HEMP FOR HEALTH
You have likely heard about the struggle between states and the federal government regarding the cultivation of industrial hemp. But, did you know that hemp barely has any resemblance to the marijuana plant for which it is associated? They both come from the same species of cannabis plant, but the hemp variety has absolutely no psychoactive properties.
Hemp does however, have a great deal of value as a sustainable crop offering seeds, oil, fiber, and so much more. Hemp can be used to make textiles, clothing, paper, many building materials and even food. What industrial hemp can be used for is incredible in its scope and mind-blowing aspects, due to the fact that currently (according to federal law) it is illegal to grow it in the United States.
Benefits of Hemp as Food
In spite of the dicey history of the plant, there are many environmental benefits associated with the ease and speed in which it grows. It could replace many textiles, paper products, building materials and fuels that are currently bad for the environment. There are many different products you can derive from industrial hemp, and food is among one of the most exciting, due to the many health benefits being discovered.
- High in Plant Based Protein – The slow moving protein provided by hemp helps keep blood sugar under control and aids in keeping you more satisfied after a meal.
- High in Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids – Due to the pollution in our oceans, finding a plant based source of important Omega fatty acids is essential. These fatty acids reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, maintain bone health and regulate metabolism.
- Contains Essential Amino Acids – The building blocks of all your muscles, cells, tissues and organs need to have enough essential amino acids available to help ward off age-related mental diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Known to be one of the most, if not the most, nutritional and beneficial seeds on the planet, hemp is a good source of protein, amino acids, omega fatty acids, as well as magnesium, potassium and fiber. It also has many of the vitamins that your body needs to function and stay healthy.