Hemp health food products are available in a wide range of different options, from hemp seeds, hemp protein powder or hemp seed oils. The ever-growing list of benefits hemp can have for your health is nothing short of miraculous – so continue reading to find out why you need to add hemp to your diet!
Whether you are looking at using hemp seeds or a hemp seed addition to your diet, hemp products come packed with various nutritional benefits, making them a superfood!
Studies into the benefits of hemp products are constantly ongoing and evolving, with new health benefits being discovered daily. Continue reading to learn the multitude of benefits hemp can provide for your health!
Hemp is your heart’s best friend! Healthy fats in your diet are essential to lowering cholesterol and keeping your heart healthy. In addition, hemp seed’s richness in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids can help lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides.
Additionally, hemp seeds are rich in Magnesium – which can help regulate your heartbeat and has been linked to helping prevent coronary heart disease. Studies are ongoing about the benefits of hemp for our hearts and how adding hemp seeds to your diet can reduce coronary heart disease risks.
If you are interested in learning more about how hemp can help your heart, the National Library of Medicine often has updated studies on this – The cardiac and hemostatic effects of dietary hempseed – PMC.
Our brains are one of the most used organs in the body, so it is vital that we do everything we can to protect it. Antioxidants play a crucial role in maintaining brain health, as they are absorbed into the bloodstream and transported to the brain, where they can prevent oxidative stress to brain cells.
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are both rich in antioxidants such as phenolic compounds, tocopherols, and phytosterols. Studies on these antioxidants’ protection of brain cells are rapidly developing, with new information constantly coming to light.
Some neurological disorders that hemp seeds or hemp seed oil may help with are:
One of the newer and less studied benefits of hemp seeds and hemp seed oil is its possible effects on reducing PMS symptoms, such as breast tenderness, irritability, bloating, and depression.
Hemp contains a high amount of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) – which is polyunsaturated fat. The believed reasoning behind why hemp can relieve PMS symptoms is that research has shown GLA facilitates prostaglandin production. Prostaglandin is a hormone that helps reduce the hormone Prolactin – which is believed to cause many of the above symptoms.
If you are interested in finding out more about why hemp can help relieve your PMS symptoms, a study published in the National Library of Medicine goes into more detail about the effects of GLA on prolactin hormones and how in turn, GLA can alleviate PMS symptoms – Essential fatty acids for premenstrual syndrome and their effect on prolactin and total cholesterol levels: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study
Activation of the immune system most often causes inflammation in the body- usually stemming from things like injury, viruses, bacteria, or toxic chemicals. Every person in their life will experience inflammation at some point in their life!
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil have high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, which studies have shown can help decrease inflammation. Additionally, the presence of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory.
Hemp seed oils and hemp seeds can aid with inflammation caused by various chronic disorders such as:
Our immune system is one of the most vital systems in our body as it is responsible for maintaining our health, aiding us when we are sick, and fighting off diseases and infections. So it is no surprise that this system is under a massive amount of strain on a regular basis, and hemp can aid with its function.
Hemp seed oil and hemp seeds are packed with fatty acids, protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins/minerals, which all work together to boost and maintain the immune system. A healthy immune system will keep your body fit and healthy while minimizing severe illness.
Now that you have discovered the myriad of health benefits available for you when you use hemp seed oil products, you might be wondering about some products you can use to kickstart your healthy hemp journey!
An easy and convenient way to get all that hemp goodness into your body is to take it orally through a capsule. Here at Margaret River Hemp Co, we have designed our hemp seed oil capsules with your optimal health in mind.
Our seeds are sourced from the highest quality Australian hemp plants and are cold pressed to retain all of those nutrients. Gluten-free and Gmo-Free, enjoy 120 hemp seed oil capsules you can purchase here – Hemp Seed Oil Capsules | Margaret River Hemp Co.
Enjoy all of the benefits our hemp seed oil capsules provide but are you looking for even more benefits? Our turmeric hemp seed oil capsules can provide just that.
Gluten-free, non-GMO, high-quality hemp seeds are compressed and mixed with turmeric to produce these capsules. In addition to all of the benefits the hemp seeds provide, turmeric also comes power packed with additional health benefits.
Tumeric is used as a natural pain reliever, a potent anti-inflammatory, and full of antioxidants; a combo of these two ingredients is a superfood for your body. Shop our turmeric hemp seed oil capsules today – Hemp Seed Oil Capsules With Turmeric – 120pk
Hemp fabric is quickly regaining its popularity as a versatile, durable and eco-friendly fabric choice in a clothing market filled with fast fashion and waste. But, did you know that hemp clothing is no new trend? Evidence of hemp fabric used for clothing dates back about 10 thousand years.
Evidence of hemp’s use as a fabric and ultimately clothing choice dates back to around 8000BC when archeologists found remnants of hemp fabric that had been spun in Iraq. Although this evidence is available, hemp really took off and became popular in 2700BC when the famous Emperor Shen Nung of China thought the citizens of China about hemp plants, and how to cultivate it into fabric.
From there, hemp’s popularity quickly became widespread throughout Europe in 1200BC and very quickly became the main fabric option for clothing and ropes, among other materials. Unfortunately, the decline of hemp fabric hit severely after America’s war on cannabis, and the entire world followed suit.
Today, hemp is becoming a widely popular choice for its durability, sustainability, and many benefits! Keep reading to learn why hemp is a fantastic fabric choice for you and the multitude of benefits it provides for the wearer.
Hemp Clothing is made from fabric produced by the Cannabis Sativa L plant, otherwise known as industrial hemp. These plants have a huge host of benefits for humans but perhaps one of the most exciting ones is their use as a fabric.
