What is Hemp Oil?

What is Hemp oil?

You may hear hemp oil and hemp seed oil be thrown around a lot.  Some people use it interchangeably.  Hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant mainly from the leaf, stalk, and seed.  Hemp Seed Oil is from the hemp seed only.  In Australia, you are able to legally buy hemp seed oil for food and consumption.  Since there is no strict definition, many vendors use these two terms without discretion.

For Australian standards, hemp oil can only contain traces amount of THC and CBD.  Less than 0.01%.  There is very little to no risk of intoxication.  Since November 2017, the Food Standard Code is permitted the sale of hemp in Australia.

Hemp oil is generally clear, colourless with a little flavour.  You can purchase hemp oil at any major retail stores or chemist.

Another term that is used a lot is Full Spectrum Hemp oil.  This means that they are using most of the plant matter (not just the seed).  The Full Spectrum Hemp Oil has more cannabinoids and terpenes.  

Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil

To continue with the confusing names, many people mistake hemp oil for CBD oil.  These all come from the same cannabis plant but are very different from each other.  CBD oil is mainly made from the flower.  Hemp oil may contain traces of CBD.  CBD oil can contain up to 99% CBD.  To use CBD oil in Australia, you will need a prescription from a medical doctor.  Full Spectrum CBD oil can contain up to 0.3% THC.  

 

How is Hemp grown?

Hemp is grown in every state in Australia.  Our environment is perfect for these crop.  Harvest is usually 60-90 days after the seed is laid into the soil.  The specific type of hemp grown contains a low amount of THC as required by law.  

What is Hemp Oil good for?

Hemp oil has a wide range of benefits.  Since the legalisation of hemp, scientist and researchers are slowly starting to see how beneficial it is for the human body.  Many people are starting to use it as a natural pain relief.  According to a study recently done by the National Institutes of Health in America (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6277878/)

One of the main components of full spectrum hemp oil shows promising signs of treating different types of pain. 

Hemp oil contains a variety of essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. 

According to the United States Drug Agency, 2 teaspoon serving of hemp seed contains the following:

111 calories

6.31 g of protein

9.75 g of fat

1.73 g of carbohydrates (including 0.8 g of fiber and 0.3 g of sugar)

14 milligrams (mg) of calcium

1.59 mg of iron

140 mg of magnesium

330 mg of phosphorus

240 mg of potassium

1.98 mg of zinc

22 micrograms (mcg) of folate

Hemp seed also contains vitamin C, B, A  and E. 

There is also a variety of hemp creams on the market.  This allows you to apply hemp directly on a part of the body that is causing you issue.  This natural supplement is non-additive and non-psychoactive.

How to use Hemp oil?

Hemp oil can be used by a variety of different methods.  Some of these methods includes:

Cooking, Topical (lotion / balms / creams), Capsules, Tinctures and Food Additives.

A lot of creative vendors are now experimenting with hemp to be used in other products.  Recently you can find hemp as a cheese substitute, protein powder and hemp milk.  Hemp is also now being combined with a variety of other ingredients such as garlic, chilli, turmeric and more. 

Many blogs are now including hemp into food recipes.  Hemp oil and also hemp seed can be a great substitute for a variety of dishes.  https://ohmyveggies.com/is has a few good examples of excellent hemp dishes.

Where can I buy Hemp oil in Australia?

Luckily for us Australians, hemp oil can now be purchased over the counter at most retail stores and chains.  You will be hard pressed not to find it at your local chemist.  There is also now hundreds of online vendors selling hemp oil.  

Hemp recommended dosage

Hemp seed in moderation is fairly safe.  Hemp seed oil is high in fat so please pay attention of the amount taken as it can cause diarrhoea.  Please follow the recommended dosage by the manufacture.  If there are no recommended usage, always start with a small amount to test your body.  

Hemp cost in Australia

Depending on the hemp oil you buy, the cost ranges anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars.  This depends on the hemp concentration, if it is organic, cold press, and quality. 

Here is example of some prices from a leading online hemp seller in NSW (hempfoods.com.au)

Final thoughts

Since the legalisation of hemp in Australia, the hemp industry has become a full fledge industry.  We will now see more hemp products hit the market.  As a country, Australia has the space, sun and soil to grow some of the best hemp in the world.  Hopefully in due time, we will also see other cannabinoids in your local supermarket.  

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