Side Effects of Hemp Oil

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Hemp oil is used by millions of people across the world every single day. While the majority of users consume hemp oil for its pain relieving properties there are some others uses for it too. Like CBD oil and cannabis oil, some people use hemp oil for its anti-inflammatory properties while others use it as at as dietary suppressant or to help them sleep. In fact, medical marijuana, cannabis oil, CBD oil, and hemp oil all come from the same plant: the cannabis plant. However, hemp oil is produced from hemp seeds rather than the cannabis plant itself. There are lots of other great health benefits of using hemp oil too, but that’s not what we’re here to inform you of. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the main side effects people can experience while using hemp oil.

Side effects of using hemp oil

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For every up there is a down and for every good, there is a bad. That’s the law of opposites and it applies to absolutely everything, even hemp oil. While there are millions of people who use hemp oil and experience no side effects whatsoever, others are not so fortunate. Upon using hemp oil some people may experience one or more of the following side effects:

  • Digestive problems. Although hemp seed oil is used quite readily in cooking, it has been known to cause diarrhea and stomach cramps. The reason for this is that it’s extremely high in fiber and proteins which help to loosen the bowels. So, if you do find yourself suffering from a sensitive stomach after cooking with hemp seed oil, it might be best to avoid cooking with it in the future.

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  • Produces harmful toxins when heated to 121° or hotter. If hemp seed oil is overheated it produces harmful peroxides which can cause significant damage to the skin, tissues or organs. It’s also flammable and mildly explosive. For those reasons, if you are going to cook with hemp seed oil, it is best to use it on lukewarm or cold dishes only. And only ever store in a cool, dark place.

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  • Cardiac risk. While our bodies need a certain amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, an excess of these polyunsaturated fats can lead to cardiac problems. To avoid this, only ever consume the recommended dose. If you already suffer from cardiac issues or are extremely overweight, hemp seed oil may not be your best option for pain relief.

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  • Blood coagulation. In some cases, hemp oil affects the way in which blood platelets and anticoagulants work. These are essential in the blood clotting process. Hemp seed oil can cause the blood to thicken and clot, eventually causing a heart attack. Anyone already suffering from heart problems should definitely consult a doctor before using hemp seed oil.

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  • Brain development issues. While the right dose of hemp seed oil has been known to alleviate some of the effects of Parkinson’s disease, over-consumption could worsen or even trigger the symptoms. It has also been proven that it can slow the development of the brain due to its imbalance in fatty acids. There are far more Omega-6 fatty acids than there is Omega-3 and the latter is what’s essential in brain development. Not getting enough of this fatty acid in comparison to Omega-6 can hinder the development of the brain.

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  • May trigger reproduction of tumor cells. While some users with tumors have reported a slowing down or stopping of the growth of tumors after using hemp seed oil, others have not been quite so lucky. One of the reasons for this is that hemp oil is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids. This gives it properties that trigger the reproduction of cells. And while it’s great for healing skin complaints, it also increases the risk of cancerous cells being regenerated. To try and avoid this, researchers suggest a reduction in the number of dietary fats.

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  • Some people may feel a slight high. Even though most hemp seed oil products go through extensive cleansing processes, they’re not perfect. And, as a result, some of these products may contain minute traces of THC. In very rare cases, some people have reported feelings of being high while using certain hemp oil products. You should also be aware that if large doses of hemp seed oil are consumed, it may test as a positive result in a standard, urine-based drug test.
  • Lack of energy. The over consumption of hemp seed oil can cause both dizziness and drowsiness as CBD lowers the blood pressure. If you know that you have low blood pressure you should avoid using hemp seed oil.

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  • Suppression of the immune system. Because of the high levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp seed oil, the efficiency of the immune system becomes compromised. While these high levels are very good at treating inflammation and promoting a healthy heart, they can also cause bacterial growth within the body.

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  • The onset of allergies. With the number of proteins, fibers, minerals, and other essential nutrients that are found in hemp seed oil, it’s clearly a superfood with some amazing properties. However, some of those same ingredients that make it so effective can also cause allergies too. Valine, arginine, and glutamic acid are some of the main culprits, although any amino acid found in hemp seed oil could potentially trigger an allergy.

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While the great majority of people that use hemp seed oil are absolutely fine while using it, you should always be aware of the risks before taking any supplement or medicine. If you do have any problems while using hemp seed oil, you may want to consider lowering the dose to see if that helps. If the problem still continues to stop using it and seek an alternative. We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and feel much more informed as to some of the potential side effects of using hemp seed oil.