Year in, year out there is a hot word in health and wellness and in 2017, that is hemp.
“Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant species (Cannabis sativa),” explains Paul Benhaim, Hemp Foods Australia CEO.
“Although hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species Cannabis sativa L. It is not marijuana,” he is quick to point out.
Hemp is legally grown in most parts of the world – including Australia – and is found in beauty products, foods, fashion, medicine, paper and even the automotive and building industries. “Mercedes uses hemp in nearly every vehicle,” Paul adds. Pretty impressive from one plant that can grow to full maturity within 120 days and be grown in rotation!
“Hemp seeds contain more polyunsaturated fatty acids than any other food and are the only food to contain Omega 3 and 6 in just the right ratio human’s need,” Paul explains. “Essential fatty acids (EFAs) from hemp oil is important for energy production, healthy skin, mental health and immune function. Hemp is also an excellent way to get high-quality gluten-free protein into your diet.
Hemp is low in carbohydrates, and contains antioxidants, B group vitamins, minerals – including calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. It is also the only known plant food source of vitamin D3, Paul adds.
Regularly nourishing the skin with hemp seed oil naturally, promotes skin softness and helps prevent breakouts. Hemp seed oil is also a good source of vitamin E and natural anti-inflammatory source, says Paul. Scientists have also discovered that a phytosterol in hemp seed oil acts synergistically with cannabidiol (a powerful but non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis) to enhance its skin healing power.
Hemp seeds, hemp protein and hemp oil manufactured in NSW are currently available today, says Paul. They are sold all over the world as a healthy food, and in Australia and New Zealand, these foods are sold for external use only (not for human consumption).
“Until the laws change, hemp cannot be used as foods or as an ingredient in foods in Australia and New Zealand. However, hemp foods may soon be approved for human consumption in Australia. Legislation changes are due to go before the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in April 2017.”
Industry leaders are keenly awaiting the decision, with hopes that the nutritional, financial and environmental benefits of hemp will soon be available to Australians.
Here are the hemp products we’re loving!
Hemp Foods Australia Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds, $14.95, available at Nourished Life.
Wild Products Hemp Seed Carrier Oil Organic, $43, available at Sephora.
Hemp Hemp Hooray Ultimate Face Oil, $32.50, available at Nourished Life.
Green People Organic Babies Mum & Baby Rescue Balm, $31.95, available at Adore Beauty.
Nut Milk Bag Co. Hemp Nut Milk Bag, $22.95, available at Nourished Life.