Hemp is one of the most versatile crops in the world. It provides stronger and more temperature effective fibers, flame-resistant building materials, medicine, and even food. Hemp can be a milk substitute, flour, popcorn, and has what is considered the optimum balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs).
EFAs are essential to brain health, mood, inflammation function, heart health, and cell production. Currently, there is no synthetic form of EFAs including the most important: Omega 3 and Omega 6. Your body will take Omega 3 and 6 and convert them into essential chemicals necessary for a range of functions.
They are turned into eicosanoids, lipoxins, and even endocannabinoids. If that last one sounds familiar you’ve been studying! Endocannabinoids are essential to mood and healthy inflammation and are one of the many benefits you get from smoking cannabis. You also get endocannabinoids from eating a range of fruits and vegetables and they are completely natural and necessary for healthy bodies.
EFAs must be obtained from what you eat, however usually from fish, and cannot be synthesized. So usually Omega 3 and 6 supplements are made with farmed fish oil. However, hemp can supply an even better balance of these essential lipids, and is the only plant that has the perfect ratio of the two. Hemp oil is also a perfect protein, meaning it contains the right balance of the nine essential amino acids necessary for humans. Great news for the vegans and vegetarians out there!
Taking a hemp oil omega 3 and 6 supplement is not only fish-free and perfectly balanced, there are other benefits as well. Here’s a list of some things hemp oil can do:
Reduce risk of heart disease
Balance hormones in women
Provide pain relief, especially for those suffering from arthritis
Prevent certain types of cancer
A truly versatile and useful supplement, hemp oil can be obtained in Canada and the US in most places that sell supplements. Even amazon.com has hemp oil available. Personally, I take it in the place of fish oil and find it to be more effective for me. Don’t be shy, give it a try! You might just be doing yourself a huge favor.
Shasta Nelson is a California Native and a cannabis connoisseur. She's been involved in the industry at every level since she was a teenager. Currently she provides content for Roottie, DOPE Magazine, and Terpenes and Testing. She's also a creative writer, with a graphic novel underway.