Hemp vs Flax
Flax oil is pressed from the seeds of Linum utitatissimum, the source of linen fibre and an oil better known as linseed oil, the base for oil paints.
- Flax seed oil is usually classified as a "drying oil" rather than a food oil because its chemical characteristics cause it to combine readily with oxygen and become thick and hard.
- This tendency to harden on exposure to air quickly turns linseed oil rancid and unfit to eat, but makes it useful as a vehicle for pigment on canvas.
Hemp Seed Oil has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. Flax seed oil has a ratio of 1:4 ratio respectively which does not promote the optimum health balance, especially if used long-term. Hemp oil contains more desirable EFAs than flax and can be used continuously without developing a deficiency or other imbalance of Omega 3.
Hemp Seed Oil has a delicious nutty flavour and is very versatile in cuisine. Most Flax Seed Oil is not delicious - though there is great variation in taste across brands, the best of them still leave much to be desired. Some consumers say it makes them gag, even when concealed in a salad dressing or baked potato.
Longevity & Freshness
Udo Erasmus, author of the classic book, Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill (1996) says that the problem is freshness. Unless you get flax oil right from the processor and freeze it until you start using it, it will already have deteriorated by the time you buy it. Alternatively, Hemp Seed Oil keeps well both opened in the refrigerator and unopened in cool, dark storage.
GLA - gamma-linolenic acid
Unlike flax oil (which has no GLA content at all), Hemp Seed Oil also provides GLA. Many people take supplements of GLA in the form of evening primrose oil, black currant oil or borage oil capsules.GLA simulates growth of hair and nails, improves the health of the skin, and can reduce inflammation, and one quality oil that supplies both omega-3s and GLA, without the need to take more capsules..... has to be a good thing.