Hemp seeds are the edible part of the cannabis sativa L plant. They are a tiny fruit-like nut covered by a hard shell and part of the “achene” family (similar to sunflower seeds). Hemp seeds can be pressed for oil, milled into a protein powder, roasted or shelled. Hemp seeds have been cultivated as a food for centuries, from China to Europe to Africa.

We choose PLANET HEMP as our choice of hemp seed food products for their quality and integrity.

Hemp Seed Oil contains a perfect balance of Essential Omega 3’s to Omega 6’s in a 1:3 ratio.

What are Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)?

The major component of fats is long-chain molecules known as fatty acids. The two fatty acids that the body does not make are called Omega-3 Linolenic Acid and Omega-6 Linoleic Acid. We need to get these fats from food, which is why they are termed Essential EFAs are utilized by many of the body’s systems to maintain proper tissue function. EFAs are required for energy production, proper functioning of the nervous system, brain development and function, skin health and elasticity, digestive efficiency, normal cardiovascular function, hormone production, and efficient immune response. Due to the popular misconception that fat is “bad” for the body, many people have adopted a low or no fat diet. Coupled with the widespread consumption of processed and genetically modified foods, many people are showing signs of EFA deficiency.

Leading researchers are finding a significant link between diseases affecting the nervous system and EFA deficiency. Supplementation of EFAs is becoming an integral part of complementary medical protocols.

Tell me about the kind and quality of the fats in hemp seeds?

Compared with most nuts and seeds, the 46.5% fat content of shelled Hemp seed is relatively low and is a good source of the natural phytosterols that help manage cholesterol levels. Hemp seed has 485mg per 100ml hemp oil which is the highest quality betasitosterols, which is the plants immune system. In turn when we consume them it increases our immune system.

 Hemp seed oil has, on average, the highest polyunsaturated fat content of any plant oil and a highly favorable unsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio. Hemp seeds offer a well-balanced ratio of 1:3.75 of Omega-3 to Omega-6 EFAs, as well as being one of the few plant sources of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). (See above for more on EFAs). GLA is an Omega-6 isomer.

Studies have shown that GLA improves memory and overall mental health. As well, it reduces symptoms of skin ailments like eczema, heart health, and even fibrocystic disease.

Don’t we need more Omega-3’s than Omega-6’s in our diet?

Hemp is higher in Omega-6’s. The typical modern diet, heavy in soy and corn oils, is often lacking in EFAs, particularly Omega-3’s. However, the debate revolves around what is the correct amount of Omega-3’s our bodies need. Experts in the field suggest that the EFA ratio found in Hemp seeds and Hemp Oil are in proportions most suitable for long term use (almost a 1:4 ratio of Omega-3’s to Omega-6’s). “Hemp Seed oil can be used over the long term to maintain a healthy EFA balance without leading to either EFA deficiencies or imbalances. This is because it contains almost 2% GLA, the Omega-6 derivative that is a key active ingredient in evening primrose and borage oils.” (Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, Udo Erasmus c 1993 Hemp Seed:Nature’s Superfood).

How does Hemp Oil compare with Flax oils as an EFA source?

Hemp Oil is a better balanced oil for long term use according to leading experts in the field such as Udo Erasmus (Fats that Heal Fats that Kill Udo Erasmus c 1993 Hemp Seed: Nature’s Superfood). Hemp Oil also contains GLA, phytosterols, and antioxidants like vitamin E complex, protein and trace minerals not found in flax. Hemp Oil is considered to be a more stable oil and a tastier oil than flax that can be used in a variety of recipes from salad dressings to baked goods.

How does Planet Hemp Hemp Oil compare to other brands?

Planet Hemp Hemp Oil is certified organic, raw, vegan, non-GMO, kosher, and cold pressed from hemp seeds grown in Canada. We nitrogen flush our oil prior to capping the bottles in order to better preserve taste and freshness. Our Hemp Oil has a nutty flavor that is delicious.

How does Planet Hemp make its Hemp Oil?

After cleaning, the seed is transported to our processing facility where it is pressed for oil using a screw expeller press at less than 50 C for only a few seconds. During the pressing, PLANET HEMP takes care to protect the oil from light, heat and oxygen. Then the oil is settled and filtered to remove and debris/solids down to 1 micron. During the packaging, Planet Hemp uses nitrogen gas to reduce the fresh oil’s exposure to oxygen. Planet Hemp Hemp Oil retains much of its rich green color due to an abundant level of the antioxidant chlorophyll.

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Are Planet Hemp products raw?

Yes, 100% of Planet Hemp  Hemp Oil, Hemp Nuts, and Hemp Protein, used in all our foods, are cold-processed from non-sterilized, raw, “live” hemp seeds. Planet Hemp is committed to bringing enzyme-rich hemp foods to your table.

How should I store my Hemp Protein, Hemp Oil, and Hemp Nuts?

Once our products are opened, we recommend that they be stored in the refrigerator. Prior to opening, a cool cupboard is sufficient for storage.

Can I cook with hemp seeds?

Once food is heated above  120 F for more than 15 minutes, most of the enzymes are destroyed. To receive all the nutritional benefits of Hemp Protein, Hemp Nuts and Hemp Oil, we recommend that they not be heated. That being said, many people enjoy low-temperature baking with our Hemp Protein and Hemp Nuts. It is not recommended to heat Hemp Oil.