Learn About The Hemp Plant

Posted by Hippie Butter on 13th May 2013

Hemp, the common name for a tall, annual herb, (Cannabis Sativa), is a member of the Cannabinaceae family. Originally native to Asia, Cannabis Sativa is widespread because of its former large-scale cultivation of the bast fiber (also called hemp) and for the medicinal properties it yields. Hemp fiber, retted from the stem, is one of the most important fibers for various kinds of cordage. Hemp fiber is also used in making paper, cloth (canvas and other kinds) and many more products.

Hemp seeds
are one of the world's richest sources of polyunsaturated fats, including both of the essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6, and GLA (gamma linolenic acid).

Cannabis fiber
, the "True Hemp," is tightly woven into the tapestry of human life. Since earliest times, this great plant ally has provided people with cordage, cloth, paper, medicine, and inspiration. For all the many benefits it bestows, Cannabis hemp is a friendship well worth cultivating. Hemp is many things to many people, and it is known by hundreds of names. Poets sing its praises, and preachers damn it. Executioners hang condemned men with hemp rope, but sailors and mountaineers hang onto it for dear life. Doctors prescribe it as a medicine, yet prohibitionists proscribe it as a poison. Armies and navies make war with hemp, while lovers use it as an aphrodisiac. The resinous virtue generates real happiness, enlightenment and entertainment, equal in quality and worth to the similar joys of love, freedom, and good health --- and it complements them all, and it comforts those poor souls who are without such blessings.

Refined hemp seed oil is clear with a slight, green color and fresh, nutty flavor. It is widely used in food products, body-care products, lubricants, paints and industrial uses, even fuel!  Antimicrobial properties make hemp a useful ingredient for soaps, shampoos and detergents. Hemp seed oil has a high nutritional value because its 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acidds.

Hemp seed oil is made up of 80% essential fatty acid, the highest amount of any other plant source. Hemp seed oil prevents moisture loss on a physiological level; it does not merely "coat" the skin as do other oils. Because hemp seed oil so closely matches our own skin's lipids, it is able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between them, thus bringing the EFA's within our body.

Body care products containing hemp seed oil can reduce skin discomfort by soothing and restoring dry or damaged skin and increasing the natural moisture-retention capacity. With regular use, body-care products containing hemp seed oil can help slow down the effects of skin aging and leave the skin smooth, soft and moisturized. In hair-care products, hemp seed oil imparts gloss and manageability, bringing relief from dry scalp or damage by blow-dryer heat, chemical perms, coloring or sunlight.

Not only does hemp seed oil contribute greatly to skin's barrier-function and appearance, it also heals minor abrasions and offers relief from acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Especially useful to vegans, hemp is is the only plant oil containing Vitamin D and is a great way to achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin.

Hemp has been harvested for over 5,000 years and is still collected by local village people in the high mountainous areas where hemp grows in the wild. Hemp cultivation does not cause deforestation in its growth or harvest. Traditional tribal hemp production begins with the soaking of the hemp plant, then it is boiled with ash to naturally bleach it and make it soft. After drying on the rocks in the Nepali sun, hemp is spun into thread by hand and delivered to the looms to be spun into fabric. Hemp cloth is incredibly strong and durable and is 10 to 15 times stronger than cotton.

Learn About The Hemp Plant

Hippie Butter Hemp Seed products are made from Canadian-grown hemp seeds that are USDA Certified-Organic, non-GMO, non-irradiated, non-allergenic, THC-free, pesticide-free, gluten-free, trypsin-inhibitor-free, Kosher and Vegan-Certified.