Hemp oil, or hempseed oil, is a popular remedy. Its advocates claim anecdotal evidence for curative properties ranging from improving acne to treating cancer to slowing the progression of heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Some of these claims haven’t been proven by clinical research.
However, data suggests that hemp oil may be able to help certain health issues, such as inflammation and skin conditions. This is primarily because of its essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), including omega-3s and omega-6s.
Fatty acids, which we obtain from food, are vital for the normal operation of all body systems. Hemp oil contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in a ratio of 3:1, which is proposed to be the ideal ratio.
Hemp oil is also a rich source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a type of omega-6 fatty acid.
Research indicates that the omega-3s and omega-6s in hemp oil may be effective in treating a number of skin conditions, including:
2014 studyconcludes that hemp oil (nonpsychotropic phytocannabinoid cannabidiol) is a potent and potentially universal anti-acne treatment. The study states that clinical trials are needed to fine-tune ways to best take advantage of its benefits.
20-week studyin 2005 concludes that dietary hemp oil resulted in the improvement of eczema symptoms.
2015 studyindicates that omega-3 fatty acids, as a nutritional supplement, may be beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis. The study suggests they should be used in combination with topical vitamin D, UVB phototherapy, and oral retinoids.
- Lichen planus. A 2014 article indicates that hemp oil is useful for the treatment of the inflammatory skin condition lichen planus.
The 2014 article also suggests that hemp oil can contribute to stronger skin that is more resistant to viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.
Hemp oil’s gamma linolenic acid (GLA) assists in the production of PGE1.
The study showed that women with PMS who took 1 gram of fatty acids that included 210 mg of GLA experienced a notable decrease in symptoms.
Whether applied topically or ingested orally, hempseed oil offers numerous benefits for skin health, woman's health and inflammation and many people can take advantage of those benefits.
Hemp oil is considered safe for most people to use, and it can help moisturize the skin from the inside out.