Hemp fabric is produced traditionally by submerging the stalks of the hemp plant into a liquid which will break down the materials that are surrounding the fibres that are used for fabric. The fibre is then separated from the core by hand, spun and woven into cloth to be used for material or clothing.
One of the things that make hemp stand out most amongst other fibres is its hugely increased durability, especially in comparison to other natural fibres. Hemp is typically 4 times stronger than cotton and wool, making it an ideal choice for clothing that is going to be going through a more rigorous daily routine.
Hemp’s durability in clothing is a huge bonus for anyone who is doing more physical labour as the strength of this fibre can withhold much more than your typical fabrics.
Are you looking to invest in a jumper that will both keep you warm in winter and cool in summer? Look no further – hemps naturally insulated fibres do just that. Hemp’s unique cellulose structure manages to make it both breathable and insulating at the same time.
A fabric this versatile is the perfect clothing option for someone who doesn’t want to be swapping and changing wardrobes out with the seasons. Hemp clothing can be worn all year round without the worry of being too hot or too cold.
The fashion world has been making headlines recently thanks to the huge amount of waste that is produced every year from unsustainable fabrics which hugely increase our carbon footprint. In fact, an estimated 92 million tonnes of textile waste is produced every year and the majority of this waste comes from fabrics that are neither long-lasting or sustainable.
Hemp clothing however is an investment. These fabrics have much greater longevity than typical popular fibres, meaning your hemp clothing can be passed from generation to generation without ending up joining the 92 million tonnes of textile waste every year.
In this modern age of climate change, the whole world is focusing on sustainability and how we can make better choices that positively impact our earth – hemp fabric is that choice.
Hemp is resistant to pests and diseases and doesn’t need pesticides to grow, since it is an extremely fast-growing plant. A hemp plant typically takes 4 months to fully grow and as such is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. To compare, it produces 220% more fibre per plant than cotton, takes way less water and can be grown complete naturally!
As an added bonus, if you do decide to discard your hemp clothing (which we know you will love too much to do!) you can do so with the environment in mind since it is completely biodegradable!
A hard day’s work is going to make you sweat and as such, get sweat on your clothing and produce a strong odour. Hemp, however, thanks to its antibacterial properties are actually able to help prevent this odour on the clothing by acting against microbes to keep your clothes looking and smelling great!
Hemp clothing is hugely versatile and is available in both men’s, and women’s and accessories! With a huge range and so many benefits you can get from hemp, why not explore our hemp clothing range?
We offer a wide range of women’s clothing options from skirts and blouses, jumpers and a variety of different pants, there is hemp clothing to suit every figure and style.
Whether you are looking for comfortable elasticated hemp shorts for strolling on summer days or professional hemp trousers you can wear at work, you can rest assured that our hemp clothing is not only stylish but practical and comfortable too.
Shop our women’s plants and short options at – Hemp Pants & Shorts.
Are you looking for cute but cozy jumpers to wear all year round? Or the light, soft T-shirts and blouses that can keep you cool in the summer? Then look no further. Our fantastic range of lady’s T-shirts, blouses and jumpers have got everything you are searching for!
You can shop our range here – Tops, Shirts & Jumpers | Margaret River Hemp Co
Who doesn’t love stylish dresses that are suitable for all year round, throw in some pockets and you have got your new favourite dress! Margaret River hemp Co has a huge range of gorgeous dresses to match every style or need.
Shop our dresses here – Skirts & Dresses | Margaret River Hemp Co
What man doesn’t need comfortable clothing that is made to sustain and last any hard work they are being put through? Hemp clothing is so much more durable than your typical fabrics while managing to still be comfortable. Here at Margaret River Hemp Co, we believe that you deserve the best fabric your skin can get, so we have a men’s range made exclusively from hemp!
You do not need to swap durability for style with hemp clothing as this amazing fabric combines the two. Give yourself what you need this year with our huge range of men’s jumpers and jackets available here – Men’s Jumpers & Jackets | Margaret River Hemp Co
Whether you are in need of a stylish shirt for dinner and work or a practical T-shirt that can be worn all year-round but still stand the test of time, here at Margaret River hemp Co we have got you covered. Explore our complete range of men’s shirts and t-shirts here – Shirts & Tees | Margaret River Hemp CO
Accessories are a huge part of completing your look and are a wonderful addition to your brand new hemp wardrobe! Choose accessories that are sustainable, durable, comfortable and stylish by choosing Hemp clothing from Margaret River Hemp Co.
Perhaps you are in search of underwear and socks that are comfortable to wear as well as having microbial properties to keep out smells caused by sweat – hemp has you covered!
Shop our range of hemp underwear and socks on our website – Socks, Scarves, Hats & Belts
Or maybe you are on the search for the perfect durable wallet or bag that can be used for work or leisure – we have it all!
Shop our accessories online at – Hemp Bags & Wallets
There is never a bad time to purchase hemp clothing that can be used year-round for many years and even be passed down from generation to generation thanks so its durability. Hemp clothing is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its myriad of benefits and we here at Margaret River Hemp Co want to see Hemp clothing become the norm!
The hemp plant has so many amazing benefits, and we are still discovering them today!
Hemp is a breed of the cannabis plant called Cannabis Sativa L, and hemp is typically cultivated for its industrial issues. The cultivation of hemp is no new thing, in fact, hemp has been used for its wide range of benefits for tens of thousands of years! As hemp contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp plants do not have a psychoactive effect on the mind and body like cannabis plants do.
We have been sharing some of our favourite facts about the hemp plant, so we have decided to compile a list of the top 9 most interesting facts about hemp.
