Due to its many benefits for health and nutrition, hemp seed oil has been called “Nature’s Perfect Food for Humanity”. This variety of Cannabis sativa was one of the first crops propagated by humanity, with its fiber initially spun from hemp around 10,000 years ago. This fast-growing plant has been used to make an almost infinite number of products, from paper and textiles to food, insulation, biofuel, and even biodegradable plastics. Yet, its unique biochemical signature and myriad applications make hemp far too powerful a plant to be ignored.
Hemp also has 80% essential fatty acid (EFA) content and could thus fulfill all amino and fatty acid requirements for a human diet. In particular, this oil contains a balanced ration of 3 to 1 omega-6 or linoleic acids to omega-3 or alpha-linolenic acids. Together, such EFAs help maintain homeostasis, immune systems, and overall cell, nerve, and brain function. However, they must be part of a regular diet as such acids cannot be produced by the human body. Another benefit is the presence of the rare globule edestins protein that helps prevent Eczema and other skin issues. Overall, hemp oil provides a plant-based, easily-digestible source for essential amino acids, super polyunsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants like carotene and chlorophyll.
In addition, the well-balanced oil produced from its seeds contains many healthful nutrients and is low in saturated fats. Seeds are extracted through a rotating press that squeezes and separates out the oil using minimal heat to avoid destroying nutritional components. It may be cold pressed to create a green, nutty liquid or refined for a flavorless, colorless oil.
Due to its unique chemical composition, hemp really does represent an ideal source for human food, materials, health supplements, and much more. However, a blanket fear of cannabis in all its forms kept humanity from taking advantage of this crop in the recent past. In particular, governments and corporations alike were most likely involved in distracting people from hemp in favor of investing in more personally profitable crops. As such, recognizing the truths behind the common myths about this remarkable plant are essential to taking advantage of its many benefits – from better nutrition to a healthier lifestyle.