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Frequently Asked Questions

Hemp oil, often referred to as hemp seed oil is derived from cold pressing the seeds of Cannabis Sativa (Industrial hemp) plants.

Hemp Oil is regulated in its production and is tested for THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol - a crystalline compound that is the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis). Tests have shown that hemp (neither the seeds nor the oil) does not contain THC so it cannot get a person 'high' (intoxicated). This means that, despite coming from the same place as marijuana, hemp seed oil couldn't be more different, it has no value as a recreational drug and is perfectly legal in the UK.

Hemp Oil is referred to as a Superfood, because of the high levels of omegas, vitamins, and other nutrients which are naturally found in it. Hemp Oil may also be excellent for hair and skin thanks to all of those omegas and vitamins. In some cases, it can induce feelings of relaxation and calm, but it does not have any psychotropic properties. Hemp Oil is safe for both humans and Pets.
Hemp seed oil is filled with nutritional compounds that are great for the human body. This why hemp oil has been used medicinally and therapeutically for such a long time. For example, hemp seed oil is packed with health boost omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. There is also evidence to suggest that it has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, skin regenerative, antiviral, cardio-protective and anti-inflammatory properties. If used as a dietary supplement, it can thicken hair, strengthens nails, alleviate acne and calm the nerves
Face

Hemp seed oil is a very nurturing substance for the skin and it is used, by many people, to treat chronic conditions like adult acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It reduces moisture loss within the skin, so it is an effective solution for perpetual or seasonal dryness.

Hair

The fatty acids in hemp seed oil are just as effective at strengthening hair follicles and increasing shine and vitality. While the slightly nutty aroma can be a little strange at first, it isn't unpleasant and applying hemp oil to the hair is easy. However if the nutty smell of the oil is an issue, here at essencehempoil.com, we recommend adding in a few drops of an aromatherapy oil such as Lavender or Frankincense as a fragrance.

Skin

The use of herbal remedies to treat acne is not new, however hemp seed oil is a little different from other remedies because it can treat symptoms of acne without causing the skin to break out.. As conditions like psoriasis and acne are often caused by lack of omega 6 fatty acid in the diet, hemp oil makes sense as a topical or dietary treatment. It hydrates the skin and reduces redness and inflammation and also supports the skin in regulating the production of sebum
Hemp oil and CBD oil come from different parts of the cannabis plant and therefore have different uses and benefits. It's easy to confuse the two and brands sometimes label their products with that in mind to trick consumers. At essencehempoil.com we think it's important to educate customers on the difference between the two.

CBD oil is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the plant and not from its seeds. Hemp oil, however, is derived from cold pressing the seeds of Cannabis Hemp plants. The main active ingredient in CBD oil, is CBD (Cannabidiol  - a nonpsychoactive compound similar to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol - a crystalline compound that is the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis).

Hemp oil on the other hand, does not contain CBD but instead is a rich blend of nutrients including a high concentration of protein, polyunsaturated acids and vitamin E. Hemp oil is one of the few oils to contain both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which are recognized as essential to the human diet. These desirable but rare fatty acids are found in a combination that is thought to be optimal according to some nutritionists. The high vitamin E content of hemp oil is another beneficial attribute.
Hemp seed oil is very rich in omega fatty acids, which are hugely beneficial for the body, but they shouldn't be ingested in overly large doses so users should always avoid consuming more hemp seed oil than is recommended by manufacturers and health food experts. Furthermore, hemp seed oil should never be cooked at very high temperatures, for this reason, hemp seed oil should only ever be consumed raw or served with warm and cold dishes. It is also important to note the difference between Essential Hemp oil (which is not edible) and pure hemp oils. See question below for more details.

With no additives, hemp oil has somewhat of a nutty taste. However, when you purchase hemp oil, it sometimes may be combined with a carrier oil. These oils can alter the taste of the hemp oil.

Popular carrier oils include MCT oil, coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil. While some of these, such as MCT oil, have very little noticeable flavor, others, like olive and avocado oils, will add a distinct flavor and aroma.

Additionally, some manufacturers will often use essential oils like peppermint to enhance the flavor of the hemp oil.
Pure Organic Hemp Seed oil
is hemp seed oil in its purest form. This is sold much like other edible oils but it cannot be used in conjunction with high heat. The best products are unrefined and cold pressed; they should be all natural with very little manufacturing or processing after extraction. For a fast acting boost, these products work with the use of direct application.

