Hemp oil is from the seed of the hemp plant that contains between 25-35% oil by weight, which is high in essential fatty acids. Cold-pressed, unrefined hemp oil is light green, with a nutty, grassy flavour.
Refined hemp oil is clear with little flavour. It is widely used in body care products, lubricants, paints and industrial uses. Antimicrobial properties make it a useful ingredient for soaps, shampoos and detergents. The 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. It has also received attention in recent years as a possible source of biodiesel. There are a number of organisations that promote the production and use of hemp oil.
- ↑ "Hemp Oil". InnVista (November 2005). Retrieved on 2006-11-18.
- ↑ Agua Das (November 16 1997). "Hemp Oil Fuels & How to Make Them". HempFarm.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-18.
- ↑ "Hemp Farm". Retrieved on 2006-11-18.
- Hemp Horizons by John Roulac, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1997