Nowadays, is mainly associated with illegal substance with psychoactive properties. However, not many of us remember that only 50 years ago hemp was a feature of everyday life. It was used in our grandmothers’ kitchen, in agriculture, as well as in the construction, weaving, cellulose, and even model-making industry.
Let us begin with a short explanation of the differences
to dispel myths around this – as it turns out – favourable medicine. The infamous hemp, with psychoactive properties, means cannabis with the high content of a psychoactive substance, commonly known as THC. In turn, hemp used to manufacture food, oils and cosmetics means true hemp, which has not got such psychoactive properties.
However, for some time already, hemp is again back to favour, showing greater and greater benefits for health. At present, the term ‘superfood’ is becoming very popular, and hemp-based products surely deserve such description. Products made with the use of hemp seeds are rich in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulphur, iron, manganese, sodium, silicon, vitamin from B group and vitamins A,C, E and K. Because of its exceptionally rich composition, hemp seeds show a wide spectrum of operation.
The most important are the following:
- reduction of bad cholesterol in blood,
- increasing immunity,
- stress reduction,
- improvement of digestive system operation which supports reduction of body weight.
Hemp seeds also constitute an exceptionally rich source of proteins and are rich in the so-called ‘good fats’, characterised by ideal proportions of omega-3 and omega-6 acids. They are also the only edible seeds containing gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA). The said acid suppresses generation of prostaglandins, alleviates the symptoms accompanying inflammations and restores hormone balance. It is particularly favourable for patients with eczema and asthma, people with mood irregularities and women with PMS.
It is also worth mentioning that not only hemp seeds are used to produce foodstuff and cosmetics, but also the plant tops (female flowers). The compound commonly called CBD – an antipsychoactive, neuroactive, neuroprotective ingredient with a series of applications in medicine and cosmetic industry – is manufactured exactly from this part of the plant. More information about its benefits can be found in the articles on our web pages!