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Have you heard? We are offering you the opportunity to win a year’s supply of our most sought after product: Hemp Oil Capsules! Free stuff is always great, but what’s so great about hemp oil? We’re glad you asked!

 

  1. It strengthens and restores your hair, skin and nails.

    When you use hemp oil every day, whether you take it internally with capsules, or you use it externally in a beauty product, you will begin to wonder why you ever bothered with those expensive department store concoctions. Hemp seeds are abundant in the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and proteins that our bodies need to produce healthy hair, skin and nail cells. Your hair will increase in thickness, shine, strength and elasticity, and hemp will reduce scalp dryness, itchiness and flakes. Your skin’s elasticity, softness and moisture retention should improve, leaving your skin looking energized and renewed. Last but not least, hemp oil nourishes and strengthens your nails and cuticles. The best part is that it can provide all these beauty benefits for a fraction of the price of those celebrity endorsed ‘miracle products.’ Read more about it here. 
  2. It can help prevent heart disease and stroke.

    Hemp oil is super packed with heart happy nutrition. It contains the perfect balance of the Essential Fatty Acids that have been proven to lower your risk of heart disease, platelet aggregation, and stroke. It is rich in beneficial proteins such as Edestin, which your body uses to produce healthy blood cells and plasma, as well as Arginine, which has been shown to reduce conditions such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, congestive heart failure and hypertension. Hemp oil even keeps your veins happy, helping blood flow, and preventing varicose veins! 
  3. It can relieve symptoms of PMS and Menopause.

    Research has shown that the hormonal imbalances responsible for many of the symptoms of PMS and Menopause are associated with deficiencies in Essential Fatty Acids. The EFA profile in hemp seed oil is especially suited for relieving these conditions because it contains a healthy dose of Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA), which your body needs to create anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. These hormone-like compounds help smooth muscles contract, control body temperature, relieve bloating and reduce inflammation. Just one tablespoon of hemp oil provides you with 600 mg of GLA, well within the 500-1000 mg daily intake recommendations for those experiencing PMS and Menopause symptoms.  
  4. It can improve your mental health.

    By this point, you have likely realized the EFA’s are a really important part of maintaining good health, and mental health is no exception. Research has shown that EFA’s help improve conditions such as attention deficit disorder, chronic stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia. Hemp is one of the richest plant based sources of EFA’s (especially GLA), and it can easily be grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides! Read more about the mental health benefits of hemp here. 
  5. It can relieve pain and inflammation.

    Many of our client’s have reported significant improvement from their arthritis symptoms, and their joint pain. Others have reported significant improvement in the mobility of their pets after integrating hemp seed oil into their daily diet. Hemp’s natural anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to relieve symptoms of autoimmune conditions such as fibromyalgia and lupus, as well as other chronic pain conditions.  
  6. And that’s not all…

    When you look at the list above, it’s easy to see why hemp is called a superfood. We could probably chat half your day away with all the different ways hemp can benefit your health, but we know you have places to be. Here is a quick list of some of the other health improvements people have experienced with hemp: improved lung health, eye health, digestive health, metabolic health, immune system, etc. It also provides all these same benefits to your pets, while healing our environment and boosting our economy. Superfood indeed!

Want to enter the draw for a year’s supply of hemp oil capsules? It’s easy! Purchase a bottle of capsules here. Start out with 3 capsules a day for the first week, then double up to 6 capsules per day for the next few weeks. Some people find the health benefits are noticeable with just 3/day, and others say their magic number is as many as 10 capsules/day. We want you to feel the difference as soon as possible, but also don’t want you wasting your money by taking more than you need to. Once you feel the health benefits, decrease by 1/day to experiment and find your own “magic number”. To enter to win, simply send us a short video telling us about the benefits you’ve noticed.

Email your video to [email protected] and we’ll enter you into the draw, which will take place July 2nd. Please note that the videos may be shared to our social media, website, or otherwise. Let us know in your email if you do not consent to this, and we will ensure your privacy. Good luck and HempE filming!

North Americans are facing increasing environmental concerns on multiple fronts, these days. Increased CO2 levels are causing our climate to change, non-biodegradable plastics are polluting our land and water, and our reliance on finite resources like wood and fossil fuels are destroying the delicate eco-systems that sustain us. The problems at hand can feel so large that no amount of recycling and repurposing can save us, but maybe the solution has been in front of us all along.

