Hemp oil is pressed from the seeds of hemp plants. Hemp oil used for consumption is typically unrefined and cold pressed, retaining a green color and nutty flavor.

Health considerations

Hemp oil is typically 56% linoleic acid, 22% alpha-linolenic acid, 9% oleic acid, and 2% and 5% stearic and palmitic acid respectively. It is a source of essential fatty acids, including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Its Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio is considered “optimal”–in that the Omega-6 content does not significantly outweigh the Omega-3 content. Hemp oil supplementation results in incorporation of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids into the body’s circulating fatty acids. This has improved skin quality and skin conditions in humans. See: Linoleic acid, Alpha-linolenic acid, Omega-3 fatty acids

Keep in mind

While hemp grows from the cannabis plant, the psychoactive component, THC, is rigorously tested to ensure it is at a level that would not cause effects or trigger a drug test without unreasonably high consumption. This testing is done by a third party. Hemp’s linolenic acid is in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. Hemp oil spoils easily and should be kept cool and unexposed to light. 

May be found in

Sold as is, omega-3 oil blends


Acta Alimentaria
Journal of Dermatological Treatment

Aternative Spellings and Names

Hemp seed oil, hempseed oil

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