The moment we hear the name hemp seed, the first thing that comes to our mind is marijuana only because both belongs to the same family called Cannabaceae. And over the last couple of decades beginning 1970’s with many enforcement coming in place to regulate/control certain drugs/plant derived drugs, hemp too was included in the list of banned/controlled substances without any concrete research. And this simply led to its demise. Hemp is completely different from marijuana in terms of cultivation, composition, function and application. The confusion between marijuana and hemp has put a break on hemp cultivation, usage and therefore we have not been able to reap hemp’s various health and other benefits.
How Hemp is completely different from Marijuana ?
- The THC level in hemp is found to be less than 0.3% where as in Marijuana it is between 5-30%.
- The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical responsible for psycho activity. And hemp seeds with low THC content have negligible psychological effect. Also the CBD (cannabidiol) content found in hemp makes the present 0.3% THC useless. So hemp has no psycho activity while marijuana does have.
- The look and appearance of each of the plant is contrasting different with hemp plants having skinnier leaves and taller up to 20ft. While Marijuana are short fat bushes with broad leaves, tight buds.
- Both need different climatic conditions to grow.
Now in last a decade there has been a growing voice to remove the ban on hemp and legalize its cultivation. In India, Uttrakhand is the first state to recently legalize hemp cultivation. And with this now the market is flourished of products made with hemp and hemp seeds.
At SNAANA we source our hemp seed from a town named Kotdwar in Pauri garhwal, Uttrkahand. And the seeds usually contain between 15% to 23% oil when subject to cold pressing. Our in-house cold pressing team makes sure that the seeds sourced are good quality without any infestation. We do not refine or bleach or deodorize or treat in any form our oil at all. Simple cold pressed –raw and unrefined oils has been in use for centuries and they are the most nutritious to eat and apply. The colour of hemp seed oil is green as shown in the picture for your reference and it has a strong nutty aroma.
The Hemp plants have many uses in our life.
Hemp Seeds – Hulled seeds can be eaten raw, used in milk shakes, added to salads and other meals as nuts etc. It is a very good protein source. The seeds can be cold pressed to make oil which can be used as dressing in salads, skin care products etc.
The Hemp Seed oil can effectively treat
- Auto immune disorders
- Dry Skin
- Premature -Aging
- Poor Blood circulation
- Premenstrual Syndrome and much more….
Fiber – the stalk and its fiber is mainly used in clothing, construction , paper etc. It is as strong as a steel.
Also many of its plants plants – dried chunks and in the form of pulp are used biodegradable plastic, cement, paper, insulation etc.
All its application in different multiple areas is gaining a lot of attention and therefore authorities are looking at reforms in laws although at a slow pace.
Always buy Hemp Seed oil from a reliable source only. Make sure to buy a raw-unrefined oil to reap best desired eat or apply benefits. Hemp Seed oil can be stored for good 18 months if stored in best conditions, meaning – temperature below 20 degree Celsius and minimum oxidation. Once the bottle is opened- it should be finished within 3 -4 months only.
To provide the best Hemp Seed Oil for our customers – we cold press the seeds in small batches only and that sets us truly apart from the market.