Last week, we discussed how Hemp Seed Oil is made and what its therapeutic properties are. Today's blog will do the same for Hemp Essential Oil.
Hemp Essential Oil is derived from the aerial parts (leaves and flowers) of the Cannabis sativa L. plant. CBD and THC are not present in the essential oil because they do not come through the steam distillation process. The chemical constituents found in this oil in significant quantities are Beta-Caryophyllene, Beta-Myrcene, Limonene, Alpha-Humulene, Alpha-Pinene, Terpinolene, and Beta-Pinene. Overall, these monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes comprise 85% of the composition of Hemp Essential Oil.
Therapeutically, all of these components have been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and both nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Several constituents are antiviral and antibacterial, and can strengthen and/or balance the immune system. They tend to help calm anxiety, relax muscles, and reduce stress. All of these properties make Hemp Essential Oil a superb addition to blends for muscles, joints, injuries, colds, flu, anxiety, sleep, and stress.
When I first heard about Hemp Essential Oil, I didn't know if it would be legal (like Hemp Seed Oil), or legal only in certain states (like CBD). Hemp Essential Oil is legal in every U.S. state because it does not contain THC or CBD. For those of you in states that restrict the use of CBD, Hemp Essential Oil may be a good option for your topical and/or inhalation blends.