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Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil
(Cannabis sativa)

Country: Canada
Cultivation:  Grown organically; unrefined
Grown and certified organic by producer, but our facility is not certified to make the claim once we rebottle, so we say this is grown organically.
Extraction Method: Cold pressed
Plant Part: Seeds
Components: Hemp Seed oil is rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids in the balanced proportion of 3:1. It closely matches our own skin's lipids and is readily absorbed into the skin. Hemp is typically added with other carrier oils for skin-care products. Has a reputation as being: "Nature's most perfectly balanced oil" (Susan Parker).
Aroma: Mildly herbal
Color: Green
Shelf Life: Hemp oil is prone to rancidity due to its highly unsaturated nature, so the approximate shelf life is about 1 year when refrigerated. It is best to store in a cool location out of direct sunlight.

Shelf Life Suggestions:  
  • Refrigeration will extend shelf life.
  • Oxygen is a big enemy to shelf life. Keep caps snug.
  • Write the date of purchase on the label in permanent marker. 
  • Avoid contaminating the oil with fingers or pipettes inserted into the bottle. Unsterilized items such as fingers, cotton balls and pipettes that come into contact with the oils will potentially contaminate them. Pour off the quantity you will need into a smaller container or bottle and work from that.

Hemp seed oil contains all of the essential amino acids (in the ideal ratio of 3-to-1) and other benefical nutrients including magnesium, zinc, and vitamins B-6, E and carotene. It's anti-inflammatory and skin regenerative properties make it an excellent choice to use in skincare products. Susan Parker wrote: "With its broad range of fatty acids, hemp seed oil has the reputation of being called 'nature's most perfectly balanced oil.' Its use on the skin soothes and heals dry skin and minor burns, replenishes moisture, and protects against cellular damage."

Hemp Seed Oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function:
Burns, minor
Hair: nourishing
Skin: nourishing
Skin abrasions, chapped, dermatitis, dry, eczema, infections, moisturizing, nourishing, psoriasis

Spain Study Confirms Hemp Oil Cures Cancer Without Side Effects by Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
(This article is NOT about Hemp Seed Carrier oil, but we've put it here for educational purposes as it relates to the Hemp plant.)

Although this oil is considered by some a good choice for internal use, Sally Fallon (President of Weston Price Foundation) wrote a compelling article you may want to read.  Hemp: Not for Human Consumption by Sally Fallon

HEO's Hemp Seed carrier oil has been tested and is certified to contain no detectable THC (<0.0001% Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is a psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in hemp plant.

How Does Hemp Seed Carrier oil Compare to CBD oil?
Both Hemp Seed Carrier oil and CBD oil come from the same Cannabis sativa plant, but from there they are quite different. 
Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is the result of cold-pressed hemp seed from the Cannabis sativa plant. This oil may contain trace amounts of THC, but not enough to have psychoactive effects. I may also have a small amount of  CBD, but not enough to be considered to have medicinal value. Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is regulated in its production and is tested for THC amounts, but it is not tested for CBD amounts. The oil extracted from the hemp seeds has strong nutritional value, as it is high in polyunsaturated fats like Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as Vitamin E. It is useful in a myriad of products such as lotions, face cream, shampoos, soaps and can be used in the kitchen for salad dressing. 
CBD oil (cannabidiol) is also derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp extract is made from the entire plant: leaf, seed and stem. Most oils on the market selling as CBD oil are 97% or more Hemp Seed Oil, mct oil or vegetable glycerine and 3% Hemp Extract. The CBD oil does not contain THC and is legal in all 50 states. It is used for it's medicinal value rather than nutritional value. 

Parker, Susan M., Power of the Seed, Process Media, 2014, page 143.