Hemp Seeds and Protein
Hemp seeds have many nutritional benefits that our bodies can take advantage of. It can be made into things like hemp milk, nutty hemp hearts and hemp protein powder.
Hemp seeds contain a high proportion of amino acids in ratios best suited for human assimilation. Hemp seeds also contain approximately 23% protein, perfect for smoothies or snacks. In addition to protein, they are also high in dietary fiber and contain essential minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Sulphur, yet are low in heavy metals such as strontium, thorium and arsenic chromium.
Humans MUST consume fat to obtain an adequate supply of the two Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) Linoleic Acid (LA) and Linolenic Acid (LNA). Hemp seeds provides 2.2 times more LA than LNA – 55% Linoleic Acid (LA) and 25% Linolenic Acid (LNA) – as well as Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA), making it the best nutrient for optimal health and prevention of fatty degeneration.
EFA’s are required by the human body in order to maintain hormonal balance, healthy skin, hair, general health and wellbeing. This is the reason they are referred to as ‘essential’ fatty acids and the rest are merely fatty acids or simply ‘fats.’ Over-consumption of saturated fat is harmful. Advice from scientists and the health food industry generally suggests that most people’s regular dietary habits should include a reduction of saturated fat intake.
Furthermore, hemp seeds are far more valuable, in terms of concentrated nutrients, than soybeans, which are the closest vegan alternative. Tests are currently in progress with regards to the use of EFA’s to treat cancer and help support the immune system of those with the HIV virus.
California Hemp Regulations and Laws
81002. (a) Except when grown by an established agricultural research institution or by a registered seed breeder developing a new California seed cultivar, industrial hemp shall only be grown if it is on the list of approved seed cultivars. (b) The list of approved seed cultivars shall include all of the following:
- Industrial hemp seed cultivars that have been certified on or before January 1, 2013, by member organizations of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies, including, but not limited to, the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association.
- Industrial hemp seed cultivars that have been certified on or before January 1, 2013, by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.
- California varieties of industrial hemp seed cultivars that have been certified by a seed-certifying agency pursuant to Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 52401) of Chapter 2 of Division 18.
Hemp Oil Overview:
The principal product made from hemp seeds is undoubtedly the oil. Hemp oil offers a high nutritional value with a 4:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body. Hemp seed oil has the highest ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 and omega 9.
Purified or refined hemp seed oil is clear and colorless, but it loses the natural vitamins and antioxidants in the processing. Refined hemp seed oil is primarily used in body care products. Industrial hemp seed oil is used in fuel, paints, plastics, etc.
Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp seeds by using a press. The press has a slowly
rotating worm-shaft that squeezes out the majority of the oil and separates out the remaining seed matter known as the seed cake. The entire process is done in an oxygen-free environment in order to reduce oxidation.
Hemp oil is good for people
Hemp is great for cleansing and moisturizing the skin. It is also a powerful source for nutrition. Hemp oil has unique properties that rival oils such as flax seed oil as a dietary supplement. It contains many of the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) that the body requires for healthy day-to-day operation. These EFAs are present in the right ratio for optimum absorbency into the body. All said Hemp seed oil does not contain the cannabinoid known as CBD.
What is Hemp CBD
Of all the health benefits of the hemp plant, one property of the plant stands out from the rest. A substance called cannabidiol (CBD) has shown nutritional potential for years, yet the taboo around cannabis has kept CBDs off the radar.
CBD is a prominent naturally occurring cannabinoid compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana) that has significant
medical benefits. CBDs will not make people feel “stoned”; in fact, it counteracts the psychoactivity of THC. After THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid.
According to many researchers, CBD may be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.
CBDs have been proven to help with inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychotic behaviors, seizures and spasms, without any side effects.
Scientific and clinical studies highlight CBD’s as a potential treatment choice for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD,
antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuro-protective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. The difference between using
hemp (instead of marijuana) for cannabidiol (CBD) is that industrial hemp is naturally high in CBD and naturally low in THC, whereas marijuana is the opposite (high THC, low CBD).