The History of Hemp + The Importance of Plant Based Omegas

Hemp is perhaps the most useful plant in all of humanity.


A plant that cultivates a huge variety of uses and is grown all over the worldwide. For centuries, hemp has been used by many different civilizations and Its fibrous nature can serve more than 2500 purposes

The plant Hemp is part of the cannabis family that contains negligible amounts of THC, the chemical in marijuana which is psychoactive and gets you “high”. Whilst Hemp and Marijuana often confused as the same, Hemp actually refers to the industrial variant which is cultivated for its fiber, oils, and seeds. 

Hemps wide range of benefits is no secret throughout humanity. The Thistle states that archeologists found remnants of hemp cloth in ancient Mesopotamia (Iran+Iraq) as early as 8000BC. Fast forward to the modern day, hemp has enjoyed widespread use for various industrial purposes. Hemp fabric is produced from fibers taken from the stem and stalk of the cannabis plant which are softened in water, broken up and spun or woven into fabric.  The plant and its fibres can be used to make everything from building materials to food, fuel, and paper

Hemp used in Ancient Mesopotamia
                           Hemp used in ancient Mesopotamia

As we become ever-more conscious about the environment, hemp is now seeing a renaissance as a sustainable, environmentally friendly resource. Hemps ability to produce higher yield in small spaces can help slow down deforestation whilst restoring the soils health for future use. 

The plant's nutritional benefit is equally as impressive as Hemp seeds are incredibly rich in the essential fatty acids omegas 3,6,9. Hemp seeds contain polyunsaturated essential fatty acids like Omegas 3,6,9. These acids are named essential as your body cannot produce them.  Polyunsaturated fats have a wide range of health benefits.The body uses these fatty acids for  detoxification, anti inflammatory benefits, heart health, improvement of cognitive function, immune boosting benefits 

Hemp contains essential polyunsaturated fatty acids known as EFA’s, with researchers noting that Omega 3 fatty acids found in hemp are one of the most important nutrients in optimizing brain function for overall health. EFA’s cannot be synthesised in our bodies and must be obtained through diet.
Omega 3s make cell membranes more fluid which improves communication between brain cells. This induces positive brain development; boosting memory whilst heavily reducing the risk for cognitive disorders such as depression, anxiety and more serious diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

 

Hemp seeds provide vast nutritional and health benefits.


Hemp seeds are also proven to reduce the risk of Heart disease. Hemp seeds is high in Alpha-linolenic acid; an essential plant based acid
proven to lower your triglycerides levels. Triglycerides is a type of fat found in your blood and stored as body fat which increases the risk of cardiac rest

As stated by Robertson (2017), Hemp seeds also contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine, which produces nitric oxide in your body. Nitric Oxide allows your blood vessels to dilate and relax which leads to lower blood pressure, improving heart health whilst lowering the risk of heart disease. 

One of Omega 6 fatty acids that hemp contains is gamma-linoleic acid which is a power anti inflammatory whilst encouraging skin growth and new cell generation. Several studies such as one from Oxidative Medicine Longevity  have indicated plant based omega sources resolve inflammation and to protect against inflammatory diseases. This claim is also supported by the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database with GLAs rich nutrient source used for conditions which include Rheumatoid Arthritis, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome, and hay fever.

 

 

 

Reference List

Robetson R (2017), 6 Healthy Benefits of Hemp Seeds, Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3


Rx List (2019), Gamma Linolenic Acid, Rx List
https://www.rxlist.com/rheumatoid_arthritis_slideshow/article.htm

 


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