Hemp oil is becoming increasingly popular across the world for a variety of reasons, mainly due to the said health benefits of consuming this oil. But is it all hype? Is hemp oil a scam… Just another overhyped fad?
With all the new hemp oil products coming out onto market, many of which are extremely overpriced, these questions are perfectly logical to ask.
That said, hemp oil is definitely not a scam. There are many scientifically proven benefits to consuming hemp oil, some of which I will discuss. Sure, there may be somewhat “scammy” products out there that are capitalizing on all the popularity of these products and charging much more than they should be, but hemp oil itself is in no way a scam.
Hemp oil is exactly what it sounds like… Oil that comes from the hemp plant, which is the same species as cannabis sativa, a.k.a. marijuana.
There is a lot of misinformation out there but based on what I have found after digging around, hemp and marijuana plants are the same except for the difference in levels of THC, which is the psychoactive drug of marijuana. Hemp plans have low in significant levels that if consumed, would be completely unnoticeable.
It is also important to distinguish between the different types of hemp oil. There is regular old hemp oil and then there is hemp seed oil. These oils are coldpressed out of the plant, the hemp seed oil coming from cold pressing the seeds and the hemp oil coming from cold pressing the stalks.
Hemp seed oil and hemp oil are terms that are used interchangeably. For example you may see a product that says hemp oil, but it may really be hemp seed oil. It can be difficult knowing what you are really getting at times.
Okay… So what is all the hype about? Why is hemp oil becoming so popular? Is it really that good for your health?
Well, yes it is… It’s pretty good for your health. Hemp oil’s contents contain a lot, including essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytochemicals, and more.
If you look up the health benefits of hemp oil on Google you will likely find a lot of information about the essential fatty acids (EFA’s) that it contains, which include omega 6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are considered “essential” because your body cannot synthesize them on its own and they need to be included in your diet.
There is a long list of different health benefits that EFA’s have, but here are just a few…
But why hemp oil? After all, there are many other sources that you can get your EFA’s from. Well… Not all sources or equally as good. Take flaxseed oil for example. This is commonly consumed for essential fatty acids by health enthusiasts, but may not be the best choice. Why? Because flaxseed oil can lead to an imbalance in essential fatty acids whereas hemp oil can be taken continuously without any such imbalance occurring.
Everything discussed above is a benefit of consuming the essential fatty acids that hemp oil provides. But besides this, there are also many benefits from its other contents, which include…
So as I said, hemp oil is definitely no scam. The oil itself has a lot of benefits, many of which there has been extensive scientific research on as proof.
The only scammy part about hemp oil is how it is marketed. It is often overhyped and its health benefits are often exaggerated to make it seem better than it really is.
So if you are going to buy hemp oil just make sure you are getting a good price for it. On the flipside however, you don’t want to buy the cheapest stuff out there because it likely isn’t as good as the better quality more expensive oil. Everything affects the quality of the hemp oil, from how the hemp plants are grown to how the hemp oil is extracted, and how it is packaged up and sold. So what you want to do is try to find a happy medium between price and quality. You want to pay the lowest price for the best quality of course.
Please leave any questions, comments, or concerns below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading this article and found it helpful.
Kyle is an avid health enthusiast that believes in nature as a cure-all. When he's not drinking spirulina smoothies or dealing with the horrible aftertaste of stevia, he is probably working out, researching healthy herbs, or dealing with hand cramps he gets from writing articles like this.