Ingredients and Uses

13 Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil For Great Health (But Is It Legal?)

Reviewed By Registered Dietitian Mollie Meldahl, RD, LD, CPT
13 Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil For Great Health (But Is It Legal?) Hyderabd040-395603080 January 7, 2019

Hemp seed is a part of the cannabis plant (marijuana), which is one reason the world has turned a blind eye to its benefits. But the seed doesn’t cause any psychotropic reactions like marijuana, and hence, we can now take a look at it. Hemp seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that combat lethal diseases like cancer and inflammation and diabetes. Well, there’s more to the oil – and to know that, you must read this post.

Table Of Contents

What Is Hemp Seed Oil? What Is It Good For?
What Are The Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil?
What Is The Nutritional Profile Of Hemp Seed Oil?
Is Hemp Seed Oil Legal?
What Are The Side Effects Of Hemp Seed Oil?

What Is Hemp Seed Oil? What Is It Good For?

Hemp seed oil is derived from hemp seeds. Though marijuana comes from the same plant, hemp seeds contain just trace amounts of THC (the most active ingredient of marijuana), and as you might be wondering, they don’t get you high.

The oil is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and other essential fatty acids (like GLA, which we will discuss in a while), all of which are known to combat diseases like inflammatory arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

That’s it in a nutshell. But yes, we know, the details are what would interest you.

Did You Know?

You can use hemp seed oil to varnish woodwork as well. Just mix a little oil with lemon juice and apply it over finished wood using a cotton ball.

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What Are The Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil?

1. Hemp Seed Oil Fights Inflammation

Hemp seed oil is rich in GLA (gamma linoleic acid), which is an omega-6 fat that boosts immunity and fights inflammation. GLA works by promoting the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like chemicals that control inflammation (1).

The oil is also a good source of anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help relieve arthritic symptoms – though we need more research on this.

Hemp seed oil has also been found to treat multiple sclerosis (which can be caused by inflammation) (2). It might help treat fibromyalgia too.

2. Boosts Heart Health

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Certain bioactive compounds found in hemp seed oil can lower blood cholesterol levels and protect the heart. The oil has omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the optimal ratio – 3:1. This ratio was found to be more beneficial for cardiovascular health as opposed to higher ratios of omega 6: omega 3 fatty acids (3).

As per another animal study, hemp seed oil was found to reduce cholesterol absorption. Another study states that taking 30 mL of the oil every day for four weeks reduces the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol, which can promote heart health. The essential fatty acids in hemp can help reduce the levels of unhealthy fats in the body, and this enhances cardiovascular health.

[ Read: Top 30 Heart Healthy Foods ]

3. Aids Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes is also linked to a deficiency in essential fatty acids, and given that hemp oil is rich in them, it can work as a good supplemental treatment (4).

However, we need more research before we conclude that hemp seed oil can benefit diabetics. As of now, please consult your doctor before using the oil.

4. Helps Fight Cancer

Given its perfect fatty-acid profile of GLA and omega-3s, hemp seed can fight inflammation and cancer too. According to the British Journal of Cancer, hemp can reverse glioblastoma multiforme, which is a severe form of brain cancer (5).

Other studies have shown how cannabinoids derived from hemp seeds aid the treatment of cancers of the lung and breast. They achieve this by inhibiting cancer growth and proliferation.

5. Improves Brain Health

Hemp seed oil contains cannabinoids, chemicals that bind to specialized receptors in the brain. And studies have shown this can ease anxiety, especially social anxiety (6). The oil also has anti-depressant effects, as per another Brazilian study (7).

The essential fatty acids in the oil can boost brain health in other ways – they improve memory and might prevent age-related cognitive decline. Inhaling the oil (aromatherapy) is believed to enhance the mood as well.

6. Might Aid Weight Loss

Studies have shown that individuals taking GLA supplements for a year gained back less weight. Since hemp oil is rich in GLA, it can be beneficial in this aspect.