They are usually dropped beneath the tongue because this allows them to get to work quickly. They are a popular form of dietary supplement because they are so easy to use. They are also discreet and can be carried in the pocket or handbag. It is important to point out that pure hemp seed oil products are not just faster working than other forms of hemp seed oil, they are also more powerful.  The downside of the potency however is that there tends to be more intensity to the flavour but for people who dislike swallowing pills or using sprays, they offer an easy to use, no fuss alternative.

Essential Hemp oil
An essential oil on the other hand is a concentrated liquid containing easily evaporated chemical compounds of plants. These oils are 'essential' in the sense that they contain the essence of the plant's fragrance. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products.

Essential oils are also often used for aromatherapy. Aromatherapy may be useful to induce relaxation. Improper use of essential oils may cause harm including allergic reactions and skin irritation, and children and animals may be particularly susceptible to the toxic effects of improper use.

The most common way to safely dilute essential oils for topical use is in a carrier oil. These essential oils generally should not be applied directly to the skin in their undiluted form. Avoid oral ingestion and internal application, such as in the mouth, vagina, or other mucus membranes. 
As pure hemp seed oil is available in a wide variety of different forms, anybody can use it to boost their general health. It can be consumed raw - drizzled over pizzas, salads, stir fries, pasta dishes, potatoes and much more. It also makes a delicious dip for warm, crusty bread. Alternatively, if the taste is not enjoyed, it can be disguised in beverages, soups, shakes and smoothies. It must be stored carefully as too much heat or sunlight with compromise its' nutritional value and should ideally be consumed within four months of opening.
When it comes to general side effects of using hemp oil for health, more research is needed. There is some evidence to suggest that it has a number of minor side effects for some people but this has not been medically verified or tested. For a very small number of people, dietary hemp supplements can aggravate existing bowel conditions, so it is best to find a substitute supplement if chronic bowel problems are an existing condition.

For anyone considering using hemp oil as a dietary supplement, it is important to consult your health care professional before use especially if you have a medical condition or are taking any medication. At essencehempoil.com, our products are not for sale to persons under the age of 18 and we do not recommend hemp oil for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant. Overall we advise our customers to review all available information regarding the dietary use of hemp oil and to come to a personal judgement.
If you’re talking about oil drops, they are usually labeled with the total amount of raw hemp extract in the bottle. So, if the label says 500 mg, that means that there should be 500 mg in the whole bottle, not per serving. But to determine how potent the oil is, you have to look at the size of the bottle. Most brands use 30 ml bottles, but 10 ml and larger sizes are also common.

To determine how strong the oil is, divide the milligrams of extract by the size of the bottle. For example, let’s say a 30 ml bottle is labelled as 5000 mg, then the bottle contains 166.67 mg/ml while a 60 ml bottle with 3,000 mg contains 50 mg/ml, so they have different strengths in terms of potency.
It is possible to supplement canine diets with hemp seed oil, if the right products are used, in safe amounts, The health benefits enjoyed by humans can also be enjoyed by pets; for example, shinier hair, a stronger immune system and reduced inflammation and skin allergies. Hemp seed oil has no psychotropic properties, it will not harm pets or have a detrimental impact on their mood or personality.

However hemp seed oil should never be cooked before given to a pet. If its being added to pre-cooked pet food, it needs to be incorporated immediately before serving. one teaspoon per day is more than enough, even for large pets. remember that too much hemp oil can be bad for health. The only time that hemp oil is not suitable is when a pet is being fed a special protein packed diet. As hemp seed oil is also protein rich, combining it with a protein heavy diet will lead to an imbalance of healthy fats and acids. In this case, flaxseed oil is the safest, healthiest alternative to hemp oil.
It is important to distinguish hemp and hemp based products from those that contain (THC - the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis). In most countries the recreational use of THC is still illegal so knowing the difference is advised. While marijuana (or weed) is made out of the flowers of the plant, hemp oils are extracted directly from its seeds. Tests have shown that Hemp (neither the seeds nor the oil) does not contain THC so it cannot get a person 'high' (intoxicated).
Hemp oil is normally pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant, which means it does not contain any of the CBD (Cannabidiol) found in CBD oil or other Hemp Extracts which are extracted from the whole plant.
Hemp oil is legal. The purchase of hemp oil does not require a prescription nevertheless caution should be taken when shopping for hemp seed oil products, as there is a wide variety of options available on the market. The legislation associated with the production of hemp seed oil is still in its infancy, so consumers have a responsibility to be informed and aware. Hemp oil is used widely in a multitude of forms but its' many medical benefits still need more testing. It is broadly agreed that hemp seed oil is a safe substance. There are few known side effects and the only ones known are associated with consumption of extreme quantities of hemp oil.