Boasting an impressive array of applications, which includes health foods, skin care and even obscurities like oil paints… Hemp Seed Oil is arguably one of the diverse and useful derivatives from the hemp plant, which has profound benefits to both our internal & external health.

Not to be confused with with Hemp Oil (learn about the differences here), which has its own host of amazing benefits… Hemp Seed Oil is one of nature’s most valuable gifts to humans –  Despite receiving little acknowledgment from health professionals for decades.

So what benefits could you reap from adding Hemp Seed Oil into your diet?  

We’re glad you asked…

What is it?

By this point, you’re probably wondering “what’s the difference between hemp, CBD oil and hemp seed oil”?  You can read more about that in our article Hemp Seed Oil or Hemp Oil – What’s The Difference? 

Hemp seed oil is simply the oil extracted from the seed of the hemp plant via cold press extraction methods.  When unrefined, the oil is dark green in colour, odourless and has a somewhat nutty taste.  Hemp seed oil has a relatively low smoke point (175 degrees Celsius) so it is recommended to only cook with this oil using low temperatures, to preserve its nutrients.

Due to hemp seed oil losing nutritional content after smoking point, it’s important to verify that you’re consuming Hemp Seed Oil that has been cold pressed.

How is it made?

Hemp Seed Oil is considered ‘unrefined’ when no heat has been used in processing. This means that all the wonderful nutrients and naturally occurring compounds remain in tact while manufacturing hemp seed oil.  ‘Refined’ hemp seed oil is extracted using heat, and although it looks cleaner, loses a lot of its nutritional value. 

Can I consume it?

 

 The answer is an ecstatic YES! 

 

You can consume hemp seed oil in a variety of ways such as simply eating hemp seeds whole mixing it in with food, and even drizzling it on salad. For those that are in a rush, some even drink it straight by the table-spoon!

 

Hemp seed oil can also be used as a healthy alternative to common cooking oils when cooking at a low temperature, but raw is the best.  

You can also consume hemp seed oil via capsules, if you want to avoid the taste while still receiving the wide array of health benefits it has to offer!

Internal Health Benefits

Hemp seed oil can be used in a variety of ways to improve overall health

The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids within hemp seeds are maintained when they are cold pressed into hemp seed oil, where they may offer some protective cardiovascular health factors including:

 

  • Reduced Blood Pressure
  • Improved Arrhythmias and resting Heart Rate
  • Decreased chance of Heart Disease
  • Overall promotion of Cardiovascular Health
  • Natural Antioxidant properties

 

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, so the various cardiovascular health benefits that hemp seed oil offers are more important than ever.

Healthline states that Hemp Seed Oil is a natural antioxidant, which aids the human body in many ways – including reducing the signs of aging and chances of heart disease.  Furthermore, the Science Direct claims that hemp seed oil as the only source that contains the optimal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (a 3:1 ratio).

Hemp seed oil can also Boost the immune system with the valuable nutrients it provides to our bodies. Humans need essential fatty acids to maintain good health, but cannot produce these on their own. There are also many other compounds necessary to maintain good health which are present in hemp seed oil, such as:

  • Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids (overall health promotion)
  • Antioxidants (boosts immune function)
  • Gamma-Linolenic Acid (vital health maintaining acid)
  • Lipase (an enzyme useful for removing plaque build-up in arteries)
  • Vitamin D (essential for calcium absorption) 

Due to the vast benefits, Hemp Seed Oil is widely acknowledged as a natural source of GLA (Gamma-linolenic Acid).  Furthermore, the Lipase content of hemp seed oil is also seen as a great benefit due to its ability to remove plaque buildup in the arteries.  On top of all that, hemp seed oil is said to be the only plant oil offering Vitamin D – a necessary vitamin for calcium absorption.  Hence, it is notably beneficial for those who have made the switch to a vegan or plant based diet.

Hemp seed oil also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which carry some of the following health benefits;

 

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Easing pain (arthritis, migraine)
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Improves blood circulation

Skin Health

We know that skin health starts from the inside out, and diet plays a major factor in this, so in addition to helping boost your skin out through your diet, Hemp Seed Oil also has a host of topical uses that we’ll also cover..

Its skin healing qualities are ideal for any skin type, as it helps with moisturisation and balancing out the oils within the skin. The properties of hemp seed oil allow for moisturisation without clogging or irritating pores, which assists in balancing oily skin types through hydration and regulation of the skin’s oil production.

Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) is one of the many amazing nutrients of Hemp Seed Oil and is one of the Omega-6 fatty acids that hemp seed oil contains. Including its’ powerful anti-inflammatory properties and simultaneous encouragement of healthy skin and regeneration of cells; it also:

 

  • Alleviates symptoms of dry or irritated skin, for example, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis
  • Reduces inflammation and irritation of acne 
  • Promotes the health and growth of nails, hair and skin
  • Moisturises and balances the oils within the skin without clogging or inflaming pores
  • Allows for maximum hydration and regulation of the individuals skins oil production

 

When applied topically to the skin, the nutrients like gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) enables skin cells to repair and regenerate, thus reducing skin irritation. GLA is one of the many reasons that Hemp Seed Oil is so beneficial and is able to promote the moisturisation of the skin without clogging or irritating pores. Because of these properties, hemp seed oil can be very beneficial in clearing the skin of acne. When ingested, the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can have immediate health benefits and reduce the inflammation of skin, promoting rapid skin regeneration.  

 

You can read more about how hemp seed oil benefits your skin here!

Hemp Seed Oil is AMAZING!

To us, the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil are so remarkable due to the diverse range of health benefits it offers us. As well as it being widely beneficial for its body care, nutritional, and medicinal properties, it can also seriously aid in reducing inflammation, supporting healthy metabolism, promoting skin repair and cell regeneration, and so much more.  As one of the only plant sources of Vitamin D, that also contains the optimal ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, it’s a wonder that it isn’t a staple-food across the globe.

 

If you want to see these benefits first hand, you can try our 100% Australian grown and made hemp seed oil here!

 



 

 

 

 

Throughout it’s extensive history, various breeds of cannabis sativa have been given many labels – Including, Weed, pot, hemp, Marijuana, Kush – and of course, just plain old cannabis… I’m sure you can see why this has led to a bit of confusion! 

…And recently, things have actually gotten even more confusing.
Today we want to take a deeper look into the two most prominent terms used to describe the main varieties of this plant; Hemp and Marijuana. 

So what are the differences, and why are people still getting them mixed up?  

 

What Is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a high-potency breed of the plant species cannabis Sativa, and is restricted in most countries.  If cannabis is high in the psychoactive compound ‘THC’, it is lawfully classed as ‘Marijuana’.  The THC levels that cannabis must exceed to be labelled as ‘Marijuana’ vary from country to country, but is usually around or under 1%. However, to feel a ‘high’ from consumption, THC content usually has to exceed 7-15% 

 

The term ‘Marijuana’ entered the U.S lexicon via Mexico, but there are other speculations on the actual origins of the word. According to the book ‘Cannabis: A History’, written by Martin Booth, the word Marijuana could have been passed down from an ancient Aztec language.  There is also speculation that it may have originated from soldiers’ slang for “brothel” – Maria y Juana.

 

The word Marijuana became popular in the Reefer madness campaigns of the 1930s. Fuelled by racism, fear, and greed, these smear campaigns were a key factor in the criminalisation of cannabis around the globe. By the 1950’s, the world was so afraid of a select breed of cannabis that they chose to overlook what was once dubbed the ‘Billion Dollar Crop’.  After the campaign, the global hemp industry was decimated – and synthetic alternatives to hemp products flooded the market.

 

What Is Hemp?

Hemp is a low-THC cultivar of the plant species cannabis Sativa.  However, the true definition of hemp can be confusing… mainly because different countries have different laws.  Contrary to popular belief, hemp is not ‘the male cannabis plant’. Rather, it is a crop of female cannabis plants that have been pollinated by a male plant.  Once pollinated, the flower of the plant will begin to produce seed.  

 

In Australia, a licence to grow hemp only allows for industrial varieties of the plant to be grown. Here, ‘industrial Hemp’ is grown for seed, fibre, and roots & the cannabis plant must not exceed a THC content of more than 0.3% in most states. The only exception is Western Australia, where edible hemp is allowed to reach 1% THC, and seeds for new crops must not exceed 0.5%.  Other countries have similar classifications, which is where a lot of the confusion stems from.  

 

According to The Atlantic, it’s estimated that hemp is currently used in over 25,000 commercial products around the world.  Once, it was speculated that hemp has over 50,000 possible commercial applications. Here are a few groundbreaking uses for hemp:

    • Hemp Clothing
    • Hemp Building Materials
    • Hemp Skincare Products
    • Hemp Beverages – From Beer to Water
    • Hemp Foods
    • Medicinal Hemp Extracts (Hemp Oil/CBD Oil)
    • Hemp Plastics
    • Hemp Biofuels

…And plenty more.