Fact #1 – Hemp Vs. Marijuana – Is There A Difference?
Both ‘hemp’ and ‘marijuana’ come from the exact same plant. In fact, marijuana is just a slang term for cannabis that was coined in the early 1900s during the “war on drugs” (aka prohibition). Though hemp and marijuana are referred to as strains or species of this plant, this is a misnomer.
Nowadays, the names are used interchangeably. However, cannabis is the official scientific name for the plant and we think it’s time we leave the prohibition era slang term in the past, where it belongs.
Fact #2 – The History of Hemp
Hemp fibre imprints have been found and dated back to as far as 28,000 years ago, which are believed to be the beginning of a trend that developed over the course of time. Several remnants of hemp fabrics have also been found by archeologists, one of which dates back to 8000 BC in modern-day Iraq.
The Chinese also became aware of its uses around 2700 BC. Emperor Shen Nung educated citizens on its cultivation and weaving into clothing. It is believed to be one of the first fibres that were used by humans for clothing.
Fact #3 – Refined Vs. Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is derived from pressed seeds of the plant. It is gaining popularity around the world because of its numerous health benefits. After extraction from seeds, it can be processed into 2 variants: refined and unrefined oil.
Refined hemp seed oil is colourless and lacks the distinct flavour of hemp. It is added to cosmetic products because it has a long shelf-life and is more chemically stable. However, once refined, hemp seed oil loses many of its nutrients and fatty acids – this is what makes hemp seed oil so good for your skin!
That’s why we like to say only use unrefined hemp seed oil for skin care, and keep refined oils for the production of innovative new products like bio-biodegradable plastics, or sustainable fuel sources.
The unrefined hemp seed oil has a greenish hue with a nutty flavour. This oil is rich in nutrients, unlike the refined version. It has heart-healthy components like Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids.
It is rich in antioxidants like vitamin E. It is also great for use as a natural skin and hair care product. We use unrefined hemp seed oil in all of our skincare, hair care, body care, and food products!
You can check out our unrefined hemp seed oil products here
Fact #4 – Hemp Seed = Hemp Flour & Hemp Protein
Three main consumables can be made from hemp seed. Including the seed itself, hemp flour and hemp protein are also common forms in which hemp seed can be found. Hemp seeds have to be hulled to derive the edible, nutritionally rich inner kernels. Also known as hemp hearts, they can be added to cereals, salads and yogurt.
Hemp flour is derived from raw hemp seeds. This is after the seeds have their oils pressed out. It is also known as hemp bran or hemp powder. It can serve as a source of gluten-free flour with just one tablespoon containing 60% of our daily fibre requirement.
Hemp protein is the full ground hemp seed which means it still contains the oil. It is more nutritious than the flour because of the presence of the oil.
Fact #5 – Hemp Absorbs Carbon Dioxide From The Air
Carbon sequestration is the process whereby plants absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Plants use the energy from the sun to transform CO2 and water into hydrocarbons in a process known as photosynthesis. This essentially means that capable plants are able to remove carbon dioxide from the air, effectively curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
Sure enough, hemp is excellent at sequestering carbon. One hectare of industrial hemp can absorb approximately 15 tonnes of CO2. The then-formed biomass can be used for several purposes.
You can read more about hemp and carbon sequestration in our blog post about it here!
Fact #6 – Well, theory…
This might seem like a surprise to most Australians since they have become used to thinking of hemp as something criminal. Want to learn more? Check out this article!
Fact #7 – Hemp Can Make Plastic!
Biodegradable plastics decompose over time to form water carbon dioxide and biomass. This means they do not persist and clog up the environment. Hemp can be turned into biodegradable plastics through a variety of processes.
Once the fibres have been removed from the stem, one of the leftover parts of the plant is cellulose. Cellulose can be used to make a growing number of bio-composites and is a strong option for sustainable packaging as we move into the future. Hemp grows very quickly, which makes it a sustainable means of deriving plastics.
Fact #8 – Hempcrete Is Healthier!
Hempcrete is made from a mixture of industrial hemp fibres and limestone. It is very durable and creates a negative carbon footprint. This is due to its ability to absorb and store carbon dioxide. Using hemp for building dates back to ancient eras. Even the Colosseum had some structures made out of hemp. In 2010, the first modern hemp house was built in North Carolina.
At Margaret River Hemp Co, we love hempcrete. In fact, our sister company ‘Hemp Homes Australia’ also does a lot of work with it! Learn more about hempcrete here.
Fact #9 – Hemp Can Save The Bees!
Over the years, there has been a rapid decline in the honey bee population. This could be terrible for the world’s food supply. Though hemp relies on winds for pollination, it has been found that bees particularly love its pollen.
As bee populations continue to decline, industrial hemp seems like a great option to solve this problem. Hemp is a pest-resistant, annual plant so bees can use their pollen and nectar when other crops are not in season.
There’s a lot more to why bees love hemp!
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Humans have cultivated these two plants for several centuries. Hemp is a variety of cannabis plants that are used in industrial and commercial situations like building materials (hempcrete), health foods and clothing. It is similar to fibrous plants like jute and flax. And even though it has negligible tetrahydrocannabinol quantities (THC), it was looked at negatively by many for 70-80 years.
Cotton is used as a fibre too and originated in tropical and subtropical climates. It is used as fibre, as feed and as food. Cotton is highly versatile, so we can see how hemp, a material once stigmatized because of its association with marijuana, is coming in quick as strong competition.
So how does hemp stack up against cotton when it comes to performance and sustainability?
Today we explore.
