Oil hemp is an exceptionally unique plant. Nothing exotic but rather a nutrient-rich everyday food that naturally nurtures the body. This plant is one of our oldest cultivated crops and was a superfood even before the term “superfood” was coined.
Hemp is versatile
Hemp has been cultivated as an industrial and utility crop for many generations. It is grown for various purposes, with different varieties tailored to each specific use. It is claimed that hemp can be transformed into up to ten thousand different products. The value of oil hemp lies in its nutrient-rich seeds, which are processed into food, feed, or used as ingredients in cosmetic products. Examples of products derived from oil hemp include hulled seeds, oil, and hemp protein. This gluten-free ingredient is packed with goodness: protein, all essential amino acids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and fiber.
A unique, nutrient-rich combination
Oil hemp is an unparalleled source of healthy oil and a complementary addition to the plant-based protein palette. The seed contains approximately one third of oil, one quarter of protein and fiber, as well as digestible carbohydrates. The fatty acid composition is excellent, with the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio matching that found in healthy human tissues. Moreover, hemp provides our bodies with the rare compounds SDA and GLA that are beneficial but less common. Over 70% of the fatty acids are polyunsaturated. Hemp protein resembles egg albumin and is suitable for vegans as well. Hemp seeds contain twenty amino acids, eight of which are essential for humans. Hemp also benefits the skin, as hemp oil nourishes the skin and alleviates symptoms of conditions such as atopic dermatitis.
A responsible choice
Locally cultivated oil hemp in Finland is produced responsibly and is an ecological choice. It has a superior carbon sequestration capacity compared to grains and even forests. It is a pure domestic raw material, grown without chemical plant protection.
Oil hemp does not have any psychoactive effects. In Finland, the dominant variety of oil hemp used for cultivation is the locally developed FINOLA.