You have probably heard so much of the health benefits of hemp oil and CBD, and you wonder if they are not the same thing. Well, the answer is no; hemp oil and CBD are not the same things.
For starters, CBD is produced from the leaves, stalks, and flowers of the plant. These are the parts of the plant that have a higher concentration of CBD. Hemp oil, on the other hand, is produced from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp seeds do not have the same level of compounds like the ones in the plant itself. However, they contain a suitable amount of nutrients, bioactive compounds, and fatty acids that are beneficial to us.
Since hemp oil is produced from the seeds, its usage will not cause that euphoric effect (feeling high) that one gets from using marijuana. According to a study published in the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, hemp oil must contain less than 0.3-percent of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This is the compound in marijuana that causes the “high effect.”
Breakdown of nutrients in hemp seeds
USDA National Nutrient Database shows that a 2-tablespoon of hemp seeds (20g), will contain the below nutrients:
6.31 g of protein
9.75 g of fat
14 milligrams (mg) of calcium
1.59 mg of iron
1.73 g of carbohydrates (including 0.8 g of fiber and 0.3 g of sugar)
140 mg of magnesium
240 mg of potassium
330 mg of phosphorus
22 micrograms (mcg) of folate
1.98 mg of zinc
Apart from the above nutrients, hemp oil will also contain vitamin C, some vitamin A, B, and E.
Health benefits of hemp oil
Healthy Fatty acids
According to the American Heart Association, one should consume two 3.5-ounce servings per week of fish. This is because fish is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. If you do not consume fish regularly, then you are not getting enough EPA or DHA.
Omega-3 fatty acids are suitable for the heart, whether you are healthy, at risk of having cardiovascular disease or are already ailing from cardiovascular disease. According to research, Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the risk of arrhythmias, which is irregular heartbeats. Arrhythmias can cause sudden death. In addition to this, Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce triglyceride levels. They also help to lower blood pressure albeit slightly and slows the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque.
Hemp seeds are the alternative plant source of Omega-3 in case you do not want to eat fish. They are concentrated in Omega-3. However, hemp seeds contain alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) fatty acids, which slowly converted by the body into EPA and DHA at the rate of 2% – 10%.
That is not to say you cannot rely on hemp to provide your body with Omega-3 fatty acids. For individuals that do not consume eggs and fish, hemp is one of the best alternative sources of the fatty acids.
Apart from this, hemp seeds also have phytosterols, which helps to remove any fat building up in the arteries. This, in return, helps to reduce cholesterol levels in the body.
Sources of Magnesium
Human bodies require magnesium, especially when it comes to enzymatic reactions in the body like metabolism of food, and synthesis of proteins and fatty acids. Magnesium is also involved in the relaxation of muscles and neuromuscular transmission and activities.
Apart from nuts that are an excellent source of magnesium, one can also consume hemp.
Sources of Proteins
Hemp is an excellent source of proteins as it contains all the 1o essential amino acids. Unlike most of the vegetarian sources of protein, hemp does not contain phytates, which can interfere with the absorption of essential minerals.
In conclusion, hemp seeds or oil are suitable for your brain, and you should try to incorporate them into your diet. However, it is safe consumed in moderation due to the high-fat content in hemp seeds, which can cause diarrhea when consumed in large quantities. If your digestive system is sensitive, it is ideal that you start consuming it in low quantities, then work your way up to 2-tablespoons.
Also, if you are using anticoagulant medications, you must consult your doctor before consuming large amounts of hemp. This is because hemp seeds inhibit the formation of platelets and by interacting with your anticoagulant medication, you stand a high risk of bleeding.