The Health Benefits of Hemp

The Health Benefits of Hemp

Melanie Ryan

Only a short time ago (2017) hemp was legalised to be sold as a food product in Australia and New Zealand. We were the last two countries in the world to legalise hemp seed products for food, conceding it is safe for human consumption allowing hemp to be sold as food products. Australia was permitted in 1998 to be grown for other purposes.

Hemp Seeds

The part of the plant that gets processed into other food varieties.


  • Excellent form of protein – They are considered a complete protein meaning they contain all the essential aminos resembling animal protein (although their lysine content is low). They are hulled as this makes the protein more easily digested/absorbed
  • A good plant form of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9.
  • Vitamin packed - the only plant source of vitamin D3! Contains good levels of vitamin E, phosphorus, folate, magnesium, calcium and zinc and many more!
  • High in fibre
  • Low allergenic
  • Phytosterol rich – good for cholesterol
  • Low in carbs/sugar

How to use hemp seeds - perfect to sprinkle on your salads, muesli, smoothie bowls, avocado toast or blitz into a creamy hemp seed milk (great dairy-free plant “milk’).

Hemp seeds also come as protein powder and flour. The protein powder can be used in the same way as any other protein powder. Hemp flour is a good gluten free alternative when baking. It’s also being added to chocolate and many other foods.

What do they taste like? A cross between cashews and sunflower seeds.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seeds contain around 35% oil which is expelled by cold pressing. This oil contains 20% Omega 3 fatty acids, which is not as good as fish oil to obtain your omega 3’s but a good vegetarian option nonetheless and is balanced by containing Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids. The main benefit of hemp oil is its anti-inflammatory effects. Never heat your hemp seed oil – use in dressings, smoothies etc

Hemp Body and Hair Care

These products use hemp seed oil as it won’t clog pores and really hydrates the skin. Hemp oil for hair can be used for the most sensitive scalps and can reduce hair breakage and stimulate hair growth.

A variety of hemp products can be found in-store and online now! Ask our team for assistance.