The dosage of any herbal or natural supplement depends on several factors, including a person’s age, health condition, and more.
Cardiac glycosides, such as Lanoxin (digoxin) help the heart beat strongly and can slow down the heart rate. Hemp is also known to slow the heart rate; this could result in bradycardia. Do not take hemp when taking Lanoxin without consulting with the prescribing physician or another healthcare provider.
According to the FDA, some hemp products, including hemp seeds, hemp seed protein powder, and hempseed oil are safe for food, and therefore there is no need for special legislation regarding legalization.
The high content of 20% soluble and 80% insoluble fiber, in whole hemp seeds, may aid in digestion while helping to lower bad cholesterol and improve heart health. The insoluble fiber in hemp seeds has also been linked with a lower risk of diabetes.
Hemp seeds contain the perfect 3-to-1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which is considered the optimal ratio for heart and brain health. This ratio is difficult to attain in the Western diet, as most foods contain far too many omega-6 fatty acids (like vegetable oil) and not nearly enough omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and other wild-caught, cold-water fish).
Hemp oil is used in foods for its high level of healthy nutrients such as:
Hemp is also known to have terpenes, which are molecules produced by plants that are responsible for the plant’s distinctive smell (such as lavender). Studies are beginning to show that terpenes are thought to have many health benefits including neuroprotective (brain-protective), anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties.
Small portions can be stimulating and positively improve focus and mood. But higher doses may lead to drowsiness and fatigue. This is one of the reasons why people prefer using it in their night-time routine.
Those susceptible to gastrointestinal problems such as softening of the stool may experience mild digestive issues such as diarrhoea or stomach cramps when consuming hemp oil. If you suffer from a bowel movement disorder, consult your doctor before taking the oil.
While there are a few side effects, the positive effects of hemp oil win against these.
Hemp oil is processed from the seeds and stalks of the hemp plant and despite its source, it contains little to none of the psychoactive element Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This means it cannot get you ‘high’. For instance, hemp may contain 0.3-1.5% of THC whilst marijuana contains anything from 5% to 20% plus. Hemp oil’s main components are in fact omega fatty acids, similar to those which can be found in fish and olive oil.
If you’re living in the UK it’s completely legal to find, purchase, and consume this oil. However, the availability and legality of hemp oil in the US are complex and confusing due to the complicated relationship between state and federal legislation.
Almost everything we use in our diet to prevent or manage health problems has some risks or side effects, and hemp oil is no exception. Firstly it is important to note that the negative side effects of hemp oil are rare and some may only occur in extreme cases, and they can maybe be considered minor in comparison to the side effect of pharmaceuticals. To date, there have been no reported cases of toxicity from the ingestion of hemp seed oil. Let’s look at a few side effects that may be brought about by hemp oil.
Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids found in hemp oil are classified as polyunsaturated fat implying that they are healthy dietary types of fat. These compounds are extremely beneficial to the body and are ideal for human nutrition, except when taken in excess. Overindulgence of polyunsaturated fatty acids has previously been linked to cardiac dysfunction, cancer growth, and increased susceptibility to bacterial infections.
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Potential Health Benefits of Hemp Oil
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Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is made from hemp, a cannabis plant like the drug marijuana but containing little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that gets people “high.” Instead of THC, hemp contains cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that has been used to treat everything from epilepsy to anxiety.