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The hemp seed, once considered a byproduct of hemp fiber production, has been gaining more attention as the legal restrictions have eased in recent years—driving increasing market interest in the cultivation of hemp seeds for oil production. A valuable source of essential amino acids and fatty acids that lend many functional benefits in food, cosmetic, industrial, and pharmaceutical applications, hemp seed oil is quickly uncovering new market potential.

The earliest records of hemp cultivation come from China, where the plant most likely originated. Researchers in China have discovered evidence of hemp used as fiber and food, in both seed and oil form, dating back as far as 8000 B.C.

Cannabinoids work by binding to certain receptors in the human body that regulate pain, mood, appetite, inflammation, and metabolism, creating a variety of potential therapeutic possibilities.

By understanding the challenges, opportunities, and regulatory nuances throughout every step of hemp seed oil production, processors can tap into new profits as this crop’s popularity expands.