 

Most countries created their own cannabis laws after it was criminalised… But ultimately, the majority ceased production of the species altogether.  India, China, Vietnam, Russia, and a select few European nations were among the small number of countries that continued hemp production after this point.

 

Why Do Hemp and Marijuana get Mixed up?

The simplest way to explain the reason that hemp and marijuana get mixed up is because they are the same plant; only bred differently.  

 

A common misconceptions about hemp is that it is defined by having male reproductive organs… this is not quite true.  The primary purpose male cannabis plants serve is pollinating female plants to stimulate the production of seeds – they are not very useful for anything else.  In fact, male plants can be quite a nuisance to those growing for medicinal or recreational purposes. 

 

According to Eileen Reyes from CBD Energy Labs, a female cannabis plant will lose 30% of its cannabinoid content and 50% of its total mass once pollinated by a male. Instead of flower, the energy is directed to producing seeds. These seeds can then be planted, consumed, or cold-pressed to make hemp seed oil.  After pollinating the females, male plants soon die off.  However, male plants can still be processed through a decorticator to yield fibre and hurd.  The best way to sum all this up is by saying industrial hemp is simply a pollinated female cannabis crop that went on to produce seed.  After the seed is harvested, the rest of the plant can be processed for fibre and hurd. Therefore when you’re trying to grow cannabis for hemp seed, it’s critical to have male plants existing in the crop.   

 

It gets a bit confusing here, because even some cannabis that hasn’t been pollinated is still called hemp.  It’s all to do with the THC content! But we’ll get to that soon…

 

If you’re growing to yield medicinal or recreational flower, you’ll want to grow a crop of female cannabis and get rid of every male in the field.  As stated previously, cannabinoid content dramatically decreases once pollinated by a male plant.  Therefore, male cannabis plants will ruin a medicinal or recreational crop. When female cannabis ‘buds’, it produces a cannabinoid-rich flower that can offer a wide variety of effects.  Due to the varying types and concentrations of cannabinoids, hobbyists and scientists set out to naturally manipulate the genetic profiles of cannabis to achieve a desired outcome. Want CBD flower with no THC?  They’ve done it – and of course, they’ve done it the other way around too.

 

When it comes to medicinal and recreational cannabis, the crop has a different label depending on one sole factor – THC content of the flower.  Like we spoke about earlier, every country has a different THC threshold at which point ‘hemp’ becomes ‘marijuana’.  In Australia, cannabis with THC content above 0.3% is classified as ‘Marijuana’. In America, the Farm Bill of 2018 states that the threshold is 1%. 

 

So… here’s a round-up.

 

Female cannabis plants that have been pollinated by a male: Hemp

Female cannabis plants with under 0.3% THC (not pollinated): Hemp

Cannabis plants with over 0.3% THC: Marijuana

 

Hopefully this clears up any confusion around the differences between medical, recreational, and industrial strains of cannabis.  If you want to learn more about hemp, check out our related articles!  

 

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Today we are covering the different uses of Industrial Hemp;

From concrete to plastics and even food! 

Not to mention the fact that it can replace a number of products from trees, which could have a huge impact on deforestation!

This sustainable wonder crop is coming through with eco friendly alternatives which are taking the world by storm!

Grown all around the world for well over 10,000 years, hemp is showing promise in helping us move away from non-renewable resources.

Here’s our favourite 7 ways hemp is helping build a sustainable future;

 

  1. Hempcrete For Sustainable Building
    Hempcrete can be used to make carbon positive buildings that absorb and store carbon dioxide throughout their lifetime, contributing to sustainability by removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. 

    The combination of hemp hurds, water, and lime can be used in various roles in the construction process.  You may find it mixed in insulation, flooring, press-board, and walls due to the remarkable thermal properties of the fibres.  Other properties include fire, insect, and mould resistant.

    Isn’t it interesting how the characteristics of hemp fibre naturally roll-over to the products we turn them into? 


  2. Hemp Plastic Substitutes
    Hemp can contribute to sustainability by offering a realistic substitute for plastic. Back in the 1940’s, Henry Ford included hemp (among other natural fibres) in the mix for the composite he used for the body of a concept car.  This concept was somewhat lost in history…. However, in 2008, Lotus released the ‘Eco Elise’, a green production car with a body made of a sustainable hemp bioplastic.

    Top Gear Review of the Eco Elise

    Since then, other car manufacturers have reintroduced hemp to their vehicles.  You can now find hemp used in door panels, columns, seat backs, boot linings, floor consoles, and instrument panels.

