Hemp is rising in popularity at the moment due to the changes in Australian legislation however, this often overlooked superfood has proven to have multiple health benefits and has been used as a dietary supplement for centuries.
Here are eight facts about Hemp that you may not know;
- Hemp isn’t Psychoactive
One of the main reasons many people shy away from hemp is its association with marijuana. Although they are from the same species of plant, hemp carries little to no traces of THC, the cannabinoid in the plant that creates that effect in the mind.
- Hemp is Versatile
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are power packed health supplements but did you know that hemp fibres can be used for paper, fabric and building materials.
- High Plant Based Protein
Much like the North American chia seed, hemp seeds are an all-in-one super food that contain a notable quantity of complete digestible protein. Hemp seeds contain about 50-70 percent more protein than chia or flax. Because of the amino acid ratio in hemp seeds they are a more complete protein source than any other vegetable or plant.
- Low in Carbs
Many people are eating high protein, low carbs to achieve the maximum nutrition with the lowest amount of fats in the body. Hemps seeds are about 30% protein and 40% healthy fats which help us stay full longer and give us energy to go hiking, surfing, rock climbing, or whatever may tickle our fancy.
- Rich in Omegas 3, 6, and 9
Hemp seed oil has perfectly balanced ratios of omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids in very large amounts. When turned into an oil hemp seeds are an easy way for us to reach our daily amounts of omegas. Hemp seed oil works amazing in salad dressings, dips, and smoothies; seamlessly subbing in for other oils in our tried and true recipes.
- Hemp Seeds Deliver Healthy Skin
Dense with essential fatty acids, ingesting hemp seed oils can help to treat countless common skin ailments like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, lichen planus and more. Specific research also shows that regularly ingesting hemp seed oil can improve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Hemp seed oil products can be used topically to treat minor skin irritations like cuts, burns and insect bites as well.
Growing hemp is exceptional for the environment and versatile. A crop of hemp needs 50% less water than cotton, it grows three times faster and actually replenishes the soil meaning less turn-around time on fields. It is also high resilient and needs little to no fertilisers or pesticides to grow.
- Australia NOW Permits it for Human Consumption
As of the November last year (2017) the Australian Government finally approved the sale of Low THC Hemp Seed Foods for human consumption and the future of Australia Hemp suddenly and irreversibly became brighter!