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Health benefits of Hemp seed oil

Lowering cholesterol & high B.P

In addition to its nutritional value, hemp seed oil has demonstrated a number of positive health benefits,
including lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. Hemp seed oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty
acids, which help lower blood pressure.

Research suggests that using hemp seed oil with blood pressure medication helps properly
regulate it. Maintaining optimal blood pressure levels helps to reduce the risk of heart failure.

Useful for humans and pets

Humans and their pets alike can use hemp seed oil orally or topically. It can be added to food, feed, or applied directly to the skin. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that leads to inflammation of the joints. A study in 2014 revealed that hemp seed oil might have anti-rheumatic effects on the human body.

Another study in 2018 confirmed the effectiveness of hemp seed oil in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Pets like dogs and cats can also benefit from adding hemp seed oil as a supplement to their feed.

Pet anxiety, pain, and inflammation can be properly managed with hemp seed oil.

Skin

The hemp oil contains g-linolenic acid, an ingredient for light body oils and lipid-enriched creams, known for their high penetration into the skin. One study found that oral use of hemp seed oil helps fight atopic dermatitis. 

Individuals with skin conditions like acne and psoriasis can also benefit from hemp seed oil. One study reveals that dietary deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids may precipitate acne. Additionally, it improves skin strength, turgor, and the ability to resist infection.

Natural antioxidants 

In similarity to synthetic compounds, enzymatic food protein-derived peptides are supposed to be safer natural antioxidants that can be used as protecting agents to help the human body reduce oxidative damage and associated diseases. 

The hemp seed oil has protective effects on the brain. Therefore, it helps manage conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, neuropathic pain, and childhood seizure disorders.

Cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and diabetes mellitus 

Hemp seed oil contains fatty acids, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and alpha-linolenic acid. These fatty acids have been extensively researched for their protective effects against obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes mellitus. In addition, Dietary omega-3 PUFA helps to enhance general metabolic rates and promote the burning of fat. 

Omega-3 fatty acids optimise heart health and significantly reduce the risk of arrhythmias and other heart diseases. Hemp seed oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, it is an excellent choice for a daily supplement.  

Additionally, hemp seeds contain arginine, which the body converts to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide plays a role in artery and vein dilation to keep the blood flowing properly to all body organs. 

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Anti-inflammatory

The hemp seed oil has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to omega 6, making it great for alleviating inflammation. In regards to the ratio (3:1), Hempseed oil has been recommended to be perfectly balanced of the two important (linolenic acids and linoleic) as its major omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).

They are also an excellent source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it helps manage inflammatory conditions like metabolic syndrome and arthritis. 

Protects digestive health

Omega-3 fatty acids support the digestive system’s natural flora. In addition, it supports the natural flora of the gut. Hemp seed oil is high in fibre, promoting bowel movement and reducing cholesterol. 

Additionally, hemp seed oil reduces inflammation, a symptom of inflammatory bowel disorder.  

Hair health

Hemp seed oil is fortified to boost hair health. It is enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, making hair thicker, stronger, and shinier. Study shows that hemp seed oil encourages hair growth. 

Individuals with dandruff and dryness can also benefit from using hemp seed oil as a moisturiser. Additionally, it has soothing properties that protect the scalp. 

Conclusion

Hemp seed oil includes protein 20–25%, carbohydrates 20–30%, oil 25–35% and insoluble fibre and a rich array of minerals 10–15%. 

It has numerous benefits, many of these are due to omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that give hemp seed oil its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-thrombotic properties. 

In November 2017, hemp was finally legalised as a food in Australia.

Acknowledged by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) as a highly nutritious food, we can now all enjoy one of the healthiest and most versatile foods available.

Cannabis is taking the world by storm, and Asia is also beginning to embrace it. Thailand is at the forefront of cannabis evolution in Asia as the first country to allow individuals to grow the plant at home. Thailand’s government announced in January 2022 that they are removing cannabis from the controlled substance list. 

The decriminalization of cannabis in Thailand is a significant shift that will optimize tourism and the economy. This new development is coming after two years of becoming the first country to legalize medical marijuana. In addition, 4,000 prisoners convicted for cannabis-related crimes will be acquitted. As a result, these individuals will no longer have a criminal record, and rightly so. 

Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister of Thailand

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Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister of Thailand has been at the forefront of what seemed like an unwinnable battle just a few years ago – Finally, something good has come from “The New Normal”…

In addition to helping secure, this landmark decision, he has also promised 1 million cannabis plants to the public. According to Charnvirakul, “It is an opportunity for the people and the state to earn income from marijuana and hemp.”

With demand for cannabis products in established markets skyrocketing (USA/Canada) due to the mountains of red taping weighing down production. Couple this with Thailand’s rich farming culture and dependence on exporting products. Thailand stands primed to take advantage of this cash crop and in a twist of fate nobody could’ve seen coming less than a decade ago; Thailand is now poised to lead the whole Australiasian region for cannabis.

Announcing the new cannabis policy in 2021, Charnvirakul stated that families could grow about six pots of cannabis plants to supply research facilities, hospitals, or use in cosmetics or food. The law also mandates that all cannabis extracts must have less than 0.2% THC (the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana). However, companies intending to grow cannabis on a large scale may need to obtain a special permit from the government.

Mr. Anutin further stated in a Facebook post that the focus of the new policy was health and medicine instead of entertainment. He firmly believes that cannabis has better effects “if used wisely” than cigarettes and alcohol, both of which are legal. Therefore, reforming the law is not a license for intoxication.

