Cannabis oil from hemp has three main benefits to nail, skin and hair health, according to an article on Examiner.com. Hemp oil, a derivative of cannabis, has the only two types of acid, ALA and GLA, that are scientifically proven to be therapeutic to skin. Half to 60% of hemp oil is actually ALA. Also, no essential fatty acid apart from hemp oil contains GLA. The fats in the oil replenish the lipids called ceramides in the skin, whose function is to bind the upper skin layers. This combats the aging and wrinkling of skin. Further, hemp oil helps skin because it is an anti-inflammatory.
Its essential fatty acids allow it to cleanse skin, such as during removal of makeup, and to hydrate skin. Hempseed oil has become the most widely used ingredient in certain cosmetics for this reason. Finally, essential fatty acids in hemp oil aid in the production of keratin, the protein that structures hair and nails. Stronger structure, better elasticity, greater hydration and greater shine are all results of using hemp oil in hair products.
Studies show cannabis hemp oil heals skin disorders
The Telegraph reports that hemp oil completely cured a severe case of eczema in a child who had tried medications such as steroidal creams with no success. Any missed dose of the oil caused the condition to flare up.
The Telegraph article also cites the work done by members of the University of Kuopio in Finland, who compared the benefits of taking linseed oil with those of hemp oil. The latter caused significant rises of GLA in the volunteers who tried both oils, and GLA is an anti-inflammatory. This effect might explain seemingly miraculous cures that hemp cannabis oil produces, according to Dr. Jace Callaway, who ran the study. Allergies and rheumatoid arthritis are two conditions that hemp oil is anecdotally reported to heal, says Dr. Callaway.
A more recent study by Callaway and colleagues examined the effects of hemp oil on atopic dermatitis. Olive oil was used as a comparison. By ingesting cannabis oil, the patients found that their skin’s dryness and itchiness became less severe, and they used external medications less often. The authors attribute the improvements to the presence of two types of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the oil.
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Many ways to eat hemp
The journalist at the Telegraph points out that hemp does not have to be consumed as an oil, though one nutritionist who is quoted recommends cannabis oil for a healthy diet and healthy-looking skin. Hemp seeds can be ground into flour, which is then used as a base for many foods, while soaked seeds can be turned into alternative dairy products. Since hemp is easy to digest, anyone can consume it without issue, even those who have digestive disorders. Further, a Canadian government study found that two-thirds of hemp protein was “high quality,” the most of any plant. For many, however, cannabis oil is the most convenient way to use hemp.