Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of industrial hemp plants. Unlike cannabis oil, hemp oil does not contain detectable amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or Cannabidiol (CBD).
Since it doesn’t contain these compounds, it can be consumed legally in Australia and many other countries by people of all ages including pregnant women. It is also safe and beneficial for animal consumption. Hemp seed oil has many health benefits, even compared to CBD oil in its own right.
THE EXTRACTION PROCESS
The hemp seeds are thoroughly cleaned before the extraction process. This is important to ensure the removal of dirt and any other contaminants before the seeds are pressed for their oil. The cleaning process also removes any leaf matter from the outside of the seeds that may potentially contain THC, which ensures that nothing extra is sneaking into the oil.
The cleaned raw hemp seeds are then cold pressed which is a process that separates the oil from the seed. Cold pressing is an optimal method for extracting oil because the low temperatures involved make sure that nutrients are not lost in the process. Cold pressing allows hemp oil to retain its flavour, aroma and nutritional value; leaving us with a natural and unrefined product.
As well as maintaining a low temperature during the extraction and storage process, an oxygen-free environment is also crucial in maintaining the integrity of the oil and protecting the essential fatty acids. Nitrogen gas is used to remove oxygen molecules from the oil and to reduce oxidation while the oil is stored.
HOW TO STORE HEMP SEED OIL
After the oil is bottled, sold and has made its way into your home, it needs to be stored at a cold temperature and out of sunlight. Correct storage is important for extended shelf life so we recommend keeping your hemp oil in the fridge.
For long-term storage, hemp oil can be kept in the freezer. It won’t turn into a solid if kept in a household freezer, so don’t worry if it goes a little cloudy from some of the waxes separating. This won’t affect the consistency or flavour of your product once it has reached room temperature.
WHY USE HEMP SEED OIL?
Hemp oil has a perfect ratio of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids, including omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid, making it a superior plant based source of omega fatty acids. It is a great vitamin supplement as it contains minerals and nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, D and B vitamins. It reduces cholesterol and the risk of degenerative heart diseases, regulates blood sugar levels and is an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Hemp oil is commonly used for hair, nail and skin care. It reduces eczema and acne, improves skin tone and is non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog your pores.
Article by our resident Hemp Blogger – Dana Marinac.