Hemp Oil Uses: The Complete Guide

We live in a society that is constantly reaching for the next level of peak health and appearance, using only naturally effective methods. 

No pressure, right? 

Despite this never-ending climb, one little plant is paving the way for people to reach their health and wellness goals: hemp. Hemp oil is a nutty and flavorful oil that is extracted from the stalks or seeds of the hemp plant. There are different uses for each type of hemp oil, each offering its own array of uses and unique wellness benefits.

Three powerful uses for hemp 

Hemp oil’s benefits are so bountiful and unmistakable that scientists studied it in-depth even while it was banned in most of society, including the U.S. Thankfully, the 2018 Farm Bill completely cleared the air and legitimized hemp’s legality by separating it from its notorious cousin, marijuana. Both are from the cannabis family, but hemp doesn’t get you high. 

There’s no doubt more benefits will be discovered, but for now, let’s jump into what hemp oil has already proven.

Hemp seed oil uses for cooking 

Hemp seed oil offers a healthy alternative to vegetable oil, canola oil, or butter. 

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Its delicious nutty flavor makes it perfect for sautéed vegetables or meats, salad dressings, or dipping in bread. The main reason for swapping popular oils for hemp seed oil, is because of the wellness benefits it offers. It’s very high in essential fatty acids (EFAs), with a perfect 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6. As the name suggests, EFAs are essential for human health.  

Another nutritious benefit of hemp seed oil is its content of insoluble fiber, protein, and array of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. These nutritional benefits make hemp a great choice for anyone, including vegetarians and diabetics. Aside from being extreme healthy, hemp seed oil is a delicious and flavorful alternative to vegetable oil and butter. 

There is one catch. Using hemp seed oil to cook has some limitations. Mainly, it can smoke at low temperatures, so it should not be used for frying or deep-frying. 

The other thing to keep an eye out for with hemp seed oil, is if it is being sold as either hemp oil or CBD hemp oil. Hemp seed oil does not contain cannabidiol (CBD) like hemp oil does. Therefore, hemp seed oil is much less expensive than CBD hemp oil or commonly referred to as CBD oil. 

CBD hemp oil uses for health 

Hemp oil is a loose term often used to talk about oil from any part of the hemp plant. It’s vital to distinguish the different types, so this next one is typically called CBD hemp oil or more commonly, CBD oil. 

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Oil extracted from the mature stalks and flowers (NOT the seeds) of the hemp plant contain an incredible compound called cannabidiol, or CBD for short. CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System to support a healthy balance throughout the body. Studies have shown it has potential for concerns related to anxiety and inflammation, with virtually zero side effects

The benefits of CBD hemp oil don’t stop there. It’s also packed full of important vitamins and minerals that are important for your daily regimen. Most CBD oil supplements also feature the therapeutic benefits of plant terpenes

It’s worth noting the potential medical uses for CBD hemp oil that are being studied. CBD research topics include inflammation, anxiety, PTSD, sleep, and much more.

Popular types of CBD hemp oil products

CBD hemp oil can be added to your diet in many ways, such as edibles, pure extracts, and even flavored tinctures. Edibles are available as gummies, chocolates, and more. Pure extracts are straight CBD hemp oil with no added ingredients. Finally, tinctures are liquid extracts from the hemp plant and come in many flavors. These liquid drops are a great way to enhance your diet and supplement your nutrition. 

If you are just starting out with CBD hemp oil, our CBD Oil Buyer’s Guide is a helpful place to figure out which product type to start with. 

Hemp oil uses for skin 

Believe it or not, the benefits and uses of hemp oil are not limited to food or supplements. Hemp oil is becoming increasingly popular in cosmetics including lotions, shampoos, sunscreens, lip balms, and other skin products

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Hemp oil is rich in vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants that heal the skin. It also contains fatty acids that keep the skin hydrated, and calcium to keep it smooth. For these reasons, it’s becoming wildly popular for rashes and dry skin. We’re starting to see hemp seed oil added to products like moisturizers and lips balms as well.

