Cannabis sales have been illegal since the 1970 Controlled Substances Act was passed, with the only exceptions being the products made from the "mature stalk" and "sterilized seed" of the hemp plant, which could still be sold since they contained little to no psychoactive components. Even today, federal law has not changed its stance on cannabis. On the state level, however, things have changed dramatically. As of this writing, there are 30 states that have legalized the sale of cannabis in some form, whether that be medicinally or recreationally. Because federal law continues to outlaw the production and sales of cannabis aside from the CBD oil and hemp seed oil from hemp plants, it is illegal for states that have legalized cannabis to sell products across state borders.
Almost everything we use in our diet to prevent or manage health problems has some risk of side effects, and hemp oil is no exception. Firstly it is important to note, however, that negative side effects of hemp oil are rare and some only occur in extreme cases, they can also be considered minor in comparison to the side effect of pharmaceuticals. To date, there have been no reported cases of toxicity from the ingestion of hemp seed oil.
In addition to acting on the brain, CBD influences many body processes. That’s due to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which was discovered in the 1990s, after scientists started investigating why pot produces a high. Although much less well-known than the cardiovascular, reproductive, and respiratory systems, the ECS is critical. “The ECS helps us eat, sleep, relax, forget what we don’t need to remember, and protect our bodies from harm,” Marcu says. There are more ECS receptors in the brain than there are for opioids or serotonin, plus others in the intestines, liver, pancreas, ovaries, bone cells, and elsewhere.
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I don't know about you, but I grew up thinking canola oil was one step away from propane—AKA, really friggin bad for you. Shaw begs to differ. She says people often think of it as unhealthy because they associate it with fried food. And though yes, canola oil's high smoke point (400 degrees F) and neutral flavor makes it an excellent vehicle for frying, it isn't actually all that bad for you on its own. Much like most of the other healthy oils on this list, it's low in saturated fats, and can be used for roasting, frying, and baking. Because it has a neutral taste that doesn't do much for your food in the flavor department, cooks don't usually recommend using it for sautéing. The reason it has a high smoke point is because it is chemically processed, but that doesn’t have much of an effect on its health qualities.
Like I mentioned before, cold-pressed oils that are not heat treated in a factory with chemicals are still fragile oils. They will oxidize and become rancid once you cook with them. Studies done on canola oil consumption in farm animals has shown a negative effect on coronary health unless mitigated by the intake of beneficial saturated fats. Another reason why you shouldn’t avoid saturated fats!
CBD oil is becoming the medicine of choice for some people who suffer from conditions that result in seizures, especially those who have not responded to so-called conventional treatment. Many anecdotal accounts exist of people witnessing great success in themselves or their children whilst using CBD oil in order to manage seizures, and scientific studies are bolstering these claims.
As more and more states legalize the use of marijuana, a product known as CBD oil has surged in popularity. A chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, CBD, or cannabidiol, is non-intoxicating and does not cause the noticeable euphoric effects associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, another marijuana compound). Products marketed as CBD oil may contain THC.
To Nancy G…. I’m not an oil expert, but Oleumm8 makes part of its health claim based on a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, compared with the average American diet. Some studies suggest that lowering the ratio of O6 to O3 could be healthy. But, again, from a scientific point of view, this is still an unproven hypothesis. Many nutrition authorities suggest raising your omega-3 intake by consuming two or more fish meals a week.
Extra-virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of the olives. This results in an oil that has more flavor and a fruity aroma, and is less processed, meaning it is considered "unrefined." It is also typically more expensive than other types of olive oil and contains the most antioxidants. Refined versions of olive oil, called "pure," are lighter in color and milder in flavor than extra-virgin oils. [11 Ways Processed Food Is Different from Real Food]
Butter substitutes like margarine, smart balance and earth balance are mostly a mix of canola and soybean oils. You can revisit #2 & #3 of this list to read more details about why these oils are not healthy, but basically, soybean oil is too high in omega-6 fatty acids which can lead to inflammation and other diseases. Canola oil is highly processed and treated with chemical deodorizers and solvents.
This is a guest post by Michael Joseph who is a passionate nutrition educator with a master’s degree in Nutrition Education. He is the founder of Nutrition Advance where he frequently writes nutrition and health-related articles. He believes that nutrition advice has become overly complicated and that we need to get back to the basics and value our traditional food. Photo credits go to Nutrition Advance.
Health Benefits: Extra virgin olive oil is rich in good monounsaturated fat (75.9 percent), which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Studies have also found strong anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce swelling and even pain, and keep your arteries functioning properly, which comes in handy for a number of bodily functions (sex, for one). “Extra virgin olive oil consistently comes out on top as an important part of some of the world’s healthiest diets,” Wright says. “It’s so versatile, lending a great flavor to any food, whether it’s drizzled on bread or salads, or used to sauté vegetables or any kind of protein—you really can’t go wrong!”
As well as being used in isolation as a multifaceted medicine, CBD may also be able to be used in conjunction with smoked THC heavy strains in order to stave off some of the negative side effects that some people experience after smoking too much weed. A scientific paper published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry explains, “The few studies that exist on the effects of CBD show that this cannabinoid can counteract some of the negative effects of THC, although their results have not always been consistent.”
Since hemp can be used to produce thousands of items including paper, clothing, construction materials, automobile parts and foods and can even be used as a biofuel, 39 states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and 22 have actually passed it. The legislation may have started off as symbolic, but earlier this year, in a move supported by hemp legalization advocates, Congress voted to include an amendment in the Farm Bill that would legalize hemp production for research purposes.
Unfortunately, buying this healthy fat isn’t as easy as just grabbing the first bottle you see. Make sure to pick only extra virgin varieties of the oil, which means no chemicals are involved when the oil is refined. Unfortunately, many common brands have been shown to fail the standards for extra virgin olive oils, meaning it’s important to choose wisely.
Helps a bit with nuropatthy. Helps also with my 8 spinal surgeries. I will buy it again. I was taking both hydrocodone and morapine sulfate 3 times aday for 15 years. They stopped helping so I got Dr to take me off all opioid use. I thought I would just die from the pain. Actually I did. This does really seem to work some. Make pain a bit more manageable. I would recommend it to a friend indeed.
Plus, subsequent studies have also found that picking the right types of fat and adding plenty of high-fat foods to your diet could actually bring some big benefits to your health. One study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when subjects ate either a Mediterranean diet, low-fat diet or low-carb diet, those following a high-fat, low-carb meal plan not only lost the most weight but also drastically reduced their bad cholesterol levels. (2)