Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil For Skin, Face, Hair, & Cancer

Last Updated on December 31, 2023 by Richard

The health benefits of cold pressed hemp seed oil for skin and hair have been known for centuries.

However, science researchers and the American public are just starting to see what they have been missing.

Cold pressed hemp seed oil for skin health is getting confused with the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil.

CBD hemp oil is NOT the same thing as hemp seed oil. I’ll explain that more in just a bit.

Note: Many people incorrectly use the terms “hemp oil” and “hemp seed oil” interchangeably. They are NOT the same thing. “Hemp oil” is made from all parts of the hemp plant EXCEPT the seeds. Whereas “hemp seed oil” is ONLY made from the seeds.

What Is Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil?

First, let me say that hemp seed oil will NOT get you “high”. It’s a food you can legally buy everywhere in the world. It does come from the cannabis sativa plant just like marijuana does, but it contains virtually no THC so it is not regulated in any way.

In fact, the seeds have virtually no THC or CBD at all. Whereas, CBD hemp oil has less than the 0.3% THC and large amounts of CBD.

The difference between marijuana cannabis and hemp cannabis is that marijuana has been bred to have high levels of THC. Whereas, hemp has been bred to have only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3% THC).

To prove my point that hemp seed oil is legal and safe to use, you can [amazon link=”B0016B4080″ title=”buy it on Amazon. ” /]

In case you didn’t know, Amazon doesn’t sell anything that is even remotely going to get them in trouble with the law. Amazon isn’t going to ruin their business by doing something stupid. So, relax.

Note: Use the Nutiva hemp oil for acne clearing and as a moisturizer for perfect skin.

The very small hemp seeds are “cold pressed” to create the hemp seed oil. That’s important for the protection of all the health benefits the hemp seed oil provides.

Cold Pressed means that the minimal amount of heat produced from the machine pressing the seeds doesn’t heat the oil. Too much heat would destroy many of the healthy components in the hemp seeds.

Cold pressed hemp seed oil has a nutty taste and its color is dark green to a yellowish green.

Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil Health Benefits

  • Complete Vegan protein source.
  • Hemp seeds are probably the best complete food available. That is because it is a complete protein, and it contains all of the essential fatty acids. Including the optimum ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.
  • Hemp protein is considered to be better than soy protein, because hemp doesn’t have any of soy’s tryspin inhibitors that prevents the body from absorbing the protein. [3]
  • Edestin is a protein that is only available from hemp seeds. Edestin has been called the “backbone” of human body cells DNA. Additionally, Edestin enables better digestion of food. [3]
  • Hemp seed oil is nearly 80% good fats, that are the polyunsaturated fatty acids which most Americans don’t get enough of.
  • The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are structural components of human cell membranes and fight inflammation. [2]
  • The gray matter of your brain is largely made of omega-3 fatty acids. Combine that idea with omega-3 being part of brain cell membranes which are responsible for letting nutrients into the brain and letting toxins get out. Are you starting to see why the perfectly balanced omega-3 and omega-6 quantities in hemp seed oil are so important to your health? [2]
  • Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) in hemp seeds is able to lower chronic inflammation. Inflammation is associated with many diseases such as: cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart diseases, arthritis, and diabetes. [6]
  • Long chain omega-3s in hemp seeds and hemp seed oil will improve blood lipids (fats) which can reduce the chances of dying from heart problems. [5]

I pour some hemp seed oil on my oatmeal and buckwheat diet meal.

Hemp Seed Oil For Preventing Strokes & Heart Attacks

Atherosclerosis is what leads to strokes and causes heart attacks. Both of them are the result of the arteries getting clogged up and restricting blood flow. As the arteries become narrower, they also harden up, which is the definition of atherosclerosis.

When the arteries are hardened, they can’t flex as much as they should. That results in higher blood pressure, and a greater chance of the artery bursting.

Not having enough of the essential fatty acids has been shown to create atherosclerosis. So, eat more hemp seeds and hemp seed oil to protect your heart.

