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"The Hemp plant is not only one of the oldest cultivated plants, it is also one of the most versatile and valuable plants known to man".

  So, what is Hemp?  

The Hemp plant is not only one of the oldest cultivated plants, it is also one of the most versatile, valuable and controversial plants known to man. The industrial Hemp plant has a long history, which has proven its innate worth and its stalks and seeds can serve as raw material for an exciting array of many diverse products. The plantís Latin name "Sativa" means "useful Hemp" and it definitely measures up to its name!

The potential contribution of the Hemp Seed to human nutrition is gaining world wide recognition. Like no other plant resource, the Hemp seed has both a high content of easily digestible, complete protein and a rich endowment of oil providing the most favourable ratio of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) required for proper human nutrition. In addition, the Hemp Seed provides a significant contribution of Gamma-Linolenic acid which has potential therapeutic efficacy.

The Hemp Seeds are pressed to obtain oil, crushed to create flour or eaten as a nut substitute. The various grades of this EFA rich oil can be used as a nutritional supplement, in aromatherapy, in the manufacture of body care products and cosmetics, as a lubricant, in the manufacture of alkyd resins etc.

The Hemp Cake (which is the remains of the seeds once it has been through the oil press) can be used as animal feed, in plant fertilizer, in bait and much more.

Hemp is currently not grown in South Africa. It is regulated and can only be grown under license. All licenses to date have been issued for research purposes only.

All Hemp products available in South Africa are therefore imported.


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