Hempseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs), including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is so rich in fatty acids that one tablespoon of hempseed oil will give an adult human enough fatty acids for one day. Fatty acids, especially linoleic acid (which our bodies convert into gamma-linoleic acid), are important for skin health. Including essential fatty acids in the diet helps to keep the skin smooth and supple. EFAs are also anti-inflammatories, so when you apply them to the skin, or to a red and irritated area of skin (such as a mosquito bite), they have a soothing effect.
Hemp seed oil is oil that has been pressed from the seeds of a hemp (cannabis, or marijuana) plant. Hemp has been used as a healing herb, and for many other practical purposes, throughout recorded history. The ancient Egyptians used hemp as one of their medicines. Very little scientific research has been done in the United States on the medicinal properties of hemp. Since hemp comes from the same plant species as marijuana, it was viewed with suspicion in the United States for many years. Researchers are just beginning to study it.
There is no need to worry about psychoactive effects from hempseed oil. Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of Cannabis sativa, and when they are in bloom, they have a similar smell, but marijuana is a variety that is made up of 10 to 25 percent of psychoactive substances (called THC), while hemp contains less than one percent of THC. In addition, hempseed oil is rigorously tested for any trace amounts of THC before it is distributed.
Why It Works
Further, it is vital to understand that some of the compounds contained or added to various CBD preparations may also exert anti-inflammatory action. Studies show that terpenoids in CBD products may be responsible for some of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Topical CBD in the form of oils, sprays, creams is widely available. Thus, it is natural to ask if such topical preparations can help with bug bites. Although most bug bites will clear up in a few hours or days, topical CBD could be an option in many instances.
Role of topical CBD in bug bites
CBD topical applications should be used only for relieving mild local irritations or swellings. However, it is essential to understand that topical CBD is not an approved medication and does not replace medical advice.
CBD is still subject to research, and many of its benefits are not fully understood yet. Nevertheless, it is also worth knowing that CBD has some other lesser-known benefits. There are reports that CBD oil may help reduce itching and pain in some cases. Some individuals have reported the benefits of CBD in skin blisters.
Some of the most common bug bites in the UK are bee stings, mosquito bites, ticks, horsefly, bedbug, mite, flea, spider, and even ladybird.
Summer is a time for wandering, getting a much-needed dose of fresh air and vitamin sunshine. It is a time when nature grows. But regrettably, it is also a time when people are more likely to be exposed to various insect bites.