Cotton requires a lot of water and pesticides to flourish. This gives it a much higher environmental cost. On the other hand, hemp is known to be resistant to pests and diseases. This minimises not only the cost for the farmer but also the cost to the environment.
Hemp has been observed to grow in areas with minimal nutrients in the soil, and its roots even aerate and enrich the ground. This means that the earth that grows on it is left even more fertile than before the plant was harvested. It also means that growers can curb the usage of chemical fertilizers.
1kg of dry hemp can be grown with as little as 300-500 litres of water. This is much less than cotton, which requires 20,000 litres of water to do the same. To put it into perspective, 1kg of cotton would only make one pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
Unlike cotton farms, hemp crops can be purely rain-fed (in some areas). Although access to irrigation is often encouraged, hemp is much more water-friendly, which could greatly benefit the environment.
Hemp grows densely, saving space, whereas cotton takes up a lot of farmland. 1 acre of hemp can produce an average of 1500 pounds of fibre and has been seen to go up to 2400. That’s more than 3 times the quantity of cotton that can be cultivated in the same area, which is 500 pounds.
Hemp also has the benefit of being fast-growing and has shown the ability to grow in the same land for many years. And last but not least, It’s also a great rotation crop!
We’ve looked at how hemp and cotton treat our earth. And even though hemp may be better in that aspect, consumers tend to favour what makes more sense regarding short-term and personal costs. So when it comes to quality, how do these two natural fibres perform against each other?
This is more accurately called ultimate tensile strength; this is the maximum stress or strains a material can endure without breaking. It does not depend on the size of the material measured. Cotton has a tensile strength of between 330 – 585 MPa, while hemp beats it at 690 – 1000 MPa.
This is measured by using clamp jaws to hold and break the fibres. It is referred to as grams per tex, which is the amount of force necessary to break one bundle of fibres in one tex (tex being a unit of size). Tex is equivalent to the weight in grams of a thousand meters of fibre.
Hemp has a strength-to-weight ratio that is even greater than steel. It takes twice as much force to crack or bend hemp as it does steel.
Due to hemp fibres having a large surface area, it makes them extremely water absorbent. This makes them dye easily while retaining their colour for a longer time than cotton.
Yet, hemp is also better than cotton when it comes to dissipation. It just does not hold onto moisture. This adds to its breathability and minimizes the growth of mould and mildew, helping to keep clothes free of odour for longer. And although cotton is in no way bad at dissipating moisture, hemp takes the cake.
Hemp fabric lasts much longer than cotton and doesn’t wear out anywhere near as fast. Hemp also retains shape, stretching less than other natural fibres. However, this comes at an ever so slight trade-off with comfort. Cotton is silkier to wear, whilst hemp is known to be a coarser material. Although, you should also note that hemp fabric is that it gets softer with every wash.
You can try some Hemp clothing for yourself by checking out our online Hemp Clothing selection here!
So if you’re looking for an item of long-lasting, reliable clothing that contributes to a healthier planet, consider incorporating more hemp…
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Many people ask why Hemp Seed Oil and Fish Oil are such a big deal in nutrition.
Omega-fatty acids are some of the most important components of the human diet, so it’s no surprise that we’ve turned to supplements that can fit our needs.
Omega fatty acids are considered essential nutrients because the body needs them to maintain proper functionality – we simply can’t operate without them. Because our body does not produce them on its own, we need an external source to provide them – in this case, our diet.
Eating seafood is an easy way to fulfil the body’s need for omega fatty acids, although it’s not quite for everyone. But now there’s a new way to meet your RDI of essential fatty acids – Hemp Seed Oil. Hemp Seed Oil is also high in Omega-3 fatty acids and is made by extracting it from a specific source, much like fish oil. It can then be put into capsules and distributed to consumers.
However, Hemp Seed Oil is the new kid on the block. Rumour has it, Hemp might just be the alpha and omega when it comes to essential fatty acids.
People are always looking for the next best supplement to maintain their best health. Fish oil is a rich source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, but Hemp Seed Oil is also jam-packed with them. This week we’re taking a look at whether Hemp Seed Oil could be the next fish oil.
For decades now, scientists have maintained the idea that consuming omega fatty acids can help support the health of your heart, brain, and overall development.
The heart is the engine of the body. It is always pumping blood for circulation. Due to its continuous action, it requires nutrients like omega fatty acids to run. In turn, it’s believed that Omega fatty acids can reduce incidences of sudden heart attack and cardiac shutdown.
Essential Fatty Acids are speculated to also help keep certain auto-immune diseases at bay. For example, rheumatoid arthritis comes with unpleasant symptoms like morning stiffness, joint pain, and swelling in patients. You can manage these symptoms with a natural product-omega fatty acid. Thanks to omega fatty acids, individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis can have a better life and function maximally.
Additionally, research shows that pregnant women should consume a variety of omega fatty acid foods. The simple reason is that fatty acids are crucial in the proper development of the fetus.
The main reason that Fish oil is good for human health is that it contains an abundance of omega 3-fatty acids. Pure fish oil has been in high demand since scientists figured out a way to isolate and contain fish oil directly from marine life.
There are two types of omega 3-fatty acids in fish oil – EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Other nutrients include Vitamins A, D, and selenium.
Fish oil helps to reduce the risk of many conditions, like lowering the levels of triglyceride in the body. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and may benefit individuals with renal disease. On top of that, it can promote skin cell regeneration and protect from UV rays.
The ‘Wet rendering’ process is the most common method for extracting fish oil. It involves heating the fish to release the oil. After sitting it in boiling water, you have to remove the water and press the fish. The product undergoes separation, centrifugation, and concentration to yield a nutritious oil.
