(Health Secrets) Hemp has always been an important grain in traditional Asiatic food and medicines. Hempseed, considered a superfood for many reasons, is gaining popularity in the West. The American demand for omega-balanced hempseed oil is fueling a windfall for hemp farmers, and American farmers have watched as Canadian farmers cleared huge profits from hemp at $250 per acre in the 2013 market. By contrast, U.S. grown soybeans net farmers about $71 per acre.
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant and a cousin of marijuana. It contains 0.3% or less of the psychoactive component THC, while marijuana plants typically contain 5% to 20% THC. You cannot get high from hemp, however starting in 1937 U.S. drug laws banned the cultivation of hemp. In the 2014 farm bill, hemp grown for research purposes only was removed from the Controlled Substances Act, which is the main federal drug law.
Scientists in the West continue to discover new benefits of hemp
Besides being a superfood, hemp has dozens of uses. The Dutch manufacture a stronger-than-steel hemp fiber that is used in Mercedes door panels. Hempcrete is a fiber insulation that outperforms traditional fiberglass insulation.
Other uses of hemp include:
- Food and nutrition
- Body care
- Fabric textiles and rope
- Building materials
- Plastic alternatives
One of the advantages of growing hemp is that it needs half the water of wheat, which would be of great benefit to farmers in the drought ridden western U. S. It is believed that hemp would revive family farming. It is also a good rotation crop as it returns nitrogen to the soil.
Hempseed oil contains linolenic acids an omega-3 fatty acid that helps prevent coronary heart disease, and sterols that are beneficial to normalizing cholesterol.
Hemp benefits individuals
Those who may benefit include:
• People interested in preventative health and wellness
• Those with obesity
• People with chronic constipation
• Elderly individuals with chronic health problems
• People with high blood pressure
• Individuals on carb-reduced diets
• Individuals battling high cholesterol
• People with Celiac Disease
• People battling depression
• Pregnant and lactating mothers
• Children with hyperactivity disorders
Hemp seed oil contains active ingredients that reduce platelet aggregation, and antioxidants that have anticancer actions. It is beneficial against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, hardening of the arteries, dermatological problems, and issues with lipid metabolism.
Hempseed oil is nutritious and tastes good. It contains an excellent balance of polyunsaturated fatty acids; the vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene; and the minerals phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, and calcium.
Hempseed can be purchased and used in these forms:
- raw shelled seed
- protein high fiber drink mix
- hemp oil
- non-dairy beverage
- powdered fiber
- hemp butter
- cereal flakes
- nutritional capsules
- body lotions and soaps
Research studies document the benefits of hemp
Studies have validated treatment of the following:
- Weakened immune system
- High LDL cholesterol
- Protection against clot-induced strokes and myocardial infarctions
- Skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis
- Heart disease and other heart conditions
- Most degenerative diseases
- Chronic inflammation
For thousands of years, people have used parts of the hemp plant for food, textiles, paper, fabric, and fuel oil. Modern technologies have made it possible to create alternative petroleum products that could lessen our reliance on polluting and expensive fossil fuels.
The hemp plant is a renewable resource that grows quickly, naturally resists plant diseases, requires little weeding, thrives in most climates, and enriches soil.
Because of over fishing and chemical contamination of the oceans, hemp has become in important source of omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp is used in animal feed, as fishing bait and in bird feed (hemp is preferred by song birds.).
Hemp oil is a good alternative to the toxic chemicals present in petroleum-based lotions and cosmetics.
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