Mention hemp and you’re sure to get snickers and warnings about it being illegal in the U.S. It’s true, the edible seed, oil and fiber does originate from the cannabis sativa (marijuana) plant, but these days hemp is found in all sorts of health food stores and eco-friendly products including clothing, paper, handbags and more.
Why is it a resurgent craze in health food? Organic hempseed contains 25% high quality protein and 40% fat in the form of an excellent quality oil. Hemp oil contains 57% linoleic and 19% linolenic acids, in the 3-to-1 ratio that matches our nutritional needs. These are the essential fatty acids (EFAs) your body cannot make that you must get from external sources. Adding EFAs to your diet seems to lower risks of heart attacks because omega-3 fatty acids reduce the clotting tendency of the blood and improve cholesterol profiles. They also have a natural anti-inflammatory effect that makes them useful for people with arthritis and autoimmune disorders.
Source: Hemp World