    Hemp isn’t just ‘more sustainable’, but also stronger, lighter, and cheaper than carbon fibre – so it’s a no brainer, really! 


  3. Bio-Fuel
    Hemp plastic makes a great bio-degradable option that helps keep trash out of our oceans! However, according to the British Plastics Federation; only 4-6% of global fossil fuel expenditure goes towards manufacturing plastic… That’s why the next topic we want to talk about how hemp biofuels could provide us a more sustainable means of transportation.

    We’ll keep it simple…

    Hemp can be turned into a few types of fuel, but biodiesel is by far the most commercially viable option.  A study done by the University of UCONN has shown that you wouldn’t even need to convert your engine to run a car on pure hemp biodiesel.  The same study found that for every 1L of hemp oil converted, 97% was retained as usable biodiesel – That’s only a 3% loss in volume! Not only does it burn with 75% less particles, but it can run at a lower temperature.  The ability to use hemp biodiesel could drastically reduce the average driver’s carbon footprint.


  4. Textiles/Clothing
    Hemp offers a sustainable alternative to anything made from cotton.  In fact, before the 1920s, it’s said that up to 80% of the worlds clothing was made from hemp.  The demonisation of ‘Marijuana’ (the slang term for high-THC female cannabis) led to a halt in the commercial hemp industry. This resulted in public preference swinging towards cotton, and then eventually synthetic textiles.

    Hemp fabric comes in a variety of styles, and is stronger, longer lasting, and much less resource hungry than cotton.  To grow 1kg of usable hemp fibre, you need half as much land, and around ¼ of the water as 1kg of cotton… and that’s not even taking pesticides into account yet.

    That’s why we’re trying to help bring hemp clothing back into fashion… You can see our available range Here .

  5. Paper
    For years now, deforestation has been a top environmental issue, and hemp can be looked at as a sustainable solution to products that require trees, such as wood and paper.  In fact, hemp is one of the first resources humans ever used to make paper… And it’s been going on for at least 2000 years.

    There have been some monumental points in history recorded on hemp paper; From the draft of the declaration of independence, to the signing of the 2018 farm bill… hemp paper can be found in significant moments all throughout history.

    As demand for hemp pulp increases as more companies look to incorporate it in their products, the economy of scale should reduce the production costs making it a more economically viable option. Considering it already has superior strength and durability and is much easier to recycle, it will be tough to contend with…

    This simple change from wood pulp to hemp pulp being used to make paper would see less chemicals contaminating our water ways!

    An acre of hemp also produces around 3x as much paper as an acre of trees, which isn’t too bad for a 3-5 month turnover.


  6. Cleaning the Soil with Hemp
    If the amazing products made from hemp that help us live more sustainable lives wasn’t enough for you, we’re about to dive into how growing hemp can literally help restore balance to our ecosystem.

    As we said before, hemp uses less water than most other crops commonly grown for commercial resources.  Due to its resilience, it has also been flagged as a plant we can use to clean up the environment.

    Through a process called phytoremediation, hemp can be used to clear toxic waste, heavy metals, and other contaminants from polluted soil.One of the most notable uses of this was after the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, when a company called Phytotech attempted to use hemp to remove radiation from the ground. 

    A more recent case of this was in Italy, when a farmer near an old steel mill successfully saved his land from dioxin pollution by growing hemp.That means hemp takes it one step further than sustainability, and should actually be looked at as a tool for regenerative agriculture.


  7. Hemp and Sustainable/Ethical Lifestyles
    Last but not least, hemp supports sustainable lifestyles by catering to the needs of those with strict dietary standards.  But it’s not just for vegans… hemp seed should be a staple of everyone’s diet.Also known as ‘hemp hearts’, they are starting to be used in a variety of health foods such as;
  • Hemp seed butter
  • Hemp energy bars 
  • Hemp oil
  • And even hemp milk.

    It’s no wonder that hemp seed has claimed ‘superfood’ status in the world of health & wellness.  You can read more about the health benefits of hemp seed here!

    With everything you know now, would you make the change to hemp in your efforts to reduce your carbon footprint?  We know we are!

    If you want to know more about hemp and sustainability, or have a specific question, please get in touch over our social media!  We’d love to hear from you.

 

Take note Chia seed, kale, and goji berries… There is a new kid on the block: Hemp seed!

This under the radar super-food has a list of benefits that’s taking the nutrition world by storm.

