Yep, you got it right those pain in the ass seeds that used to come in your bag of pot in college. Caught me by surprise too. Wikipedia says; Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants known. It has been cultivated by many civilizations for over 12,000 years. I'll tell ya, when I was in school I tried to make these things grow in ice cube trays on the windowsill. Never did I imagine that those little devils were one of the highest complete plant protein sources on the planet. First off, I found out that the Hemp plant is such a versatile plant. Its fibers, core, seeds and flowers can be used as raw materials to form products ranging from food to paper, and clothing to carpeting. Also, Hemp is an Eco-friendly crop that rarely needs pesticide treatments for bugs or herbicides for weeds, so Hemp Seed Consumers can be assured that hemp foods are low in chemical residues.
Oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis approved for industrial hemp production have only minute amounts of THC (a psychoactive drug associated with marijuana) not enough for any physical or psychological effects. Typically, hemp contains below 0.3% THC, while cultivars of Cannabis grown for recreational or medicinal use can contain anywhere from 2% to over 20%.
According to livestrong.com, Hemp the industrial plant, provides seeds that can be consumed. Now these seeds are not just any food. They provide a range of nutrients, including protein and fats, that are beneficial to health. Hemp seeds are also versatile in their function, as they can be eaten alone, toasted or not toasted, or added to a variety of foods. Hemp seeds can also be made into hemp protein for smoothies and baking. Hemp Seed has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids required by the human body. Omega fatty acids are the key nutrients in reducing inflammation. They feed and rejuvenate the cells, help with new cell growth, and keep the cellular structure strong and pliant. Omega 3 fatty acids also improve the cell’s ability to use the nutrients that are ingested. Hemp is also rich in antioxidants, and as we know oxidation is also one of the key factors of cellular aging.
Hemp seed can be cold-pressed for oil that is high in essential fatty acids and low in saturated fatty acids and with zero trans-fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is best used cold or warm, but should not be boiled or used for frying. Use it in salad dressings, dips or spreads. Use it in conjunction with or in place of other oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil. Because of its ideal composition of essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil is also marketed in a capsule supplement form. After hemp seed has been crushed for its oil, it still contains 25 percent protein; the resultant hemp seed meal can be used as a nutritional supplement and is even used to brew beer. I've personally tried this beer and it's great tasting. Try a bottle or 2 down this weekend with your friends and don't be shy about adding hemp seeds to your diet. You'll be healthier for it. Good Luck...
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