Hemp Oil is a great nutritional product made from cold-pressing hemp seeds. It’s similar in nature to olive oil or coconut oil, however it can’t be heated as it has a very low smoke point compared to the other two.
It’s used mostly as a food supplement, as it’s extremely high in essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and is also extremely rich in protein. In fact, hemp seeds have a higher protein content than both chia seeds and flaxseed. Hemp seed oil is most commonly used in cold-preparation dishes such as salad dressings, smoothies, pestos and sauces; and has a nutty, rich, but light flavour.
Being a completely legal extract of the hemp plant, hemp seed oil has been available to buy from many health and wellness shops, pharmacies, and even supermarkets in South Africa for the last few years.
To help you know where to look, we’ve put together this guide on our favourite hemp seed oil suppliers in South Africa, as well as some tips on what to look out for in a high quality hemp seed oil.
You can find hemp seed oil in a variety of places around South Africa. To make this search a little easier for you, we’ve taken our favourite three hemp seed oil, and hemp product suppliers and broken down the kinds of products they have for sale, as well as their uses and variants.
The stores we’ve selected are all local shops you probably know well, either with outlets near you or easy online ordering that’s convenient and un-convoluted.
Dischem, a household name when it comes to pharmacies in South Africa, is one of the number one chain stockists of hemp products. They have a number of different products available for different applications, such as consumables, lotions, lip balms and body washes.
Our favourite product made from hemp at Dischem is their Lifestyle Food Hemp Seed Oil. This high quality hemp seed oil is the perfect addition to any health-freak’s kitchen. It’s high in Omega 3 & 6, and adds a great kick of nutty flavour, protein and nutrients to any of your cold dishes.
Try it out in a salad dressing, or a pesto to taste it at its best; or a protein shake / smoothie if you’re feeling a little more daring!
While Clicks is just about as well-known as Dischem, they don’t have quite the same selection when it comes to hemp products. As far as we could find, they only sell the Body Shop range of hemp products which consist of hand and face creams, lip balm and foot balm.
The top pick of ours from the hemp products Clicks stocks is the Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector. Made of a combination of hemp seed oil, beeswax and castor seed oil, it’s a great strengthening hand balm for hands and nails.
Be warned however, not to use too much at a time! It can leave a slippery, oily residue on your hands for 30-45 minutes after applying, so don’t be too generous.
Faithful to Nature, who also happen to be one of South Africa’s most reliable CBD Oil suppliers, has a huge range of hemp products to choose from, from a diverse array of manufacturers and companies.
Their choice of products ranges from clothes like socks, hats, shirts and jerseys – all made from hemp fibre – as well as hemp seed oils, hemp seeds, and then of course the usual ranges of balms, salves and ointments made from hemp, and hemp seed.
Faithful to Nature has a number of great products to choose from, including a variety of hemp seed oils, however the bottle from Seed Oil SA is our favourite. It’s pretty much your standard hemp seed oil, however it’s priced very reasonably; is from a South African brand, and is vegan-friendly and GMO-free.
Seed Oil SA also adds the hot tip of using hemp seed oil for hair and scalp treatments, should you be looking for a type of cannabis oil for hair loss.
Now we’ve talked about our favourite stockists and their best products, let’s take a look at some tips in choosing the best quality hemp seed oil.
When buying hemp seed oil, you’ll most probably want to make sure you’re purchasing a properly prepared, high quality oil with no unwanted additives or preservatives. We all know how sneakily some companies will slip around addressing these factors, so here are some things to look out for when buying yourself some hemp seed oil.
Firstly, the oil should not only be pressed, but cold pressed. This refers to the extraction process, where the seeds are crushed and pressed to harvest their oils. This pressure, however, causes heat, and if the process takes place above a certain temperature, the heat can cause a loss in aroma, flavour, and nutritional value. As such, a cold pressed oil remains below a certain temperature during the whole process, ensuring the best possible extract.
The second big thing to look out for is refined vs unrefined hemp seed oil. This is akin to processed olive oil, and virgin olive oil. Unrefined oil has a shorter shelf life, but isn’t altered after cold pressing, except for maybe some filtering. Refined oil, however, is heated, and in certain cases altered in terms of flavour and colour – and as a result has a longer shelf life. It’s up to you to choose which of these suits you better, but we’d always suggest the unrefined, natural oils.
Lastly, read the reviews! There’s no better way to tell the quality and consistency of a product than by reading reviews by those who have used it. It can be especially helpful when buying online, if you aren’t able to investigate the product in-person with your hands and eyes.
In addition, we’d always recommend buying organic, vegan-friendly and non-GMO, supporting companies that ensure your money goes behind sound moral values.