The ins and outs of hemp and its many health benefits

Oct 11, 2020
Studies suggest hemp products can help with your health and wellbeing in multiple ways. Source: Getty

Hemp has long been stigmatised because of the association with its ‘high’ inducing cousin cannabis, but it’s making a comeback, not just as a source of fibre for textiles, but also as a crop packed with oils that boast a plethora of potential health benefits.

Derived from low-hallucinogenic varieties of cannabis, hemp is popping up on shelves around the country, in the form of oils, sprays and even lip balms. And while some may be put off by its title, many studies have claimed it can do wonders for various health issues and concerns.

A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found hemp seed oil contains a variety of interesting substances, such as sterols, aliphatic alcohols and linolenic acids, that research suggests promote good health. For example, it contains a linolenic acid which is an omega-3 fatty acid that some studies claim helps prevent coronary heart disease.

The oil is also packed with omega-6 and omega-9. All of these ‘omegas’ are known for improving heart health, reducing weight and waist size, decreasing liver fat, fighting inflammation and promoting bone health – just to name a few benefits.

Omega-6 fats may lower harmful LDL cholesterol and help keep blood sugar in check by improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin. While omega-9 may increase energy, decrease anger and enhance mood. Of course, the effect of hemp on the body is different for everyone, but some have seen major differences in their health and wellbeing.

In Australia, more and more companies are beginning to produce products from hemp, including Hemp Shack. The company sources its 100 per cent pure ingestible hemp seed oil from Australian importers direct from Canada. Why, you might ask? Because Canada has the ideal climate to produce hemp. Plus, in Australia there’s strict laws when it comes to producing the hemp crop. Growers have to apply for a licence to grow hemp and regulations depend on each state and territory.

Through Hemp Shack you can purchase everything from pure 100 per cent hemp seed oil and hemp seed oil capsules to hemp seed flour – which can be used for all baking purposes. They even have a hemp seed spray for your pets to assist with their mobility, skin, coat, teeth, nails, eyes, anxiety and overall mood. All of these products and more are available for purchase on the Starts at 60 Marketplace.

If you’re still feeling a little uneasy about using hemp products, there’s really no need to be. Yes, it does contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which at high concentrations is classified as a psycho-active or mind-altering ingredient. But Australia is very careful to monitor the levels of THC.

According to Australian Farmers, in Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania, the crops can’t have THC greater than 0.35 per cent, while in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, it can’t be greater than one per cent. Meanwhile, in Canada – where Hemp Shack gets its hemp from – there’s also strict laws to follow when it comes to the amount of THC to make it safe for people.

So, when it comes down to it, hemp is really no different to oats and grain in terms of narcotic effects. Click here to check out Hemp Shack’s range of products on the Starts at 60 Marketplace.

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.

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