However, when producing fish oil, the balance of the natural ecosystem is disturbed. Overfishing can cause a break in the food chain. Smaller fish are most commonly farmed for fish oil, which means less food for bigger fishes like sharks and guillemots which feed on smaller fishes. The long-term outcome of overfishing is a less diverse, simpler marine ecosystem.
Is that something we really want to be added to our legacy?
As the name suggests, Hemp Seed Oil is oil obtained from Hemp Seeds. Processed Hemp seed oil is colourless and clear, whereas unrefined Hemp Seed Oil is green in colour with a distinct nutty flavour. There is a wide application for Hemp Seed Oil such as making shampoo, soap, paint, ink, and so much more.
Although Hemp Seed Oil is just gaining popularity, it has become highly sought after. Those on plant-based diets often opt for Hemp Seed Oil because it is packed with over 30% protein and loads of other nutrients. In addition, they contain all the essential amino acids that the body needs but cannot make. Hemp Seed Oil is also very rich in omega fatty acids. Furthermore, it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
Making Hemp Seed Oil begins with selecting the strain of hemp plant that contains very little THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Harvesting and cleaning the hemp seed is the next step. After cleansing the seeds, they are pressed to produce the oil.
The Nutritional content of Hemp Seed makes it a very useful supplement for maintaining health. Hemp Seed Oil is rich in polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, protein, magnesium, fibre, thiamine, zinc, and calories.
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We have established that hemp seed oil and fish oil contain many omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acid is highly beneficial, but the body cannot produce it. The extraction of fish oil involves high temperatures and solvents that may alter the “naturality” of the oil, and it also harms the ecosystem.
The process of manufacturing Hemp seed oil preserves the purity of the oil while retaining its benefits, and it doesn’t harm the environment. In addition, Hemp Seed Oil has a longer shelf life than fish oil.
Hemp is a plant that you can grow on a small scale or large scale. Farming Hemp seed does not have any hazardous effect on the environment. However, harvesting fish for their oil is a straight path to a reduction in aquatic life.
Aquatic animals are already heavily depleted of food, and taking the forager fish out of the ecosystem is going to make this all the worse.
Fish oils have about seven times more omega 3 than omega 6. In short, fish oil depends solely on the omega fatty acids for their importance. However, hemp seed oil has omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids paired with several other essential nutrients.
The amount of omega 3 in Hemp Seed Oil is a little less, but it actually contains the optimal ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 for human consumption. This makes it an ideal choice for consumption!
Both oils are great sources of supplements, especially omega fatty acids. However, it is left to you to determine which you want. Fish oil is ideal for those who only need Omega-3 in particular. On the other hand, Hemp Seed Oil has omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 in the perfect ratios, alongside a wide range of other essential minerals and nutrients.
We opt for Hemp Seed Oil because it contains the perfect amount of essential fatty acids and also offers a diverse selection of important nutrients. On top of that, Hemp Seed Oil is a plant-based alternative that doesn’t involve the farming of animals. It can be grown in a few months, and ready to consume within days.
What do you prefer – Fish Oil or Hemp Seed Oil?
The cannabis plant is widely beneficial and underutilized. However, the wellness industry is experiencing an explosion of CBD products due to their benefits.
There are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant & misconceptions about CBD products arise when people cannot differentiate them from THC. THC is a component of cannabis that makes you “high”.
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. It is usually extracted from the flowers of the cannabis plant. Many chocolates, gummies, drinks, soap, and pastries contain CBD. However, CBD oil is made by mixing CBD with a carrier oil or hemp seed oil to increase its bioavailability.
CBD exerts its effects on the endocannabinoid system in the body. Endocannabinoids are compounds produced by the body that are similar to cannabinoids. Two cannabinoid receptors, CBD1 and CBD2, have been identified in the human body.
The CBD1 receptors are abundant in the brain and affect pain, mood, emotions, and appetite. Alternatively, CBD2 receptors are abundant in the immune system. Therefore, they play a role in inflammation and pain.
People have different opinions on the function of CBD in the human body. So let us find out the exact benefit of CBD on health and wellbeing.
Research shows that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. One of the cardinal signs of inflammation is pain. However, CBD is a natural alternative to manage pain without the risk of addiction.
When humans consume CBD, it binds with CBD receptors in the endocannabinoid system to inhibit the inflammatory response, reducing pain sensation. For example, people with fibromyalgia will experience pain relief when taking CBD. In addition, a study carried out on rodents reveals that CBD relieves inflammation and pain associated with arthritis.
However, some studies suggest that some types of pain are better managed with a combination of THC and CBD. For example, a combination of 1:1 in Sativex effectively treats pain from multiple sclerosis. Sativex is a cannabinoid prescription indicated for neuropathic pain, spasticity, and multiple sclerosis.
Mental health illness encompasses various categories of disorders. However, the use of CBD has proved instrumental in managing some of the symptoms.
Anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia are common mental health concerns that can have debilitating effects on the quality of life if not properly managed. In addition, conventional drugs used in treatment may have side effects, such as drug dependence.
The use of CBD oil shows positive potential in managing anxiety disorders. However, it is critical to get the dosing right. Studies show that 300mg of CBD was effective in reducing anxiety.
CBD oil is also helpful in managing symptoms associated with PTSD and insomnia in children and adults.
The FDA approved Epidiolex for the treatment of seizure disorders. Epidiolex is a prescription CBD product that effectively manages severe epilepsy in children. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis complex are associated with severe episodes of seizures.
Studies show that CBD plays a significant role in protecting the heart and circulatory system. Therefore, CBD oil is a natural remedy to reduce blood pressure.