The omega-3s in hemp seed oil might also contribute to weight loss in some way. But there is very little research here. We advise you to talk to your doctor first.

[ Read: How To Lose Weight Fast At Home ]

7. Can Boost Immunity

The omega-3 fats and GLA make hemp seed oil a wonderful remedy for a weakened immune system (8). The oil boosts immunity and prevents disease.

8. Is Beneficial During Pregnancy

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Hemp seed oil is also a great option for all pregnant mothers. And yes, again, a major part of the credit goes to the omega-3 fatty acids.

According to an American study, adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids is critical during pregnancy as they are the building blocks of the fetal brain and retina. They also play a major role in preventing perinatal depression (9). Oils containing omega-3 fatty acids can also help prevent preterm delivery and promote an easier birth and the baby’s optimum lifelong wellness (10).

However, there are some sources that highlight the potential ill effects of hemp seed oil during pregnancy. For this reason, we recommend you consult your doctor.

9. Hemp Seed Oil Can Enhance Digestive Health

Hemp seeds seem to benefit the digestive system. Thanks to their fiber content (both soluble and insoluble), they relieve constipation and bloating and ease bowel movements.

In regards to the oil, the small amount of protein it contains is identical to the one present in our blood, and it is given to patients suffering from digestive troubles (as the protein gets easily digested in the human body) (11).

Eicosanoids, the hormone-like agents produced by the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, have been found to regulate the secretion of digestive juices and hormones. This can aid the overall digestive process.

Did You Know?

In America, it was legal to pay taxes with hemp from the 1630s to early 1800s.

10. Relieves PMS Symptoms

The GLA in hemp seed oil might ease menstrual cramps. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some of the symptoms that improve on using hemp oil include breast tenderness, feelings of irritability and depression, and swelling (12).

11. Is Useful For Skin Care

Hemp seed oil can help you get beautiful and healthy skin. It acts as a moisturizer and prevents your skin from becoming dry during the winters. In other words, it keeps your skin soft, fresh, and hydrated. Simply apply hemp seed oil all over your body after taking a bath. You will notice the difference in a few days.

Also, the oil doesn’t clog your pores. It contains 60% linoleic acid, which regulates sebum production. Lack of linoleic acid in the diet can provoke the sebum to clog our pores – which then gives rise to blackheads, whiteheads, or acne lesions. You can simply wet your face, pat it dry, and apply the oil to the affected areas. Massage properly. Use it once a day.

You can use hemp seed oil in a similar way to remove makeup as well.

12. Hemp Seed Oil Protects Skin From Disease

Some reports suggest that hemp seed oil can be used as a treatment for eczema. The essential fatty acids in the oil act as an internal moisturizer – which help relieve eczema symptoms (13). Taking the oil thrice a day, along with applying it on the affected areas on the skin, can be beneficial.

Using the oil every day for 20 weeks was also found to relieve the symptoms of dermatitis. This is especially true with the itching associated with the condition.

The oil can even help improve shingles, which is one type of rash. Hemp oil can reduce the inflammation and even protect the nerve cells (that are usually attacked in this condition). Consuming hemp oil can help you deal with the symptoms of pain. But since each case of shingles could be unique, we suggest you talk to your doctor and take his advise on the way you need to use hemp oil to treat your condition.

Hemp seed oil can also be used to prevent sunburns. It has an SPF of 6, and this should be enough for most people in mild conditions. You can add zinc oxide to it to boost its SPF rating. The oil is one great way to soothe a sunburn as it protects the delicate layers of the skin.

13. Can Boost Hair Growth

Hemp seed oil is packed with lipids that add moisture and shine to your hair. It strengthens fragile strands and can make your hair thicker. It can promote new hair growth as well.

Using the oil on the scalp can also reduce several scalp problems – it can relieve itchiness, dryness, and dandruff. The oil also improves blood circulation to the scalp and can be an effective treatment for scalp psoriasis.