Nevertheless, creating a “public nuisance” on the recreational use of cannabis can warrant a fine of up to 35,000 baht or three months of jail time.

The Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a license to grow cannabis on about 800 hectares of land. Certified cannabis health professionals and traditional doctors can prescribe cannabis treatment to clients. In addition, the FDA has registered about a thousand cannabis-related products such as cosmetics and food. 

Furthermore, the FDA has a license and registration scheme for regulating and monitoring the cannabis industry. However, Anutin indicated that a new bill on cannabis would be submitted to the parliament to define the exact framework regulating its manufacturing and sales within the country. 

The ministry of public health announced on the 9th of June 2022: that “only cannabis extract with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) of more than 0.2% by weight will be considered a narcotic.” This implies that anyone can grow, sell, or purchase cannabis and its derivatives in Thailand.  In addition, you do not require special licenses to grow, manufacture, and distribute cannabis and its products. 

The global legal cannabis market’s worth is speculated to rise to about $175.5 billion by 2028. As a result, the government of Thailand is interested in promoting marijuana as a cash crop. In addition, cannabis is encouraged in cooking and traditional medicine. Therefore, the use of cannabis for recreational purposes is still unclear.

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Benefits to the people

Thailand was not the only Asian country to ban the cultivation, possession, and use of cannabis. Irrespective of the ban, many countries use marijuana for cooking and medicinal purposes.

Thailand took the bold step to offer its people the miracle plant without the usual stress in 2018. The government described the legalization of medical marijuana as a “New Year’s gift” to her people. 

Furthermore, the government hopes that farmers will optimize this opportunity to be part of one of the biggest growing industries in the decade. 

Thailand’s government also approved cannabis to treat conditions like anxiety, cancer, and epilepsy. Then, in 2020, the first cannabis clinic in Bangkok was opened by the government to improve the health of the people. 

Ms. Kuttanam, a single mother combating breast cancer, was very happy with the decriminalization of cannabis. She grows her marijuana as a source of painkillers instead of taking the “conventional pain-relief therapy.” She admits that marijuana helps her deal with sleep, optimizes her appetite, and improves sleep quality. In addition, she thinks the government should do more to educate the public about marijuana.

Five years ago, in Thailand and other parts of Asia, talking about cannabis was forbidden. Therefore, the importance of educating the public is essential. They should understand the potential benefits, side effects, and dosing that could potentially put them in harm’s way. After all, they say, “Knowledge is Power.”

Conclusion

This new law in Thailand is undoubtedly an opportunity for advancement and investment. Individuals with capital can optimize this opportunity to diversify their investment portfolio. A Poll from March 2022 indicates that 76% of Thailand citizens knew about commercial cannabis products. in addition, more than half of the citizens have used a product containing cannabis within two years. 

Some individuals are worried that the government involves polities in the issue of cannabis. The new policy is not the end of a government but the dawn of a new era. I hope the citizens of Thailand love it!! 

The reality is that hemp plastic is not a new idea. Tom Ford, in 1940, created a car from hemp plastic, which also ran on biofuel. It doesn’t take a genius to see the problems caused by traditional plastics derived from petroleum.

While it may be true that plastic is everywhere and highly useful, it also poses a threat to our planet. Plastic is non-biodegradable, which is the problem with it. It causes land, air, and water pollution.

What if we could still enjoy using plastic without its devastating effect on the planet? Allow me to introduce the solution: HEMP PLASTIC!!!

What is hemp plastic?

Hemp plastic is a sustainable option. It is made from cellulose, which is a biodegradable material. The hemp plant has a high cellulose constituent, making it the ideal alternative for bioplastics. 

The plastic we are all familiar which is made from petroleum. Hemp bio-plastics, on the other hand, utilize by-products such as the leaves, stem, and seed husks to manufacture hemp plastics. 

Although hemp plastic is made from 100% plant, it is still stronger and more flexible than plastic made from petroleum. 

How is hemp plastic made?

The process of making hemp plastic varies depending on the company producing it. However, the most significant step is the extraction of cellulose from the plant. Getting cellulose from the hemp plant involves pulping it with heat, pressure, acid solutions, or water. 

Here are the various types of bio-plastic you can make from the extracted cellulose: 

Hemp cellulose: is an organic polymer that is majorly used for producing papers and a wide variety of other plastics.

Nanocellulose: it has a form between liquid and gel-like. They have diverse use and can be employed to remove oil spills. In addition, they can be used in making sanitary products.

Cellophane: They are used to manufacture cellophane films, typically used to cover leftover food. 

Cellulose nanocrystals: has numerous application, such as barrier films, nanopaper, and more.

Rayon: This is useful in making various fabrics such as curtains, gowns, shorts, etc.

Composite hemp plastics: they can be incorporated into the making of car panels, building materials, boats, etc

Why should we choose hemp plastic?

Reduces carbon in the atmosphere

One of the first reasons to choose hemp plastic is carbon sequestration, which captures and stores atmospheric carbon dioxide in the soil. Humans need oxygen while plants require carbon dioxide. Planting hemp fixes more carbon dioxide to the soil than any other plant. Therefore, planting more hemp plants helps to combat global warming.

One hectare of hemp can offset accumulated carbon from two cars over two years. Remember that hemp takes only about three to four months to reach maturity.

Biodegradable plastics

Plastic from petroleum continues to wreak havoc on the planet for about 500 years after disposal. About 79% of plastics are used in landfills. Hemp plastic, on the other hand, decomposes within 3 to 6 months after disposal. Therefore, with regard to the health of our environment, hemp plastic is a good alternative. 

