Frequently asked questions
This section contains the frequently asked questions associated with NZ Hemp oil products.
Hemp Seed Oil is made up of 81% poly-unsaturated essential fatty acids (EFA's). That makes new hemisphere™ Hemp Seed Oil one of the least saturated oils available. EFA's are needed by, but not produced by, the human body.
Hemp Seed Oil contains the EFA's Omega 6 and Omega 3 in the ratio of 3:1. This means it can be used in the long term without causing a deficiency or imbalance in either of these important fatty acids.
Hemp Seed Oil also contains the beneficial Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is an important anti- inflammatory agent which reduces the symptoms of common skin disorders such as eczema,acne and psoriasis.
Check out our stockist list on our where to buy page. If there isn't a stockist in your area, you can simply purchase via Trade Me (search: new hemisphere Hemp Seed Oil) or you can contact us direct.
It is very much an individual preference. Some users find the convenience of capsules a benefit, others take capsules as they are unable to take oil off the spoon. Others take both capsules & oil combined. The capsules contain the same high quality unrefined, cold pressed oil that goes into our 250ml Bottles. So whether you choose capsules or oil you receive the same high quality product & increase your daily intake of omegas 6 & 3 and GLA.
No. Like flax seed oil, it is fragile. The essential fatty acids it contains are easily damaged if exposed to light, air or heat. Nutritionists recommend that hemp seed oil should never be cooked at high temperatures and is best consumed raw.
Yes. new hemisphere™ Hemp Seed Oil is a pure, Cold Pressed oil, extracted from THC and chemical residue free grown on the fertile plains of Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand. There are no other additives, oils or oil blends present in our new hemisphere™ Hemp Seed Oil.
All plant oils should be packaged in a dark glass bottle to maintain freshness, quality and flavour. Oils packaged in plastic bottles or clear glass can deteriorate and reduce the associated health benefits. Plastic packaging is also prone to dissolving phthalates into the oil. Phthalates are an oil based compound commonly used in the manufacturing of plastics. Current research has implicated these compounds as a cause of cancer, liver and kidney damage, damage to reproductive organs and mimicking oestrogen in both males and females. Glass is definitely best!
new hemisphere™ Hemp Seed Oil is extracted by Cold Pressing. The Cold Pressing of Hemp Seed Oil, which is also the process used for other nutritional oils such as flaxseed oil, means the oil is processed at low temperatures. OSE has developed a high quality production process for new hemisphere™ Hemp seed Oil that ensures there is no exposure to light, temperatures remain below 40°C, and the oil is made in an O2 free environment. These three factors ensure prolonged freshness, without any loss of the oils nutritional value.
In the past, Hemp Seed Oil sold in New Zealand has been produced via seed from abroad. This is the first time, a New Zealand Hemp Seed Oil is available in health stores and outlets nationwide under the brand name new hemisphere™. In 2002 a successful venture by two Canterbury businesses, Midlands Seed Ltd and Oil Seed Extractions Ltd (OSE) culminated in the first harvest of Hemp seed on a commercial scale in New Zealand. Since then the two companies have continued to produce Hemp Seed annually, under licence by Medicines Control. This New Zealand Hemp Seed is chemical residue free and is the only ingredient used to produce the finest new hempisphere™ Hemp Seed Oil.
There are four basic types of fat that the body takes from food: cholesterol, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. The polyunsaturated essential fatty acids are the one's the body uses to build itself. These essential fatty acids are called 'essential' fatty acids because they are necessary for life. The body cannot make EFA's for itself nor can it store them, so we need a regular supply in our food, and the modern day diet of processed convenience foods often means we are lacking these valuable EFAs. Polyunsaturated Essential Fatty Acids include: Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3), and Linoleic Acid (Omega 6).
No. The intoxicating property of cannabis sativa (THC - tetrahydrocannabinol) resides in a sticky resin produced in the flowering tops of female plants before the seeds mature. Strains of hemp grown for oilseed production have a low resin content to begin with, and by the time the seeds are ready for harvest, resin production has dropped even further. The final process of drying, cleaning,and pressing the seeds means no THC is found in the final product. Any person could safely pass a urine analysis test having consumed Hemp Seed Oil.
Yes, Hemp Seed Oil is legal for sale as a food in New Zealand. In other parts of the world such as Canada and the UK Hemp seed and associated hemp foods are also legal. Currently New Zealand law does not allow the sale of hemp seeds and hemp seed foods for human consumption.Follow this link for further information: http://www.nzfsa.govt.nz/consumers/chemicals-nutrients-additives-and-toxins/hemp-seed-oil-as-food/
It's all about striking a healthy balance. The optimum ratio of 6:3 appears to be critical in inhibiting inflammatory responses. Excessive intake of omega 6:omega 3 can saturate enzyme activity and prevent the production of anti-inflammatory substances.
15ml (1 Tblsp) per 50kg of body weight per day and over a period of long-term consumption provides the optimum balance of fatty acid ratios. This contains the daily recommended requirement (600mg GLA) to help alleviate the symptoms of eczema, cyclic mastalgia and diabetic neuropathy for a normal adult. Higher levels can be used under the guidance of a health practitioner.
No, there are no known contradictions.
Hemp Seed Oil is a golden green colour with a delicious, nutty taste - many say it tastes like pine nuts. Due to it's high EFA content, it's not suitable for cooking at high temperatures (undesirable trans-fatty acids that are formed at temperatures approaching 400degF). Quick saute-ing is acceptable, as long as the oil doesn't smoke. The best use is in its natural form, taken straight of the spoon (3 x 5mls per day or one 15ml spoon per day) add to fruit juice, smoothies & yoghurts, drizzle on salads, serve with breads for dipping, great with Dukkah, drizzled onto pastas/potatoes & vegetables. Please see our recipes section for more detailed information.
Always store in a dark, cool place. After opening (due to the delicate polyunsaturated EFAs), Hemp Seed Oil must be stored in the fridge and should be consumed within 4 weeks. Unopened bottles should last up to 9 months if stored properly.
Hemp Seed Oil is derived from the nut or heart of the hemp seed, but this is not a ground nut thus should not provoke the normal allergic reaction.