HEMP INFO

Nutrition Facts (whole hemp seed)

Fats ca. 30 %
Unsaturated fatty acids 90 % of total fats. Omega-3 alphalinolenic acid (ALA 22%) and omega-6 linolenic acid (LA 56%) in ideal balance of 1:3.
Additionally gammalinolenic acid (GLA 4%) and stearidonic acid (SDA 2%).

Protein ca. 26 %
Contains all essential amino acids. Total of 20 amino acids that the body can absorb. No equal can be found in other flora.

Fibers 40 %
Fiber content of hemp seed is for the most part easily soluble nutritional fiber.

Carbohydrates only 2 %

Hemp fits everyone
Finnish hemp contains only small traces of heavy metals and is therefore suitable for pregnant and breast-feeding women totally safely up to 50 g daily. This recommendation falls below the limit values of Finnish Health Office (THL) for heavy metals. Information sources that recommend not to eat hemp seeds during pregnancy are based on Chinese hemp seeds, that contain much higher amounts of heavy metals.

Hemp does not need boiling or other pre-processing like peas and beans. It is edible as is.

Hemp seeds could basically provide a person for more than a year as a single solid food - they are so rich in nutrients!

CULTIVATION

Cultivation

In Finland, hemp has been cultivated for more than 3 000 years. Its long traditions were cut in the 1950s - 1960s when the officials mistakenly connected local northern varieties with foreign narcotic ones. This forced local hemp to extinction in Finland. Oil hemp cultivation re-emerged in 1995 with newly-developed FINOLA-variety.

Hemp is a soil improvement plant and increases the nutrition values of the soil and extinguishes weeds.
Hemp suits as the first plant after fallow with the possibility of several successive cultivation years. Hemp requires a certain amount of added nitrogen to the soil and we get it through our farmer network as organic fertilizer. Hemp leaves accumulate about 60 % of the nitrogen used by the plant and by leaving them to the ground will decrease the need for added nitrogen accorgingly. A crop rotation with broad bean is ideal since it raises nitrogen from the soil for hemp to use.

The growing season of hemp is relatively long, but in northern climatic conditions its nutritional content will develop and enrich uniquely.

Per hectar the yields in Finland range typically between 500–1 000 kg (depending on the soil type with large variance). Soft soil with organic matter is the best for hemp.

No pesticides
Finnish hemp does not require, and it is not allowed to use, pesticides or herbicides since it does not have any pests and very little herbal diseases. Cold winter will clear the cultivated land from herbal diseases.
Hemp cultivation seeds are never treated with industrial chemicals (i.e. against mold).

Seed retailer
Trans-Farm Oy on EU-tukikelpoisten siementen jälleenmyyjä, Finola Ky:n lisensoima.

If you are interested in cultivating hemp as contact farmer, contact us.

CLIMATE-FRIENDLY

Climate-friendly

Hemp is excellent in fighting climate change - it stores carbon 3-5 times faster than equal area of forest on average.

Hemp fibers and hurds make up building materials (i.e. hempcrete) where carbon is trapped for decades or even centuries, and biocomposites to replace plastics as well as long-lived textiles. The plant can be refined into tens of thousands of different end products which can replace considerable amount of fossil raw materials used in the industry. Hemp could replace timber in pulp industry - it actually was our first paper material.