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Hemp (Cannabis sativa) is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Its area of origin is located in Central Asia, where it is still produced today. Almost all parts of the plant have been used for centuries: flowers, leaves, fibers and seeds. The fibers were used until the twentieth century for the production of fabrics, ropes and sails, the seeds were used in food, while the flowers were used for healing purposes. Subsequently, hemp fell out of favor for its psychotropic action and its cultivation stopped. Lately, however, the plant has been rediscovered in many European countries.
Environmental sustainability and health
Hemp has a rapid and abundant growth that does not allow the birth of weeds: for cultivation it is therefore not necessary to use herbicides or pesticides. Due to the lack of protein inside, the plant is not attacked by rodents or insects and does not need protective additives.
The use of hemp in history
Evidence of the use of hemp dates back to the Neolithic times. Numerous testimonies throughout the arc of human history report a variety of uses, including the therapeutic one (mainly analgesic, sedative, muscle relaxant).
The cultivation of hemp received a real coup de grace following the Marijuana Tax Act, dated 1937, where it was banned in the USA and then consequently in much of the rest of the world (the famous publishing / paper house Hearst, most an advocate of the anti-cannabis campaign via her newspapers, had just made huge investments in tree paper).
Hemp oil contains substances of vital importance
A quality hemp oil, obtained by cold pressing of ripe seeds, is particularly rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids of vital importance. Among these, two fatty acids (one omega-6 and one omega-3), linolic and alpha-linolenic, of the family of the so-called “essential fatty acids”, that is, those that the body is not in able to produce, although they are essential for various processes such as blood clotting or defense against infections. Furthermore, these fatty acids play an important role in brain function and immune defense mechanisms.
Another element worthy of particular attention
Hemp is one of the few oily plants whose seeds contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). The deficiency of GLA, which in the healthy body is synthesized from linolic acid, can cause serious metabolic diseases. In these cases, the intake of GLA can lead to an improvement of various pathological states including neurodermatitis, premenstrual syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis.
Why was the presentation in capsules chosen for hemp seed oil?
The encapsulation of raw hemp oil allows better protection from oxidation and from the rancidity of unsaturated fatty acids. In addition, commercially available hemp oil capsules are enriched with zinc and some important vitamins, which protect this precious oil from alterations and facilitate its absorption.
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