What is hemp oil? Is it Legal in Australia?
Marijuana remains illegal in Australia, not because it has no potential therapeutic values but because its THC content has the potentials to alter consciousness and impair the senses. Hemp, on the other hand, is perfectly legal since it has negligible psychoactive potentials.
Hemp oil is extracted from cold-pressed seeds of the hemp plant. The hemp plant has only trace amounts of THC and the seeds are completely devoid of it. Hemp oil only contains essential nutrients such as proteins and Omega 3, and is primarily used as cooking oil.
Since the hemp plant is legal in Australia, all its derivatives are also legal - including hemp seed oil. Australian residents are free to walk into any grocery store or pharmacy to buy hemp oil.
However, the Federal Government has put quality checks in place to ensure that only pure, high-quality hemp oils are stocked in shelves in pharmacies and dispensaries.
All legal hemp oil products must display on their labels a certificate of analysis from an independent lab confirming the cannabinoid-free composition of the product.
Is hemp oil different from cannabis or CBD oil?
Hemp seed oil is primarily used as a food ingredient, while cannabis or CBD oil is mainly used for therapeutic purposes. src
As its name implies, cannabis oil or CBD oil is an oil product containing CBD extracts from cannabis. CBD is one of the main active compounds in cannabis – the other being THC, the substance that induces psychoactivity. CBD is heavily associated with a wide array of therapeutic properties and is used in treating a wide range of ailments.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system which is instrumental to the functions of various systems and organs in the body. By wielding positive influences over the endocannabinoid system, CBD can generate far-reaching effects in the body to remedy a wide range of ails.
Countless anecdotal evidences show that CBD can relieve various kinds of pain, repress seizures in epileptic patients, mitigate digestive and metabolic problems, reduce the risk of age-related ailments like neurodegenerative conditions, and lots more.
On the other hand, hemp oil is completely devoid of cannabinoids, including CBD. Hence, it doesn’t have as many therapeutic potentials. It does have potentials, though, for hair and skincare as well as for gastronomical problems. However, it is mainly renowned for its immense nutritional value which makes it better-suited for consumption as a food ingredient. It has a distinctively rich earthy scent that can ramp up the taste of various delicacies.
How much does hemp oil cost?
Hemp oil can cost anywhere between $1 to $8 per ounce. The cost depends on the type of hemp oil product.
Some hemp oil come in topical forms that are designed to treat various skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis stretch marks, wrinkles, dry and itchy skin, etc. Some are designed for use as massage oils, hair conditioners, moisturizers for the face and body, a makeup remover, and carrier oils.
Some products are also specifically treated to enhance their nutritional contents like omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin D, proteins, etc. Some are rich in antioxidant properties.
The price of hemp seed oil products also depends on the level of their purity. Those that contain 100% organic hemp seed oil are usually more expensive than those that contain chemicals such as artificial preservatives.
Things to be careful of when it comes to hemp oil
The first, most important thing when it comes to using hemp seed oil is buying the right products. As noted earlier, a high-quality product must clearly show on its labels the certificate of analysis from an independent lab verifying its contents. Besides checking for product quality, you also need to be cautious of your dosing when using hemp seed oil.
Currently, there are no scientific data backing any specific formula for dosing hemp seed oil. The right dose depends on a host of factors ranging from age to health conditions and many others. It’s therefore imperative to consult with your doctor before using hemp seed oil. Excessive doses can cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from digestive issues to hallucinations, blood coagulation, immune suppression, and brain development issues. Hemp oil is a total no-no for certain people such as pregnant women, people with certain heart conditions, and people with digestive conditions.