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Hemp Declared Next ‘It’ Food; Finally Overcomes Marijuana Misnomer

Hemp does give a damn about its bad reputation. This particularly trusty strain of Cannabis has been besmirched by its illicit cousin marijuana, a cultivar of Cannabis that is smoked for recreational purposes. Hemp has a microscopic and harmless amount of THC—the chemical in marijuana that gets you high—and has an extremely versatile skill set.

Hemp Foods

From nutritious foodstuffs to composite plastics for automobiles, hemp can be used for more than kitschy, hippy jewelry. In addition to its wide range of applications, the hemp crop is easily cultivated; its water and soil purification properties help to renew farm fields and can even kill weeds. Unfortunately, industrial hemp has been illegal to grow in the U.S. since 1958—save Colorado, of course—and can only be enjoyed legally by importing hemp products from Canada or other parts of the world.

There are thousands of possible uses for hemp, but the most beneficial purpose is hemp foods. Forty-four percent of the hemp seed is edible oils, and they’re chock full of essential fatty acids like Omega-6 and Omega-3.

Sharon Palmer, RD, dietitian and author of The Plant-Powered Diet, told us that “Plant Omega-3s have heart health and anti-inflammatory benefits.” She explained the plethora of ways hemp can be infused in a diet, too. “With its soft, sesame seed-like appearance and nutty flavor, you can sprinkle hemp seeds into cereals, salads, breads, casseroles, and desserts.”

Palmer said the hemp/weed confusion “was more prevalent in the past, but people are starting to get it more now. It’s a different breed of plant than marijuana.”

The world’s largest hemp food manufacturer is Manitoba Harvest in Canada, where industrial hemp is legal to grow. They plant, harvest, and manufacture hemp for products like edible hemp seeds, hemp oils for cooking, and were the first to successfully develop water soluble hemp protein powder for shakes and smoothies. Manitoba Harvest offers both certified organic and natural hemp products with a THC content of less than 10 parts per million.

Simply put, hemp is remarkably healthy and starting to break free from antiquated fallacies. Palmer thinks its been a long time coming. “I think hemp is the next ‘it’ food—it has been for a while,” she said. “I don’t think it will be a flash in the pan; it has historical, nutritional, and sustainable significance.”

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July 12th, 2013

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Its all coo

posted Jul 26th, 2013 5:01 am

John Sergovich

I agree with you about all of the nutritional benefits of the seed but I feel you should know that what you call hemp, and what you call marijuana, are the same species. In science, both are called cannabis sativa. Hemp is not a natural form. Its seed is made to be nonviable and it is bred to contain a low concentration of THC. It is also expensive. A hundred years ago, farmers grew natural cannabis and it was called hemp. Today, that same crop is labelled by its mexican slang name and scorned despite being a most inexpensive and versatile crop. Ethanol produced from the fibers of natural cannabis can supply the world with a fuel cheaper than gasoline. Many people now believe that its juice contains the cure to most cancers. Its too bad that some people want to eradicate it.

posted Jul 13th, 2013 9:01 pm

K Gapper

Will the THC in hemp foods show up on a drug test? Hemp question.

posted Jul 12th, 2013 2:46 pm


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