Hemp vs Flax: What’s the difference?

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Hemp vs Flax: What’s the difference?2017-05-29T14:55:44+12:00

Hemp vs Flax: What’s The Difference?

Common Misconceptions about Hemp & Flax Oils

Hemp oil and flax oil both contain omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, though in significantly different proportions. They also differ in their molecular stability, or shelf life, and in the ways to best consume them.

Fatty Acid Content

Hemp oil contains more essential fatty acids than flax oil as well as two polyunsaturated fats called gamma-linolenic acid and stearidonic acid that flax oil does not contain. Google the health benefits of GLA and SDA for more information, as Hemp Farm cannot provide this information in order to comply with “Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code”.

Other Nutritional Components

Flax oil has slightly more calories than hemp oil. Hemp oil and flax oil both provide tocopherols, or vitamin E complex compounds, although hemp oil provides significantly more and provides carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, as well. Hemp oil also provides trace minerals while flax oil has no mineral content.


Flax oil does not have a particularly palatable flavor and therefore does not appear in many recipes, whereas the nutty, full-bodied flavor of hemp oil lends to many tasty culinary creations, including soups, sauces and salad dressings. Flax oil is best taken in supplement form while hemp oil can be incorporated easily into one’s diet. However, you should never fry with hemp oil. Both hemp oil and flax oil need to be stored in a refrigerator and should not be heated about 300 degrees F. While both oils should be consumed quickly, flax oil degrades much faster than hemp oil, going rancid much quicker, even under refrigeration.

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