Hemp is the oldest cultivated fiber plant in the world, as old as agriculture itself. Hemp (Má) 麻 has been used in China since 4500 B.C. for ropes and legal agricultural crop, unlike it's cousin, the Marijuana plant which contains a high percentage of THC, a psychoactive compound (the one that gets people "high").
Both plants contain deep healing properties not just for humans, but also for the world. After years of misleading propaganda and prohibition, hemp has entered a new age of global acceptance. Hemp is the world's most versatile fiber. Anything that can be made from wood, cotton, or oil can be made from hemp. Key uses include: Industrial composites, Paper Paints and Sealants, Plastics and Polymers, Fuel and Lubricants, Food, Textiles, Medicine, Body Care Products, Rope and Twine and Construction Materials.
For a plant-based oil, hemp seed oil is exceptionally rich in all nine essential amino acids—the building blocks for protein. It’s also composed of over 80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which include the essential fatty acids omega 3, 6, and 9. Our body cannot produce these fatty acids on its own; we need to get them from the foods we eat and the products we absorb through our skin.
Hemp seed oil is loaded with other vitamins and minerals. Most noteworthy and common when it comes to skincare are vitamins A, D, and E, but there’s so much more to the hemp seed nutrient profile, too. Hemp seed oil also contains powerful antioxidants in the form of vitamin C and E.
Hemp, the No. 1 producer of biomass per acre in the world, is a clean alternative energy source that can help end our global dependence on fossil fuels. Biofuel expert Lynn Osburn estimates that 1.5 to 3.5 million acres of hemp could replace fossil fuel demands, and it can do so without making farmers choose between food and fuel. Unlike biodiesel fuels made from soybeans, olives and peanuts, farmers who grow hemp for its fibers can still use its natural oils for fuel, and after extracting the oil, the remaining seed cake is a source of nutrition that is second only to soya bean in protein content.
Speaking of fibers, hemp can also help save our forests. A single acre of hemp produces as much pulp for paper as 4.1 acres of trees over a 20-year period, and the U.S.D.A. suggests hemp could replace 40 to 70 percent of all tree pulp used for paper production. The process of making hemp paper is also cleaner, significantly cheaper and produces a tree-saving product that is stronger and nearly three times as recyclable.
In addition to paper, hemp produces the world's most durable natural soft fiber, and an acre of hemp can produce 2 to 3 times as much fiber as an acre of cotton crops with the use of significantly less water and agricultural pesticides. Hemp seed has 34 percent more oil content than any other seed, and its oil is second only to whale oils in its quality. In fact, hemp oil has the same burning qualities and viscosity as No. 2 grade heating oil (i.e., the cleanest and most expensive) without any of the sulphur-based pollutants. "If someone is already growing hemp," wrote UConn professor Richard Parnas, "they might be able to produce enough fuel to power their whole farm with the oil from the seeds they produce." In other words, the same hemp plant used to make paper, fabrics and food can also provide the fuel to power the entire process.
Hemp seed has 34 percent more oil content than any other seed. Hemp seed oil also contains powerful antioxidants in the form of vitamin C and E. Unstable molecules called free radicals can accumulate in our bodies as byproducts of natural processes, and from external factors such as air pollution, industrial chemicals, and other environmental aggressors. These molecules are linked to skin damage and premature aging.
Antioxidants have been shown to combat the formation of free radicals, and can protect skin from such changes. Hempathy takes the healing power of hemp to a higher level with our proprietary product formulations. We continue to draw on the bounty of nature, combining powerful natural ingredients containing powerful antioxidants, Vitamins A, C & E along with calming aromatherapy aromatics.