Hemp: the Pure Source of CBD
Hemp is a fast-growing, low-impact crop that thrives on farms around the world, and has been used since at least 8,000BC to make clothes, feed people and much more. Environmentally friendly, sustainable and perfect for organic farming, hemp is now a popular crop in the UK – hemp is frost tolerant, requires only moderate amounts of water, and requires no pesticides or herbicides, and only moderate amounts of fertiliser.
It’s important to know that hemp is not ‘marijuana’. Marijuana is a single species within the wider Cannabis Sativa family that has been artificially hybridised and cultivated. This means that hemp is genetically distinct from marijuana, and the kinds of hemp that are used for our CBD are legal to grow, and the products we sell do not contain the intoxicating compounds present in marijuana.
The Mighty Hemp Seed
Hemp seeds are highly nutritious and delicious, providing an excellent source of easily digestible protein (33/100g), minerals, and dietary fibre. Hemp is the only plant that contains all of the essential fatty acids and amino acids required by the human body. These essential nutrients affect a variety of body functions, including metabolism, the skin, mood, behaviour, the brain, and the heart.
Hemp seeds contain a protein that is more nutritious and economical to produce than soybean protein. Hemp seed protein can be used to produce virtually any product made from soybean: tofu, veggie burgers, butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream, or milk. Hemp seed can also be ground into a nutritious flour that can be used to produce baked goods such as pasta, cookies and breads.
Nutrition and Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil has been dubbed ‘Nature's most perfectly balanced oil', due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic/LA) to Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic/LNA) essential fatty acids, determined to be the optimum requirement for long-term healthy human nutrition.
Hemp seed oil also provides an adequate supply of antioxidants (Vitamin E), carotene (precursor to Vitamin A), phytosterols, phospholipids and a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, along with modest amounts of iron and zinc and chlorophyll.
The Science Behind CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of over 85 cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant.
CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Found in all mammals, the endocannabinoid system is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptor sites located primarily throughout the brain and central nervous system (CB1 receptors) and immune system (CB2 receptors) that act in neural communication.
First discovered in the late 1980s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response.
The ECS system is known to regulate:
- Visceral sensation
- Immune function
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