In 1971, researchers found the roots of the hemp plant contained terpenes, which provide the fragrance for which cannabis is so widely known. Some of these terpenes, such as isoprene [C5H8], have been found to have an expectorant and humectant effect, which makes them viable for bronchial treatments. Friedelin is a terpene specific to the root of the hemp plant, and is just one of the reasons hemp oils are so biochemically diverse, offering relief for many ailments. This particular terpene is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic.
The healing effects of topical hemp oil treatments go beyond the above ailments. There is now evidence that it may effectively treat certain types of skin cancers. This is due to the previously discussed constituents of Omega 3’s and 6’s, as well as gamma linoleic acid (GLA). In fact, the concentration of GLA in the hemp plant is 5 percent higher than that of any other known source. GLA promotes healthy skin growth and is effective in helping to treat many ailments and diseases, including cancer of the breast and skin.