Hemp Oil vs. Fish Oil

So you’ve been told that certain fish oils are good for you. They help with inflammation, heart issues, stress, and other complications. Have you ever wondered just how this fish and krill oil work? We hear and read about the two active oils that are really important: EPA and DHA. Okay, great. They are good for you, but how do they act?

They work on the same system as Cannabidiol (CBD)…the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

In a nutshell, CBD works by reducing the amount of two enzymes that are created in excess when your body has large amounts of stress: FAAH and MAGL. These enzymes work to destroy your body’s endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2-AG. Without a properly functioning ECS, well, you don’t function as you should. It is imperative to have an ECS that is working at an optimal level if you want to get the most out of your life. The ECS works as the master homeostatic, or balancing, system in your body. This system affects everything from your brain function to your immune system to your organ function to your musculoskeletal health.  CBD is the most direct way to address the ECS.  Fish/hemp/flaxseed (and other) oils that produce EPA and DHA are another, albeit less effective, way of addressing this vital system.

As humans, we used to have a 1:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Now, we have an entirely unhealthy ratio of 20:1. Realistically, we should strive to have a 3:1 ratio. A large imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids leads to inflammation, illness, and obesity. Obesity, itself, leads to a tremendous amount of health problems.

It’s a good thing that our body is able to produce the fats that it needs. However, there are two fats that cannot be made. They need to be consumed. These fats are alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid). Without these fatty acids, we get diseases and with ample amounts, we gain the ability to ward off a lot of diseases. Our diets tend to have more than adequate amounts of omega-6 fatty acids. Most of the vegetable oils have lots of linoleic acid. It is true that gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is an omega-6 fatty acid, does have benefits as it has been shown to reduce inflammation. Of course, hemp oil has a good amount of GLA.

Regarding alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), in our bodies, it gets converted into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This is where fish oil comes in. We do not need to worry about intermediary steps during conversion if we take EPA and DHA directly.   ALA can be found in nuts, seeds, fruits, and some vegetables.

Fish oil is frequently supplemented to help people get necessary or additional EPA and DHA. Although fish oil seems like a safe and effective solution to getting in enough omega-3 fatty acids, there are a lot of potential problems with fish oils.

  1. A 1000mg capsule of fish oil does not contain 1000mg of omega-3 fatty acids. Generally, you get about 300mg.
  2. Fish oil is extracted from the liver, skin or other parts of a fish. Some of these parts have toxins and it’s also possible to ingest plastics and other ingredients deleterious to your health (whatever the liver is processing) unless the oil has been properly processed. You could be ingesting these toxins.
  3. Fish that are higher on the food chain have higher levels of heavy metals, such as mercury, and we most certainly do not want to be ingesting those.
  4. Fish oils get easily oxidized by free radicals. This means that the oil, unless protected by antioxidants, could be rancid by the time you consume it.
  5. Fish oil does not have the added nutritional benefits of plant based sources. We lose fiber and other benefits as well.

This brings us to the benefits of hemp oil.

  1. Hemp oil contains an optimal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. It’s in a 3:1 ratio. Being it is from a plant, you also get nutrients / terpenes that you cannot otherwise get from fish oil. Hemp oil also has the superior omega-3 stearidonic acid (SDA) which converts to EPA far more superior than ALA (about 5-10x better). As a side note, flaxseed oil, which is a great oil, contains a bit more omega-3 fatty acids as compared to hemp oil. However, it does not have the idea ratio of omega:6 to omega-3 and it does not have any SDA…it only has ALA. This alone makes hemp oil superior to flaxseed oil.
  2. The hemp oil we use is grown organically and is non-GMO. Some would call it the ‘perfect’ oil! It is free of any contaminants. Period!
  3. Our tinctures are double lab tested. One test is from the producer of our product and one from a third party. Hemp is naturally disease resistant to begin with. Our tinctures are tested for concentration of CBD, pesticides, other toxins, and heavy metals. We take no chances…neither should you.
  4. ALA is a more stable form of omega-3 fatty acids, as is SDA. This means that the oxidation of oils we see with fish does not apply to hemp oil. Of course, we do not want to ever leave any oil in direct sunlight, or high heat. Regardless, hemp oil is very stable whereas fish oil is not.
  5. Plant based oil, especially hemp oil, is loaded with phenols and antioxidants. It’s over 80% essential fatty acids. Not only does the oil offer the most balanced source of essential fatty acids, but it also helps with the reduction of free radicals. The hemp seed is loaded with vitamins and minerals, has low amounts of saturated fat, and has high levels of essential fatty acids.

So, there you have it.  Although fish oils have tremendous benefits, there are a lot of potential pitfalls to consuming them.  On the other hand, hemp seed oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and has a perfect omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (3:1).  EPA is great for the ECS and the ECS is responsible for homeostasis  on a lot of levels.  Adding CBD to quality hemp oil creates what is likely the most potent way to activate  your ECS.  Do your body a favor and get the best omega-3 rich oil and ECS activator that you can: hemp oil with CBD.  It’s unmatched!

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