What is hemp seed oil?
Hemp seed oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). Not to be confused with marijuana, hemp is a non-psychoactive (less than 1% THC) variety of Cannabis sativa L. So although hemp and marijuana do come from the same cannabis species, they are genetically different. Hemp crops have been grown for many thousands of years and industrial hemp has been used to make everything from paper, rope, canvas and clothing. Nowadays it is even used as a building material 'hempcrete'. Hemp is a very sustainable crop to grow, requiring less water and fertiliser than traditional crops and shading out weed plants, thus requiring less herbicides for its production.
Hemp seeds are widely recognised for their almost perfect balance of essential fatty acids and their high protein content. Many cultures have utilised hemp seeds in their diets in various forms and you can now buy hemp seeds, hemp oil, and hemp protein powder in many countries. New Zealand allows animal consumption of these products.
So why are we adding hemp seed oil to pet food?
Hemp seed oil makes a fantastic addition to a healthy dog food because of its very high content of two essential fatty acids linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), thus giving it an ideal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of around 3:1, which is perfect for optimum health. It also contains lower levels gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA).
The high levels of linoleic acid found in hemp seed oil is particularly beneficial for dogs with skin and coat conditions such as dry skin, allergies or excessive shedding.
Where does your hemp seed come from?
Our hemp seed oil is grown in Mid-Canterbury and pressed into oil in Ashburton.