Hemp is a renewable resource

A renewable source is a natural source that will replenish the used portion. The world uses the earth’s petroleum, which can run out at any time. Hemp grows quickly on the farm or indoors in a controlled environment. It improves the soil texture and composition. In addition, it is a natural weed and pest repellent. Hemp plants are ideal to be included in a crop rotation farming system.

Hemp plastics are not toxic

Extracting petroleum and processing it to become plastic is not an environmentally friendly process. Plastics from petroleum usually contain numerous chemicals such as BPA. In addition, producing one ounce of PET (polyethylene) also makes one ounce of carbon dioxide, according to EPA.

On the other hand, hemp plastics are free from any toxins or pesticides. 

Hemp is easy to recycle 

Another significant environmental reason for choosing hemp is its easy recycling. Petroleum-based plastics can remain unchanged for 20 to 500 years in the environment. Hemp plastic is sustainable, which makes it an ideal choice for recycling.

Hemp plastic is more durable

Hemp plastics are lightweight. However, they are about 3.5 times more durable than regular plastics. In addition, they have incredible density, flexibility, and resistance to wear and tear. 

Hemp plastic has excellent thermal stability

Hemp plastic has excellent UV, thermal, and dimensional stability. The majority of hemp plastics have excellent heat-resistant properties. In addition, they are about 2.5 stronger than plastics made from polypropylene. 

Conservation of wildlife

When dumped into aquatic bodies, petroleum-based plastic can cause pollution and the death of wildlife. In the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, about 13% of all fish have been contaminated with plastic. In addition, about 80% of contaminants in the reef are plastic.

When petroleum-based plastics are exposed to sunlight, they break down into tiny pieces that may be eaten by animals, which may cause their death. Alternatively, we can choose hemp plastic and save the planet.

Conclusion: The future of hemp plastics

The use of plastics is inevitable but is it worth destroying the planet? I think many people will agree that it is not worth it. Hemp plastics are an alternative that governments and industries need to embrace. 

Boyan Slat created the Ocean Cleanup Project, which is intended to remove plastic from the Great Pacific. So are we just going to keep adding to the problem instead of finding ways to make our planet more habitable? 

 The world needs to become aware that there is another option, which is easily recycled and bio-based. However, this solution needs to be on a global scale to tip the dynamics of pollution and contamination. Therefore, we need to change our focus to eliminating pollution and recycling. 

There are very few agricultural products that have made a significant increase in productivity of up to 455% since 2018. One at the top of this list is industrial hemp which has recorded massive gains since it became legal across the country.

Researchers predict the hemp industry will continue to grow as more states continue to benefit from its use, creating more job opportunities for hemp farmers and the industry’s overall growth. 

A driving force behind the growth in the Australian Industrial Hemp industry is the AIHA (Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance), a not-for-profit Association. The purpose of the Alliance is to represent businesses and organisations involved in industrial hemp and associated products at a national level, in order to develop and grow the Australian industry.

Head over to their website for some great resources on the industry.

What is industrial hemp? 

Industrial hemp is a plant that belongs to the Cannabis sativa species, known for its use in the provision of industrial and consumer products. Hemp is cultivated in over 30 countries and is an essential source of raw material for many primary industries including food, agriculture & construction.

Hemp vs. Marijuana 

Many people tend to confuse industrial hemp and “marijuana” based on their visual similarities (and years of conditioning from propaganda campaigns). By distinction, industrial hemp contains more fibre and is very low in active tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana and other cannabis varieties.

Marijuana, on the other hand, contains up to 15% to 40% of tetrahydrocannabinol, which makes it a highly intoxicating substance. Industrial hemp also has a higher percentage of CBD, making it a better alternative for industrial uses than marijuana.

Hemp plants grow typically in close proximity to each other- as little as 4 inches apart, whereas marijuana plants require up to six feet from each other for proper growth. The growth rate of these two also differs, considering marijuana takes about 60 to 90 days to grow, while hemp requires up to 108 to 12o days to grow. 

Find out all about the differences in our original blog here.

Economic benefits of industrial hemp

Industrial hemp provides the sustainability and durability that make it stands out from its competitors. Almost every part of the hemp- its fibres, oils, leaves, and seeds provide its own economic benefits to man, some of which include the following: 

  1. Clothing and textile – industrial hemp is more cost-efficient and approximately 10 times more efficient than cotton. In addition, cotton growth will require the use of pesticides, which also has its side effects on the environment. Other benefits of hemp fibres include the production of nets, carpets, industrial textiles, shoes, etc. 
  2. Construction– hemp-based material makes a better alternative to wood as it is lighter, stronger, and more durable. 
  3. Protein and food supplement– Hemp oil is rich in protein and has high essential fatty acid content with very low saturated fats compared to soy products. Hemp oil can be used to make a variety of food and products. It is also less expensive to extract its protein than soybeans. 
  4. Low-cost fuel– non-renewable energy sources can be substituted with renewable sources like hemp that could be beneficial to man both environmentally and economically. 
  5. Larger profits for the hemp industry in the coming years- The US CBD market grew to $202 million in 2017 and is projected to become a billion-dollar market in the future. CBD is known for its therapeutic and health benefits for humans and animals. Hemp plants have fast growth and regenerative biology, which makes them effective in keeping up with the ever-increasing demand in the industry.  We can’t wait to see it’s potential unlocked in Australia
  6. Great productivity/opportunity for small farmers- hemp can be cultivated in most states (more details here), and the dense nature of its growth makes farmers produce more hemp per acre of farmland. It also saves the cost of production for farmers as there is little or no space for weed growth, reducing the effort and resources to get rid of weeds. In addition, hemp farming is an excellent alternative for farmers who want to move away from tobacco farming, especially in states that depend more on agriculture. 