Hemp is an industrial crop that is related to marijuana, but does not contain the substances responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. This one amazing crop has over 50,000 known uses (including food, fuel, textiles, plastic, and paper) all of which have a positive environmental impact. Here are a few of the great things hemp can do for our planet!

Benefits of Growing Hemp

Long before hemp gets turned into a useful product, it serves as a valuable caretaker for planet Earth. Acre for acre, it removes 4 times more CO2 from the air than trees, and it does not require herbicides or pesticides to grow. It also leaves the soil cleaner and rich in nutrients, which means farmers can grow food crops immediately after harvest without a fallow period. It has even been used at nuclear disaster sites like Chernobyl, to help clean the radioactive properties out of the soil.

 

Biofuel

Hemp can be used to make 2 different types of bio fuel: hemp biodiesel made from hemp seed oil, and hemp ethenol/methenol made from fermented hemp stalk. One acre of hemp yields 1,000 gallons or 3,785 liters of fuel, and the CO2 absorbed by the crop during the growth period offsets the CO2 released when the fuel is burned. These eco-friendly fossil fuel alternatives could reduce our reliance on coal and oil, which are major contributors to the global warming crisis.

 

Paper

Hemp has been used to make paper for at least 2,000 years, and it is more efficient and environmentally friendly to produce when compared to traditional paper made from trees. Hemp can produce 4 times more paper per acre than trees, and since it has a lower lignin content than wood, it can be turned into pulp faster and easier. Hemp pulp is naturally lighter than wood pulp, which means it does not need chlorine bleaching, which releases a toxic substance called dioxin into the environment. Finally, hemp can grow to maturity in just 90-110 days, making it is a far more sustainable option than trees, which take 15-20 years to reach adulthood.

 

Bioplastics

It is estimated that we manufacture 250 to 300 million petroleum-based plastic products every year. The production and disposal of these non-biodegradable products release tons of toxic substances into our air, water, and land. Luckily, hemp bio-plastics, which are made from the stalk of the hemp crop, can be produced in a 100% toxin free manner, and they bio-degrade completely in a matter of months. They can be used for everything plastic from disposable items like plastic cutlery, to sturdier items like furniture or even cars! Studies show that switching to bioplastics can reduce the plastic industries carbon emissions by 30-80%!

The environmental crisis we face today is daunting, but the solution is not beyond our reach. Replacing our toxic and unsustainable consumable items with hemp based products could have a lasting positive impact on the future of our planet. To learn more about the potential of this one amazing crop, check out the book Hemp Bound by Doug Fine, or simply head to our store to try out some great hemp products for yourself!

How much do you know about gut health? All of us have experienced abdominal discomfort at some point, enough to know that it is unpleasant to say the least! But did you know that our entire digestive tract, from top to tail, is lined with over 100 million sensitive neurochemical receptors like the ones found in your brain? That’s why scientists have named our stomaches the ‘Second Brain’. Not only can poor digestive health cause discomfort like IBS, but it can also effect your mental health, energy level, immune system, and joints!

There are many factors that can influence gut health, but a major culprit with tummy troubles is actually an imbalance in healthy digestive bacterial ecosystem, called microbiota. There are nearly 3 pounds of microbiota in your digestive tract, which is an average of 10 microbiota for every cell in your body.

Fortunately, if you are looking to support healthy gut bacteria, you need look no further than our favorite superfood: hemp! Not only is hemp one of the most useful and environmentally friendly crops on the planet, it’s also extremely beneficial for your belly. Here are some ways that adding hemp can improve your digestive health.

 

  1. Easy digestionHemp seeds are more digestible than any other high protein food including meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, and cows’ milk. This is because 65% of the protein found in hemp seeds is made of a globulin protein named Edestin. Edestin is known to aid in digestion and is also considered to be the backbone of our cells’ DNA. Hemp protein is also free of the trypsin inhibitors which block protein absorption, and free of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas. This makes hemp seeds an excellent source of protein for mothers, fathers, babies, the elderly, body builders, and the health conscious alike.
  2. Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs)Short Chain Fatty Acids are fatty acids with fewer than 6 Carbon atoms, and hemp provides them for our bodies in two ways. First, the healthy microbiota in our GI tract produce them by fermenting the fiber in our colons. Second, hemp contains the Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and Omega 6, which our body can break down into their short chain forms. These SCFA’s can control intestinal inflammation, strengthen colon cells, kill cancer cells and reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event.
  3. FibreWhole hemp seeds are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre forms a gel-like substance in the gut, containing valuable nutrients for our microbiota, and may also reduce spikes in blood sugar and regulate cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber adds much needed roughage that helps food and waste pass through the gut. Consuming insoluble fibre has also been linked with a reduced risk of diabetes!
  4. ProteinHemp seeds are an excellent source of protein including all nine Essential Amino Acids that our bodies are unable to produce for themselves. These amino acids are the building blocks our bodies need for cell production. Dietary protein is also a major source of nitrogen for colonic microbial growth and is essential for converting carbohydrates into energy. Since hemp protein is so easy to digest, it does not come with the intestinal distress that other high protein foods can bring with them.

