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What is Hemp Oil?

Humans have been using hemp for centuries; its versatility means that the fibres can be used in weaving and clothes while the seeds can be compressed into oils. Throughout history, there has been evidence of hemp’s use, and many believe it to be one of the first crops to be cultivated by humankind.

The hemp plant is part of the Cannabis sativa species and contains compounds called phytocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system, which is related to the modulation of a variety of bodily processes such as pain, mood, stress and sleep, interacts with phytocannabinoids to varying effects.

Unfortunately, hemp can have a reputation for being a cure for every ailment, and this is just not true. Despite not being a miracle cure, hemp oil and other hemp products have many proven benefits that are backed by scientific research.

There are many hemp-related products on the market, but hemp oil is one of the most popular. Here, we take a more in-depth look.

THC?

For many, the use of hemp oil is still controversial because they wrongly assume that it is a drug used for getting high.

For hemp oil products to be sold legally, they cannot contain more than 0.2% Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive phytocannabinoid that makes a person feel high.

Hemp plants have a very low concentration of THC, and thus the oils extracted from them will not make a user feel high. Hemp oil has a variety of helpful compounds, can be used for a variety of different reasons and has multiple benefits.

How Is Hemp Oil Made?

Good quality producers, like ElleVance, will cultivate healthy hemp plants that ensure each batch of produce has the same levels of cannabinoids and terpenes as the previous one.

After they are harvested, the plants go through a process of selection and cleaning before being rapidly dried. Plants can then be milled and the oil extracted and purified to the appropriate potency.

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What Is Hemp Oil Used For?

For many, hemp oil is used as an addition to a holistic approach to wellness. By regulating the endocannabinoid system in our body, hemp oil can be taken with beneficial results for a whole variety of reasons.

Skin Health

Hemp oil has been proven to reduce inflammation and may also prove beneficial for other skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Again, it should be noted that hemp oil should not be considered a cure for these issues.

Improved Sleep

If you experience sleepless nights, hemp oil may be something to consider. It supports your body’s natural sleep pattern and can help you to relax. Those who sleep with a hemp sleep aid have noticed that they feel more rejuvenated upon waking up.

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Premenstrual Syndrome

A 2011 study suggested that hemp oil was beneficial for women experiencing PMS as it helped decrease the associated physical and emotional symptoms.

Muscle Recovery

Athletes will know that muscles can become sore after a particularly long or hard workout. More and more people have started using hemp oil to assist with muscle recovery and to soothe sports injuries. As a natural anti-inflammatory, hemp can help to reduce soreness in muscles after exercise and speed up recovery time.

The lack of THC also means that it is legal for athletes to continue using hemp oil as an aid when they are competing, providing they use a hemp isolate. While the THC levels in hemp oil are very low, a tiny amount may still be detectable in drug tests. It is for this reason that it is recommended athletes use a hemp isolate that contains 0% THC.

Hemps for Stress and Anxiety

Several studies have shown the positive effects of hemp oil on stress and anxious feelings. Hemp oil can help manage your response to stress and restore balance to the endocannabinoid system.

If you are experiencing severe and persistent feelings of stress or anxiety, be sure to speak to a mental health professional for further guidance. Hemp is not a long-term mental health solution but can be beneficial in supporting the reduction of these kinds of feelings.

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ElleVance offers a wide range of hemp oils and other hemp products that are designed to support you and your health needs. If you would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through our website or social media channels.