The principal product made from hemp seeds is undoubtedly the oil. Hemp oil offers a high nutritional value with a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body.
Purified or refined hemp seed oil is clear and colorless, but it looses the natural vitamins and antioxidants in the processing. Refined hemp seed oil is primarily used in body care products. Industrial hemp seed oil is used in fuel, paints, plastics, etc.
Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp seeds by using a press. The press has a slowly rotating worm-shaft that squeezes out the majority of the oil and separates out the remaining seed matter known as the seed cake. The whole process is done in an oxygen-free environment in order to reduce oxidation.
Why is hemp oil good for me?
Hemp is great for cleansing and moisturizing the skin. It is also a powerful source for nutrition. Hemp oil has unique properties that rival oils such as flax seed oil as a dietary supplement. It contains many of the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) that the body requires for healthy day-to-day operation. These EFAs are present in the right ratio for optimum absorbency into the body.
It is also a good source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), the main valued content of Evening Primrose Oil, which is believed to help pre-menstrual tension (PMT).
Hemp oil can be taken daily either in liquid or capsule form. The oil has a delicious nutty flavor and is great in salad dressings, smoothies, or in any favorite recipe. However a word of caution: due to its fragile EFAs, it should not be used for frying or cooking, but it can be poured over the food once it’s cooked for extra flavor and nutrition.