Hemp production 

Hemp grows best in well-drained soil with a pH in the range of 6.0 to 7.0. Hemp will hardly grow on clay soil or soils with high moisture content, given its high sensitivity to crusting and compaction.

Hemp is regarded as a short-day plant; maturity starts when the day length is below 12 hours of sunlight. 

Hemp seed is ready for harvest when the seeds begin to break, though the plants remain green. At this stage, 70% of the seeds are set for harvesting, and their moisture content is about 25%. Delayed harvest may result in grain losses due to grain quality, bird damage, or excessive shattering of seeds. 

Hemp fibre is typically harvested when the plants are anywhere between early bloom and seed set. After the cutting, a process known as retting is used to break the bonds between the outer long fibres and the inner long fibres.

The most common retting method involves leaving the crop to dry up in the fields for as long as five weeks for field decomposition. The dried crops are then bundled into a storage facility where they are further processed into finished products.

Final considerations 

Industrial hemp is a game-changer that has the potential to shape the future of agriculture in generations to come. The plant also plays a vital role on the global stage in helping impoverished communities both in economic and nutritional areas.

However, it is important that any farmer who will grow hemp must have the legal approval of the law. Industrial hemp producers should be able to identify the sales channel available for their products before they start production and ensure they have all the required permits in accordance with the law.

Over the past few years, there have been controversies concerning the use of Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Delta 8 THC, particularly in the case of legality due to its potential benefits, risks, and other factors associated with it.

In this article, we’ll be taking a deep dive into Delta 8 THC, its legal status, potential benefits, and other factors related to its use. 

What is Delta 8?

Delta 8 is a psychoactive substance found in the cannabis plant. Delta 8 shares similar characteristics with a more popular THC compound called Delta 9 THC, though not as potent as Delta 9. Delta 8 is one out of the hundreds of cannabinoids produced naturally from the cannabis plant.

However, due to its limited amount in the plant, a more concentrated form of the compound is obtained from hemp-derived cannabidiol. 

Hemp and CBD cannot provide the psychoactive boost to get users ‘high, ‘but they contain a noticeable amount of Delta 8 THC. The Delta 8 THC is often referred to as the nice younger sibling of Delta 9 THC because it provides almost the same benefits as Delta 9 THC but with a reduced adverse effect. 

Is Delta 8 THC legal? 

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) boss John Skerritt did not mince his words about delta-8 THC during his presentation at Medicinal Cannabis Industry Australia’s Cannabis conference.

While acknowledging the contentious compound does appear naturally in cannabis plants in tiny amounts, Skerritt reminded the industry that products containing delta-8 which has been chemically transformed from CBD are not legal in Australia.
He said: “[Delta-8] is only found [naturally] in trace amounts, 0.1%, maybe 0.5% in some strains, but generally very, very low amounts, not commercially feasible to extract.”

“It has become popular because it can be chemically made… it’s generally converted by ‘cooking up’ CBD with acids, solvents and heat.”

Potential benefits of Delta 8 THC

The National Cancer Institute reports Delta 8 THC to have the effect of binding CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body. The chemistry between these two receptors causes Delta 8 THC to have similar health effects to Delta 9 THC. Some of the known benefits of Delta 8 THC include the following: 

  1. Appetite boost 

Scientists believe Delta 8 THC plays a significant role in boosting appetites, and its effect in this respect is twice as effective as compared with Delta 9 THC. A single dose of Delta 8 THC can help stimulate one’s appetite, especially for people suffering from eating disorders and low appetite. 

  1. Sleep benefits 

People struggling with insomnia may find Delta 8 THC effective in aiding them to sleep better. The substance induces a subtle ‘high’ in the user and helps reduce stress, euphoria, and sedation. 

  1. Enhanced psychoactive experience

The psychoactive potency of Delta 8 THC has been measured to be between 50% to 70% of its stronger counterpart, Delta 9 THC. Many users claim they feel less edgy and relaxed in their high state whenever they use this cannabinoid compared to Delta 9 THC. 

  1. Neuroprotection

The effects of Delta 8 THC on the brain are one reason why scientists have recently picked an interest in the health benefits of this substance. 

Delta 8 THC promotes better brain health by inhibiting the release of adenylyl cyclase and regulating calcium and potassium passage in the central nervous system.

delta 8 benefits

Other neuroprotective properties of Delta 8 THC include enhancing the levels of choline and acetylcholine, which could be beneficial in the treatment of certain neurogenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Delta 8 THC has also been found to promote neurogenesis, which results in better cognitive performance.

  1. Pain Relief 

Many users prefer Delta 8 THC over other stronger cannabinoids for pain relief. Recent research on the topical application of this substance has been found to ease chronic pain and inflammation. It’s also considered a better alternative since it has almost the same effects as Delta 9 THC without the high effects that come with it. 

Potential risks of Delta 8 THC

You can expect Delta 8 THC to have all or some of the side effects of Delta 9 THC since they are very similar to one another. Common side effects of the substance include: 

It’s also possible for Delta 8 THC, which is synthetically manufactured, to pose more side effects as one cannot really tell all its components. 

Alternative to Delta 8 THC

There may be a more legally acceptable alternative to Delta 8 THC- CBD. Note that CBD won’t give you any “high” effect, but it pretty much does the job you want from Delta 8 THC, healthwise. 

