The Hemp Plant
The Hemp plant has high nutritional value and boasts a wide range of applications including textiles, paper, rope, fuel, oil and stockfeed as well as building materials, cosmetics, inks and pet feed.
The three usable parts of the hemp plant are: the inner fibres (hurd), the outer fibres (bast) and the seeds. Industrial hemp refers to the plant Cannabis sativa.
There are in excess of 2,000 different varieties which differ in their chemical make-up.
In 90% of industrial hemp varieties, the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is low and deemed harmless.
It is a rich source of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals that can provide a variety of health benefits.
One of the key components of hemp seed oil is its essential fatty acids. It contains a balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining heart health, brain function, and overall inflammation in the body. It also contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, and stearidonic acid (SDA), which is considered a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
In addition to its essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil is also rich in minerals. It contains high amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. These minerals are important for maintaining strong bones, healthy teeth, and proper muscle function.
Another benefit of hemp seed oil is its high vitamin E content. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. This, along with other antioxidants present in the oil, makes it great for skin and hair care.
Hemp for healthy food
Australia is internationally recognised as a producer of premium agricultural products.
Global demand for hemp and its value-add products is growing exponentially. Harvey Hemp strives to be a high-quality, local grower, processor, and distributor of hemp value-add products.
A particular focus for Harvey Hemp is to supply the burgeoning food industry with access to clean, locally produced hemp oil, flour and meal for applications in the human and pet food markets.