High blood pressure predisposes the individual to heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular disorders. Research shows that 600mg of CBD can help reduce blood pressure in hypertensive individuals.
The common side effects of cancer treatment are vomiting and nausea. Therefore, a major focus in caring for cancer patients is effective pain management.
However, CBD may be useful in reducing pain in these individuals. Also, symptoms of nausea may be reduced with CBD oil. However, more research is needed in this field.
It is critical that the healthcare team approve of its use. Some CBD products may not be safe or effective for cancer patients.
You can use CBD oil sublingually. In this method, you put drops of the oil under your tongue. This route promises faster absorption of CBD.
Another option is to add CBD oil to food or beverages. For example, after making a cup of tea, you can add a drop or two of CBD oil to it.
In addition, some companies package CBD oil in a capsule. In this case, you swallow it like you do other oral medications.
Furthermore, you can apply CBD oil to your skin. The skin absorbs CBD oil to provide relief from inflammation and pain.
The risk involved in taking CBD oil is that most of these products are not approved by the FDA. Therefore, you cannot ensure the components are safe for you. Hence, you need to talk with your doctor before using it.
However, CBD oil is generally safe and well-tolerated by most individuals. Nevertheless, unexpected effects may be seen after consumption. They include:
Note: The FDA advises pregnant women to avoid using CBD as it may interfere with normal fetal development.
Many countries have legalized cannabis. Therefore, getting CBD oil is very easy. However, this is not the case in Australia. Nevertheless, the Australian government has eased the restrictions on the distribution and use of CBD.
Suppose you live in Australia and need the special effects of CBD. You have to follow the protocol of the government’s Special Access Scheme to get drugs that the Therapeutic Goods Administration does not approve.
Currently, CBD oil is not approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. However, you can get your CBD from a licensed pharmacy with a government-approved prescription from a doctor.
CBD is legal in Australia but still highly regulated. Therefore, it is more expensive than in other countries. In addition, the use of cannabis in medicine is still developing. So, with time and substantial evidence from research, the government will ease all restrictions.
Many studies have shown the significance of CBD oil in promoting health and wellness. Although more research is needed in other areas, CBD is genuinely a miracle molecule. As a result, many people embrace its use because it is a natural remedy to several health issues.
CBD is useful in managing pain, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, and improving heart health. However, it is crucial to consult your doctor before adding CBD oil to your regimen.
I hope the Australian government will reconsider its stance on CBD oil to make it readily available to the populace. This will go a long way to improve quality of life.
There are dozens (if not hundreds) of different strains and varieties of cannabis. However, they can all be broken down and categorised into three recognized cannabis species. They include; Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis.
The most common species are Sativa and Indica. Due to the ease of restriction on cannabis, more people are willing to learn about it. Are you confused as to what makes Sativa different from Indica?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Let’s explore the answers together and get to the bottom of this once and for all….
The Sativa plant grows in equatorial and tropical regions characterized by high heat and humidity. This species of cannabis is a tall, slim plant with slender light green leaves. The plant can be differentiated through its size and height.
Each plant is about 12 feet tall and leaves with a finger-like width. Cultivation and maturation of the Sativa plant take about 12 to 18 weeks.
Another characteristic feature of the cannabis Sativa plant is its THC and CBD composition. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is highly responsible for the psychoactive effects of Sativa in consumers.
The high percentage composition of THC in Sativa explains their contribution to suppressing anxiety and depression. More so, they are natural energizing plants.
Note: Sativa plants are best consumed during the day due to their active feeling. Night consumption of Sativa leads to insomnia and increased heartbeat, putting the body at a disadvantage.
The typical cannabis Sativa are Durban Poison, Acapulco Gold, and Panama Red.
The plant is cultivated in low tropic regions. Broad leaves and short stems characterize Indica. In addition, the Indica plant takes a shorter period to reach full maturity, about 8-10 months.
An exciting feature of the Indica plant includes low THC composition and high CBD. Indica plant is consumed chiefly for its relaxing effect on the body. More so, it helps in relieving pain and insomnia. Common strains include Afghan kush, Granddaddy purple, and the Hindu Kush.
Note: Cannabis indica is best consumed at night due to its relaxing effect.
Aside from Indica and Sativa plants, there are other species of cannabis that producers have found more exquisite. These species include Hybrid cannabis and Ruderalis.
As the name implies, they are distinctive plant species derived from a combination of Sativa and Indica plants. Hybrid cannabis is mainly grown to attain a combined effect of Sativa and Indica strains. The hybrid cannabis plant takes the size and height of the dominant parent strain, the same as the duration for fertilization.
Examples are- A train wreck, Blue Dream, and Pineapple express.
The significant benefit of cultivating hybrid cannabis is its improved THC composition. However, each plant possesses an average composition of CBD.
The combination of these strains gives hybrid plants their energizing and metabolic effects. More so, they may help reduce the impact of radiation and chemotherapy.
Note: They can be consumed at any time of the day, depending on their purpose and effect.
Cannabis Ruderalis is the third recognized species of cannabis. People are not very excited about ruderalis, as it is the least discussed strain. We can attribute this to its less potent effects and action in the body.
They make up for their negligible effect in fast germination. They possess low THC and high CBD, which is still insufficient to boost their potency.
Due to this characteristic feature, ruderalis strains are mainly cultivated with Indica or Sativa strains. Therefore, they are best consumed as hybrids to produce the desired effect.
The first difference between indica and Sativa is the maturity period. Sativa plants take a longer time to mature than indica. Another significant difference is the size of the plants. Sativa species often grow taller than indica.
