Hempseed Oil

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hempseed oil

[′hemp‚sēd ȯil]
A fatty oil, light green or brownish yellow when dry, obtained from hempseed; used in soft soap, paints, and varnishes, and in Asia in foods.

Hempseed Oil


a fatty vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of the plant Cannabis sativa. Depending on how it is processed, hempseed oil ranges in color from light to dark green. It contains 5.8-9.9 percent palmitic acid, 1.7-5.6 percent stearic acid, 6-16 percent oleic acid, 36-50 percent linoleic acid, and 15-28 percent linolenic acid. The iodine number is 145-167. Of the various types of vegetable oil, hempseed oil is closest in chemical composition to linseed oil; it can often be used instead of linseed oil in the manufacture of drying oils, varnishes, and paints. Hempseed oil has limited use as a food product.

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With the growing recognition of the health benefits of hempseed oil, discussed below, hemp seed production has been increasing.
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These include eating a variety of whole plant foods; getting most fat from whole foods like olives, nuts, seeds, and soy foods; selecting olive, canola, and nut oils for cooking; limiting intake of processed foods and deep-fried foods; choosing foods rich in alpha-linolenic acid like flaxseed, flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, and soy products; and considering use of a DHA supplement derived from microalgae.