A wealth of brands claim that hemp oils can remedy whatever ails you. But what do the experts say? Does hemp oil work for inflammation?
Think of inflammation as the body's natural response to protect itself against harm. There are two types of inflammation — acute and chronic.
Chronic inflammation plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s.
Let's take a closer look at hemp oil and inflammation.
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is made from hemp, a cannabis plant like the drug marijuana but containing little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp contains cannabidiol (CBD) — a cannabinoid that has been used to treat everything from epilepsy to anxiety.
Hemp is increasingly popular as a remedy for a range of conditions including stress and anxiety, skincare, pain relief, sleep aid — and reduces inflammation in the body. It may also contain properties that contribute to reduced risks of illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease.
Hemp Oil for Inflammation
Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti from the University of South Carolina, states there has been research to indicate that hemp oil is effective in suppressing inflammation, which is the driving force behind many diseases like arthritis.
“Inflammation is the underlying cause of a lot of diseases, cardiovascular disease, cancers ... autoimmune diseases like lupus,” he stated. “Based on our research, and a large number of publications ... hemp does have the potential of treating a large number of diseases in which inflammation is the critical role.”
Other data suggests that hemp oil may be able to help health issues, such as inflammation and skin conditions — primarily because of its essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), including omega-3s and omega-6s.