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 ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- 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.
- Inherited tendency towards high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia). Early research shows that taking hemp seed oil doesn't lower cholesterol levels in children with familial hypercholesterolemia who are already following a low-fat diet.
- Obesity. Early research shows that taking a hemp oil extract does not reduce weight in overweight adults.
- Stress. Early research shows that taking a hemp oil extract does not reduce stress in overweight adults.
- Menstrual cramps.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Children: There isn't enough information to know whether hemp can be safely used by children. Hemp seed oil has caused rare cases of sleepiness and blood shot eyes in children.
Allergy to cannabis: People who are allergic to cannabis might also be allergic to hemp. Use hemp with caution if you are allergic to cannabis.
Low blood pressure: Hemp protein might lower blood pressure. In some people this might make blood pressure fall too low. Use hemp protein with caution if you have low blood pressure.
Surgery: Hemp protein might lower blood pressure. In some people this might make blood pressure fall too low, especially during surgery. Stop using hemp protein at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
We currently have no information for HEMP Interactions.
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