Hemp Oil

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
Hemp oil

Hemp oil is one of nature's little known wonders. Although its use is on the rise, it remains a relatively unpopular product despite its numerous health and beauty benefits. This is due in part to the connection made between hemp oil and marijuana, as well as some restrictions placed on its production and use by states.

Hemp oil is produced from the seeds of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa), which does not contain significant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance inherent in marijuana.

Hemp oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), including omega-3 and omega-6, which are important for the normal functioning of all body systems of our body. Hemp oil also contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a type of omega-6 acid that has anti-inflammatory and hormone-regulating properties.

The benefits of hemp oil

- Reduction of inflammation. A 2011 study suggests that adding omega-3 acids, such as those found in hemp oil, to your diet may reduce inflammation. Inflammation can contribute to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and a number of other serious problems;

- Improves skin condition. Research shows that the omega-3 and omega-6 acids in hemp oil can be effective in treating most common skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and lichen planus. Hemp oil can also help make skin stronger and healthier, which is more resistant to viral, bacterial and fungal infections;

- Relieves symptoms of PMS and menopause. Many studies have shown that the physical or emotional symptoms associated with PMS are potentially caused by sensitivity to the hormone prolactin, which may be associated with a low level of prostaglandin E1 (PGE1). Hemp oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which helps produce prostaglandin. Scientists say that women with PMS who take one gram of fatty acids that include at least 200 mg of gamma-linolenic acid experience a remarkable reduction in symptoms. A 2010 study in rats showed that hemp seed helps protect against menopausal complications, most likely due to its high gamma-linolenic acid content;

- Antibacterial properties. The antibacterial properties of hemp oil are known and proven to suppress the activity of various types of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcus;

Hemp oil is used primarily as an edible oil and food additive. It has a relatively low ignition temperature and is not suitable for frying. It is also used in personal care products, industrial lubricants, paints, inks, fuels and plastics, as well as in the manufacture of soaps, shampoos and detergents.

History of Hemp Oil

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Hemp oil has a long history of use in different cultures around the world. Hemp was one of the first plants to be cultivated by man and is believed to have been used as early as more than 10, 000 years ago. Hemp has been used to produce fibers, paper, textiles, ropes, fabrics, medicines, foods and oils. The plant is also part of traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Islamic medicine and many more

Ancient Chinese texts indicate that hemp oil was used in the Celestial Empire for the first time in 6000 BC. for the treatment of various diseases such as malaria, rheumatism and constipation. In ancient India, hemp oil was used as an aphrodisiac, antidote and sedative. In medieval Europe hemp oil was used for lighting, greasing and making paints and varnishes. In America, hemp oil was used by the first colonists to make textiles, ropes and paper.

High THC hemp oil and low THC

The legality of hemp oil varies by country and region. In some countries, such as Canada, the US, the UK, the EU and Australia, hemp oil is legal if it contains a low level of tetrahydrocannabinol (less than 0.3% or 0.2%). In other countries such as China, India, Russia, Ukraine and Brazil, hemp oil is banned or needs special permission. In some countries such as Morocco, South Africa, Thailand and Uruguay, hemp oil is legal if it is produced from legally grown hemp. Always check your local laws before buying, possessing or using hemp oil.

Is hemp oil allowed in Bulgaria

Currently, there is no medical use of marijuana in medical practice in Bulgaria.

Studies and discussions on the issue continue, but the legal procedures for accessing medical marijuana are still limited. However, hemp oil without tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or with a very low percentage of THC is generally considered legal in Bulgaria. On the other hand, products with a high THC content can be illegal in this country, so if you decide to get your hands on this product, carefully check the tetrahydrocannabinol content. It is advisable, mostly for your peace of mind and safety, that you purchase it from licensed manufacturers.

It is recommended to always check the current legislative environment and monitor any changes. Prohibition of high-THC products is usually linked to legislative provisions to control psychoactive substances.

The production, sale and use of psychoactive substances such as THC are often subject to strict regulations.

It is good that the public is gradually becoming aware of the differences between high THC hemp oil and low or no THC.

Awareness and awareness initiatives are ongoing for the benefits of hemp oil without psychoactive effects.

For up-to-date and accurate information, it is recommended that you consult official sources such as national health authorities or government agencies to familiarize yourself with the current state of legislation regarding the use of hemp oil.

How to prepare hemp oil at home

Homemade hemp oil

You can make homemade hemp oil relatively quickly and easily. To do this, you must follow the following steps:

• Get 300 grams of hemp seeds from a licensed producer;

• Grind the seeds with a blender or food processor until you get a fine flour;

• Put the hemp flour in a pot of water and boil on low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring often. This will activate the enzymes in the seeds and release the oil from them;

• Strain the hemp flour through a sieve and squeezing out as much liquid as possible. This will give you hemp milk that contains the oil and other beneficial ingredients from the seeds;

• Allow the hemp milk to cool and separate into two layers - the top layer is the hemp oil and the bottom layer is the water and other residues. Separate the top layer and store it in a glass bottle in the refrigerator. The bottom layer is not needed and can be discarded.

Ready! You now have homemade hemp oil that you can use for a variety of purposes. Enjoy its health and beauty benefits!

Recipes for dishes with hemp oil

Hemp oil dressing

This is an easy and delicious way to add this product to your salad. Simply mix 1/4 cup hemp oil, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and pour over a vegetable salad or other salad of your choice.

Hemp oil with honey and mustard

This is an aromatic and spicy sauce that you can use to marinate, glaze or season chicken, fish, pork or vegetables. Simply mix 1/4 cup hemp oil, 2 tablespoons mustard, 2 tablespoons honey, juice of 1 lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and use as desired.

Hummus with hemp seeds and hemp oil

This is a creamy and nutritious paste that you can use as a spread, dip or snack. Simply combine in a blender 1 tin of strained and rinsed chickpeas, 1/4 cup hemp oil, 1/4 cup hemp seeds, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons tahini, the juice of 1 lemon, salt, paprika, and cumin to taste. Blend until smooth and serve with bread, vegetables or crackers.

Read more: How to consume hemp seeds for maximum effect.


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