The term hemp is used to name the durable soft fibre from the cannabis sativa plant stalk.

Compounds of Interest Applications

Cannabidiol

Lineoleic acid

Alpha-linolenic acid

Omega-3-Polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)

Omega-6-Polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)

Carophyllene

Humulene

Cis-beta-farnesene

Trans-alpha-bergamotene

Oleic acid

Palmitic acid

Gamma-linolenic acid

Tocopherols

Nutrition:

  • Great source of Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)
  • Naturally contains perfect 3:1 ratio of 2 essential PUFAs

Tocopherols:

  • Antioxidants
  • Decrease cardiovascular disease
  • Decrease cancer risk
  • Decrease age-related macular degeneration

Pharmaceutic applications:

  • Appetite stimulant, anti-emetic
  • Anti-spasmodic, analgesic

Specifically:

  • Gamma-linolenic acid:
    • effective against rheumatoid arthritis, atopic dermatitis, allergic response
  • Cannabidiol:
    • Anticonvulsive, antipsychotic, antiemetic
    • Immunosuppresive, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic
    • Sedative, hypnotic, neuroprotective
    • Appetite stimulant
    • Bronchodilatation
    • Decreases intraocular pressure
Why SFE

Oil obtained from hemp seed supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) produces extracts higher in gamma-tocopherol than alpha-tocopherol

SFE oil retains thermolabile compounds that cannot be obtained using other extraction methods

Optimization

2,600psi/250˚F

Tocopherol content is highest in initial extraction (shortest extraction time yields highest antioxidant activity)