Hemp oil is of high nutritional value because its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids matches the balance required by the human body.
Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is light green, with a nutty, grassy flavour and it can be used for cooking instead of olive or safflower oil.
What it does
Hemp seeds are high in protein, dietary fibre and oil and can be added to breakfast cereals. They can also be found in commercially produced snack bars.
Hemp oil is often used in supplements for its fatty acid content, however it does not contain as high levels of GLA as borage, evening primrose or blackcurrant seed oil.
The typical western diet contains high levels of omega 6 fatty acids and relatively low levels of omega 3 fatty acids. This means that hemp oil could potentially further imbalance the ratio of 6 to 3s, making a fish oil supplement a possible better choice for supplementation.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using hemp oil.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with hemp oil.