Benefits of Hemp Oil for Massage

Hemp is everywhere in today’s society.  And it has a host of positive benefits that can lend to our overall health.  But for many people, the confusion over hemp seed and CBD oil, leaves a lot of questions unanswered.  First off, let’s be clear.  Hemp seed oil is merely another carrier oil like sesame oil or coconut oil.  Therefore, it makes a great choice for massage therapists.  Hemp seed oil is usually derived from industrial hemp plants or the benign cousin of the marijuana plant and it contains no CBD or THC.

CBD oil, on the other hand, is derived from the cannabis plant, but it typically only contains miniscule traces of THC or no THC, the chemical that makes a person feel euphoric or “high”.  Cannabadiol (CBD) is one of over a hundred active compounds or cannabadiols found in the cannabis plant.  And while CBD oil has many health benefits as well, it is not the first choice of massage therapists, for many reasons.

Hemp seed oil, as mentioned, is a great choice for massage therapy.  For example, hemp seed oil is very nourishing to the skin.  It contains antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that are needed to keep the skin smooth, soft and supple.  Hemp seed oil is a powerful skin softener and moisturizer that doesn’t clog the pores.  This makes it a great choice for people with various skin conditions. 

The absorption rate of hemp seed oil is another reason that many massage therapists like it.  A little hemp seed oil can go a long way.  Hemp seed oil dries slowly, spreads evenly and takes a little while to be fully absorbed.  This means that the massage therapist won’t need to keep applying oil to the patient, thus saving them time and money. 

As mentioned, hemp seed oil contains healthy fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6.  Each of these fatty acids have their own properties.  For instance, Omega 3 or alpha-linolenic acid, helps decrease inflammation, while also easing stiffness in the joints.  Omega 6 or linoleic acid, promotes moisture retention of the skin and assists with wound healing.  Linoleic acid also plays a crucial role in anti-aging of the skin.

Hemp seed oil also contains beta-caryophyllene, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.  This makes it a great choice for people who are suffering from aches, pains or injuries because it helps reduce inflammation throughout the body.  In fact, some studies show that beta-caryophyllene even reduces spinal neuroinflammation, which changes the signals being sent back and forth between the body and the brain.

When it comes to massage, there are a lot of choices for both you as the consumer and your massage therapist.  The type of massage and the tools being used are very important.  Hemp seed oil is just one of the tools available to massage therapists.  And as a consumer, you can always make requests that align with your needs and desires.  So the next time you schedule a massage, be sure to inquire what type of carrier oil they are using because it can make a difference.

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