Hemp is the industrial, medicinal, nutritional form of Cannabis Sativa, which is the same plant species as marijuana. Hemp’s main difference from marijuana lies in the level of THC (TetraHydroCannabinol), the chemical that triggers marijuana’s psychoactive effects. Hemp has almost no THC.
Human beings have been making use of hemp since the beginnings of human civilization.
Hemp has been cultivated and used by humans for over 10,000 years. Its many uses were valued by many cultures from all parts of the world. It has clothed, educated, fed, healed, transported and emancipated humans for millennia. No other plant has contributed as much to human civilization as hemp. It deserves our utmost respect.
Hemp is the most eco-friendly agricultural crop. Growing hemp requires no pesticides or fertilizers and instead of depleting the soil, actually regenerates it. Hemp was planted around the site of the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster to heal the contaminated soil.
For most of early human history, hemp was the predominant textile; and, the oldest surviving relic of human produced material is a piece of hemp cloth dated at over 8,000 years old. Clothing made from hemp textile predates all clothing save that made from animal skins. Linen (made from flax) and cotton were latecomers to the clothing industry. Even wool did not become a usable textile until about 5,000 BC.
For almost 3,000 years, both the sails and the rigging on all sailing vessels in all cultures were made from hemp. The word canvas comes from the word cannabis. Many of the Renaissance artists painted with paints made from hemp oil on hemp canvas. The first American flag was made from hemp. The first blue jeans by Levi Straus were made from hemp.
Hemp textiles are the best eco-friendly choice. Almost 25% of the total number of insecticides (poisons) used in the world are used on cotton plants. The amount of cotton used to make one t-shirt requires 250 gallons of water. Hemp does not require insecticides, pesticides or fertilizer. And in most climates, hemp grows quite well without any irrigation.
The first paper ever used was made from hemp. The first books ever written (in China) were made from hemp paper. The first book ever produced on a printing press, the Gutenberg Bible, was printed on hemp paper. The Magna Charta was printed on hemp paper.
Benjamin Franklin started the first hemp paper mill. This allowed the American colonies to have their own dependable supply of paper for the independent colonial press. Thomas Paine’s booklets, which helped spark the American Revolution, were printed on hemp paper. The Declaration of Independence and the first draft of the US Constitution were written on hemp paper. Mark Twain’s books were printed on hemp paper.
Hemp paper is naturally acid free and lasts longer than paper made from trees. Each acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 6 to 8 acres of trees; hemp stalks mature in 4 to 8 months, whereas trees take 20 to 80 years to mature. Paper made from hemp requires half the energy to make compared to paper made from trees and, hemp paper does not need to be bleached; consequently, hemp is the obvious environmentally friendly choice.
Hemp seeds are the most nutritionally complete and easily digestible source of protein on the planet, containing all the amino acids in the highest amount of any source. Hemp seeds are the only food item containing every EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) and in the perfect ratio for human health. Additionally, hemp seeds contain fiber, carbohydrates, minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium) and vitamins (Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, Vitamin C, D and E).
It is said (and disputed) that the Buddha lived only on hemp seeds for years prior to his enlightenment. If he didn’t, he could have, since hemp seeds provide the necessary nutrition needed to support human life and maintain health.
Soy protein is often cited as a good source of protein; but it does not measure up to hemp protein since the protein contained in soy is not digestible unless fermented; and much, if not most, of the soy now grown is GMO. GMO soy actually contains less amino acids that natural soy and has many inherent health risks. Soy protein is also often processed with hexane, a petroleum solvent that has adverse impacts on the environment and human health.
Whey protein does not measure up and contains Homocysteine, which can be extremely detrimental to your health (has been proven to cause cancer, Alzeimer’s disease and more). Additionally, if your whey protein is produced in the USA, it likely contains Monsanto’s poisonous growth hormone, rGBH, which also causes cancer.
All land-based meat proteins are hard to digest, contain cholesterol and consume huge resources to produce. Factory farmed animal protein is detrimental to your health; not to mention morally repugnant.
Your best choice for getting the protein you need to maintain your health is Hemp. Almost two-thirds of hemp protein is made up of Edestin, a globulin protein found only in hemp seeds and the most easily digestible protein that exists.
Hemp protein powder is available at most quality nutritional supplement stores and, of course, online.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are worth emphasising again here. Hemp actual makes you smarter. The neurons in your brain need EFAs to work efficiently. Without EFAs, the neurons will not fire and you cannot think. Since hemp oil contains the highest amount of essential fatty acids of any food and provides the perfect 3 to 1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 and is the only food which contains Stearidonic Acid and Gamma-linoleic Acid (Super Omega 6), it is the perfect brain food.
EFAs are also essential to tissue growth and help regulate many internal functions, which makes consuming them critical. Essential fatty acids are by definition, essential, because they can’t be produced by the body, but must be obtained through diet.
In addition to being essential for brain function, EFAs help organ muscles to contract, regulate stomach acid, help lower blood pressure, help maintain body temperature, regulate hormone levels, and break up cholesterol, while aiding in fat transportation and metabolism. The health benefits of EFAs are so numerous, it is impossible to mention them all here.
The recognition that hemp is the perfect food source is growing rapidly and there are many companies that are selling quality hemp food products.