Before we dive into the benefits of hemp seed oil, we must first define the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil. Hemp seed oil comes from the hemp plant, CBD oil comes from the cannabis or marijuana plant.
While these plants are cousins, and the terms tend to be used interchangeably for Hemp Oil and CBD Oil, it’s important to understand that the Hemp Seed Oil has no THC in it and thus there is no psychoactive high. CBD oil, on the other hand, has the potential to have THC in it in varying amounts. It’s easy to become confused with the two terms of Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil and marketers have long used the terms interchangeably.
You’ll want to learn to read the label on your products and see how much of the Hemp Seed Oil is in the product. Also check to see that there is no THC. These are listed in fine print on the labels. If you find that there is THC in the product, you’re looking at CBD oil, even if it’s labeled otherwise.
Hemp Seed Oil
Derived from the hemp plant, the hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. Although it can be derived from all of the cannabis genus plants, actual hemp seed oil is only derived from the hemp seed and thus, hemp seed oil. The amount of THC in hemp is so miniscule that it’s not even counted.
We were looking to replace some of the unhealthy oils on our homestead with something that is healthy and has a multitude of uses. I read some articles on hemp seed oil and decided to give it a try. I’ve found that it’s just about perfect and we use it at least once a day on our homestead. Here are some of the ways that we use hemp seed oil in and around our homestead. We’re finding new innovative uses to use it for nearly every day and I’m sure that we’ll continue to find more ways to use it.
Ideal for cooking on the homestead, hemp oil is full of nutrition and offers a crisp and nutty flavor to foods. It works well to replace olive oil and is rich in Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is full of protein and an excellent source of Vitamin E, antioxidants, fiber, potassium, zinc, iron, magnesium, chromium, and phosphorus.
Consuming hemp seed oil in cooking can also help to counteract aging from the inside out, improve the cardiovascular health and it helps to prevent skin conditions from the inside out. Excellent for treating high cholesterol.
Hemp seed oil is ideal in stir fry’s. Use it in place of olive oil or sesame oil for your stir fry and it will add a nice nutty flavor to your stir fry. Perfect for chicken, beef, pork, lamb or any other meat that you’re planning to use in your stir fry. You’ll love the nutty flavor it adds and your family will appreciate that you care so much about their health. Since it’s full of antioxidants and Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty acids it is an ideal way to add some immune boosting properties to your stir fry.
We wanted to use hemp seed oil in our baked goods, but found that it lost its flavor when we baked with it, so we added it to our frosting for our cookies, cakes, breads, fillings, and sauces after they cooled. It imparts a nice nutty flavor and we still get the same great taste and health benefits without reducing the effectiveness of the hemp seed oil. It was a great solution to find and we really love how it changes the flavors of our foods.
Hemp oil contains 14 grams of fat per tablespoon. 1 gram of this fat is saturated, ideal if you’re seeking a low saturated fat diet. Ideal to replace lard or butter for cooking and it can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and lowers the risk of high cholesterol according to the American Heart Association. According to the Journal of Nutraceuticals, it contains all of the required essential amino acids.
It’s important to note that when hemp seed oil is heated above 160 degrees Fahrenheit, it will lose its quality and the flavor. That’s part of the reason that it didn’t work in our baked goods. Otherwise, hemp seed oil is ideal for sauteing vegetables or other foods and for making homemade salad dressings. You can readily find hemp seed oil in health food stores and some larger supermarket chains also carry it.
Hemp seed oil is also an ideal product for vegetarians as it’s full of healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils which give vegetarians the essential fatty acids for optimum health. Hemp seed oil also offers vegetarians protein which they must find in alternative methods since they don’t eat meat products. Hemp seed oil can be used to replace any other oils that are used in vegetarian cooking or even as a replacement for butter.
In diabetics hemp seed oil can help to moderate blood sugars and regulate them thanks to its low carbohydrate content and low sugar content. If you’re a diabetic and using hemp seed oil be sure to let your doctor know so that they can make sure that all of your medications are working properly. Some patients have found that they only need to manage their blood sugar by diet and using hemp seed oil is fine, however, if you’re on insulin products you’ll want to make sure to check with your doctor to ensure that you’re not reducing your blood sugar levels to dangerous lows.
Use as bio diesel fuel just as other vegetable oils can be used. This is ideal for farm equipment and other power equipment that runs on bio diesel. Many homesteads recycle their oils into bio diesel and hemp seed oil can be added to this recycled oil.
Perfect for lubricating rusty hinges and other equipment parts in and around the barn and homestead.
Chronic Pain Conditions
Hemp seed oil has long been used to help relieve painful conditions. It works on the receptors in the brain that tell the body that it’s in pain.