Difference between Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, and CBD

CompoundPotential Benefits Potential RisksImpairing Effects
Delta 8 THCEuphoria 
Pain relief
Relaxation
Anxiety 
Rapid heart rate
Memory loss
Dry mouth 
Red eyes
Unknown risks associated with its synthetic nature.
Yes
Delta 9 THCEuphoria 
Pain relief
Relaxation
Anxiety 
Rapid heart rate
Memory loss
Dry mouth 
Red eyes
Yes
CBDInsomnia 
Pain relief 
Anxiety relief
Diarrhea 
Loss of appetite 
Weight loss
Tiredness
No

Final thoughts 

While Delta 8 THC may be a milder alternative to Delta 9 THC in terms of its ‘high’ effects, more scientific research needs to be done to tell all the side effects associated with the compound. The poor regulation of the compound also raises some concerns about its content.

Until its regulated standards can be vouched for, you’re better off with Delta 9 THC, or CBD, if you want to rule out the high effects associated with the former.

Hemp seeds are a superfood that everyone ought to try. 

Have you ever wondered how other plant seeds measure up to the health benefits that hemp seeds offer?

Many people who are on plant-based diets (vegans, vegetarians, etc…) are adding seeds to their diets to complete their nutrients, especially as a source of plant proteins & healthy fats. 

Hemp seeds are obtained from the Cannabis sativa plants that are cultivated and bred specifically for high yield and nutritious seeds – that’s right, just like recreational or medicinal cannabis, industrial hemp also has an unfathomable number of “strains” that are bred for a specific purpose.  

On the other hand, chia seeds are from the Salvia hispanica species. Both seeds are highly nutritious.  

Hemp seeds are quite similar to chia seeds in many ways, but there are some key differences that we think shows a clear winner…

Let us compare both seeds, and you can choose which is best for you.  

Nutrient: Hemp vs. Chia seeds

Here are the nutritional profile of hemp seeds and chia seeds

Hemp seed (30g)Chia seed (28g)
Carbohydrate2.6g11.9g
Protein9.5g4.8g
Energy166138
Fiber1.2g9.75g
Fat14.6g8.7g
Water1.49g1.64g
Sodium1.5mg4.54mg

A unique similarity between hemp and chia seeds is that they are both plant-based complete protein sources.

Chia seeds contain fewer calories but more carbohydrates, calcium, and fiber in each serving. On the other hand, Hemp seeds have more protein, fat, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.

Chia and hemp seeds are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which significantly reduce inflammation and support brain health. In addition, both hemp and chia seeds have a higher percentage of unsaturated fat. However, they are also rich in polyunsaturated fat.

Method of consumption: Hemp vs. Chia seeds

You can make a delicious chia pudding for breakfast or dessert after dinner. A tablespoon of chia spoon in a vegan smoothie is a power-packed meal. Salad dressings also look better and more nutritious with the addition of chia seeds.

Chia seeds have a gelatin-like structure. They can absorb about 15 times their weight in water. Therefore, chia seeds are excellent replacements for eggs in baking. In addition, chia seeds can be used instead of bread crumbs as a binder. Consuming chia seeds may interfere with blood-thinning medications. Therefore, consult your doctor before incorporating chia seeds into your diet if you are on any medication.

You can incorporate hemp seeds into numerous dishes. Cereals and yogurts are definitely better with hemp seeds. Adding hemp seeds to your baking recipe is a fantastic idea. You can make hemp milk with hemp seeds. Smoothies and salads also have a complete nutritional profile with hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil can be applied directly on food or used instead of some cooking oils.

Impact on health

Chia seeds and hemp seeds have a unique nutritional profile. Therefore, consuming both seeds may improve health in various ways.

Both seeds have a high percentage of antioxidants, which protects the cells and organs from the effects of free radicals. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making them potent anti-inflammatory agents. However, the proportion of omega-3 fatty acid present in hemp seeds is more than what is contained in chia seeds.

In addition, both seeds provide a complete source of protein. Proteins are essential for tissue repair, overall growth, and improved immune function. Most vegan diets cannot provide all the essential amino acids that the body needs for effective functioning but cannot produce.

Furthermore, chia seeds contain about ten times more fiber than hemp seeds. Therefore, it keeps you fuller for a longer time. This may be significant in reducing appetite for individuals trying to lose weight. Regardless, they still get their daily nutrient requirements.

Consuming foods rich in fiber like chia seeds optimize digestive tract health, reduce cholesterol levels, and help to manage blood sugar levels.

Possible side effects of eating hemp vs chia seeds

Remember that chia seeds pack a high-calorie content. Therefore, eating too many chia seeds may put individuals at risk for abdominal pain, bloating, and gas. 

Chia seeds can also absorb a large amount of water. So, if swallowed wrongly or taken by individuals with difficulty swallowing, it may cause them to choke. In addition, some individuals may have a chia seed allergy, although it is not common. 

Hemp seed is considered to be generally safe for consumption. However, it may cause throat irritation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, reduced heart rate, and hypertension. Hemp seed has high-fat content, so it may cause diarrhea or upset the digestive system. Therefore, it is advised to start with a small portion before going for a big serving.

Furthermore, hemp seed may interact with glycosides and diuretics. Hemp seeds can potentiate their actions, resulting in a medical emergency.

Storage: Hemp vs. Chia seeds

Hemp seeds have a shelf life of about a year when you store them in a refrigerator. However, if you store them in a cool place (not a refrigerator) when properly sealed, they remain good for about three to four months. Hemp seeds are high in Vitamin E, which is a natural preservative to keep them from going bad. 

Chia seeds have a longer pantry shelf life, as they can remain good for about 2-3 years. However, if you want to increase their lifespan, ensure you store them in an airtight container and place it in a fridge. You would be amazed that it could last for about 4-5 years.