However, it’s still fairly uncommon to find skin care products made with CBD hemp oil. The skincare benefits of CBD are nothing short of amazing, particularly for inflamed muscles and joints. 

With so many amazing vitamins, minerals and compounds, CBD hemp oil is a natural defense against dry, aging or sore skin.

Where does hemp oil come from?  

Hemp oil can come from the seeds, stalks, or flowers of the hemp plant. Depending on which part it’s extracted from, it creates different types of hemp oil. 

Hemp oil that comes from the seeds is rich in nutrients, vitamins, and EFAs. It does not contain cannabinoids, like CBD. 

When hemp oil comes from the stalks or flowers, it contains a blend of cannabinoids (CBD, CBDa, CBN, CBC, CBG), terpenes, and other phytonutrients.

Difference between hemp oil and CBD oil 

Sometimes there’s a major difference between hemp oil and CBD oil, and other time they mean exactly the same thing. It’s all about the context. 

Hemp oil can refer to the oil extracted from any part of the hemp plant, even though we know there’s a huge difference between them. Both are, technically, “hemp oil.” It makes sense to use this term in either situation, but then how do we know what we’re actually getting? 

If you buy a “hemp oil” salve with the hope it’s going to soothe sore muscles, fingers crossed it contains CBD or the benefits probably won’t meet your expectations. Find out how many milligrams of CBD or “hemp extract” are in it before buying. 

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil vs CBD Isolate 

Hemp oil can be considered “full spectrum” or sometimes called “broad spectrum” when it contains not only CBD, but also all the other plant parts in hemp.

CBD isolate is what you get when all plant matter and “full spectrum” characteristics are stripped away, leaving only CBD. CBD isolate should not be considered hemp oil, though it may be derived from hemp because it is only CBD and does not contain the other plant nutrients.  

Make sure you do your research on the product to verify if it is in fact CBD oil or hemp seed oil. If you’re looking for a CBD oil salve, it’s a good idea to ask the manufacturer for lab test results to verify how much CBD is in it. 

Hemp oil benefits 

Hemp oil is considered a superfood thanks to its wide scope of nutritional and health benefits. Keeping in our important theme of separating the two types of hemp oil, let’s look at the benefits of each separately. 

First up is hemp oil from the stalks of the plant, which contains several uniquely powerful compounds. 

This type of hemp oil offers the benefits of cannabinoids. A wide range of cannabinoids can be present in hemp oil, like CBD, CBDa, CBC, CBG, CBN. By a long-shot, however, CBD is the most abundant of the group. Cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system to support important functions in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system. This system aims to keep us in homeostasis, so it must have a tight hold on inflammation, anxiety, and stress. 

Another benefit of hemp oil comes from the terpenes. While that may be an unfamiliar word, you’re most likely already familiar with their benefits. Terpenes are found in all plants, they are the reason for the benefits popularly associated with essential oils, like peppermint oil (terpene = mentha piperita). 

Not only do terpenes attribute to the plant’s aroma and flavor, the therapeutic properties play a major role in the benefits of hemp oil. When cannabinoids and terpenes are working together, they enhance the benefits in what’s known as the entourage effect.

Bottom Line 

Hemp oil is a natural product that offers a multitude of uses to support health and wellness. This versatile oil can be used in cooking, supplements, or skincare and provides a multitude of added nutrition. With so many different options for use, hemp oil can easily become part of a nutritional program that can help users improve and maintain their overall health. 

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

CBD and Essential Oils: A Few Mixes You Can Try

In recent years, we have seen the rise of natural products storming the mainstream media. In particular, medical marijuana and CBD products have risen but, most recently, essential oils have hit the headlines. Those who have had zero success treating anxiety or sleep disorders with pharmaceutical medications are finally seeing positive results primarily via the use of CBD oil and, most recently, essential oils. We have all heard of coconut oil, olive oil, and lavender oil working wonders for aromatherapy and possibly even the likes of copaiba essential oil. But what about hemp seed oil or the benefits of CBD oil or even a combination with other essential oils?

With the world in crisis over environmental issues paired with a growing awareness of the harm that toxic medications can do when used for prolonged periods of time, natural medicines and supplements are taking center stage and people are now flocking to give natural remedies a try.