 

There are so many reasons to make hemp a part of your daily diet, even if you don’t regularly encounter digestive distress. Caring for your GI tract through diet can have far reaching health benefits that everyone can enjoy! Find out for yourself by trying any of our great hemp seed products, and by checking out our recipes page!

What do you think of, when you think of hemp? Some people think of the nutritious superfood, like hemp seeds (aka hemp hearts) or hemp oil. Some people mistakenly think of Marijuana, a psychoactive relative of hemp. But did you know that the hemp crop has over 50,000 known uses to date? One of the most surprising uses is a building material called Hempcrete!

Hempcrete is a mixture of hemp hurd (the inner woody core of the the hemp crop), lime and water. This process creates a building material that is superior to traditional building materials in nearly every way! It has a surprising number of applications from insulation to wall construction to flooring. Here are some of the surprising features of this new construction technology.

 

Efficiency

Hempcrete is so insulating, self regulating and energy efficient that in many climates it eliminates the need for heating and air conditioning all together! This results in huge energy savings for the homeowner and the planet. These features also result in superior sound proofing both inside and out, giving you extra peace from the noisy world outside.

 

Durability

The lifespan of Hempcrete is said to be measured in centuries rather than years or decades. In fact, humans have used it for most of modern history! Recently, an abutment on a still standing 6th century bridge in France was discovered to contain Hempcrete! It is also highly resistant to cracking when exposed to movement, making it an ideal building material for earthquake prone areas.

 

Highly Fire, Pest, Water, Rot and Mold Resistant

Not only can hemp provide superior protection from fires, pests, rot, mold and water, but it can do it without the use of harsh chemicals. It also accomplishes these amazing feats while remaining breathable, creating a healthier environment for your family.

Watch this short video demonstration of fire resistant capabilities of Hempcrete:

 

 

Sustainability

The hemp crop grows to maturity in 90-110 days, and grows nicely in our short Canadian summers. When compared to the amount of time it takes to grow a tree to maturity, it’s easy to see which material is more sustainable. Hemp also removes 4x the CO2 from the atmosphere than trees, and continues to remove this toxin from the air after it is processed and installed! If the Hempcrete needs to be torn down for any reason, it can simply be tilled into the soil as fertilizer.

 

 

It’s easy to see the incredible potential of this product. It is more sustainable, durable and efficient than traditional building materials, and provides a safer, cleaner home for its tenants. Hempcrete is just another amazing way that the industrial hemp crop can build a more sustainable future for us all.

Have you ever had one of those ‘gut feelings’ that you just had to listen to? How is it that our stomachs can hold so much wisdom and intuition? Scientists think they may have found the answer! They have found that our entire digestive system, from our esophagus to our posterior, is lined with over 100 million neurons, just like those found in our brains and central nervous systems. There are so many neurons in our digestive tract that scientists have nicknamed the gut the ‘second brain’ (though it is technically known as the Enteric Nervous System). In fact, almost 95% of our bodies Serotonin receptors (which are largely responsible for our feelings of happiness), can be found in our guts. Who knew?!

 

This new information is changing the way many people approach maintaining good mental health. Habits like getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and meditation are incredibly important for a sound mind, but it is becoming apparent that what we put in our stomachs is just as crucial. Luckily, we know of a certain super food that has a reputation for easing the symptoms of mental illness. Here are 3 reasons why adding hemp to your diet is a great way to support your mental health.

  1. Essential Fatty Acids

    Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are absolutely crucial to brain health & development. In fact, the brain and the Myelin Sheath are composed of 75% fat. The Myelin Sheath is the protective layer of fat that serves to guard the neurons from toxins, while also absorbing life sustaining nutrients. Research has shown that EFA’s help with attention, depression, schizophrenia, and also neurological disorders like parkinson’s and alzheimer’s.Hemp offers the richest and most balanced natural source of EFA’s, and has the perfect ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 for maintaining optimal mental, hormone and heart health.   Read more about EFA’s here.

