Hemp is a plant. It is the same species of plant as cannabis. But unlike cannabis, hemp contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), less than 0.3%. It is legal to sell hemp and hemp products in the U.S. Hemp flowers, leaves, seed, seed oil, and protein are used as food and/or medicine.
Hemp is used for constipation, high cholesterol, eczema (atopic dermatitis), arthritis, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Hemp is used to make cloth, cosmetics, rope, printer’s ink, wood preservative, detergents, soaps, and lighting oil.
Don’t confuse hemp with Canadian hemp, hemp agrimony, cannabis, or cannabidiol (CBD).
How does it work?
Hemp seed contains fats, protein, and other chemicals. The fats in hemp seed might help to reduce inflammation (swelling). Some chemicals in hemp seed help to promote bowel movements and lower blood pressure.
Hemp Overview & Benefits
Eczema (atopic dermatitis). Taking hemp seed oil might relieve some symptoms of eczema, including dryness and itchiness. But it doesn’t seem to work better than taking olive oil.
The inherited tendency towards high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia). Early research shows that taking hemp seed oil doesn’t lower cholesterol levels in children with this condition who are already following a low-fat diet.
Multiple sclerosis (MS).
Uses Of Hemp & Side Effects
When taken by mouth: Hemp is LIKELY SAFE when the seed, seed oil, or seed protein is taken by mouth as food. Hemp is POSSIBLY SAFE when the seed oil is used as medicine for up to 6 months. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if hemp flowers, hemp leaves, or hemp oil made from the flower or leaf is safe or what the side effects might be
Disclaimer: This article was originally published on https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1605/hemp#:~:text=Hemp%20is%20used%20to%20make,%2C%20or%20cannabidiol%20(CBD).