The best hemp oil - how to recognise the highest quality

What is hemp oil?

Hemp oil is obtained from the industrially cultivated hemp plant, which is one of the most valuable sources of nutrients as well as one of the oldest useful plants in the world. For the production, the hemp fruits are harvested, washed and, depending on the type of oil, pressed with or without the skin. 

The oil obtained is rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, magnesium and iron. Thanks to its high content of omega-3, it is considered an excellent vegetable alternative to fish oil for vegans and vegetarians. 

How is hemp oil different from CBD oil?

Unlike CBD oil, hemp oil does not contain cannabinoids, which occur naturally in hemp and are used to treat pain and discomfort. This is because hemp oil is extracted from the cannabinoid-less seeds, whereas CBD is extracted from the cannabinoid-containing flowers, leaves and stems of hemp. To obtain CBD oil, the active ingredient CBD is first dissolved from the plant by means of extraction and then dissolved in a carrier oil to develop its effect. Hemp oil is often used for this purpose, which is why there can be confusion. 

The price of the best quality hemp oil 

When it comes to hemp oil, a reasonable price is also a sign of quality. However, if the price seems too good to be true, then unfortunately it usually is. The price of high-quality oil is made up of various factors. To help you recognise this in future, we have summarised the most important points for you:

1. colour - peeled or unpeeled

The colour of hemp oil is less an indicator of its quality than an indication of the type of hemp seed from which it was pressed. A distinction is made between oil from hulled and unhulled hemp seeds. Due to the effort involved in peeling, the unpeeled version is available at a lower price and is one of the more popular versions. Hemp oil from unpeeled hemp seeds has a green-brown colour with slightly grassy notes, while oil from peeled hemp seeds has a golden-yellow colour and a more intense, nutty flavour. 

Recognising the best hemp oil

2. organic 

One point that can be easily recognised from the outside is whether the product is from controlled organic cultivation. The highest quality and best hemp oil should not be too cheap, as organic cultivation and certification are cost-intensive. 

3. pressing method 

As with most high quality edible oils, cold pressing is the gentlest method, retaining all the important nutrients. Cheaper hemp oils might rely on less gentle techniques that use additional heat to achieve a greater yield but lose significant nutrients. 

4. durability 

Compared to other high-quality vegetable oils, hemp oil, thanks to its high content of vitamin E, can be kept refrigerated for up to six months after the first opening. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that keeps both the product and the human body young and supports cell renewal. In addition, it is advisable not to heat hemp oil too much, otherwise the valuable ingredients can be lost. Suspiciously cheap oil might not be worth its price if it is offered in a light-coloured and poorly sealed bottle or has not been stored in a sufficiently cool and dark place during transport. This can mostly be recognised by the smell or taste. 

5. smell & taste 

One of the points that unfortunately mostly only reveal themselves after purchase is the smell and taste of the hemp oil. High-quality oil has a pleasant nutty taste. If, on the other hand, the oil tastes or smells rancid, you should no longer consume it or use it on your skin, as it can damage your cells. In this state, it is only suitable for leather care or wood care.

Less harmful, but also a sign of lower quality, is a less intense nutty flavour, as the hemp oil may have been stretched with other oil. 

6. Consistency

The ideal consistency should be liquid, yet oily and in no case watery. If the product is stretched with other inferior oils, this can be recognised, as mentioned, either by the less intense nut smell or by looking at the list of ingredients. Ideally, this should only consist of hemp seeds. 

Where can I find the best hemp oil?

You can identify the best hemp oils by the points mentioned above. 

At Hempions, the quality of hemp oil is our top priority. Our range includes both a classic hemp oil from raw, unhulled hemp seeds as well as a particularly nutty hemp oil from hulled and gently roasted hemp seeds. Both hemp oils are from organic farming and obtained with cold-pressing methods.

Hemp oil Classic made from unhulled hemp seeds has a slightly grassy, nutty taste and is particularly suitable for herbal oils, dressings and dips. 

Hemp Oil Premium made from hulled and gently roasted hemp seeds has an intense nutty flavour with additional roasted aromas. It is ideal for refining cold and hot dishes, as a dressing or even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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