  2. Protein

    Protein isn’t just for your muscles, it is also essential for brain development and neurotransmitter function. Research has shown that insufficient protein during pregnancy and early childhood is linked to many behavioral disorders, and it can affect how our brain responds to the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is responsible for our feelings of motivation and drive.Hemp seeds are composed of around 25% Protein, and contain significant amounts of all 9 Essential Amino Acids. That is something very few plants can boast!

  3. Vitamin B

    B Vitamins in your diet are critical for your body to produce feelings of well being. They regulate the effects of stress in your body, they assist proper neurotransmitter function, and they boost metabolism and energy. They also assist the body in utilizing stored fuel reserves to nourish the brain and body.Hemp seeds are rich in almost all major B vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6.

These are just a few of the great benefits of including hemp in your daily diet. Other benefits that hemp supports are improved heart, lung, eye, gut, and joint health! There are some delicious recipes on our website that you can try, or you can try one of these great producs…

  • Hemp oil capsules – These are an easy way to make sure you get your daily requirements of EFAs!
  • Gorp Bars – These tasty snacks taste much better than the average Protein bar, and they contain 11g of Protein!
  • Toasted Hemp Seeds – Feeling snacky? These delicious Sea Salt Hemp Seeds are addicting!
  • Protein Powder – This nutrient packed Protein Powder is great in smoothies!

Set yourself up for success with hemp, today!

We have all been there: hair breakage, split ends, itchy scalp, flakes, no body, no shine, no fun! No one has time for bad hair days, and many shampoos can strip your hair and scalp of its natural protective oils. Luckily, Mother Nature has fantastic hair, and her secret is out! Hemp oil, whether taken internally or simply applied with hemp hair products, is so rich in the Essential Fatty Acids and Proteins that our hair follicles need to produce healthy cells. It is also non-greasy, organic and eco-friendly! Here are some of the benefits you can expect to enjoy when using hemp oil:

  1. Strengthens & Prevents BreakageOften, when we are experiencing hair breakage and split ends, it is because our body is lacking a Protein called Keratin. Hemp is packed full of Keratin, and so helps strengthen and restore the cellular structure in your hair. Additionally, because hemp is so moisturizing, it also improves the elasticity in your hair, which will prevent breakage due to brittleness.
  2. Stimulates Growth & Prevents LossOur hair needs an Essential Fatty Acid called Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) in order to grow. The more GLA we provide it with, the faster it will grow. By using hemp oil, which is rich in GLA, your hair can grow quickly and healthfully. It can also help prevent hair loss by moisturizing your hair and scalp, helping to ease dryness, eczema and irritation. Hemp oil can also help repair damaged membranes on your scalp.
  3. Adds Moisture & LusterHemp oil effectively penetrates hair and skin, to deliver the Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E and Protein right where we need them, without that greasy feeling. It dramatically softens hair, while also relieving any tightness and itchiness in the scalp. Additionally, the ceremides found in hemp oil serve to protect the moisture and protein levels in your hair, which is especially helpful during the dry winter months.

Hemp oil really is one of the best and most cost effective ways to care for your hair. Don’t just take our word for it, though! Try our organic hemp shampoo & conditioner set made here in Canada, or this recipe from Natural Oils for Hair for a Hemp Oil Hair Mask:

  1. Pour 5 tablespoons of hemp seed oil, 3 tablespoons of honey, 5 tablespoons of avocado oil, a banana and 5 – 10 drops of rosemary or eucalyptus essential oil into a blender.
  2. Blend together thoroughly. If you live in a dry/humid environment, leave out the honey or you can replace with 3 tablespoons of your favourite deep conditioner.
  3. Apply the mask to hair, cover with a cap and wait for about ½ an hour, then rinse out and style.Amounts can be increased or decreased depending on the length of your hair. In order to reap the full benefits, stick to the routine for 3 – 6 months. For optimum results, add hemp to your daily diet with hemp oil capsules or with one of our delicious recipes.

Feeling run down? Got the January ‘Blahs’? You’ve consumed your daily wage in Redbull and Starbucks but you’re still losing altitude, and pulling yourself out of that nose dive can be a job in itself! It’s a sad fact of life; you cannot pour from an empty cup. Fear not! We’ve put together a short list of ways you can increase your energy naturally!