Binding to the natural cannibidiol found in the body, hemp seed oil helps to combat pain and inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Chronic regional pain syndrome or CRPS, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy or RSD, Osteoarthritis, neuropathy, nervous pain, and other painful conditions that affect various parts of the body.
Hemp seed oil also works to reduce inflammation which in turn, helps to reduce pain. Inflammation can cause joints and other parts of the body to press on nerves and trigger pain. Post surgical pain, nerve pain caused by injuries and more can all be treated with hemp seed oil. When this inflammation is reduced the pain levels often go down.
Many doctors are now using hemp seed oil as an alternative therapy for treating patients who are struggling with chronic pain or post surgical pain. Always follow the doctor’s orders and directions and remember that if you’re not getting relief, you shouldn’t take more unless you first check with your doctor.
Pets And Other Farm Animals On The Homestead
Just as humans can have chronic pain conditions, so can pets and farm animals. Studies have shown that pets can also benefit from the addition of hemp seed oil to their food or treats to help relieve arthritic conditions and more.
We massage hemp seed oil gel into our elderly Australian shepherd/blue healer mix on, and she’s up and running with the other dogs again the next day. As she aged she began to limp a lot and wince whenever someone touched her hip. Our veterinarian (who uses alternative homeopathic treatments as well as conventional treatments) suggested hemp seed oil to help relieve some of her pain.
A nightly massage of this and she sleeps well and has improved joint mobility. It helps to reduce the inflammation and ease her stiff achy joints. We also give her a hemp seed oil capsule twice per day with her food (morning and night) to help keep her joints more mobile. She acts just like the puppies do in the morning running and playing tag with them. You’d never know she is nearing 12 years old and has severe arthritis in her hip after she’s had hemp seed oil the night before.
Hemp seed oil also adds much needed Omega 3s and Omega 6 Fatty acids to animal diets. If you make your own pet food or want to add some nutritional supplements to your pet food, hemp seed oil is an ideal addition. A study showed that giving hemp oil to your hens increases fatty acids in eggs, without adversely affecting the hens.
How To Use Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is available in oil form, tinctures, in capsules, in creams and gels, and in a spray. It can be found already in the form of creams or gels or it can be added in to increase the amount or to add it to a favorite product.
Different forms of hemp seed oil require different dosages so be sure that you read the label carefully to avoid taking too much and having side effects which may include nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Some forms are more concentrated than others so you’ll want to make sure that you’re reading the label carefully and following the directions.
Always know your source of hemp seed oil. You want to make sure that the ingredients are pure and that there aren’t any ingredients that can limit your use of hemp seed oil. Beware of impostors. Hemp seed oil will never have any psychoactive THC in it however, CBD oil will have a small amount of THC. Make sure that you’re getting what you think you’re getting. Hemp seed oil is legal in all areas, and CBD is not so make sure that you’re getting what you think that you’re getting.
Hemp seed oil products should be certified that they are just exactly what you believe them to be.
Homestead Products With Hemp Seed Oil
In addition to the above-mentioned hemp seed oil uses, it can also be found in many products such as some forms of plastic, in lieu of petroleum based lubricants and products, and in many paints that are considered to be more Eco-friendly than their counterparts made with petroleum bases.
Hemp seed oil products are considered to be safe to use for everyone and won’t cause any health concerns.
Known Side Effects Of Hemp Seed Oil Products
All in all, hemp seed oil products are very well tolerated, however, just as with any product, there are a select few that may experience mild type side effects. Here are a few side effects to watch for:
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Overly tired when getting up in the morning.
In many cases, if a person is having the above-mentioned side effects, they’ve simply taken too much of the hemp seed oil and reducing the dosage will often alleviate the side effects. Try skipping the next normal dose and then reduce the dose for the following dose and see if there are still side effects. You might also wish to check with your doctor to make sure that hemp seed oil isn’t counteracting any other medications or vitamins that you may already be taking.
Hemp seed oil is an anticoagulant so if you’re already on blood thinners or have a heart condition check with your doctor prior to using any hemp seed oil products. This includes creams and gels as the skin can absorb the benefits of hemp seed oil. Take the product with you to your doctor so that the doctor can read the label and make a fair evaluation of the product.
If someone has been diagnosed with or is at high risk for prostate cancer, hemp seed oil has been shown to encourage the cancer cells to regenerate. This, in turn, could promote more tumors in the prostate region. More research is underway on this however, it’s strongly advised that anyone at high risk for prostate cancer, anyone who has previously had or been treated for prostate cancer, or anyone who is undergoing prostate treatment currently, avoid hemp seed oil products of all kinds. If you have been taking hemp seed oil and have prostate cancer, be sure to inform your doctor that you were taking hemp seed oil and for how long.
