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The many uses of hemp oil

Published:Sunday | October 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Hemp oil and hemp flour.

"Since hemp oil is natural, it is used as a moisturising oil which can be applied after a shower or a bath. When you massage your body with it, it nourishes the skin and increases the blood circulation. Another application of hemp oil is its use as biodiesel in the same manner as other vegetable oils. It is a safe replacement for petroleum as it is non-toxic and does not harm the environment," Pottinger said.

"Hemp oil can also be used in the production of paints as it does not cause any harmful releases when washed down from the drain and has very low emissions (compared to) petroleum paints, which are currently being used," Pottinger indicated.

There are many health benefits for the hair as well. Many non-commercial and herbal hair products such as shampoos, hair oils, conditioners, etc. are made by using hemp oil. Massages with hemp oil products can improve blood circulation in the head and the brain.

"Washing hair with hemp oil shampoos and conditioners, can thicken the hair and prevent dandruff. Loss of hair is also reduced by using it, and scalp infections and other problems are cured," he said.

Hemp seed oil has also shown a positive effect on dermatological diseases and lipid metabolism (the process by which fatty acids are broken down in the body).

Hemp seed oil also has high levels of vitamins A, C and E and B-carotene and it is rich in minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium. As a food, hemp seed oil is nutritious - it contains an excellent balance of polyunsaturated fatty acids - and it reportedly tastes good, too.

One to two tablespoons of the oil contains between 8 and 16 grams of Omega 6 (LA) and between 3 and 6 grams of Omega 3 (LNA).

Editor's note: Please do not attempt to use hemp oil without the guidance of your physician.