 

  1. Hemp!

    Hemp is one of the best plant-based Proteins on the planet, consisting of globulins (edestin) and albumin. These are two of the most common types of Proteins found in the human body, which means it is very effecient at providing your body with what it needs to repair and grow lean body tissue.

    Hemp is also an excellent source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They call them ‘Essential’ because our body is unable to produce them on it’s own, meaning that we need to get 100% of our daily requirement from diet or supplements. EFAs are vital for our metabolism, immune system, brain health…the list goes on. You can read more about them here and here.

    Finally, hemp is packed to the gills with Iron. Just 30g of hemp seeds will give you 21% of your recommended daily allowance, and it is so easy to include in your diet. Iron is important to help your blood transport oxygen throughout your entire body, having a significant effect on your energy levels.

    For more delicious hemp products, you can click here or head to www.hempe.ca/shop!
  2. Stay hydrated

    The very first course of action when feeling fatigued is to drink a great big glass of water (not coffee…sorry). Exhaustion is one of the first signs of dehydration and even small variations in your hydration can affect your metabolism.

    How much should you drink? Current standards suggest that you take your body weight, divide it by 2, and then drink that amount in ounces. If you are active, sick, pregnant or nursing you should drink even more! Luckily, many foods like fruits and vegetables contain water, and contribute towards your daily totals.Adding a squeeze of a fresh lemon or lime will make your water become an even better source of enlivening energy!
  3. EatDon’t be afraid to nourish and fuel your bodies! If you are skipping (or skimping), on breakfast especially, studies show that you are more likely to experience low mood and energy throughout the day.Our bodies are evolved to graze, so eating small meals or snacks throughout the day can actually boost your metabolism and give you more energy. Large meals can burden your digestive system, and once your meal is digested, your blood sugar levels crashes, taking your mood and energy with it!Put life directly into your body with raw, live foods (fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts, and seeds).
  4. Reduce StressEmotions such as stress, worry, and anger, can leave you mentally and physically exhausted even if you’ve spent the day napping. Even worse, long term stress can lead to chronic illness, leaving you to do less and less, while feeling it more and more!The good news is that we have all the power to mitigate the effects of stress in our lives. By making self care a priority in our daily life, we are investing life into ourselves so we can invest ourselves into life. Self care can take many forms: exercise in a form you enjoy, taking a nap, setting boundaries, getting outside, meditation, soothing baths, enjoying a hot cup of tea,  etc! 
  5. KombuchaKombucha is a traditional fermented tea found in many different cultures throughout the centuries. It is packed full of probiotics, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that support your body in various ways. By adding this drink to your daily regiment you can expect to enjoy many health benefits including improved pancreatic function, better digestion, improved mood, increased nutrient absorption, improved joint health and increased energy!Kombucha used to be difficult to get your hands on, but now-a-days you can find it in nearly every grocery and health food store. But what’s the fun in that? There are a lot of really great recipes that are easy to aquire and follow! Try brewing your own at home!

Hemp – has there ever been a plant so misunderstood? Even today, if you mention the word around the wrong people, they’ll tell you to take your tie dye and your Grateful Dead records back to the 60’s where they belong. It’s true, there is some controversy surrounding this crop, but the truth is that hemp has the potential to be hugely beneficial to our planet, our economy, and our health. How did we come to believe such inaccurate things about one of the most useful plants in our arsenal?

The word ‘hemp’ had a very different meaning in the ever expanding landscape of medieval Europe. As their exploration efforts broadened, they labeled any fibrous plants they discovered as ‘hemp’, which is why we have so many different types of hemp today: Manila hemp (abacá, Musatextilis), sisal hemp (Agave sisalana), Mauritius hemp (Furcraeagigantea), New Zealand hemp (Phormium tenax), Sunn hemp (Crotalariajuncea), Indian hemp (jute, Corchorus capsularis),Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum), bow-string hemp (Sansevieriacylindrica).

A new layer of confusion was added to the word when the word hemp ‘marihuana’ (today, commonly spelled as ‘marijuana’) was coined and then adopted by the American Bureau of Narcotics in the 1930’s to describe all forms of hemp, regardless of their botanical distinctions. Luckily, in 1998 hemp was been legalized for industrial use in Canada, but the damage done to the public awareness and understanding still remains. So, lets talk about some of the myths surrounding hemp!

