These days it seems everyone is looking for the latest healthcare hack. We want ways to maximize wellness and boost our immune systems. Fortunately, there have been many advances in the health and nutrition community. One of the things many people are interested in is how to treat pain and other issues naturally. We are bombarded today with commercials about different pharmaceutical drugs. We see a new pill every week to treat all our problems. There are natural products you can try instead of starting a new drug. That's why we will be discussing the benefits of using hemp oil for your health.
Hemp oil has multiple studied benefits. Let’s go ahead and jump into some of the ways using hemp oil may improve your health.
One of the worst health issues people face today is chronic inflammation. Hemp oil contains GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid), an essential fatty acid. These are necessary for us, but we cannot produce them in our bodies. GLA can reduce inflammation while protecting DNA. GLA gets converted into the fatty acid DGLA, which works as an anti-inflammatory. Hemp oil also contains omega-3s, which many of us know is great for keeping down inflammation.
Patients with arthritis or other inflammatory issues could benefit from using hemp oil. To get the best results for inflammation, take hemp oil in combination with magnesium and zinc, which helps it convert to DGLA. (1)
Most of us deal with some form of skin issue. Sometimes nothing helps, and the products available can make the problems worse. Hemp oil can be a potent acne treatment. In another study, users reported improvements in eczema symptoms. The benefits of hemp oil for skin health don’t stop there. The omega-3 fatty acids in hemp oil can help treat psoriasis. The recommendation is to use it in conjunction with vitamin D for best results. Many people see vast improvements with this. If not, a topical vitamin D may get used as well. An inflammatory rash known as lichen planus can get triggered by an auto-immune condition. Hemp oil can be effective in helping with the discomfort and clearing of the entire rash. (2)
Many people have trouble with high cholesterol. They may see their medical doctor and get put on a prescription medication that makes them feel bad. These drugs are called statins, and the intent is to lower total cholesterol. The claimed result is to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack.
Statins work by blocking the liver from producing too much cholesterol. Many doctors become quick to prescribe this medicine because it helps remove cholesterol from your blood.
The problem with statins is that they come with some complaints. Some patients report extreme fatigue or weak muscles. A more critical side effect could be liver damage. Statins may increase your liver enzymes which show inflammation. Another issue with statins is the possible rise in blood glucose. If left untreated, that can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Other rare side effects do need to get mentioned. Some may experience neurological problems, like memory loss or confusion. A life-threatening issue called Rhabdomyolysis can cause extreme muscle pain, liver damage, and kidney failure. (3)
Since hemp oil is rich in linoleic acid, it can reduce your total cholesterol. It can also lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol. As we mentioned, it also has omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health.
Approximately 68 million Americans struggle with high blood pressure. That means with every three people you meet, one of them may have high blood pressure. Some people also have it and don’t know it. The numbers could get higher over time. (4.)
High blood pressure is a serious issue, and it doesn’t need to get left untreated. It can cause heart failure, heart attack, vision loss, and other critical problems. When you suffer from high blood pressure, the blood pushing against your blood vessel walls is constantly high. Eventually, it causes the heart to work too hard, and the overtaxing can damage the arteries. The studies show that hemp oil can improve blood flow because it widens the blood vessels. Many people take hemp oil with another natural supplementation that supports healthy blood pressure levels.
Some doctors may put their patients on prescription blood pressure medicines but have no plans to lower the dose or stop it. If you can get your blood pressure down to a healthy level, you don’t want to stay on a medicine for the rest of your life. Many common pharmaceuticals cause other health issues like bone pain, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. (4)
Hemp oil can give you a healthy advantage for lowering your blood pressure. If you need a prescription blood pressure medicine, you may need it for a short time and be able to transition off it.
Scientists have studied the effects of hemp oil with hormone balancing and found that the GLA improves hormone health. It can also relieve negative symptoms associated with PMS, like menstrual cramping. It may reduce menopause issues like hot flashes, depression, and low mood. While studying the benefits of hemp oil for improved hormone health, scientists found users had no side effects. Many women with hormone imbalances experience bouts of anxiety. Studies show that using hemp oil can increase serotonin levels, which may help relieve hormonal anxiety and depression. (5) When combined with other natural products like black cohosh, many women experience more calm and become less anxious. (5)
We have mentioned that hemp oil can lower inflammation, which causes diseases and other painful conditions. You can also apply hemp oil directly to a painful area and get natural pain relief fast. Many people have become addicted to prescription pain medications. They may start taking them with the best intentions but later find out they can no longer continue daily activities without them. Many doctors are hesitant to prescribe pain medicines now because of the risk of addiction. (6)
If you would like to take an oral form of hemp oil, a small dose can be effective for helping and controlling pain. Hemp oil is free of THC, so you can adjust the dosage to find what works best for your needs.
The fact that hemp oil can be beneficial even for pregnant women may surprise some people. Remember that hemp oil contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids. These are crucial for a woman during pregnancy. (7)
Omega-3 fatty acids support healthy eye and brain development for babies. They can also help reduce the chances of maternal depression. If you combine hemp oil with other omega-3 sources, be sure you get a quality supplement. Many of the omega-3 products available today are oxidized, and they won’t help you. That means they have degenerated to the point of becoming rancid. When you put something in your body, especially if you are pregnant, you want a product you can trust.
Many people have mental health struggles these days. Anxiety and depression cause tons of doctor visits each year. Over 40 million American adults have some form of anxiety disorder. (8)
One of the things that cause anxiety is brain chemistry. Hemp oil can promote healthy brain balance and function. Sometimes people go to their doctor and get a quick prescription drug for anxiety. The problem with these medications is that many are unsafe. Some have warnings on the bottle that point to the drug causing suicide. Getting off the medicine can cause even more issues. Patients may experience difficult withdrawal symptoms.
Some doctors don’t ask enough questions to find the root cause of the problem. If there is a brain chemistry issue, a noninvasive test could provide the tool to understand the imbalance. Once you know the root cause, you can treat it with natural medicines and lifestyle interventions.
Some people are hesitant to try hemp oil. If you have concerns, you should know that it is safe and effective at treating many health issues. Hemp oil will not cause a “high” like illegal drugs. Hemp oil gets extracted through cold pressing. The THC levels in hemp oil cannot exceed 0.3%. That means even taking it in high doses, you won’t get any chemical “high.”
If you have experienced any of the issues we have mentioned, you owe it to yourself to try a natural approach. All pharmaceuticals come with a host of side effects, so it is best to avoid them if you can do so. Nature has provided what we need to thrive and take care of ourselves. The clinical research is ongoing, but the current studies show that hemp oil is a powerful tool with many health benefits.
Always talk to your doctor before trying hemp oil. Most people experience no side effects when taking it, but some pharmaceuticals may not mix well with it. If you’ve been on the fence about trying hemp oil, these tips can help you get the most benefits from using it!