Hemp What’s not to love about hemp? The green gold’s possible applications seem endless: hemp as nutrition and food, hemp as body care, paper, textile, fabric and rope, hemp as fuel and as alternative to plastic, hemp as building material, and not to forget the medicinal and recreational uses of cannabis . Under today’s spotlight: hemp as a food.
What’s not to love about hemp? The green gold’s possible applications seem endless: hemp as nutrition and food, hemp as body care, paper, textile, fabric and rope, hemp as fuel and as alternative to plastic, hemp as building material, and not to forget the medicinal and recreational uses of cannabis . Under today’s spotlight: hemp as a food.
Hemp is the only plant that contains all of the essential fatty acids, amino acids and minerals required by the human body. These essential nutrients affect a variety of body functions, including metabolism, skin, mood, behavior, brain, and heart.
The hemp plant can be used for 4 important valuable products. To be specific, it finds it’s utilization in hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, hemp oil, and fresh cannabis leaves.
Hemp foods are becoming more and more popular as the public discovers the nutritional benefits and culinary uses of hemp.
Hemp Seeds, Oil & Protein Powder
Hemp seeds are healthy! They are a nourishing superfood, popular amongst conscious people that value a balanced and healthy diet. Hempseeds are an excellent source of protein, minerals, and dietary fiber. They contain about 44% of oil and fats (EFA: Essential Fatty Acids), include 33% of protein and dietary fiber and about 12% carbohydrates, and they have lots of amino acids.
Hemp oil contains less than 10% Saturated Fatty Acids, which are particularly detrimental to the humans body blood cholesterol balance. Another reason why being promoted by health experts and practitioners.
Hemp seeds can be used to make hemp milk, for example. The drinks health benefits reach from promoting healthy skin, hair and nails and increasing mental capabilities to a healthy heart condition and strengthening the body’s immune system. Hemp seeds are also a nutritious supplement to salads and smoothies. Hemp protein powder is made from the seeds. The powder is of high quality in terms of amino acid composition. It contains 20 amino acids, from which 8 are essential.
Fresh Cannabis Leaves
Raw is the trend. Health experts and nutritionists claim that one of the most important aspects of raw food is enzymes. If the body does not have enough enzymes, it won’t have the energy to develop new cells, fight off infections and ailments, or digest food. By feeding the body raw food, it pretty much is being fed energy!
Cannabis in its raw state provides a “super green” food, high in chlorophyll, giving the cells oxygen, antioxidants and medicinal cannabinoids. Raw cannabis, with the leaves either juiced or added and consumed in a salad, has a high content in vitamins and minerals. Raw cannabis leaves are loaded with non-psychoactive, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrient compounds known as cannabidiol (CBD). It is a superfood capable of preventing and reserving chronic illnesses.
Dr. William Courtney, head of the Cannabis International Foundation in California is convinced: “Marijuana is the most therapeutic food.” The CBD found in the cannabis plant is a highly medicinal substance with unique immune-regulating capabilities. Why? Because the human body already contains a built-in endogenous cannabinoid system, complete with cannabinoid receptors. By feeding the body CBD from cannabis, it can be helped to normalize it’s functions.
Cannabis in its pure, natural form is gaining popularity, not only in alternative medicine, natural healing and holistic treatments. Recent studies ascertain that raw cannabis has potential to either alleviate or fully treat the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Lung, brain, breast cancer
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Inflammatory skin disease
- Mental disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Addiction to opioids
- Crohn’s Disease
Scott Imler, President of the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center (LACRC) stated on the website procon.org already in 2002 that most of the organisation’s members were recommended medical cannabis in some form by almost 450 licensed physicians in the state. Overall, 80% of all recommendations were made for HIV/AIDS patients, 10% for those with cancer, and another 10% for other conditions.
“Only through accurate information dissemination, more thorough understanding and improved patient care will we be able to fully free this marvelous plant!”, says Dr. Jeffrey C. Raber, scientist, inventor and President of The Werc Shop, a California based company. But there are still a few obstacles to overcome in order to accept cannabis as medicine, for example its legalisation status and big pharma influence.
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