However, when air enters into the storage containers of hemp and chia seeds, they can go rancid. Remember to smell them before use. Suppose you notice any rancid smell. It is best to discard them for safety purposes.

Can you use chia seeds instead of hemp seeds?

Yes, you can use hemp and chia seeds interchangeably in a recipe. However, chia lacks the distinct hemp seed nutty flavor when you use chia. You can add nut powder with chia seed if you love the nutty aroma. 

Hemp and chia seeds make great toppings for yogurts, cereals, salads, pancakes, and many other meals. 

Conclusion

Hemp has more protein, while chia is more fiber content. They both contain healthy amounts of fat, but there is a unique difference. Chia seed has higher omega-3 fatty acids, similar to salmon. On the other hand, hemp has more omega-6 fatty acids, similar to poultry and whole grains. 

You can use hemp and chia seeds alternatively to get all the nutritional goodness they promise.

Hemp Seeds

Flawless and glowing skin has always been a criterion for beauty. The skin is the largest organ of the human body & many individuals spend lots of money getting the best ingredients to make their skin glow. Unfortunately, most skincare products contain nasty chemicals that may have an immediate positive effect on the skin. However, the long-term effect is often terrible.

Therefore, to maintain the skin’s natural glow, it is best to use natural ingredients. Hemp seed oil is new “pot of gold” in the beauty and cosmetics industry. Many brands are introducing products with hemp seed oil for various beauty benefits. 

Hemp is a species of cannabis that is often mistaken for marijuana. The basic difference is in the level of THC- the compound that produces a high among consumers. Hemp, unlike “cannabis/marijuana”, contains only trace amounts of THC/CBD. 

Sounds fascinating? Read on to discover the numerous beauty benefits of using hemp seed oil.

What is hemp seed oil?

The hemp plant is a cannabis plant that is legal because its product has THC of less than 0.3 per cent. Hemp seed oil is obtained from the seeds of the hemp plant. The hemp plant seeds are cold-pressed to produce green oil with a nutty flavour.

Hemp seed oil

It is important to note that hemp seed oil is different from CBD oil. CBD oil is made from hemp leaves and flowers. Hemp seed oil does not contain any THC, while CBD oil may contain insignificant traces of THC. 

Benefits of hemp seed oil

Non-comedogenic

The hemp seed oil has a comedogenic rating of zero. This implies that hemp seed oil will not clog the skin’s pores. Some oils like avocado and coconut oils have a higher comedogenic rating. Therefore, unlike hemp seed oil, they predispose an individual to acne development. 

Individuals with sensitive or acne-prone skin will significantly benefit from using hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil can modulate the oil production of the skin. It maintains the skin and protects them from acne explosion. 

Moisturizes and hydrates the skin

Hemp seed oil is rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 that hydrates the skin. It helps maintain the skin barrier and forms a seal, which protects the skin from drying out. Dry and flaky skin does not look good.

Instead, it reduces the shine of the skin. Therefore, individuals with dry skin can benefit from hemp seed oil for beautiful and glowing skin. Hemp seed oil draws in moisture and seals it in the skin to prevent dryness.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Suppose your skin is easily irritated; give hemp seed oil a try, and you will be glad you did! Hemp seed oil can soothe reddened or inflamed skin. The hemp seed oil has high anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it is excellent for individuals with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. The omega fatty acid component is balanced, which works to protect against inflammation.

Anti-aging

Hemp seed oil is packed with antioxidants. They help protect the skin from wrinkles and the fine line that pronounce aging. So, if you want to continue looking young and beautiful, you may want to invest in hemp seed oil. Environmental toxins can contribute to dull and wrinkling skin. However, hemp seed oil can protect the skin from absorbing environmental toxins.

Nourishment

Hemp seed oil is packed with proteins, Vitamin E, and C that nourishes the skin. Using hemp seed oil on your skin gives it a healthy and rich food. Additionally, hemp seed oil quickly penetrates the skin barrier to provide optimum nourishment to the skin cells. Hemp seed oil is an excellent option for those with dry or oily skin.

How to use hemp seed oil

Hemp seed oil use

Topically

The topical use of hemp seed oil is the direct application to the skin. Remember to do a skin patch test to prevent unwanted side effects on a wide skin area. If you notice any redness, swelling, or itch on the test area, your skin is sensitive to it, and you need to avoid it. 

Another method is mixing hemp seed oil with other essential oils. Unlike hemp seed oil, essential oils are not suitable for oral consumption. Therefore, hemp seed oil mixed with essential oils like rosemary or lavender oil must not be consumed. However, the mixture can be applied directly to the skin.

Orally

Another method for consuming hemp seed oil is taking it orally. Consuming hemp seed oil through the mouth still provides all the beauty benefits topical application promises. However, taking too much at the start can upset the digestive tract. Additionally, it may interact with some drugs. So, if you are on any medication, speak with your doctor before diving into oral consumption of hemp seed oil.

Conclusion

Many individuals are making conscious efforts to protect the earth and their health. Before the emergence of sophisticated products, people used natural items for beauty. However, the trend is moving back towards natural products. 

Hemp seed oil is one of the natural products leading the way in the beauty industry, and it is here to stay. More people are embracing the use of hemp seed oil for its numerous benefits. Consequently, people are moving away from products with chemicals that could threaten skin health. 

Do you still have doubts about the efficiency of hemp seed oil? Give hemp seed oil a try today!

