5 Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

A close jar of hemp seed oil. This oil has a long history of use in Eastern culture as a multi-purpose natural remedy.

Hemp seed oil is a great source of high-quality nutrients and has a long history of use in Eastern culture as a multi-purpose natural remedy. Despite its widespread popularity, prejudice related to its association with cannabis has kept it from common use in the West. While the oil contains virtually no THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis, hemp oil is still considered sketchy to some. Thankfully, education is prevailing and the market for hemp seed oil is growing in the United States, with an increasing number of people seeking it out for its reported health benefits.

1. Good for Heart Health

Hemp seed oil has a 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, a balance that has been shown to support heart health and promote proper cardiovascular function. [1] These nutrients play a role in many biological processes and may help prevent a number of degenerative diseases. [2]

2. Supports Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails

Hemp seed oil is often used as a moisturizer for the skin, and for good reason. Studies have indicated that hemp seed oil can dramatically decrease skin dryness to alleviate itching and irritation. [3] Moreover, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may protect against the aging process while soothing the skin. [4]

3. Excellent Nutrition for Your Brain

Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), that are required for brain development. DHA is crucial to the health of the brain as well as the retina of the eye, particularly in the first year of life. [5] Mothers who supplement with hempseed oil during pregnancy may provide brain- and eye-protective benefits for the developing baby.

4. It’s a Mercury-Free Fatty Acid Supplement

Taking a fish oil supplement can be a helpful way to increase omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, a nutrient that is essential for brain development, immune system health, and mood regulation. [6] [7] [8] Expectant mothers certainly want to include these nutrients in their diet; however, fish contains a great deal of mercury which can hinder neurological and developmental mechanisms in the unborn baby. Fortunately, hemp seed oil works as a terrific alternative to traditional omega-3 fatty acid supplements and doesn’t carry the same risk of mercury ingestion. [9]

5. Supports the Immune System

The essential fatty acids in hemp seed oil have been shown to promote healthy flora in the intestines and support immune system response and function. [10] This can be very helpful during the cold and flu season when viruses are running rampant at school, work, and in everyday social interactions.

Is hemp seed oil part of your life? If so, what do you use it for? We’d love for you to leave a comment and share your experience!

References (10)
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  2. A. P. Simopoulos. Evoluntionary aspects of diet, the omega-6/omega-3 ratio and genetic variation: nutritional implications for chronic diseases. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. 28 July 2006. 60 (2006) 502-507.
  3. Callaway J, Schwab U, Harvima I, Halonen P, Mykkänen O, Hyvonen P, Jarvinen T. Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis. The Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2005 April;16(2):87-94.
  4. Sapino S, Carlotti Me, Peira E, Gallarate M. Hemp-seed and olive oils: their stability against oxidation and use in O/W emulsions. Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2005 July-August;56(4):227-51.
  5. Connor WE, Neuringer M. The effects of n-3 fatty acid deficiency and repletion upon the fatty acid composition and function of the brain and retina. Progress in Clinical and Biological Research. 1988, 282:275-294.
  6. Bourre JM. Roles of unsaturated fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids) in the brain at various ages and during ageing. The Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging. 2004;8(3):163-74.
  7. Ergas D, Eilat E, Mendlovic S, Sthoeger ZM. n-3 fatty acids and the immune system in autoimmunity. The Israel Medical Association Journal. 2002 January;4(1):34-8.
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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Caitlin

    I keep hemp seeds in a little shaker, such as the ones used for parmesan. That keeps it handy for sprinkling on top of peanut butter toast, in soups and salads. Thanks for the article!

  • Great tip!

  • Sherrie

    could hemp seed oil help cure Lyme disease

  • Hemp seed oil is good stuff but, on its own, I doubt it has that potential. Can any other readers offer insight?

  • India

    What do you mean by a shaker? Isn’t hard to eat it by itself? I have never tried before. Do you have to grind it first?

  • Sandra

    I use hemp seed oil as a moisturizer for my very dry skin.i get dermatitis on my hands and neck so they are very sensitive to certain products. Hemp seed oil works well.

