For thousands of years the Cannabis plant has been used for culinary purposes throughout the world. Hemp is known as a so-called superfood because of its outstanding nutritional content. The inside of the hemp seed, also known as the hempnut, is rich in both protein and oil.
The protein content of hemp seed is one of the most complete offered from vegetable sources, only exceeded by soy. Although hemp does not have as much protein as soy, the spectrum of amino acids in it makes it a more digestible source of vegetable protein. As well, hemp is not genetically modified, unlike most soy. For these reasons, many vegetarians and vegans choose hemp seeds for their main protein intake.
Hemp seed oil is considered to be the #1 nutritional oil for health, because it has the highest and most complete profile of essential fatty acids. First cold-pressed organic hemp seed oil is Nature's own healthy blend of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. It also contains GLA, and is therefore one of only two plants known to contain all three of these vital nutrients. And unlike most flax seed oil, hemp seed oil does not go rancid quickly. Nutritionists recommend that for optimal health, one's intake of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids should be in a ratio of 3:1 or 4:1. This is approximately the same ratio found in hemp oil, and hemp is one of the only oilseeds that can make this claim. In this sense, hemp is perfectly balanced. Not only is hemp seed oil extremely healthy, it also tastes delicious. When the seed of the hemp plant are cold-pressed, it yields an oil that has a enchanting and remarkable sweet nutty taste that is appreciated by both gourmet and health minded folks alike.