 

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Using CBD with Essential Oils for a Health Boost

As with cannabis and hemp, essential oils have been used for thousands of years for therapeutic purposes, as has the cannabis plant (before it was banned). And while you do not traditionally ingest them to enjoy the benefits they can offer, they can still be used in conjunction with CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, to effectively supercharge your healing experience. CBD-infused topical balms that contain pure essential oils are becoming increasingly popular, especially among those suffering from skin conditions or pain. And while neither CBD oil nor essential oils can be classified as a medicine, hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide swear by their own mixes of the two tinctures for ultimate relief and healing.

In this article, we will be taking a look at the best mixes you can try, depending on the condition you are struggling with.

 

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Lavender: A Powerful Sleep Aid

One of the primary reasons that otherwise healthy people are turning to CBD is because of insomnia. Nobody wants to have to deal with a hectic job on a poor night’s sleep and CBD oil has been found to enhance your ability to fall asleep and, most importantly, stay asleep for the whole night. Lavender essential oil has also been used since as long as we can remember to promote relaxation and improve sleep, usually through topical application or via an infuser. Out of all of the essential oils available, lavender seems to be able to combat pretty much everything from stress and anxiety to eczema and sunburn and it is for this reason that it pairs perfectly when used alongside CBD. If you are currently using CBD balm to treat a skin condition, then try adding a few drops of pure lavender oil into the mix—not only will you smell great, you will feel great, too.

Lemon: The Energizer

Although most people associate CBD oil with sleep and relaxation, it can also be used to enhance mental clarity, concentration, and the overall improvement of your energy levels. Micro-dosing CBD is most effective when you need an energy boost and even more so when you add some lemon essential oil into the mix. Remember that only certain essential oils are safe to ingest but lemon oil is one of them. For convenience, you could add a couple of drops of organic lemon oil into your CBD tincture or, alternatively, you could go the completely natural route and boil a couple of lemon rinds in some distilled water and then drink it as your first beverage in the morning.

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Eucalyptus and Jasmine: Anti-Anxiety

CBD has been hailed as having potent anxiolytic effects and a recent study has actually proven that it can successfully combat social anxiety and while it is perfectly capable of flying solo in order to treat feelings of stress and panic, if you combine with an essential oil such as jasmine or eucalyptus, the effect is thought to be faster acting and longer lasting, as reported by current users of this harmonious blend. Eucalyptus oil has a soothing effect, thanks to its powerful minty fresh smell and it also induces a sensation of clarity. When you consider how easy it is to lose yourself in the overwhelming sensation of an impending panic attack, you will likely agree that clarity is key when it comes to navigating an internal storm. Jasmine is another excellent natural weapon for calming the nerves and it is one of the few essential oils that are capable of helping you to relax without inducing feelings of sleepiness. Rather than ingesting these two oils, put a couple of drops on a handkerchief and breathe them in deeply when you need relief or, alternatively, use a diffuser to fill your home or office with the delicious scent.

Conclusion

The world of essential oils is vast and homeopaths worldwide will testify to the power of nature’s elixirs when used correctly, so the oils mentioned above are by no means the only oils you can use in conjunction with CBD. However, if you feel that you could benefit from taking an all-natural approach to your healing, then you will now have a good starting point from which you can begin to experiment with your own mixes of CBD and essential oils.

This article first appeared on SundayScaries.

What is Industrial Hemp (and Where Does it Come From?)

This article first appeared on MadeByHemp.com

 

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that is grown for industrial purpose. The emphasis here is placed on industrial. Unlike marijuana, a cannabis plant used for recreational and medical purposes, hemp has many—you got it—industrial uses, including paper, textiles, plastics, construction, food, and fuel.

Hemp also contains low levels of THC, the infamous psychoactive compound. Instead, hemp is bred to have high levels of CBD, a legal and non-intoxicating compound. Many people take hemp-derived CBD oil as a daily supplement to support a balanced endocannabinoid system and to target specific concerns without a high.

 

To better understand the versatility of the hemp plant, let’s dive into the basics of hemp: how it’s grown, where it comes from, and how it’s used.