Raw hemp seed oil is great on its own (orally & topically), but even better when combined with other beneficial natural ingredients, like our range of natural body and skincare products which all feature our 100% Australian hemp seed oil.

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The vast majority of people around the world are familiar with THC and CBD, two of the most common cannabinoids. However, this article aims to explore two lesser-known cannabinoids; THCA and CBDA.

They’re often overlooked due to the fact that they’re destroyed by the world’s most common method of consumption; smoking. This is why we love cold-pressing hemp leaf juice.

What is THCA?

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is found in the cannabis plant. It is a precursor to THC; that is, THCA is converted to THC through decarboxylation. Since the most common method of consuming cannabis is smoking, the high heat destroys the delicate THCA.. 

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)

Therefore, the best way to consume THCA is by juicing a raw cannabis plant. A significant reason for rising interest in this compound is that it has no psychoactive effects on the human body. Additionally, it promises great health benefits.

How does THCA work in the body?

Research into THCA is new and more study is ongoing to bring to the light everything humanity needs to know about it. However, scientists believe that THCA interacts with 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors (5-HT), which produce serotonin. Additionally, it increases the concentration of endocannabinoid 2-AG. More so, it may inhibit COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes.

THCA molecules are bigger than THC. Therefore, THCA molecules have a weaker affinity for binding at the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid receptor. As a result, you will not experience the “high” after consuming it. In contrast, THC binds excellently well with CB1 receptors, therefore, producing a characteristic “high.”

What are the potential benefits?

There are some identified benefits of THCA. However, more study is required on the subject. Here is a few medical usefulness of THCA:  

What is CBDA?

Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)  can be obtained from raw cannabis. It is the cannabinoid precursor to CBD. CBDA is converted to CBD after cannabis is dehydrated or burned in a process called decarboxylation. Additionally, CBDA is a non-psychoactive substance.  

How does it work?

The mechanism of action of CBDA is similar to CBD. CBDA does not bind directly to the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system. Instead, it inhibits the production of COX-2 enzymes.

Potential benefits

The usefulness of CBDA is still under investigation. However, here are a few medical benefits of the compound:

THCA vs. CBDA

A major similarity between THCA and CBDA is that they are naturally occurring acids. Also, they both do not produce a “high” when consumed. Similarly, CBD gotten from CBD is also a non-intoxicating compound. However, THC is the compound responsible for the “high” after consumption of cannabis.

THCA & CBD

THCA and CBDA are excellent anti-inflammatory compounds. They reduce inflammation by inhibiting the activity of COX-2 enzymes. As a result, the individual feels less pain after an inflammatory process has been triggered.

THCA and CBDA have great anti-emetic properties. However, CBDA works by activating the serotonin receptor (5-HT1A).

How to obtain THCA and CBDA?

CBDA and THCA are cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. THCA and CBDA undergo a chemical reaction called decarboxylation to lose one of their carboxyl rings to produce THC and CBD.

CBDA and CBD do not bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. After decarboxylation, the resulting structure (THC) can bind to CB1 and CB2, thereby producing a “high. 

How to consume THCA and CBDA?

THCA and CBDA easily get broken down to THC and CBD when exposed to oxygen and heat. As a result, getting a pure isolate may pose a challenge. Most medical marijuana is consumed by smoking. However, the same cannot be said for THCA and CBDA. They are easily converted to THC and CBD on combustion through decarboxylation. 

So, how can you consume THCA and CBDA? Sublingual tincture may be the best alternative to consuming these cannabinoids. These tinctures are made from fresh, raw cannabis flowers and leaves. The THCA and CBDA are then extracted via a cold press and diluted in oil. 

An alternative is consuming the cannabis raw. Suppose you find a strain that has high THCA or CBDA content. You can use some fresh cannabis leaves (about 15) and a few buds (about 3). Add it to a blender with your fruits, vegetables, or anything of choice. The resulting product will not be broken into THC and CBD.  

Juicing cannabis for your smoothie is an easy way to promote high-level wellness. These compounds will not break down because they are not subjected to heat. As a result, you can get all the medical benefits without worrying about being “high.”

How effective are THCA and CBDA in the body?

According to research, the use of pure cannabinoid or terpenes extract is always less effective. However, their potency can be optimized when they are used in combination with other cannabinoids or terpenes. Therefore, cannabinoids and terpenes have a synergistic effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system. 

Research also shows that using various cannabinoids of various strengths increases the chance of successfully suppressing symptoms. However, consistency plays a significant role in achieving a positive result.

Additionally, consistent use of cannabinoids optimizes the effectiveness of the endocannabinoid system. As a result, the individual’s general health improves and maintains a good condition. 

Conclusion

Cannabis remains an unrivaled plant, thanks to its uniqueness. They make excellent contributions to the environment and the health of humans. The controversy surrounding the use was mainly because of the “high” effect.

THCA and CBDA are two medically beneficial compounds that will not cause a high. However, they can quickly degenerate to their precursor compounds in the presence of heat. Therefore, simply blend fresh raw cannabis to get all the benefits to get the best. Enjoy!

Hemp seeds contain a complete set of nutrients needed to sustain life. 

In a life or death situation, you can survive on hemp seeds alone for a short period – although not recommended (obviously…) it helps to show just how much nutrients are packed into this one little seed.

This article will explore the nutrients that are contained in hemp seed, and in particular the vital nutrients your body needs on a plant-based diet that will help you to cut down on all of the extra supplements needed to sustain such a lifestyle in a healthy manner.

Firstly, the biggest misconception we always have to clear up; No, that hemp seeds will not get you high as they contain only a trace amount of THC – If you want to learn more about this you can read our blog discussing it in detail here.