  • kaz

    Had blood test and my cholestral was slight high . Can I use hemp capsules to reduce levels ?
    Thanks karen x

  • Talk to your nutritionist. It wouldn’t be proper to say hemp capsules will reduce your cholesterol but they may be an option for giving your body the nutritional support it needs — along with proper diet and exercise — to support good health.

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  • Sherrei

    Can hemp oil help me lose weight???

  • GLX

    I am allergic to a preservative found in many products so i turned to naturals oils for moisturizing. First, using coconut oil which seemed to asorb in my skin leaving it dry later after only a few hours. Well – this Alaska Gal found Hemp oil and the rest is history. I am fifty five and look 45. My skin is moisturized throughout the day, looks firmer, and my meat hooks for hands which always gave my age away, now look beautiful. I keep it refrigerated squirting out a small amount in a tiny bowl which sets on the counter. Its a life saver. I guess this allergy situation has saved me maj coins in the purchase of exspensive toxic products that seduce us into the belief we can stop time.

  • If someone tried hard enough, they could probably come up with an argument to connect the two. But to more specifically say, is hemp oil a fat burner or will taking two tablespoons a day result in losing one pound a week? No, probably not.

  • Sherrei


  • Because that’s not what it does.

  • Cathryn

    Is hemp oil used for pain management

  • There is some discussion out there on that subject, check out this page:


  • jim

    can hemp seed oil help with clearing a rash up

  • Haven’t seen anything to support that, anyone?

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  • Krista Dintere

    I’m taking a tablespoon of hemp seed oil every day and my immune system is working better than ever, haven’t been ill with anyrhing since i’m taking it. Btw it tastes great AS a salas dressing if mixed with Herbs, ir you can pour a little on your morning porridge.

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  • Martin Babin

    It’s anti inflammatory which should help. A lot depends on the cause of the rash.

  • poppy

    Can hemp oil help with my fibromagia and osteoarthritis and depression?

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  • kal98

    Using hemp oil over coconut means saving rare species and rain forest that are being cut down so to grown coconut and palms so be saving your planet and use coconut sparingly! Also the hemp oil absorbs very rapidly is light and I love the earthy green smell but keep in refrig as it will go rancid left out! Ok thanks and go green locally and in your own backyard!

  • Jj

    How much hemp oil can you give a 2 year old per day

  • Norton Zig

    No it means to use it like you do for pepper and salt. Got it?

  • Jenna Ice

    honestly? none. I wouldn’t risk it oils are very potent even a single drop is too much for an adult I would cook with it maybe

  • GMO Roberts

    LOL, I they did ban me, see NN doesn’t want the truth on their lies and schmucks like you that hang on every word they say. They need gullible people like you to help them spread their fear and lies, just so they can profit from it.

  • Jenna Ice

    You are an absolute quack. I wish they would ban you your a troll.

  • GMO Roberts

    At least I don’t live in a fantasy world like you do.

  • Jenna Ice

    It is you who lives in the fantasy world, dear.

  • GMO Roberts

    See again you prove that it is you calling me dear, like I would ever have relations with a witch like yourself.

  • Jenna Ice

    Relations? LMAO Don’t flatter yourself Bob. I wouldn’t touch you with a 50 ft pole. I’m sure your fat loner who has GMOs and glyphosate dripping out your pores.

  • GMO Roberts

    is that what men look like after you cast your evil spell on them? Don’t worry honey, I’m happilier married and don’t need a hard up below average looking girl like yourself.

  • Brian Hall

    Don’t use it as a cooking oil. Use it for other stuff, but not cooking.

  • I am a Disabled Vet USN Corpsman and a MMJ patient. I infuse good Canadian Hemp Seed Oil with Medical Cannabis. It treats my chronic pain better than Vicodin and the Omega 3 and 6 are a total bonus. Great article thanks. Would love to discuss with you offline..


    Make sure you refrigerate it as well. It spoils.