Is Hemp Seed Oil Safe For Pregnant & Nursing Women? Pregnant woman sitting on the grass.

In the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, pregnant women should eat 8–12 ounces of seafood per week. That the seafood should contain high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 and be low in mercury (which is very toxic). [5]

Well, I suggest you eat hemp seeds and hemp oil instead of fish, because hemp seeds do not have any mercury in them. 

Breastfeeding women, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics, should also eat fish to get at least 200–300 mg DHA per day. That will insure that their breast milk contains enough DHA for their children. [5]

Here again, I suggest eating hemp seeds instead of fish to avoid the toxic mercury in fish.

There is some evidence that omega-3 can reduce the risk of breast cancer and colorectal cancer. However, more studies are needed to verify those conclusions.

Hemp Seed Oil Contains These Healthy Ingredients

  • Terpenes that reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Flavonoids are antioxidants that reduce inflammation.
  • All 20 amino acids, and that includes the nine aminos that are considered to be essential to human health. [4]
  • Essential fatty acids: omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid), omega-6 (linoleic acid), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), oleic acid and stearidonic acid. [4]
  • A bunch of minerals including: magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus and traces of sodium, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, and iron. [4]
  • Vitamins: Vitamin D, Niacin, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C

Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil For Skin Health

  • Eating hemp seed oil and putting it on your skin are both beneficial to healthy, younger looking skin.
  • Cold pressed hemp seed oil has been shown to improve many forms of dermatitis including seborrheic dermatitis and Cradle Cap (Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis).
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis) symptoms of itching and dry skin were improved by eating 30ml of hemp seed oil every day. If you have other forms of eczema such as stasis dermatitis (varicose eczema), I would expect to get similar relief.
  • Psoriasis: The cannabinoids in hemp seeds and hemp seed oil have been shown to reduce keratinocyte proliferation (the over production of skin cells). [11]

Is Hemp Seed Oil Good For Acne Vulgaris?

The conclusion of one hemp seed oil for acne treatment study was clear. Hemp seed oil was superior to retinoids and antibiotics, and didn’t have any side effects. [12]

There are three ways that cold pressed hemp seed oil defeats acne vulgaris. [10]

First, hemp seed oil prevents the over production of the sebum oil that the p. acne bacteria eats. This is important, because when there is more sebum oil to eat, the bacteria reproduce (more bacteria). The bacteria create enzymes and some other chemicals that that are attacked by our white blood cells. The result is the red inflammation part of the acne.

Second, hemp seed oil is an anti-inflammatory and reduces that red inflammation I just mentioned.

Third, hemp seed oil prevents the growth of excess sebocytes, which are the skin cells that produce the sebum oil. With fewer cells to produce sebum oil, there will be less food for the p. acnes bacteria to eat. There will also be a lessor chance of the hair follicle plugging up, and causing a pimple to grow.

All of this happens whether you eat the hemp seed oil or just rub it on your skin.

However, by rubbing it on the skin the hemp seed oil can easily follow the hair follicle deep into the skin where it can do its magic. That is a much faster method of treating acne than by just eating the hemp seed oil. I recommend that you do both. [10]

Is Hemp Seed Oil Comedogenic? Does It Create Blackheads?

Hemp seed oil absolutely won’t cause blackheads, which are also known as comedones.  Which means that hemp seed oil is not comedogenic.

Products sold for skin care are rated on the Comedogenic Scale as to how likely the product will cause comedones (blackheads).  On the Comedogenic Scale hemp seed oil (as far as I know) is the only oil to have a perfect score of zero. Whereas coconut oil has a Comedogenic Scale score of 1, with the worst possible score being 5.

Hemp Seed Oil Cleansing Method For Acne

This is the same as the Hemp Seed Oil For Face Cleanser, Moisturizer methods I talk about next. However, I highly recommend that you eat cold pressed hemp seed oil every day. Or at least use a cold pressed hemp seed cream or ointment every day.