Hemp seed is currently in huge demand, and there are many reasons why – Including the long list of nutritional benefits for humans that we’ll be covering today… 

…But before we get started, for those who don’t know – hemp seed can’t get you high!

So whether you’re curious about the benefits of hemp seed, it’s nutritional properties, or how it can your health… this one’s for you. 

Here are 9 amazing health benefits of hemp seed

 

  • Provides energy boosts
    • Hemp seed contains approximately 1 gram of complex carbohydrates per tablespoon. This slowly releases glucose into the bloodstream throughout the day rather than in large bursts (causing energy crashes).  The result is a sustained energy boost without the dreaded afternoon crash. So, if you’re looking for healthy breakfast options – consider adding Hemp Seeds!!  
  • Reduces Inflammation
    • Hemp seed is rich in healthy fats including  omega-3 and 6 oils – and in the perfect ratio of 1:3. In addition to this, the omega-3 oils that are contained within hemp seed have been shown to help reduce inflammation.  Hemp seed also contains substantial amounts of GLA – Gamma-linolenic Acid.  This is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that may also have anti-inflammatory effects.  studies with animals have suggested the GLA can act as a potent anti-inflammatory. However, recent studies in humans suggest that the acid is not always effective for this.
  • Promotes the health of your gut.
    • Fibre plays an important role in your body due to the fact that gut bacteria requires it to function.  Gut bacteria consumes fibre while processing food, so not enough fibre can result in digestion issues. That’s where hemp seed comes in… Hemp seed is very high in fibre.  Most of the fibre is in the outer shell of the hemp seed so try and purchase on hulled hemp seeds if possible. However, even without the shell, hemp seeds contain approx. 1.2g of fibre per tablespoon.  From this, we can assume that hemp seed in your diet could be important in maintaining a healthy gut.
  • Can improve hair, nail, and skin health
    • Consuming hemp seeds can help repair and moisturize dry and damaged skin. Hemp seeds also support healthier hair, skin and nails.  Omega-3 oils can help the skin and hair by moisturising and regulating oil production. They can also help build strength and stimulate growth of the nails too. As we know, hemp seed offers us generous amounts of these oils.  So if you’re looking for a way to fight problems on these external areas, hemp seed in your diet could give you a leg-up!
  • May help you lose weight
    • For the majority of people weight comes down to being in a calorie deficit,
      Which simply means that you are expending more calories than you take in.  So while hemp seeds aren’t a silver bullet for weight loss, they make a great alternative for fatter and richer proteins. 

      And yes, hemp seed is a complete protein! 

      That means it could even be a substitute for milk and dairy.  Hemp milk has lower carbs and sugars than regular dairy milk, and hemp protein powder is a great addition to smoothies to help control appetite. As it contains all the essential amino acids, hemp protein can also help you build muscle mass. This makes it unique to some other plant-based protein sources that might not constitute a complete protein.

  • May help correct anaemia
    • Anaemia is a condition that can occur when the body is not taking in enough iron. Being high in iron, eating hemp seed is a great way to try and fight the condition. This is because just a single tablespoon of hemp seed contains almost 20% of your daily iron needs per tablespoon.  
  • May reduce PMS symptoms
    • Cramping cravings and mood swings.. ugh! The good news: all those essential fatty acids and hemp seeds may help all your PMS woes.  Research from the Journal of Reproductive Health found that women who consumed at 2 g of essential fatty acids daily over a 6 month period experienced a reduction in premenstrual syndrome symptoms.  That amount of essential fatty acids can be found in a single daily serving of hemp seed or hemp seed oil.
  • Can help keep a healthy heart
    • That eating hemp seed can contribute to the prevention of heart disease by helping keep arteries open and blood pressure low. This is attributed to the ample amount of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.  Here, the Centre for Genetics, Nutrition, and Health investigate the role of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids in heart health.Hemp seeds also contain high amounts of arginine which turns into nitric oxide in the body.  Arginine is also important in maintaining heart health as it can reduce the chance of developing heart disease in the future.There may just be a deeper reason behind calling hemp seeds ‘hemp hearts’ after all! 😉
  • Can help you sleep

With all of this to potentially gain from trying hemp seed, it’s no wonder that people are starting to make it a staple of their diet.

Knowing all of the health benefits of hemp seeds, are you going to be looking for it in the supermarket next time you’re out?  It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to use hemp to heal your body, prevent future illnesses, or build overall strength… adding hemp seeds into your diet could truly give you that extra boost you need to reach your goals.

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