    Hey Kyndr, fancy seeing you here. I use this myself and it is great. The first time I bought it, I purchased 1 gallon and started using it right away. After about 2 weeks, I noticed I started getting ill after every dose so I contacted a few people that knew a lot about it and they told me to refrigerate it immediately or it spoils. Well, there went $70 right down the drain.

  • Yep most definitely has to be refrigerated.


    Well, I survived and now I AM SUPERMAN!!!!!! WHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

  • timeup2020

    Wake up woman

  • timeup2020

    Coconut oil is not to be used on face as moisturiser, hemp seed oil is the. One for face moisturiser it cleans out and closes pores.

  • timeup2020


  • Osnat Gizela

    What’s the recommended dose to consume?

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  • Hollieann

    I use coconut oil on my face all the time have been doing it for the last 15 years and love it and it is actually very good for your skin no matter where you put it on your body but I also use hemp seed oil

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  • Helen Watson

    Have been below par for 18 months with digestive problems and just recently a bad car accident. Am 64 and my body was begining to feel old and cranky. Only 3 days on hemp seed oil and I am feeling a lot better and my body not so old and cranky when I get up in the mornings.

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  • Mike Heyns

    I have Emphysema as a result of a genetic Alpha One Anti-tripsine Deficiency at age 53. On O2 for 24/7 and make extensive use of steroids as part of my medication. This resulted in a paper thin skin which would leave bruises just when touched.

    After a period of having a spoon of Hemp Seed Oil first thing in the morning, my skin started to build up texture again. Still a long way to go, but also a long way from where I was.

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  • Mark Dougherty

    I would much rate be in a fantasy world with a person named Jenna ice rather than being stuck in reality with GMO ROBERTS!

  • Mark Dougherty

    Thank you Mr. Douchebag!

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  • GMO Roberts

    Good, because you obviously can’t handle reality.

  • GMO Roberts

    Nice reply when you can’t come up with anything real to say.

  • Fletcherous

    Lol! My favorite comment chain ever

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  • Mark

    Miss Jenna ice, just ignore the crazy comments. Many people won’t believe anything until they can see it, or touch it, with their own eyes and hands……God bless you.

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    Some men are willing to sacrifice everything for a beautiful profile picture-“girl.”

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  • I am hoping Hemp Seed Oil will help me with my MS but I am not sure where to buy it. I am hoping Dr Group sells it.

  • Hey Jenna Ice, Just ignore that troll. You are just feeding into his bullsh!t! If you stop talking to him he wont be able to harass you.

  • Yes, its good for pain as well as many other things.

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  • Julia Johnson

    The Dr Bronner’s Magic Organic Body Balm I use has hemp seed oil in it. I’ve used it on my lips and dry skin occasionally for a few years now. It really helps the patches of really dry skin I have and heals my lips when they are really bad. This last month and a half I started using it on a fresh surgery scar (had ulnar nerve surgery), I wipe on witch hazel, let it dry and then rub on the body balm to keep it soft as it stiffens up if I don’t keep it moisturized. I have noticed that it is starting to fade more than my scars usually do. My last big scar took several years to stop being red and fade. I am finding less redness each day and even white skin begining to come through in spots and the tough lumpy tissue under the scar is begining to dissipate. Not sure its because of the hemp oil but I’m very happy since I scar easily and they usually don’t actually disappear.

  • Raw Decathlete

    Hi, which brand yo use and how much per day and when you take your doses in relation to meals? Thank you

  • Andrew tackor

    Interesting article…thanks for sharing 5 health benefits of Hemp Seed Oil, it is really helpful for people. Hemp seed oil is a great source of high-quality nutrients. I also visited cbdoilempire[dot]com, for CBD Oil, offering the best selection of the top cannabis oil, CBD products all in one place.

  • Sadie Michelle Enriquez

    What kind is the best hemp seed oil u can get Global?

  • GHC Support

    Hi, Sadie. We typically recommend organic, cold-pressed hemp seed oil, and most brands that meet these standards are considered effective.

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