 

Growing Industrial Hemp

 

Hemp appeals to farmers because it grows rapidly (maturing in 8-12 weeks), calls for less water than other crops, and does not require pesticides. This renewable source also receives praise for its benefit to the environment. Hemp draws in CO2, prevents soil erosion, and provides nutrients to the soil after harvest.

Additionally, hemp is a bio-accumulator, meaning it pulls substances from the soil. This gives hemp the unique ability to detoxify soil, which has been taken advantage of in areas such as Chernobyl, where agricultural land was contaminated by a nuclear disaster.

 

Where Does Hemp Come From?

 

Hemp can be grown in most of the world and hemp companies source from different locations. We primarily source from our farms in both Kentucky and Colorado.

Hemp Through the Years

 

For a time, hemp was only legal in the United States if it was imported. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified cannabis as a Schedule I drug, which made it illegal to grow hemp in the United States. However, hemp could be imported from other countries, provided it contained less than 0.3% THC. This prohibition marred the industrial uses of hemp and made hemp legally unidentifiable from marijuana.

 

This changed when the 2014 Farm Bill was passed, followed by the 2018 Farm Bill.

 

About every five years, a farm bill is passed to create and reauthorize federal programs. In 2014, the farm bill included an amendment that permitted states to pass industrial hemp pilot programs and research.

 

The amendment defines industrial hemp as separate from marijuana if it produces a product with less than 0.3% THC. It also gives institutions of higher education and state departments of agriculture the authorization to regulate and conduct hemp research and pilot programs, if it is in a state that has legalized hemp cultivation.So, the 2014 Farm Bill made it legal for manufacturers to source hemp-derived CBD from the United States. The passing of this amendment has, and continues to, benefit U.S. farmers and businesses.

Fast forward to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was made legal throughout the U.S., so more farmers are beginning to grow up. This should create more competition and help reduce the cost of CBD oil over time.

 

Since 2014, United States hemp production has begun to flourish. Now in 2019, U.S. farmers have had several years to acclimate to the crop. As the quality of domestic hemp increases, we are finding more CBD manufacturers moving toward domestic sources. Over the next decade, we predict that the United States will become a leader in hemp production.

 

Uses for hemp

Application of Hemp

Hemp is a renewable resource and can be used to create thousands of products.

Hemp also contains active compounds called cannabinoids, such as CBD.  In the past several years, there has been an influx of personal testimonies and research promoting the benefits of CBD. With this information, we are learning that hemp is even more than its industrial application.

The versatility of hemp has been recognized for centuries. For a period, the benefit of hemp was overshadowed by marijuana. In the past decade, however, there has been a resurgence in the hemp industry as the stigma of cannabis begins to dissolve. As the recognition of hemp expands, we expect to see an increase in the application and research of hemp.

In Health,

Shaline

 

Does CBD Help with Anxiety? Five Fascinating Benefits of CBD for Anxiety

Unless you have the patience of a saint, it is likely that at one point or another you have felt like tearing your hair out due to a bout of stress. The pace of modern life can be far too hectic for us to deal with at times, but we seem to just bury our heads in the sand and carry on through the mental storm to get things done. Just like post-traumatic stress or a panic disorder, anxiety is a hideously unpredictable condition to have to deal with and a panic attack can arise out of the blue at any time—yet so many people in the world choose to ignore their body’s messages begging them to slow down and relax. If you find yourself nodding with familiarity, then it could be time to start looking into better coping mechanisms to help you control your episodes of stress and anxiety.

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How Is Anxiety Treated?

Here’s the thing: one of the main reasons that people tend to just put up with feeling anxious as opposed to taking steps to overcome their suffocating emotions, is because they are just too busy to devote hours to changing their lifestyle to reduce stress levels. And the only quick fix for anxiety disorder that is traditionally prescribed by a physician is a benzodiazepine like Valium or Xanax. While it is true that these pharmaceuticals do provide almost instant relief from feelings of panic and stress, they are accompanied by harsh withdrawal symptoms and have a high addiction rate.