Hemp Seed Oil For Face Cleanser, Moisturizer

To remove makeup, simply get it on your face in any manner that suits you. Let it stay on for about a minute or longer. The oil will bind-up with the makeup and you can wipe it off. A cotton ball or any cloth will work just fine.

Using hemp seed oil as a facial cleanser or moisturizer are essentially the same thing.

As a cleanser, rub the oil into your skin so it can lock onto dirt and skin debris. Use a warm washcloth to cover your face. It will help to open up the skin pores so the oil can flush out the excess sebum oil, dead skin cells and dirt. After a couple of minutes or more use the “clean” side of the washcloth to wipe off the dirty oil.

To Moisturize, Or To Not Moisturize – That Is The Question

While you were removing makeup and cleansing the skin, the hemp seed oil was also moisturizing. Unless you went to some effort to remove every bit of oil, you may feel that you have enough moisturizer already. However, you can still rub in a little more hemp seed oil if you desire.

Hemp seed oil is very well absorbed into the skin through the hair follicles, and because it binds with endocannabinoid receptors in the skin. Those endocannabinoid receptors are responsible for many of the health benefits you get from hemp seed oil.

Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil For Preventing & Removing Wrinkles

The loss of collagen from the skin is what leaves behind wrinkles. Hemp seed oil has been shown to increase the amount of collagen in the skin. [12] This isn’t going to be a dramatic effect, but it will help to keep you young looking for as long as possible.

For more about hemp seed oil for acne click here.

Hemp Seed Oil For Hair Health

Many people are confused about cannabis use and hair loss.

The use of THC containing cannabis (marijuana) activates the CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the hair follicle. That results in the early death of the hair (hair loss).

However, the cannabidiol (CBD) in hemp seed oil blocks the CBD1 receptors and permits the hair to grow. [13]

To put it bluntly: “Pot heads” are bald heads. To keep your hair, rub cold pressed hemp seed oil into your scalp. Also, you should eat hemp seeds or hemp seed oil.

Another reason to use hemp seed oil for hair health: The essential fatty acids, and particularly arachidic acid, promote additional hair follicles (more hair). [16, 12]

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Hemp Seed Oil Cancer Treatments?

Don’t hold your breath just yet. There have been very few human clinical trials using cannabinoids, including THC and cannabidiol (CBD). Cold pressed hemp seed oil does contain traces of THC and some CBDs. However, any hemp seed oil cancer treatment would likely be nearly useless.

The reason being that there just isn’t enough active (cannabidiols) CBDs in hemp seed oil.

However, properly prepared CBD oil made from the cannabis flowers and leaves (not from the seeds) might well be effective in treating cancer. That’s because CBD oil has many times more CBDs and the other cannabinoids than hemp seed oil does.

There is evidence that cannabinoids do fight off various cancers. Such as: breast, brain, skin, pancreas, and liver cancer. [14] They still need to do a lot more research.

So, let me suggest that you start eating hemp seeds or hemp seed oil to possibly help prevent those cancers.

Presently the FDA has approved the use of Nabilone which is a THC synthetic analogue, and the synthetic THC drug Dronabinol for cancer patients. They do nothing to cure the cancer. Their purpose is to give pain relief and stop nausea caused by chemo treatments. [14]

Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil Side Effects

It is possible to be allergic to any food and that includes hemp seeds.

If you have any other known allergies, you may also be allergic to hemp seeds. Particularly if you are allergic to tomatoes or tobacco. [15]

Try a small amount of hemp seeds or hemp seed oil, and look for symptoms: itchy throat or skin, hives, swelling, redness, nausea, diarrhea.

Hemp seed contains phytic acid which is known to reduce the absorption of these minerals: iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium. [17] However, If you eat meats and dairy products as part of your diet, you don’t have to worry about this. The meats and dairy products provide adequate amounts of the same minerals in an absorb-able form.

Also the mineral absorption issue is only for the meals that the hemp seeds are eaten. It doesn’t affect any other meals. Unless you are a vegetarian or vegan, this is not something to even think about.