 

    1. Myth #1: Smoking hemp will get you high.
      Reality: Industrial hemp contains almost no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound in Marijuana responsible for the psychoactive effects. In fact, hemp contains high levels of CBD (Cannabidiol), which counteracts the effects of THC in the body. So, you could say industrial hemp is like the anti-drug to Marijuana.
    2. Myth #2: Marijuana crops can be hidden in hemp fields.
      Reality: Industrial hemp and marijuana require very different environments and care in order to flourish. Hemp is grown outdoors, planted close together and grows tall and skinny. Marijuana is short and bushy, and grows best indoors with more space between plants (4-5 feet). Not only would it be extremely easy to spot Marijuana in a Hemp field, but because Hemp contains such high levels of CBD, cross pollination would have a negative effect on the THC levels in the marijuana plants.
    3. Myth #3: Hemp is not an economically viable crop.
      Reality: The market for industrial hemp is growing like a weed (pun intended) and it’s no surprise! Hemp is easy to grown in our cold Canadian climate, it absorbs more CO2 out of the air per acre than trees, and has over 50,000+ known uses. It can be used to make environmentally friendly fuel, textiles, paper, bioplastic, food, medicine, building materials, animal feed, beauty products, etc.

There is a lot of confusion and mythology surrounding hemp, but the benefits of embracing this crop are almost immeasurable. We believe that with some education and awareness, the solutions offered by industrial hemp products will be in high demand! Head to our website where you can read more about this super crop, check out some cool products, and even sign yourself up to get involved in the fast growing market of industrial hemp!

Living with a chronic pain conditioncan color every aspect of your day. Whether you simply struggle with sore muscles from your active lifestyle, or you combat an auto-immune condition like Lupus or Fibromyalgia, the burden of daily pain can quickly become overwhelming. Often, chronic conditions come with a whole host of not-so-charming complications to complement the pain, such as IBS, chronic fatigue, trouble concentrating and so on. To make things worse, most chronic conditions are completely invisible to the world around us, making the burden even more heavy and alienating.

Most chronic pain survivors have tried every mystery potion and magic jelly bean on the market to find relief, from beer spas to magic jewelry. If you’re in enough pain, desperation will have you grasping at whatever straws late night television is featuring this week. It’s no surprise that many survivors find themselves on the business end of an opioid dependency, just from trying to get by from day to day.

Luckily, modern science is starting to understand the value of hemp for its role in managing chronic pain conditions and their accompanying symptoms. Now, more and more people are turning to hemp as a natural, non-addictive and non-psychoactive alternative to traditional pain relief methods. But how does it work?

  1. Nutrition – Recent studies have emphasized the importance of Protein and Essential Fatty Acids (Omega’s) in our diets, citing them to be as effective at pain relief as ibuprofen. Nearly every system of our body requires these nutrients to function, including our heart, brain, eyes, digestive tract, skin, circulation, immune system, and more. Just a ¼ cup of hemp seeds contains 15g of Protein, 14g of Essential Fatty Acids and 2.5 grams of fiber. That’s what I call a super food!
  2. Terpenes – These aromatic oils found in hemp, cannabis and essential oils were once thought to be nothing but a treat for your sniffer. However, when scientists looked closer they found that much like CBD, these fragrant little molecules can bind to receptors in the brain and can give rise to an incredible host of healthful effects. Most commonly, the effects cited are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-seizure, and more. More study is needed on Terpenes but the healing potential here is huge!
  3. CBD – Hemp can be a great source of Cannabidiol (CBD) which is a type of molecule that interacts with our bodies own Endocannabinoid System. Studies have shown that these molecules fit into several different neuron receptors in the brain and body, including opioid receptors and serotonin receptors, which signal feelings of wellbeing and reduce anxiety. Some of the CBD molecules including Cannabichromene (CBC) and Cannabigerol (CBG) have even been correlated to a reduction in inflammation and may even block pain signals from reaching the brain! Unfortunately, CBD is still considered a government controlled substance. Hemp farmers are prohibited from harvesting the CBD rich (and incredibly useful) portions of the hemp plant like the flowers, leaves and roots. While consuming even trace amounts of CBD will still stimulate our bodies Endocannabinoid System, we are really looking forward to when the restriction on CBD is lifted and hemp’s full healing power can be utilized.

From one chronic pain survivor to another, consistently adding a hemp product like hemp seeds or hemp capsules to your daily self-care routine could really show a noticeable difference in your symptoms. Don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself today!

