Introduction.

Hemp oil is a natural oil which is obtained from the Hemp plant. Hemp is one of the varieties of the Cannabis sativa. This oil is derived from the leaves, stalks and flowers of the cannabis plant. It contains the high amount of CBD and low amount of THC. This oil has the potential to treat a large number of the health conditions.

What are CBD and THC?

CBD and THC are the main active ingredients in the cannabis plant. THC stands for Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD stands for Cannabidiol. CBD is the structural isomer (the compounds having the same molecular formula but different structure) of the THC. THC is a psychoactive compound which can have a negative impact on the brain. On the other hand, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound.

Which ingredient is present in Hemp oil?

The hemp is the variety of the cannabis plant which contains less than 0.3 percent of THC. Therefore, hemp oil contains a large amount of CBD and less amount of THC. The main active ingredient of the hemp oil is CBD. It is the CBD within the hemp oil which makes it an effective oil for treating a number of conditions. Not only CBD, but this oil also contains phytonutrients (a natural plant chemical).

What makes CBD effective?

CBD is a safe compound because it does not have negative impacts on the central nervous system. It is considered as a non-psychoactive compound. CBD is a major cannabis compound that has shown a number of properties. It can act as an analgesic, muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant and antipsychotic drug. It has the neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Because of having a large number of properties, it can be used to treat various chronic disorders such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia etc.

Benefits of Hemp oil

Hemp oil is a natural oil which has a lot of positive effects on the human health. We are usually referring benefits of CBD within the hemp oil when we are talking about the benefits of hemp oil. This oil can be used for various purposes like-

1. For reducing inflammation

Inflammation is an immune response which limits the effects of foreign agents (such as bacteria, virus etc) in the body. It is the weapon of the human body against the foreign agents. Once the foreign agent destroyed, inflammation goes away.
Swelling, redness and pain are the signs of inflammation. These signs also disappear as the inflammation goes away. But in some cases, human body suffers from chronic inflammation due to various reasons. This increases the intensity of pain and muscle stiffness in the body. At that time, hemp oil can be used to reduce the inflammation.

How hemp oil helps in reducing inflammation?
The CBD present in the hemp oil has the potential to reduce the inflammation. CBD has the anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, hemp oil can be used to reduce the  inflammation.

2. For reducing anxiety

Anxiety is an emotional state which is caused by a fear of danger or misfortune. This results into uneasiness of mind. This affects how we feel and behave. It can cause physical symptoms such as an increase in blood pressure, raised heartbeat and sweating. Therefore, it alters the behaviour of a person.

How hemp oil helps in reducing anxiety?
Because of the presence of CBD, hemp oil has the anxiolytic properties. This property enables it to reduce the anxiety.
According to a research study, CBD-enriched hemp oil can reduce the level of anxiety and discomfort in the body. Therefore, it is considered  a highly safe and effective treatment for reducing anxiety.

3. For improving the skin condition

Skin is the outer covering of the human body. It is the delicate part of the body. That is why it is highly prone to various skin diseases and infections. Common skin problems are acne, rashes, wrinkles, dryness and ageing.

How hemp oil is beneficial?
There are various types of hemp oil. First of all, it is very important to know that there are various types of the hemp oil depending upon the part of plant from which it extracted. The hemp oil which is recommended for skin does not contain CBD. This is a cannabinoid free oil. It is usually extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. This is also known as hemp-seed oil.
The hemp oil can help to calm the irritation on the skin. It is a rich source of Vitamin E, proteins and fatty acids. It helps in keeping the skin nourish and moisturize. This oil also has the anti-ageing properties which reduce the problem of fine lines and wrinkles. Most probably it is used as a treatment for improving the skin conditions.

4. For boosting immunity

Immunity is the strength of a person to fight against diseases. The human body has an immune system to defend itself from foreign agents. This immune system is a complex network of cells that interact with each other to protect the body. Hemp oil has the ability to boost our immunity.

How hemp oil helps in boosting immunity?
The human body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It is made up of endocannabinoids and their receptors. They are found everywhere in the body. Their main function is to maintain the internal balance of the body. This balance is maintained by boosting the immune system. Therefore, hemp oil can be used to boost that immunity.
CBD within the hemp oil has the ability to interact with the cannabinoid receptors and enhance the working of the immune system.

5. For balancing the hormones in the body

A hormone is a chemical substance produced in the body to regulate the functions of various organs. Hormonal balance plays a crucial role in the human body. It helps the whole body to function properly. But at various stages of life, hormonal imbalance may occur. In that case, hemp oil can be used to maintain the hormonal balance.

How hemp oil helps in maintaining hormonal balance?
The hemp is a rich source of Omega-6 fatty acid and gamma-linolic acid (GLA). Many research studies proved GLA as a useful substance in maintaining the hormonal balance. Because of the presence of high amount of GLA in hemp oil, it can be used to maintain the hormonal balance in the body.

Conclusion

Hemp oil has a large number of positive effects on the human health. It can treat various chronic disorders because of the presence of CBD. Not only this but the presence of various fatty acids and Vitamin E also make it a useful product. It is a multipurpose oil with few side effects. Therefore, it can be considered as a highly safe and effective product of the cannabis plant.

 

References

https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/fall08/articles/fall08pg22-25.html

https://www.cbdweb.org/medical-cannabis-guide/hemp-oil-arthritis-pain-relief

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK99533/

 

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Prachi Jain

Pursuing BSc in clinical research and healthcare management.Writing articles with an objective to help people who are despirately looking forward to acquire knowledge on the health and fitness. I strongly believe that proper exercise and meditation can help a person to stay fit and fine. I relieve my stress by meditating, singing and reading books. I believe that hobbies are the best meditation practices. Singing is my hobby and it is just like a meditation to me. It helps me to get eternal peace and a sort of relief from the stressful conditions.

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