Additionally, the leaves of Sativa are thinner and spread out like when you spread your fingers. On the other hand, indica have bigger and broader leaves.
Another significant difference is the biochemical components that interact with brain receptors. The primary active compounds in cannabis are THC and CBD. THC is responsible for the “high” feeling reported by consumers.
Cannabis sativa has a higher concentration of THC than it does CBD. Therefore, it may produce a feeling of “high” and euphoria. In addition, it may be useful in dealing with pain and insomnia.
However, some individuals may experience anxiety after consuming the Sativa strain. In addition, Sativa has a stimulating effect on the body and may improve focus.
On the other hand, indica has more CBD than THC. Although THC is often described as a psychoactive component, CBD can alter moods. Therefore, indica may be an excellent alternative for anxiety and psychoses management. In addition, indica strains are great for relaxation and stimulating the appetite.
Deciding the best Indica or Sativa plant for consumption is an important step that most people often ignore. Unfortunately, this has led most consumers to make poor decisions that have affected their health. Here are some tips that would aid your decision in selecting the best cannabis product.
Medical Record: This is a crucial and essential factor usually exempted when choosing cannabis products. Past medical records prove the body’s risk and products to boost body activity. As medicinal as cannabis products are, if not consumed carefully subject the body to health disorders.
Purpose of consumption: Each cannabis plant contains different compounds that affect its body. Hence, it is advisable to consume cannabis products that are vital to the present state of the body. It is essential to understand what mode of consumption works best for you. Method of consumption either can be by smoking or mixed with edibles.
Body tolerance: The human body has a different tolerance for compounds. Therefore, it is vital to understand tolerable components in cannabis products before consuming them.
Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica have varying properties. Therefore, they exert different effects on the body when you consume them. Additionally, they are distinct physical variations in both plants.
However, many people have discovered that a hybrid strain suits their needs better. So, before you choose to consume any strain of cannabis, study the biochemical components to ensure it aligns with your needs.
Hemp is such a diverse plant. Here, we explore the nutritional profile of hemp and the opportunities it presents for a sustainable, low intervention, vegan-friendly source of quality protein and nutrients.
Proteins are one of the three major nutrients the body requires in large quantities. It is the class of food responsible for building body tissues and muscles. They are made of several amino acids that the body requires for good health. The body needs about 21 amino acids which produce a great portion of it. However, the body cannot produce nine essential amino acids. Therefore, we need to obtain them through the right diet.
Humans often rely on animal sources like meat, dairy, and eggs to get the necessary proteins. Some plants like beans, grains, soy, and nuts are rich sources of proteins. However, they do not provide all the essential protein that the body needs. This poses a problem for individuals who live solely on plant products.
Hemp is a superfood because it is a source of complete proteins for the body. It also contains omega 3& 6, vitamins, and minerals. Hempseed is composed of all eight essential amino acids. Therefore, it is a plant-based source of complete protein.
Contrary to popular opinions, hemp seeds are not psychoactive, making them an ideal source of complete protein. Hemp seeds are made of 30% protein and 40% good fat. Therefore, individuals on a low-carb diet can benefit from incorporating hemp seeds into their meals. In addition, the fatty acid component delivers Omegas 3, 6, and 9 to the body, which is essential for normal body functioning.
Another interesting fact about hemp protein is that it does not contain oligosaccharides or trypsin inhibitors (they interfere with protein absorption). Instead, the protein component of hemp consists mainly of albumin, glutamic acid, and edestin.
Edestin is a Greek word that translates into “edible.” A study in 2017 indicates that hempseed contains about 75% of the salt-soluble globulins (aka as edestin). Another study in 2008 reveals that protein derived from hempseed is highly nutritional, readily digested and absorbed by the human body. Therefore, it is agreeable to the human digestive system and aids proper food digestion. In addition, it has low phosphorous content, which protects the body from kidney disorders.
Furthermore, edestin has antioxidant and antihypertensive functions. Therefore, it plays a key part in maintaining an optimal immune system and producing antibodies, usually immunoglobulin (probably because it bears a significant resemblance to plasma globulin). In addition, it protects heart health.
Albumin is another major component of hemp seed protein. It contributes about 25% to the total protein found in hemp seed. In addition, it resembles an egg white. Furthermore, it is compatible with the human digestive system. Hence, it is readily broken and absorbed by the body. Albumins are potent antioxidants that protect the body from the damages associated with free radicals.
Hemp seed is a rich source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. They are called the “healthy fats” because the body needs them for optimal functioning. In addition, they are useful in reducing blood pressure, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels in the human body.
Furthermore, hemp seed may contain the highest levels of essential fatty acids found in food. Therefore, it is a rich source of Alpha-linoleic acid, an omega-3 essential fatty acid. In addition, it also contains Linoleic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid. Alpha-linoleic and linoleic acids are not produced in the body. However, they are required for crucial cellular oxygenation and glucose transport processes. Therefore, we must try to get this nutrient from our diet.
Hemp seed is essential for brain health as it contains linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid in the ratio of 3.5:1 and 4:1. Studies reveal that consumption of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid in the above ratio significantly improved the brain health of humans.
Furthermore, hemp seed is an excellent source of stearidonic acid (18:4 omega-3) and Gamma-linoleic acid (18:3 omega-6;). They are responsible for effective conversions of essential fatty acids, omega 6 & 3.
Hemp seed is a natural source of vitamins and minerals the body needs for optimal functioning. It is a rich source of iron, potassium, magnesium, chlorophyll, ascorbic acid, calcium, manganese, phosphorous, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, fibre, and beta-carotene.
These vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in water and electrolyte balance. They are also involved in building and maintaining immunity. Although the body needs fewer vitamins and minerals than protein or carbs, they are still central to health.
Plant-based protein powders are made from popular plant sources like hemp seed, soy, pea, and rice. This article has talked about hemp protein so let us check out the other protein sources.
As the name suggests, Pea protein is a high-quality protein derived from pea. It is vegan and easily digested. In addition, it is free from food allergens. Therefore, it is great for individuals with restricted diets. A complete protein should deliver about 25 mg/g of methionine and cysteine. However, pea protein only has about 11 mg/g. Nevertheless, it contains all nine essential amino acids.
Brown rice protein powder is made from processes that isolate the protein in brown rice. A study in 2014 reveals that “brown rice contains 37% of the total protein as essential amino acids and 18% as BCAAs.” However, brown rice does not contain lysine so, it is not a complete protein.
Lastly, there is the soy protein powder. Soy protein powder is a complete protein source as it contains all the needed amino acids. Soybeans undergo processing to produce a protein-dense powder. In addition, it is rich in essential fatty acids. The controversy surrounding soy proteins is that it has high phytates content. Phytates interfere with the absorption of some minerals like zinc and iron. Hence, it is a source of worry. However, making soy protein powder eradicates most of it from the soy. Therefore, there are only a few phytates in soy protein, which should not be a cause for worry.
Whey protein powder is made from an animal source. Let us see some differences between these two groups of protein powders.
First, plant-based protein powder is vegan-friendly and lactose-free. This makes it a suitable alternative for vegans to get their needed protein. Sadly, this is not the case for whey protein powder. Whey protein is often made from cheese, which is gotten from milk. Cow milk contains lactose. Therefore, it is inappropriate for lactose-intolerant individuals.
Whey protein powder is a complete protein source as it contains all essential 9 amino acids. Plant-based protein powders are incomplete sources of protein. Therefore, many manufacturers combine different plants to ensure the resulting powders offer complete protein. However, soy and hemp seed powders provide complete protein.
Undoubtedly, Hemp seed is the best source of protein because it contains all the essential amino acids. It is also free from food allergens. Babies need protein for proper growth and development. Athletes require protein to promote muscle building. Therefore, getting the right protein from diet is a necessary endeavor. In addition, it is readily absorbed. Another significant reason to embrace hemp protein is that it is eco-friendly. Choose hemp protein today!
This blog is for the true animal lovers out there – the one’s that will often go above and beyond every day in caring for your beloved companions, and treating them akin to their own children (or sometimes even better!).
(Guilty – Sorry Kids!)
We often hear people say “If it’s not good enough for me, then why would I feed it to my pet?”, and if you’re anything like me then you’ve got the sound and smell of an over-processed can of dog food slowly slopping into your dog’s bowl seared into your memory – If you’re one of the few that finds that appetizing, then this might not be the right blog for you….
If you’ve included your four-legged, feathered or furry friends in your new year health goals like us – then this is for you!
If you’re new to cooking or preparing your pets food, check out this article by Registered Veterinary Technician, Saleema Lookman.
Let’s get this out of the way up front – NO, Hemp foods will NOT get you or your pet high!
Hemp Oil (Commonly known as full or broad-spectrum hemp oil which contains CBD and/or THC and is considered therapeutic – find out all about differences here in our blog here), depending on its formula has a chance eliciting the usual effects of CBD or THC products – find out more about using CBD for your pets in our blog here.
Hemp foods have a wide range of benefits for animals, similar to those enjoyed by their humans. For example, it can improve skin health in dogs and cats, leaving them with a healthy, shiny, smooth & overall irresistibly cuddly coat. Hemp seeds have the perfect composition of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) such as Omega 6 and Omega 3 in the “Golden Ratio” of 1:3. Omega fatty acids play an essential role in an animals’ overall skin and coat health.
An unbalanced ratio of Omega 6 & Omega 3 in an animals diet can cause upsets in its health. With additional Omega 6, your pet’s body would further reduce its Omega 3 levels. Conversely, an excess of Omega 3 in the body would unbalance Omega 6 volumes. This can cause instabilities in your pet’s body. As a result, other unbalanced sources of Omega fatty acids like fish oil can not be relied upon.
The fact that it is a perfectly balanced source of Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids further magnifies the importance of incorporating hemp seed oil in your pet’s diet.
Any oil perfectly balanced with Essential Fatty Acids would undoubtedly work well for skin allergies and diseases. A 2005 research noted that Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) patients experienced reduced allergic symptoms with the dietary use of hemp seed oil.
…And that’s just getting started! There are many other notable benefits of hemp for pets, which you can read more about here.
This is especially important for those with larger dog breeds, and although hemp certainly has miraculous properties, it’s far from a miracle cure. It should be viewed as one piece in the larger picture of overall health & wellbeing. To get a complete picture of joint health in dogs, check out this article by veterinarian Dan Richardson.
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in hemp seeds do a great job in promoting healthy joint lubrication and can help in reducing joint inflammation and pain for your pet.
Joint health is a must for ensuring the quality of life for our pooches, especially into their later year – It’s never too early to start thinking about joint health!
One of the simplest ways to incorporate hemp foods into your pets’ diet is to add hemp seed oil into their daily meals… After checking with your vet, just add a little bit to your pet’s meal once a day (following the appropriate weight-based dosing instructions, of course) to help keep their skin, coat, hips and joints, heart and immune system healthy.
If you’ve followed our journey on social media, you’ll know that we LOVE to meet your dog’s at our store, almost as much as they love Georgie’s famous hemp doggie treats!
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