Hemp oil is quickly becoming all the rage thanks to its myriad uses and its health and nutritional benefits. But with all the information floating around out there, you may be wondering exactly how to use hemp oil.
Don’t fret! The hemp oil experts at Honest Marijuana are here to help. In this article, we’ll show you how to use the different forms of hemp oil so you can find the one that’s right or you.
Before we get to that, though, we’ll explain what hemp oil is, what benefits it has to offer, and what side effects to look out for.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil — or hemp seed oil, to be more accurate — is an oil (duh!) produced from the seeds (as opposed to the flowers) of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. Astute readers will notice that the genus and species of the hemp plant are identical to the genus and species of strains such as Sour Diesel, Ghost Train Haze, and Super Lemon Haze.
That means that you can’t use the hemp plant — or hemp oil — the same way you would use other higher-percentage-of-cannabinoid strains of Cannabis sativa.
In other words, hemp oil is more akin to olive oil (in the way it’s produced, in its benefits, and in its side effects) than it is to CBD oil or THC oil. The bottom line is that hemp oil is primarily a foodstuff, as opposed to a medicine or a recreational drug.
Will Hemp Oil Get You High?
No, hemp oil will not get you high. As we mentioned above, the THC content in hemp oil is extremely low (almost zero). Without that THC, there’s absolutely no way you can get your high on or feel any psychedelic effects.
What Are The Benefits Of Hemp Oil?
Remember that hemp oil is a foodstuff just like coconut oil, olive oil, and vegetable oil. That means that the benefits of hemp oil are nutritional rather than medicinal or recreational.
Here’s a short list of what hemp oil can do:
- Promote a healthy immune system
- Moisturize dry skin
- Provide nutrition for your brain
- Act as a substitute for fish oil
- Prevent degenerative conditions throughout your body
- Contribute to healthy cardiovascular function
What Are The Side Effects Of Hemp Oil?
Because hemp oil is a foodstuff, its side effects are similar to other plant-based oils. An essential fact to remember is that you can experience these side effects only if you ingest hemp oil.
Other methods of using hemp oil (see the next section) won’t produce the same effects. Here are the side effects to watch out for if you eat or drink your hemp oil:
- Can cause digestive issues
- Contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids
- Can affect your blood’s ability to clot
- Produces harmful peroxides under high heat (e.g., when used in cooking)
- Can interfere with the metabolism of other medications
This last side effect is perhaps the most disconcerting. No one wants something they eat to interfere with the effectiveness of their heart medication. But rest easy that this side effect is extremely rare.
Now that you know what hemp oil is, what its benefits are, and what side effects to expect if you ingest it, let’s investigate how to use hemp oil in all its forms.
How To Use Hemp Oil: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide
Here’s a step-by-step guide that shows you how to use hemp oil in its various shapes.
1) How To Use Hemp Oil Extract
Hemp oil extract (or just hemp oil for short) is the most basic form of hemp oil you can get. It’s hemp in all its pure, unadulterated glory — no other ingredients added. Hemp oil looks like a thick liquid and is often dark black or dark green in color.
Hemp oil is highly concentrated, so start with a small dose (usually about the size of a grain of rice) and work your way up from there. The easiest way to use hemp oil extract is to ingest it directly.
In case you’ve forgotten how to do that (maybe because you’re currently on a psychedelic journey of sorts…):
- Dispense a small amount of hemp oil extract onto a spoon.
- Lick the hemp oil extract off the spoon.
Hemp oil extract tastes like dirt and grass, so be prepared. If you just can’t handle the flavor, opt instead for hemp oil edibles, hemp oil drinks, or hemp oil tinctures (see below for details).
2) How To Use Hemp Oil Cream
Hemp oil cream is a powerful moisturizer with a long list of beneficial effects for your skin, including:
- Prevents cell damage
- Prevents varicose veins
- Treats skin rashes and acne
- Soothes irritated skin
- Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
- Keeps pores open
- Locks moisture in your skin
- Hydrates dry skin
- Prevents psoriasis
- Regenerates your skin’s protective layer
So how do you use hemp oil cream? Simple.
- Place a small amount of cream on the palm of your hand (or directly on the dry skin itself).
- Rub the cream into your skin.
- If certain areas of your skin still feel dry, re-apply the hemp oil cream a second time for increased moisturizing and healing.
3) How To Use Hemp Oil In Edibles & Drinks
Hemp oil is a great substitute for other oils in all your favorite recipes. Hemp oil will add a distinctly woody flavor to the end result, so don’t put in too much. Instead, consider the following suggestion for using hemp oil in (or on) edibles.
- Add a few drops of hemp oil into the mix along with the suggested amount of olive oil or coconut oil.
- Use hemp oil for sauteing.
- Drizzle hemp oil on top of a salad.
- Add a small amount of hemp oil to your daily smoothie.
Another super easy way to get your hemp oil in edible form is to take a hemp oil gummy. It’s just like taking a multivitamin, but you get all the benefits of hemp oil instead.
If edibles aren’t your thing, try dissolving a bit of hemp oil in your coffee or tea (or just some hot water). Taking hemp oil in a drink masks the flavor and makes it easier to digest while still providing all the benefits.
4) How To Use Hemp Oil Tinctures
A hemp oil tincture is a diluted form of the original hemp oil. Manufacturers often mix in other beneficial ingredients like:
- Coconut oil
- Natural herbs
- Essential oils
- Other flavors
These additives mask the natural flavor of the hemp oil and vastly improve its taste. The extra ingredients also make the hemp oil tincture more liquid.
The easiest way to take a hemp oil tincture is sublingually (under your tongue). Here’s how to do it.
- With an eye dropper, place a small amount of hemp oil extract under your tongue.
- Hold the hemp oil under your tongue for as long as you can without swallowing (we recommend 60 to 90 seconds).
That’s it! See why we say this is the easiest way to use hemp oil?
6) How To Use Hemp Oil For Vaping
If you want to try vaping your hemp oil, you’re going to need two key items:
- Hemp oil
- A vaporizer
You can usually get both at your local dispensary. The vaporizer (or vape pen, as those in the know call them) heats the hemp oil to a specific temperature.
When the oil reaches a certain point, it goes from liquid to vapor (hence the name “vape pen”). You then inhale that vapor like you would the smoke from your joint, blunt, or bong. Vape pens vaporize hemp oil at lower temperatures than smoking. That makes the “smoke” from a vape pen cooler and easier on your mouth, throat, and lungs.
Using your hemp oil in a vaporizer instead of burning it in a joint or bong is also cleaner and healthier. You don’t get any of the potential carcinogens that come with burning, just the nutritional benefits that hemp oil has to offer.
Pick The Hemp Oil That’s Right For You
Now, obviously, if you want to use hemp oil to treat dry skin, you wouldn’t choose a tincture as your method of delivery. Similarly, if you want to maximize the nutritional benefits you receive from hemp oil, you wouldn’t choose vaping as your method of delivery.
The nice thing about hemp oil is that you can pick and choose the method that’s just right for your needs. So talk to the budtenders at your local dispensary. They can help you find a product that’s easy to use and gives you all the benefits you’re looking for.
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