A common question we receive about hemp is, “Can it help me lose weight?”.

One might expect a self-described health company like us to display our product’s weight management information in sky writing – after all, weight loss products are an easy sell! However, we at HempE pride ourselves on being both a heart-lead business that puts our principles before our pocketbooks, and an evidence-based information and education center, ensuring that truth trumps profit. As such, we would like to unpack this loaded question, and offer what we believe is an accurate, but fresh, perspective.

Sometimes, when someone is asking about weight loss, they are actually asking, “Will this product improve my health?” The answer, of course, is an emphatic YES! Hemp is an excellent source of Protein, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, and more! We’ve written about some of the ways it can improve your health in past blogs, which you can read here, here and here.

Other times, the question means just what it says, “Will it make me skinny?”. We, as a culture, have become obsessed with thinness. We have come to see it as synonymous with health, and even as a barometer for worthiness. We have created a toxic climate that fosters disordered eating, mental illness, and shame.

Of course, acting as your own bus driver, you are allowed to choose whatever path to health you feel called to, including intentional weight loss. There are a lot of articles that support the idea that hemp will aid you in your weight loss journey, which you can read here, or here, or literally thousands of places that a quick Google search will reveal to you. However, before you go, we would like to offer some ways you can support your mind and spirit while you seek health for your body:

  1. Honor your hunger: Our bodies are amazingly intuitive, and if we pay attention, they are actually telling us exactly what they need to be healthy and satisfied. Often, diets ask us to ignore what our body is telling us, but by doing this we are undermining our bodies inherent wisdom. If we deny ourselves for too long, we trigger a biological (not psychological) drive to overeat, and we eventually lose the ability to hear what our body is saying at all!
  2. Give yourself permission to eat – the ‘Satisfaction Factor’: These days most of us have sectioned off a portion of our psyche for the Food Police to obsess over every calorie. The Food Police are the ones with the internal megaphone that tell you you’re ‘good’ if you eat nothing but celery, or ‘bad’ if you enjoy a cookie. We get so wrapped up in our anxiety fueled self-denial that we overlook one of the most basic blessings of life – the pleasure and satisfaction we gain from eating good food. The Food Police won’t tell you this, but when you allow yourself to eat what you really want, the pleasure you gain from that experience is a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied. If you do this while listening to your body, you’ll find that you need a lot less food to decide you’ve had ‘enough’.
  3. Respect your fullness: Slow down, breathe, taste your food and listen to what your body is saying. When we are present in our bodies while we eat, not only do we enjoy the experience of eating more, we are also more likely to hear our body tell us when we are comfortably full.
  4. Honor your feelings without using food: Negative feelings, such as anxiety, loneliness, boredom or anger are very difficult emotions to sit with. It is natural to seek comfort or even just numbness from the pain. Food may feel nice for the short term, but it doesn’t solve the problem. If anything, once the food hangover wears off, we are left with the same difficult emotions along with a dollop of food shame on the side. Sooner or later, you’ll be left to deal with the source of your pain, as well as that bloaty feeling. 
  5. Respect your body: Your body is worthy of love and respect just as it is, in this moment. Really. Our bodies do so much for us every day and we don’t always remember to treat them with gentleness and gratitude. When we learn to respect our bodies, and let go of our self-criticism, we can finally seek a more holistic health that supports our mind and spirit, as well as our body.
  6. Pleasurable Movement: Cross fit will definitely get your heart pumping, and if this is your jam then high fives all around. However, if your local gym feels more like a medieval torture chamber to you, it can be hard to motivate yourself to stop pressing the snooze button to get there on time. This is especially true when we are exercising because we are unhappy with our bodies and not because they are precious, and we want to take care of them. Find an activity that brings you a sense of joy and connection with your body. Go for a walk in the park, pick up a hula hoop, join a soccer team, find something that is accessible to you, and makes you feel good in your body. There are more ways to fitness than burpees and flipping tractor tires.
  7. Honor your health: While it is true that our diets don’t have to be perfect, we still need to make food choices that honor both our taste buds and our health. Consistently adding nutritious choices, like hemp, to your diet can go a long way towards making you feel well. That is, after all, what we at HempE are really here for. We want to honor your health, the health of your family, and the health of our planet, with love. We want you to know that no matter what path to wellness you chose, you are worthy of gentleness, respect and delicious food.