Hemp Oil Benefits
By: Saif Khan
Health and the Benefits Of Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as the American populace becomes less fearful of cannabis and it's unassuming cousin. It was widely used, worldwide, in numerous industries before cannabis prohibition was enacted. Hemp's outlaw status - deemed illegal in the same ill-fated decision the League of Nations took regarding cannabis in 1937 - in the USA has prevented it from gaining the proliferation it deserves.
While some US states have successfully campaigned to change the laws surrounding hemp - New York being the most recent - it is still a banned crop in many states. There are hundreds, if not thousands of applications for this incredibly versatile plant, from textiles to food to cosmoceutical and industrial uses.
Most importantly for medical patients however, is its potential as a healing substance, especially in states that do not have any access to medical cannabis. As hemp is broadly classified - for legal purposes - as any cannabis plant that possesses less than 0.3% THC, it can be freely acquired in all 50 states. The FDA's classification of hemp as a dietary supplement rather than a medication also means citizens can seek it out without needing a medical recommendation.
Are The Claims Of Hemp Oil Cures True?
The benefits of hemp oil are widely reported, from sources both anecdotal and scientific, and it is lauded for its antioxidant properties and ideal ratios of essential fatty acids. A claim becoming more frequent in recent times is how hemp oil can be valuable in the treatment of various ailments, particularly where oxidative stress is a factor. As the benefits of hemp oil also include better cardiovascular and nutritional health, it is being incorporated into more and more diets, usually in the form of hempseed or cold-pressed hemp oil.
The issue with pinpointing exactly how beneficial hemp oil is lies in its multi-faceted nature. At this point in time, it would be very difficult to claim with certainty that hemp oil is beneficial in treating ailments.
While it shows promise in boosting overall health, it is difficult to identify which components in hemp oil are having a positive health effect. It should definitely encourage deeper research and new studies, as restrictions on studies ease, and patient interest in alternatives to pharmaceuticals increases.
However, unless and until the view that a single, active molecule must be credited as the beneficial factor changes, hemp oil is unlikely to move from the nutraceutical category to the pharmaceutical category. Resistance to hemp's potential would stunt the growth of an industry that could be both highly beneficial for patients, and highly profitable for hemp-derived product businesses.