Hemp oil, a high quality food oil.
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Hemp oil can be extracted from the seed of the hemp plant, or the plant itself, 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 is deliberately manufactured to contain no significant amounts of THC and is therefore not a psychoactive drug.
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