Taken in high doses, hemp seed oil can also cause cramps and diarrhea. Always start with the smallest dose possible and wait at least 2 hours before trying more for pain relief even when using creams or gels.
Keep in mind that when ingesting hemp seed oil is has to go through the digestive system before it can begin to do its job and this may take up to 2 hours so wait before taking any more of the capsules or oil orally. If after 2 hours you’re not getting pain relief then take another small dose of the product and wait another 2 hours. You don’t want to take too much and have serious side effects. If, after 2 doses, you’re still not getting relief, you may not be taking the right product or form of hemp seed oil.
Never heat Hemp Seed Oil to high temperatures as it can turn the fats into saturated fats.
Health Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil
There are many great health benefits of taking hemp seed oil. Here are a few of the great health benefits of hemp seed oil and how they might help you in and around the homestead.
There is a higher number of Omega 3s and Omega 6 fatty acids in hemp seed oil which mean that a person can receive a full daily dosage of their omegas in one simple capsule or dose of hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil is full of protein so it’s an ideal source of protein for vegetarians or those who wish to increase their levels of protein.
Hemp seed oil helps a person to maintain a normal healthy hormonal balance. Hemp seed oil is an edible seed containing gamma-linolenic acid that will convert to prostaglandin or PGE1 and help to regulate hormones and support a woman during menopause.
Hemp oil offers a variety of medical benefits including reducing the risk of some forms of cancer, reducing inflammation, helping to reduce and prevent blood clots and promoting improved brain function.
Thanks to a high content of Omega 3s and Omega 6s, hemp seed oil makes an ideal all natural emollient and moisturizer. It’s ideal for dry skin, dehydrated skin and for healthy nails. It will naturally improve the elasticity of the skin and help the skin to retain water which helps to lock in the moisture.
Hemp seed oil is ideal for treating dry hair and is frequently included in shampoos and conditioners. If your shampoo or conditioner doesn’t include hemp seed oil, you can purchase a separate bottle of hemp seed oil and add some to your favorite hair care products.
Ideal for treating psoriasis, eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, and other skin conditions as the Omega 6 fatty acids will help to oxygenate and hydrate the skin resulting in healthier skin for all skin conditions. As an all natural product, homesteaders find that hemp seed oil works ideally to treat skin conditions on themselves as well as their pets and farm animals. For skin care, hemp seed oil can be taken internally as well as used externally on the skin in the form of creams, gels, and even the oil itself. Gently massage into the affected areas and watch the skin heal.
For those who are allergic to wheat, hemp seed oil is an ideal replacement for wheat germ oil products that are used in and around the homestead.
Boost your immune system with hemp seed oil. It will help to improve the flora in the intestines and build up a natural barrier that will protect your body from the microbes that are found in bacteria and viruses. Boosting your immune system can help you to withstand viruses when they sweep through your area. Hemp seed oil can also help to protect animals from viruses that sweep through the homestead.
Helps to build up healthy cell structure. Prevents the destruction of myelin sheath protective membrane that is surrounding the nerve cells in the body.
Helps to prevent varicose veins by thinning out the blood and thus reducing blood clots and varicose veins. Taken orally or used in a cream, gel, or ointment it can help to reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
Ideal as an after shower moisturizer. Simply massage it gently into the skin gently patting the skin dry after application. This can be used as a cream or gel for skin moisturizing.
Ideal for making soaps and lotions in and around the homestead. Simply add hemp seed oil in place of the oils called for in the soap making and lotion making. Make sure to adjust the soap making recipes accordingly. There are many great hemp seed oil soap recipes out there. You may want to try a few different ones before you settle on a favorite.
Use with Aloe Vera Gel to ease the pain of sunburns. Combine a little of each in the palm of your hand and gently apply to the affected area for instant relief. You can also use a hemp seed oil cream or gel and mix that with some Aloe Vera Gel for relief.
Hemp seed oil is a perfect oil for everything in and around the homestead from the house itself to the barn to the garage. It’s ideal for animals and humans and lubrication as well as treating chronic pain.
We’re always finding more uses for hemp seed oil in and around our homestead, what about you?
Disclaimer: neither the author nor this website shall be held responsible for the misuse, and side effects resulting from using the info in this article. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician before putting health advice into practice.
Hi, I’m Linda. I’m a mom, grandmother, homesteader. I love simple living and enjoy my life on a homestead where I garden, raise a variety of animals and strive for a life more like my grandparents lived.
My goal is to enrich life by living it as simply as possible and focusing on the way my grandparents did things. Life is so much more fun when it’s lived simply.