Hemp Facts

Why Hemp Can Help Our Future

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s October 2018 Special Report is an urgent reminder that if we serious about a limiting global warming to 1.5˚C, we need to get serious about public engagement. The report highlights the key environmental benefits of hemp: 

 

  • Hemp can be grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. 
  • Hemp is suitable for cultivation near surface water. 
  • Hemp is in the top 5 out of 23 crops for biodiversity friendliness, performing better than all major crops such as wheat, maize or rapeseed (Montford and Small, 1999).
  • Excellent carbon sequestration: One hectare of industrial hemp can absorb 15 tonnes of CO2 per hectare. 
  • Hemp’s rapid growth makes it one of the fastest CO2-to-biomass conversion tools available, more efficient thanagro– forestry. 
  • Hemp restores soil health: Due to its vigorous growth, hemp is known to be a pioneer plant that can be used for land reclamation and indeed phytoremediation; ‘cleaning’ land polluted by heavy metals. Hemp is a valuable preceding crop in rotations. After cultivation the soil is left in optimum condition.

 

All you need to know about hemp

CO2 Capture

Hemp plants breathe in 4 x more carbon dioxide as the same area of trees

Earth Enriching

Hemp's deep roots replenish the soil's nutrients and reduce erosion

Full of Fibre

Great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, aiding digestion and gut health

Pesticide Free

A naturally strong crop, hemp doesn't need any pesticides or herbicides, meaning cleaner air, land and water

Protein Power

Complete protein that's 100% plant based, with all 20 amino acids including the 9 essential

Good Fats

Naturally high in Omega 3 and 6, hemp contains SDA which unblocks the metabolic pathway enabling a more efficient conversion of ALA into DHA

Zero Waste Crop

From the stalk to the seeds, flowers to the leaves, every single part of a hemp plant can be used

Hemp, THC & CBD

The Hemp genus has about 5 sub-species including one with high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one with high levels of cannabinoid (CBD), a more fibrous variant, an intermediate and another without CBD.  

Hemp seed has been approved for human food consumption in the UK since the 90’s and whilst hemp seed is from the same genus as CBD products, the hemp grown for CBD is a shorter smaller sub variant of the plant so does also look different and the CBD mainly comes from other parts of the plant such as the leaves. 

Cannabis sativa plants which are grown for their psychoactive component contain more than 500 chemical compounds including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), THC is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, while CBD seems to not have any psychoactive effects. 

Therefore Hemp seeds contain no CBD and the EU permit cultivation of cannabis sativa provided the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content in the plant does not exceed a concentration of 0.2 %. Hence we test all of our products for THC and require our suppliers of seed to do so too. All our seeds and ingredient derivatives are compliant with the legislation for levels to be no more than 0.2% THC content. 

Cannabis sativa plants grown for their psychoactive component contain more than 500 chemical compounds including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), THC is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis and while CBD seems not have any psychoactive effects the food supplements industry has recently picked up on its therapeutic effects. 

All our seeds and ingredient derivatives are no more than 0.2% THC content.  

Nutrition

The small, crunchy seeds have a soft, buttery texture and are rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids (good fats). They also contain protein, fibre and various vitamins and minerals, which justifies the recent re-discovery of these nutty flavoured seeds. A small serving of only 30 grams provides one gram of fibre, nine grams of protein, and a good source of iron 

 

Fats  

The metabolic pathway results in the production of  long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids which according to the King’s Report “are needed as structural components of the membranes and they are also involved in regulating a number of body processes including smooth muscle contraction, inflammation, cellular repair and haemostasis.” 

SDA enables an effective metabolic pathway – meaning it was easily metabolised and bio-available.  

Hence SDA is a more effective source than other pure ALA sources like flax seed which have traditionally been used as a plant-based source of Omega 3. This could be of particular value to vegans and vegetarians, who often have low-levels of long-chain fatty acids in their body.   

In other words, the Omega 3 and GLA in hemp are biologically available and just 10ml of hempseed oil delivers 410mg GLA the same amount of GLA as 4.5 capsules of 1000mg Evening Primrose Oil.  

Fatty acid comparison of oils

 

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Type of oil g/100g SFA MUFA PUFA LA 18:2 n-6 GLA 18:3 n-6 ALA 18:3 n-3 SDA 18:3 n-3 n-6 n-3 n-6:n-3 Price RSP (branded product)
Culinary oils Hemp seed oil 7.31 10.57 75.96 53.82 3.31 17.19 1.63 57.13 18.82 3.00 £1.20/100ml
Walnut oil 9.10 16.40 69.90 58.40 0.00 11.50 0.00 58.40 11.50 5.1 £0.76/100ml
Olive oil 14.30 73.00 8.20 7.50 0.00 0.70 0.00 7.50 0.7 10.7 £0.85/100ml
Speciality oils Evening Primrose oil 7.70 10.63 77.05 68.81 8.12 0.12 0.00 76.94 0.12 641.1 Food supplement (capsules)
Flax/Linseed oil 9.40 20.20 66.00 12.70 0.00 53.3 0.00 12.70 53.3 0.2 £2.60/100ml

Data from composition of Foods TSO, US Food Tables & RSP prices 2020