Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Benefits of HEMP

The source for hemp seed oil is the plant Cannabis sativa. Hemp seeds are cold pressed to make a sweet, nutty oil. The oil does not contain THC (Tetrahydrocannnabinol), the main psychoactive phytochemical found in the cannabis plant.

Although Cannabis sativa is mistakenly linked to hashish (dagga/marijuana) and its negative connotation, hemp seed oil, as it is used in cosmetic products, does not cause hallucinations and is not banned by any government.

The oil can be used as part of a nutritional programme to maintain and improve good health. With a pleasant nutty flavour, Hemp Seed Oil is ideal for use in salad dressings, mayonnaise, dips etc. It is not suitable for frying as this reduces the benefits.

What are the beneficial properties of Hemp Seed Oil?

Because Hemp Seed Oil is such a rich source of both LA (Omega 6) and LNA (Omega 3) in balanced proportions, conditions caused by deficiencies in both can be treated with one oil.

The functions of LNA include: Production of smooth skin, increased stamina, speeds healing, increases vitality, brings a feeling of calmness, reduces inflammation, water retention, platelet stickiness and blood pressure, enhances immune functions, reduces the pain and swelling of arthritis, can reverse pre-menstrual syndrome, can treat bacterial infections, brain development in children.

Hemp oil in Cosmetics
1. Hemp Effectively Moisturizes Your Skin
Hemp, with its perfect balance of the fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, is able to effectively penetrate your skin. This allows the hemp product to moisturize your skin from within.

2. Hemp Helps Battle Aging
Not only is hemp an effective moisturizer, but it also a tried and tested anti-aging product. However, this doesn’t mean that the effects of aging will be reversed. On the contrary, the natural oils in hemp beauty products can truly help you get rid of the wrinkles, lines and dull skin that you already have. As a result, your skin becomes firmer and younger.

3. Hemp Repairs Your Hair
Hempseed oil repairs your hair in much the same way that it moisturizes your skin – by healing from within. Hemp shampoos and other hair care products works deep into your scalp to give you healthier hair.

Benefits of hemp farming 
As a natural fiber, hemp is known as one of the longest, strongest, and most durable of the bunch. It is also one of the safest natural resources to maintain, as cultivation methods require no ecologically damaging chemicals, herbicides, or pesticides. Farmers may find a wealth of opportunities by embracing hemp plants, which fits right in with the rotation of other crops, including corn. Since hemp is easy to grow through a process that in fact strengthens surrounding soil, the plant is a clear friend of the planet. Many also believe the hemp plant could produce a biomass for fuel that would burn cleaner than other well-known ethanol selections.

Other Hemp Products
Naturally, products made from hemp are 100% biodegradable, recyclable, and reusable. Also, the speed at which hemp grows can provide benefits regarding the resource requirements of the end product.

Here are some examples of how hemp products could benefit our environment and our health:

Switching to hemp paper could reduce deforestation significantly. For every 4 acres of trees that are required annually to make paper, only an acre of hemp would be required.

Furthermore, because hemp paper can be recycled so many times (up to 7 or 8 times), much less is needed. In comparison, paper from wood pulp can only be recycled around 3 times. This means even more trees are required.

Clothing and textiles made from hemp have no residual chemicals that could affect our health (as many other fabrics do).Hemp based fabrics block the sun’s UV rays more effectively than other fabrics. This is true, even if it’s only a 50% blend with another fabric.

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