Hemp Oil vs Linseed Oil. What’s the Difference?

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Hemp Oil is one of the most nutritious vegetable oils on the planet. Here are 6 great reasons why feeding Hemp Oil is better than Linseed Oil for your horses, dogs and chickens.

1 – Hemp Oil provides the perfect balance of Omega 3 : 6 for optimum nutrition

Most people think that the Omega 3 are the good guys and Omega 6 the bad guys, which is why Linseed Oil, with very little Omega 6 but one of the richest sources of Omega 3 has grown in popularity, but it isn’t quite that simple! Some scientists believe the ratio between 6:3 is more important than the actual quantity consumed, and Hemp oil naturally provides the perfect ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of 3:1. The ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in Linseed oil is 1:5

2 – Hemp Oil contains unique beneficial Omega 6 fatty Acids

Not all Omega 6 is bad. Certain Omega 6 fatty acids are actually very beneficial, such as GLA, which is not found in linseed oil. Hemp is also unique because it contains SDA (a particularly potent form of Omega 3) which is not found naturally in any other vegetable oils. The Omega 6 fatty acids offer health benefits for skin, joints and circulation.

3 – Hemp Oil is a natural source of GLA

Hemp Oil also contains Gamma Linolenic Acid, the very special Omega 6 fatty acid which is also found in Evening Primrose Oil. GLA is used in the formation of Prostaglandins which are essential for health.

4 – Hemp Oil is naturally rich in anti-oxidants.

Unlike Linseed Oil, Hemp is naturally rich in vitamin E. This helps to protect the oil and prevent it from going rancid, as well as giving nutritional benefits. Linseed Oil however, is very delicate and goes off quickly – It should be used within 3 weeks of manufacture. Storing it for any longer could actually damage the Omega 3 content and could even have negative health effects. Most linseed oil available for animal feed has been stored for much longer than 3 weeks. The strong putty-like smell is an indication that it has started to go rancid.

5 – Pure Devon Hemp Seed Oil is made exclusively by cold pressing

Cold Pressed oil means the oil is extracted from the hemp seeds without applying heat. This is important because heat damages Omega 3 fatty acids and can affect the nutritional content of the oil. Feed grade linseed oil is often heated or solvent extracted, therefore it may not be as healthy as you think it is!

6 – Pure Devon Hemp Seed Oil is chemical free and environmentally friendly

Our oil comes from hemp plants grown exclusively in the heart of the countryside in Devon. No fertilizers, pesticides or chemicals are used in its production and nothing going to waste as the whole crop can be used. Much of the Linseed oil used in animal feed is imported from Europe where it is produced on a grand commercial scale. Chemicals are used to promote growth of the crop and only the seeds are used, the rest goes to waste.


If you are looking for a healthy oil which is natural, nutritious, vegetarian, made without chemicals, is palatable, environmentally friendly and has a good shelf life, look no further than Pure Devon Hemp Seed Oil.


Suitable for Horses, Dogs and Chickens

The perfect balance of Omega 3:6

Contains anti-inflammatory Omega 6 (GLA)

Rich in Antioxidants and Vitamin E

Cold pressed to preserve nutritional content

Hemp is farmed without pesticides or chemicals

Grown & produced in Devon

Delicious nutty flavour

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