HEMP SEED OIL (Cannabis Oil)|
Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa
Aroma: Faint. Slightly Nutty.
Color: Light to Medium Green.
Shelf Life: 6-12 Months.
Notes: Hemp Seed Oil does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or the other psychactive constituents that are present in the dried leaves of Cannabis sativa.
Hemp Seed Oil is pressed from the seeds of the Hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Hemp Seed Oil is considered to be the most nutritional of all oils available. It has a plethora of medicinal, nutritional, and cosmetic uses, making it a wonderful multi-purpose ingredient. It has been used for many years medicinally, and was even used during Ming Dynasty by the Chinese under the name of Ma Zi. Hemp Seed Oil provides the body with complete protein, nutrition, and with all the essential amino acids necessary for health and wellness. Hemp seed oil has been called "Nature's Perfect Food for Humanity" - a wealth of health for everyone.
Cannabis with low levels of THC under 0.3% and high levels of CBD is commonly called Hemp, industrial hemp or agricultural hemp. Cannabis with higher levels of THC is sometimes called marijuana or weed. Industrial hemp is normally grown for its fibre and cannabis with high THC has been used medicinally or as a recreational drug far back into antiquity.
The oil can be used as part of a nutritional programme to maintain and improve good health. With a pleasant nutty flavour, Hemp Seed Oil is ideal for use in salad dressings, mayonnaise, dips etc. It is not suitable for frying as this reduces the benefits. In cosmetic and bodycare products, Hemp Seed Oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, balances dry skin, fights skin inflammations, helps heal skin lesions, has anti-oxidants, and contains moisture balancing properties. The oil is non-greasy, readily absorbs into the pores, is an emollient, and has rejuvenating and moisturizing properties for the skin. Adult users of Hemp Seed Oil have reported softer skin, and stronger nails and hair after only a few weeks of using 1-2 Tablespoons per day. The vitamins and minerals present in Hemp Seed Oil are easily absorbed through the skin, resulting in a more vitamin and mineral enriched bodycare product.
Hemp has had a long-standing relationship with humanity; modern science reveals that it contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for human life, as well as a rare protein known as globule edestins that is very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma. Cannabis Indica was first observed by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785 a french biologist travelling in India who noticed the differences in the plants.
In the 1880’s William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, an Irish doctor introduced the plant medicinally to the west after seeing it used in India and was the first person to publish a method to manufacture medicinal cannabis oil.
Cannabis was listed in the United States Pharmacopeia from 1851 until 1941 until marijuana was outlawed in the USA. The first commercially produced medicinal cannabis oils were sometimes made with 80% Alcohol to make a tincture.
Four years after the Marijuana Tax Act passed in the US, a researcher writing for a 1941 edition of Science lamented the loss of access to the hemp seed's rare and important globule edistins; "Passage of the Marijuana Law of 1937 has placed restrictions upon trade in hempseed that, in effect, amount to prohibition. Medicinal cannabis oil can be made from any type of cannabis plant or industrial hemp. Cannabis plants can have varying levels of levels of THC and CBD. Hemp generally has low levels of THC and high levels of CBD. In the past few years many hybrid strains have emerged that have a 1:1 THC CBD ratio or other variations since getting the right ratio of cannabinoids has proven effective for certain medical conditions.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid that gets you high or stoned. CBD (Cannabidiol) is non psychoactive and won’t get you high. THC is also illegal in many countries so unless you live in a place that has legalised marijuana you may be breaking the law for manufacture or possession of high THC medicinal cannabis oil.
In most countries CBD rich medicinal cannabis oil is perfectly legal but we advise that you check first before purchasing or trying to make you own so you fully understand the legal framework and risks in your jurisdiction
It’s easy to get confused between hemp oil and medicinal cannabis oil, since they are both made from the same plant and also because hemp oil is very beneficial containing a lot of antioxidants and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Hemp oil is normally pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant, which means it does not contain the same amount of cannabinoids found in medicinal cannabis oils which are extracted from the whole plant.
Hemp oil does have trace amounts of CBD, normally less than 25 parts per million (ppm) compared to medicinal cannabis oil extracts that typically contain between 3% and 30% CBD (30,000ppm - 300,000 ppm)
Many manufacturers label their CBD products as hemp oil, and a lot of CBD Oil uses hemp oil as the carrier base oil which is what creates some of the confusion.