Fortunately, as medical advances and becomes more open to holistic remedies for health and wellness, natural supplements like cannabidiol oil, more commonly known as CBD oil, and gummies which derive from the cannabis plant are becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages to help manage symptoms of anxiety and stress. In fact, it appears that CBD and anxiety go hand in hand.

Does CBD Help with Anxiety?

Anecdotal testimonies and some scientific research already suggest that the effects of CBD can help overcome feelings of anxiety and restore your emotional balance, as well as help alleviate chronic pain. Though more clinical trials need to be carried out, the signs are looking good. Many people who are already on the CBD oil bandwagon have had excellent results with daily use, especially when it comes to dealing with issues like insomnia which can be linked to an anxiety disorder.

As studies are still lacking on CBD oil for medicinal purposes, however, there is a long way to go in order to pinpoint:

  • How long it takes to combat anxiety and depression
  • If it definitely works
  • Precise dosage
  • Success rates

That said, it has already been proven that CBD oil for anxiety can safely be used as a supplement alongside the majority of traditional medications and any potential side effects are minimal.

There are so many benefits that CBD products bring to the table when it comes to the seemingly never-ending battle with anxiety and here are the most fascinating ones.

CBD Can Eliminate the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

What many people don’t realize is that anxiety isn’t just an emotional condition—it can also have physical side effects. Have you ever noticed that during times of stress you get physically ill? Or you suddenly seem to be getting migraines and joint pain? This is because everything that is happening inside your mind is manifesting itself in your body so you will take notice that something is up. There are existing studies that demonstrate how CBD and other products derived from the cannabis plant like CBD gummies can positively affect the physical symptoms of anxiety and existing users have reported that not only do they feel calmer within themselves—they feel more energized, muscular pain goes away and they no longer feel the need to binge on junk food and caffeine to get them through the day.

CBD Is Believed to Heal Phobias

According to the British Pharmacological Society, CBD is thought to contribute to the reduction of learned fear responses and phobias, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other illnesses connected to mental health. When your endocannabinoid system is triggered by CBD, it will kick in to send signals that work to balance out anxiety and help you react to stressful situations in a calmer, clearer manner. If you have a phobia of snakes, this does not mean that you will be cuddling up with a six-foot Python anytime soon. However, it does mean that your panicked response to the sight of a snake will be greatly reduced and you will be able to process the experience in a more rational manner. Certain strains of CBD also work to boost confidence. Therefore, if public speaking is one of your phobias or you are a bit of a wallflower, a good quality CBD tincture will ease your symptoms and allow you to expose yourself to certain situations without having a panic attack.

Your Mood Will Greatly Improve

One of the primary reasons that we love CBD for anxiety is because it not only alleviates immediate symptoms of panic and anxiety, it also triggers receptors in your brain that will kick out more serotonin and hence improve your overall mood. Current CBD fans swear by their chosen elixir to enhance their mood and give them a more positive outlook, which ultimately results in beneficial outcomes in all areas of life.

Say Goodbye to Panic Attacks

Did you know that, in extreme cases, a panic attack could actually cause you to have a nervous breakdown—especially if you are experiencing them frequently? CBD levels out your automatic nervous system and reduces anxiety and if you take CBD just before or after a disturbing or traumatic event it can actually completely reset your nervous system. The existing tension you are experiencing will be relieved and your body will start to respond accordingly and regulate your emotions, restoring them to a healthy balance.

A New Outlook on Life

While it does sound a little cheesy, it seems that CBD use can result in a better quality of life overall. People who previously struggled with feeling depressed and not wanting to leave the house have found themselves feeling full of energy and much more motivated to get healthy and those who loathe going to the gym have discovered that they feel inspired to try a different kind of exercise.

There is no concrete evidence that your life will be better if you take CBD, but there sure is a lack of people talking about how their lives became worse after taking it. Almost every single report we have read or heard about in present times focuses on the fact that the entourage effect when taking CBD is strong and it positively influences a range of aspects of emotional, mental, and physical health. If we combine this with the fact that it’s an all-natural supplement with virtually non-existent harmful side effects, what’s not to love?

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.