
  5. Hey Kathleen, great article. I was just wondering how does one actually consume hemp seed oil. Should you consume it on it own, with another substance, or is used for cooking of some sort? Dwight
    1. Hi Dwight, thanks for stopping by. You make a good point that I have left out, I'll update and include how to incorporate hemp seed oil. Apologies for missing out this valuable part. Thanks heaps for your question :).
  6. Wow, I didn't know that Hemp Seeds were illegal up till November of last year. I have been an advocate of organic foods and supplements for years, glad to see that this information is being put out there for everyone to read. I also hadn't known that cancer cells may be affected with Hemp seeds or oil, good to know!
    1. Hi Jacob, great to hear from you. Yes, it's very exciting that this humble health food has been recognized as safe and beneficial for us. More research is exploring it's link to prostate cancer, so I'll be keeping an eye on this and will up date when more information is found.

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