Superfood

Superfood, a word that’s heard almost every other day and seems to have lost its potency and has been watered down over the years – but that hasn’t affected hemp’s status as one of the most trusted and most genuine superfoods on our planet.

Hemp seed is a superfood because it contains all the proteins that the body needs to function optimally, it’s that simple.  

As a result, it is perfect for plant-based, vegetarian and vegan diets.

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But don’t take our word for it, let us show you all of the wonderful and complex micro (& macro) nutrients found in this super-seed!

Protein 

Hemp seeds are a source of complete protein. It’s common on a plant-based diet to be at risk of protein deficiency due to the difficulty of getting enough bioavailable proteins from plants alone. However, hemp seeds contain all nine essential amino acids.

As a result, they are an excellent choice for your vegan-friendly protein source. Animal protein sources rank higher in the digestibility score when pitted against most plant-based protein options. However, because hemp seeds are easy for the body to digest, this makes it a much more even contest.

Additionally, hemp protein 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 has antioxidant and antihypertensive functions.

Therefore, it plays a crucial part in maintaining an optimal immune system and producing antibodies, usually immunoglobulin. Albumin is another major component of hemp seed protein.

It is a potent antioxidant that protects the body from the damages associated with free radicals. 

Carbohydrates

Hemp seeds contain high calories but low carbohydrates. Therefore, they are low glycemic foods. If you are trying to control your blood sugar, hemp seeds are a perfect option.

Three tablespoons of hemp seeds provide about 1.2 grams of carbohydrates and 166 calories. 

Fat

Hemp seeds contain about 30% fat (the healthy kind). They are a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 in the optimal ratio of 1:3, which is excellent for the body.

Many individuals tend to consume an imbalanced ratio of omega 3 and 6. Therefore, incorporating hemp into the diet helps to strike a balance. Additionally, they contain gamma-linolenic acids (GLA), which may reduce inflammation, helping to protect the heart and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Hemp seed may help to lower blood pressure. Also, it is an excellent inclusion in the diet for a person recovering from a heart attack. Furthermore, adding hemp seeds to vegan/vegetarian diets is an excellent way to optimize skin health.

The anti-inflammatory properties of hemp seed protect the skin from acne. It is also great for arthritis or any pain resulting from inflammation. 

Fibre

Unshelled hemp seeds are excellent sources of insoluble and soluble fibre. On the other hand, Shelled hemp seeds contain only a small amount of fibre. One of the benefits of soluble fibres is that it helps reduce blood sugar.

Experts propose that consuming hemp seeds may reduce the incidence of diabetes. It is also beneficial in keeping cholesterol levels in check. Additionally, they optimize the health of the digestive system by providing nutrients for the normal flora.

Consuming hemp seeds can also relieve constipation. Insoluble fibres add to the bulk of feces. Additionally, they aid in moving food and waste product through the gastrointestinal tract. Also, insoluble fibres can help relieve diarrhea. 

Consuming an adequate portion of fibre helps to reduce appetite. Therefore, individuals on a weight-loss journey may benefit from eating hemp seeds. 

Minerals 

Hemp seeds are excellent sources of magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, sulphur, zinc, iron, potassium, and calcium. Individuals who have trouble sleeping may benefit from hemp seed as the high magnesium content improves sleep. It also plays a role in reducing stress and anxiety.

Magnesium is quickly depleted. Therefore, incorporating a rich source into vegan/vegetarian diets is essential. Hemp seeds are among the richest plant-source of magnesium.  

Three tablespoons of hemp seeds can provide your daily zinc requirements. Zinc plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates. It also protects the body from the effects of free radicals and stress. 

Hemp is an excellent source of iron in vegan/vegetarian diets. It supports oxygen utilization in the body. Consuming three spoons of hemp seed delivers 15% of your daily iron requirements.

Vitamins 

Hemp seeds are excellent sources of Vitamins. They are a rich source of B vitamins except for vitamin B12. The B vitamins are essential for the metabolism and optimal functioning of neurotransmitters. 

Hemp seeds also contain vitamin E, which has a protective action in the body. The major effects of Vitamin E can be seen on the skin. Therefore, vegans/vegetarians who desire glowing skin may greatly benefit from consuming hemp seeds. 

Additionally, vitamin E boosts the immune system to prevent diseases, inflammation, and cognitive decline. 

How to incorporate hemp seeds into diets

Hemp seed has a nutty flavour that keeps you coming back for more. It is a suitable replacement for nutrients found in dairy and meat products.

There are various ways to incorporate hemp seeds into your diet. First, you can eat hemp seed raw, roasted, or cooked. It is excellent for sprinkling on salad, oatmeal, and cereals.

You can use them to create non-dairy hemp milk!

Nutritional Information

To get the best from hemp seeds, you may need to consume about three tablespoons daily. It contains:

Hemp Seed Essentials

There are 4 essential hemp seed food products in our opinion; Seeds, protein powder, flour, and seed oil (five if you include hemp seed chocolate like me!) Get all 4 essentials in our Hemp Food Value Pack.

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Conclusion

Hemp seeds are a MUST-HAVE in vegan/vegetarian diets. It is a rich source of macro and micronutrients for the body. One of the challenges that vegans/vegetarians face is getting plant-based complete protein food.

Hemp seeds are superfoods because they are a complete source of protein. Furthermore, hemp seed may reduce the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory food.

Therefore, it helps relieve joint pains, combat acne, and reduce post-menstrual symptoms. Finally, it aids digestion. Add hemp seeds to your vegan/vegetarian diets in your style, and you will be glad!

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