What’s important is the mg(milligrams) of CBD that you are buying. If it doesn’t say it on the label then assume that what you are buying is just plain old hemp oil and not medicinal cannabis oil.
Hemp oil is natures most balanced oil for human nutrition (3:1 LA to LNA ratio) and is easily digestible; in fact this oil could provide all of our Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) requirements for life, due to the balanced 80% EFA content of the oil. Hemp seeds contain the most balanced and richest natural single source of essential oils for human consumption. The E.F.A.'s not only help to restore wasting bodies, but also improve damaged immune systems, so it is not so surprising that modern researchers have studied them in relationship to the modern immune attacking AIDS virus. (Eidlman, M.D., Hamilton, ED.D, Ph.D 1992).
Research has shown that this nutritional oil was once a part of worldwide dietary intake, as it was one of the first cultivated crops. All natural foods contain some substances, which are essential to life. Oils for example, found in nuts and seeds, contain significantly higher amounts of essential fatty acids than other foods.
Much information about Hemp has been systematically removed from written texts since the 1930's and is now difficult to find. Many of the myths about hemp, perpetuated by governments to this day relating to hemp being a drug crop are incorrect and simply propaganda created to make way for synthetic man made products.
Since 2012 there has been an upsurge in the popularity of Cannabis oil in relation to the curing of Cancer. Cannabis Oil had never been recognized for its medicinal purposes by the Scientific community, but in 2014 Bio Chemist Dennis Hill rocked their foundations when he cured his prostate cancer with the oil. He Said:
“First you have to look at what keeps cancer cells alive. In every cell there is a family of interconvertible sphingolipids that specifically manage the life and death of that cell. This profile of factors is called the “Sphingolipid Rheostat.” If endogenous ceramide(a signaling metabolite of sphingosine-1-phosphate) is high, then cell death (apoptosis) is imminent. If ceramide is low, the cell is strong in its vitality. Very simply, when THC connects to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptor site on the cancer cell, it causes an increase in ceramide synthesis which drives cell death. A normal healthy cell does not produce ceramide in the presence of THC, thus is not affected by the cannabinoid.”
“The cancer cell dies, not because of cytotoxic chemicals, but because of a tiny little shift in the mitochondria. Within most cells there is a cell nucleus, numerous mitochondria (hundreds to thousands), and various other organelles in the cytoplasm. The purpose of the mitochondria is to produce energy (ATP) for cell use. As ceramide starts to accumulate, turning up the Sphingolipid Rheostat, it increases the mitochondrial membrane pore permeability to cytochrome c, a critical protein in energy synthesis. Cytochrome c is pushed out of the mitochondria, killing the source of energy for the cell. Ceramide also causes genotoxic stress in the cancer cell nucleus generating a protein called p53, whose job it is to disrupt calcium metabolism in the mitochondria. If this weren’t enough, ceramide disrupts the cellular lysosome, the cell’s digestive system that provides nutrients for all cell functions. Ceramide, and other sphingolipids, actively inhibit pro-survival pathways in the cell leaving no possibility at all of cancer cell survival. The key to this process is the accumulation of ceramide in the system. This means taking therapeutic amounts of CBD and THC, steadily, over a period of time, keeping metabolic pressure on this cancer cell death pathway.“
It is known that THC and CBD are biomimetic to anandamide, that is, the body can use both interchangeably. Thus, when stress, injury, or illness demand more from endogenous anandamide than can be produced by the body, its mimetic exocannabinoids are activated. If the stress is transitory, then the treatment can be transitory. If the demand is sustained, such as in cancer, then treatment needs to provide sustained pressure of the modulating agent on the homeostatic systems.
Typically CBD gravitates to the densely packed CB2 receptors in the spleen, home to the body’s immune system. From there, immune cells seek out and destroy cancer cells. Interestingly, it has been shown that THC and CBD cannabinoids have the ability to kill cancer cells directly without going through immune intermediaries. THC and CBD hijack the lipoxygenase pathway to directly inhibit tumor growth. As a side note, it has been discovered that CBD inhibits anandamide reuptake. Here we see that cannabidiol helps the body preserve its own natural endocannabinoid by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks down anandamide.
And so the first scientific evidence showing how Cannabis oil can be effective in the treatment of certain cancers was offered to The Scientific Community. As of the date of writing The Scientific Community, which, it must be remembered is heavily funded by large pharmaceutical companies, has rejected all and any evidence offered to them.
Specifically, Hemp Seed Oil has been shown to assist with the following medical conditions:
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