The hemp plant is well-known for its versatile use, especially in the food industry. From seed to roots, leaves, and flower - all parts of the plant can be extracted, cooked, eaten or brewed. No matter if you prefer to enjoy hemp products in your cereals, coffee, tea or smoothie: hemp food is full of healthy ingredients that can add more balance to your daily life.
Hemp seeds contain a unique combination of unsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin A, C, and E, proteins and essential minerals. This is why they are considered a superfood all over the world. The easiest way to benefit from these seeds is the use of hemp seed oil. This carefully cold-pressed oil is rich in amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants and other nutritious components that are beneficial for our health and general well-being.
Hemp seed oil delivers the optimal ratio of nutrients for our body while being easily digestible. Therefore, it can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet. However, It can also be added into your wellness routine and is frequently used as a beauty boost for cosmetics, since it gets absorbed extra quickly by the skin and provides long-term hydration as well as anti-aging properties.
These are the most popular forms of hemp food:
After a gentle harvesting process, hemp seeds are cleaned, crushed and processed into a variety of food products. The shells can be used for animal food or for dietary fibre supplements. The hulled kernels are used for hemp-nut butter and nutritious non-dairy milk, cheese and spreads and add a delicious nutty flavour to your favourite meals and drinks while being a non-allergenic alternative to nuts. Whole hemp seeds offer a lot of fibers and can be eaten raw or roasted as a healthy snack, processed into protein powder supplements, and they even serve as a substitute for salads and coffee. Hemp seeds are rich in fiber and offer complete proteins and well-balanced fatty acids. They are also known to promote digestion.
Both hulled and whole seeds can be ideally used to produce hemp seed oil. This oil is made by cold pressing the hemp seeds and cannot be used for frying foods due to its low smoke point of 160°C. During the pressing process, about 25-35% of the seeds’ weight can be extracted to unrefined hemp seed oil. The resulting product is an exceptional source of essential fatty acids. Hemp seed oil consists of 55% linolenic acid (omega-6), 22% alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and 1-4% gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). It is therefore a great alternative to fish and fish oil for vegetarians and vegans as a source of omega-3.The nutritious oil can be used in exchange for other cooking oils, however, in order to benefit from all the nutrients, it is advised to not be boiled and heated no longer than 20 minutes.
While hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the plant, hemp oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves. Isolated as a pure CBD (cannabidiol) oil or carefully extracted with other plant components (like terpenes and flavonoids) as a full-spectrum hemp extract, hemp oil delivers multiple benefits for our body and mind. CBD oil can not only be taken orally as a supplement for better sleep, focus or relaxation, but it can also be used as an effective skin treatment. Wellness products such as CBD bath bombs, bath salts, massage oils, CBD balms and lotions can revitalize the body and help to recharge strained muscles and joints. It can also be inhaled in the form of CBD oil cartridges with a vape pen.
Hemp milk is a plant-based drink made from hemp seeds. It is often infused with vanilla or chocolate flavours and offers a healthy alternative to soy, nuts milk, and traditional dairy products. Since hemp seeds are also known to be anti-allergenic, they can be consumed by nearly everyone. Hemp milk is rich in omega fatty acids, calcium, niacin, zinc, and iron and provides many more essential vitamins and minerals.
It’s hemp tea time! If you are a true tea lover, you can also enjoy the plants’ benefits while drinking your favourite hot beverage. Hemp tea has a relaxing and refreshing effect and a mild, earthy taste. Organic hemp tea is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals and can be made by using the flowers, seeds, leaves, stalks, stems and even the roots of the hemp plant. However, most hemp teas are made from dry leaves and flowers. Although hemp tea contains traces of many useful cannabinoids such as CBD (cannabidiol), the majority of them are not water soluble. You can maximize the benefits of hemp tea by adding some oil, butter, or milk. This way, the cannabinoids can be dissolved faster and better. Hemp tea is the perfect drink before bedtime since it can help you sleep better. It is also the perfect companion for a relaxing break at work, since the tea can help you find more balance and relieve stress and tension quickly.
Hemp tea is one of the most popular forms of hemp food since it not only provides essential minerals and vitamins, but also a relaxing ritual. At New Garden Lab, you can find a fine selection of organic hemp teas by Dutch Harvest. Take your time, brew yourself a delicious cup of hemp tea and relax after a stressful day. All of our hemp food products are made from EU-certified organic industrial hemp plants and do not contain the psychoactive ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Therefore, they will not make you feel “high”.
Depending on your individual needs, you can choose from four different tea flavours. The spicy Dutch Harvest Hemp Chai Organic Tea rejuvenates and vitalizes after a challenging day. Infused with ayurvedic spices, you can enjoy pure relaxation and warmth. No matter if you are looking for a calming, refreshing or activating effect in your hemp tea: we got you! Explore our different hemp teas and other hemp food products and discover a new way to finding your balance in life. All of our New Garden Lab products are lab-tested and made from natural, sustainable resources.