Does Hemp Seed Oil Activate DNA repair?

I have not found any specific documentation that hemp seed oil will repair your DNA as some people have stated. I have found that the cannabidiol (CBD) content of the hemp plant does affect 152 genes through downregulation or upregulation. [10] So, it seems possible that hemp seed oil might also play a part in DNA repair.

Does Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil Contain CBD?

Hemp is in the same cannabis family as marijuana, but hemp will NOT get you “high”.

Marijuana vs hemp is a lot like vodka vs water. They look the same, but vodka has water and alcohol in it. Whereas water doesn’t have any alcohol in it.

Specifically, marijuana has mostly THC and very little healthy CBD (cannabidiol).
Whereas hemp has a lot of healthy CBDs and very little THC. The legal limit is 0.3% (0.003) THC which isn’t enough to get you ‘high”.

Hemp seeds sold as food have even less THC and CBD than the rest of the hemp plant. The legal limit in Canada and the U.S. is 10 μg (one millionth of a gram) of THC for each gram of seeds.

One study of hemp seeds showed 10 mg of CBD per kilogram of hemp seeds. [1] The study also said that there were health benefits to be gained from even that small amount of CBDs in hemp seeds.

Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil vs CBD Oil

Let me say again that hemp seed oil has very little CBD content, because it is made from the hemp seeds. Whereas CBD oil is made from the leaves, flowers, and stalk of the hemp plant, and it is packed full of CBD (cannabidiol).

Cold pressed hemp seed oil and CBD oil both have the same nutritional ingredients, but with vastly different quantities. Cold pressed hemp seed oil has very little cannabidiol/CBD, but many cold pressed CBD oils provide 2-15mg of CBD per dose.

Amazon does not allow sellers to claim that their products contain any CBD. However, by definition, full spectrum CBD hemp oil must contain CBD.
So, look for products that say they are “full spectrum”. Also, if it says “isolate” then is NOT full spectrum. Many very good products do not actually say Full Spectrum, even though they are.

The amount of CBD in those full spectrum products remains a mystery, because if that was revealed, the product would no longer be sold on Amazon.

So, you will have to read the reviews and see if people are getting the benefits you are looking for. However, keep in mind that not everyone will get good results from the same products that many people do get good results from.

O.K. I did the research for you, take a look at these CBD oil products from Amazon.

England has recently decided that hemp oil, or as it is properly called, CBD oil, has now been declared to be a medicine.
At the same time the World Health Organization (WHO) has just stated that CBD oil should not be regulated in any fashion.
What happens in the United States is anybody’s guess.


[1] The Composition of Hemp Seed Oil and Its Potential as an Important Source of Nutrition. in Journal of Nutraceuticals Functional & Medical Foods 2(4):35-53 · January 2000

[2] Essential Fatty Acids.

[3] Hemp Can Repair DNA.

[4] The cardiac and haemostatic effects of dietary hempseed.

[5] Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.

[6] Gamma linolenic acid: an anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid.

[7] Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis.

[8] Essential fatty acids and the vulnerability of the artery during growth.

[9] Plants used to treat skin diseases.

[10] Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes.

[11] Endocannabinoids modulate human epidermal keratinocyte proliferation and survival via the sequential engagement of cannabinoid receptor-1 and transient receptor potential vanilloid-1.

[12] The ameliorative effect of hemp seed hexane extracts on the Propionibacterium acnes-induced inflammation and lipogenesis in sebocytes.

[13] Inhibition of human hair follicle growth by endo- and exocannabinoids.

[14] The current state and future perspectives of cannabinoids in cancer biology.

[15] Allergic hypersensitivity to cannabis in patients with allergy and illicit drug users.

[16] Role of Arachidonic Acid in Promoting Hair Growth.

[17] Variability in Seed Traits in a Collection of Cannabis sativa L. Genotypes

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  1. Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article!

    It is the little changes that make the greatest changes.
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