You just saw the different ways hemp seed oil can benefit you. Knowing its nutritional profile can help you understand the benefits better.

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What Is The Nutritional Profile Of Hemp Seed Oil?

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 30g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174Calories from Fat 127
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g21%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g1%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 0g
Protien 11g
Vitamin A0%
Vitamin C0%
Iron 16%16%
Amounts Per Selected Serving
Vitamin A
Retinol Activity Equivalent
Alpha Carotene
Beta Carotene
Beta Cryptoxanthin
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
Beta Tocopherol
Gamma Tocopherol
Delta Tocopherol
Vitamin K
Vitamin B6
Food Folate
Folic Acid
Dietary Folate Equivalents
Vitamin B12
Pantothenic Acid
Amounts Per Selected Serving
Calorie Information
Amounts Per Selected Serving
174(729 kJ)9%
From Carbohydrate
3.0(12.6 kJ)
From Fat
127(532 kJ)
From Protein
44.0(184 kJ)
From Alcohol
~(0.0 kJ)


That’s with the nutrients. And now, we get to one important question – is hemp seed oil legal? Given it is a cousin of marijuana, and given marijuana is not yet legalized in several parts of the US, is it legal to use hemp seed oil? Are you breaking the law while buying hemp products? We know you have those questions on your mind. Here you go.

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Is Hemp Seed Oil Legal?

According to a report by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, hemp and marijuana are separate parts of the species of the cannabis plant (14). Under federal law, the focus of the government falls on those parts of the cannabis plant that are the sources of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the hallucinogenic substance in marijuana that causes people to get high.

And hemp does contain THC. Though it is present only in trace amounts and doesn’t get you high, it still does contain THC – and as per the rulebook, that’s a problem.

So, what’s the solution? Well, the good news is that most manufacturers who market hemp seed oil ensure there is no THC. Hence, the best way to go about it is to check the ingredients listed on the product labels. If there is no THC, you are good to go. Otherwise, better to go for a different manufacturer or take the advice of the store owner.

Some reputable brands of hemp seed oil that you don’t have to worry about include Nutiva and Canada Hemp Foods.

That’s all about the legalities. Nothing to worry about, though. And just like anything you get from nature, hemp seed oil also has some side effects.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Hemp Seed Oil?

  • Interaction With Blood Thinners

Hemp seed oil can slow down blood clotting and lead to bleeding. Hence, don’t use it if you are taking blood thinners or have a surgery scheduled within a month.

  • Digestive Issues

This could be true with the seeds and not the oil. The high fiber content might lead to constipation, gas, or diarrhea (when you quickly increase your fiber intake slowly and don’t drink enough water).

  • THC Effects

Though highly unlikely, you might experience hallucination or euphoria on consuming the oil. To avoid this, get into the habit of checking the product labels, and go only with trusted brands.

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Clear your mind off the worry – you won’t be arrested for buying hemp seed oil. Just be careful about the THC content, and the benefits of hemp seed oil are yours to enjoy.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Does hemp seed oil contain CBD?

Yes, but only in trace amounts. CBD (like THC) is another compound found in the cannabis plant.

Can hemp seed oil get you high?

It won’t. We repeat – hemp seed oil won’t get you high. Ensure you go with the right brand.

Can hemp seed oil affect a drug test?

No. Not at all. The amounts of THC in the oil are negligible, so much that you may not even notice the symptoms of euphoria. And on top of that, if you stick to the right brand, you won’t have a thing to worry about.

How much of hemp seed oil can you take in a day?

You can take about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the oil.

Any substitute for hemp seed oil?

Olive oil is one good substitute. Olive and hemp oils are two oils you can find in their unprocessed state, which means you can get the most nutrients.

What about hemp seed oil for cooking?

You can use the oil for everyday cooking, just like any other oil.

What is the shelf life of hemp seed oil?

The average shelf life is 14 months. Or whatever the bottle says.

What is cold pressed hemp seed oil?

The oil pressed from hemp seeds, which is how the oil is made.


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