All about oil
Hemp is the "non drug, low THC" variety of the plant species Cannabis sativa L.. Hemp, with its non-psychoactive properties, has been grown for thousands of years for seed, oil and fiber uses. Evidence of it has been found in China dating back some 6000 years, where it was used for its therapeutic and anesthetic properties. It then spread to India, Egypt and North Africa, arriving in Europe about 1500 BCE.
Hemp is purported to have some 25,000 different uses including food, textiles, paper, rope, bio-fuels, lubricants, building materials and paint, to name a few.
Hemp oil is one of the rare vegetable oils to contain linoleic and linolenic acids, essential substances that cannot be produced by the human body.
You'll appreciate the slightly nutty flavor of this oil which is a beautiful rich green. Given its high content in essential fatty acids, hemp oil should only be used cold: never heat it.
A few suggestions:
- - add 15 ml (1 tbsp.) to a milkshake, yogurt, cold cereal or juice
- use it to make a vinaigrette or drizzle it lightly over steamed vegetables, fish or soup
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