Cannabis oil - is it really so healthy?
Once widely used by our grandmothers, then a bit forgotten, today it returns to favor. Hemp oil, because it's about it, as the producers convince us, is an almost perfect substance. Is it really? Let's see!
Until recently, not much was said about this oil, and yet it was once extremely popular and used almost universally - especially for the treatment of many skin lesions. It is obtained in the process of cold pressing seeds of cannabis seeds - cannabis sativa (not to be confused with cannabis) and is characterized by a unique, slightly nutty flavor and a greenish color.
What is it like in hemp oil?
Hemp oil has been thoroughly tested by scientists. It turns out that it is an extremely rich source of unsaturated fatty acids. It is emphasized that there are exceptionally many of them in this oil, as much as 75%. In it, we can find: linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, or soothing inflammation, linolenic acid. His power, however, is not only the content of beneficial substances, but also their perfect proportion. According to the researchers, hemp oil is characterized by an ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6, which is: 1: 3. We do not need to convince anyone about the properties of acids from the omega group: they support the work of our circulatory and nervous systems, and also support immunity.
What else is dormant in hemp oil? Vitamins and minerals! And a whole lot. It is rich in those from group B, vitamin A, C, E, as well as magnesium, calcium, zinc. Antioxidants, phytosterols and amino acids also need to be added to all of this.
Where is the catch?
With this composition, hemp oil appears to us as an ideal oil. Many people will think that it is so beautiful that it can not be real and somewhere there must be some proverbial hook. Is. It is associated with the expiry date of hemp oil. Due to such a valuable composition, the oil can not tolerate contact with both air and light. It is not intended for frying - just like in linseed oil, the valuable acids are destroyed under such high temperature. You have to remember to store it in a refrigerator in a sealed bottle.
How to choose hemp oil?
From the point of view of the consumer, the most important thing is to choose the best and most valuable hemp oil. And as it turns out oil oil uneven. So what should we pay attention to?
First of all: Origin
The most important thing is to buy selected oil in a reputable store - then we are sure that the seller makes every effort to ensure that the oil he offers preserves its values - stores accordingly, etc. It should also be made of plants from certified crops. It is best to choose the one with the "BIO" mark.
Second: Refined or unrefined?
Of course it's unrefined! The most valuable is unrefined oil, cold pressed. We will know refined oil after it is transparent, has a very weak taste and practically a small amount of nutritional value.
Hemp oil is known primarily for its scent and taste - spicy, with a nutty note. It is worth looking for oil, which thanks to the production process (unrefined, cold pressed) retains these properties.
Hemp oil: how to use?
As already mentioned, hemp oil should not be used for frying. Therefore, it is an excellent ingredient in all salad dressings. You can add it to cocktails and trendy recently smoothie - and this is due to the unique taste. Many people also add it to freshly prepared dishes (groats, soups) or topping it with bread and so on.
This oil is also a valued cosmetic. Few people know that its chemical composition is close to the composition of the protective fat secreted by our skin. It is suitable for applying directly to the skin and, what is interesting, it does not leave a greasy film on it. It is recommended for oily, combination, acne or dry skin. Perfectly moisturizes, cures all irritations and improves its color.
Hemp oil is an absolute must have. After all, it has many pro-health properties. Remember, however, that the key to success is to choose the right one and really valuable!