Increasingly popular in the culinary world, hemp is a superfood that has become a staple when it comes to eating a healthy and balanced diet. However, with this notoriety comes a number of questions. Especially from people who compare hemp with its cousin cannabis.
Some people wonder if they will have any euphoric effects when consuming hemp. This is not the case! Hemp seeds only have traces of THC (one of the compounds in hemp, which gives this euphoric high). First, the traces of THC found in hemp are not psychotropic. So even if you eat it in industrial quantities, you will not feel any effect. Then, since Health Canada’s criteria are very high, industrial hemp contains a maximum level of 0.3% THC. This is minimal compared to cannabis which contains 20% to 40%.
A Complete Plant
By including hemp in your diet, your health will be better for it. This is because it is a complete protein that contains amino acids, which our bodies cannot produce on their own. It also contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Hemp also contains essential fatty acids. These are essential in preventing heart disease and protecting heart health. It is therefore a recognized nutritional source. Hemp increases energy, helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels and controls blood sugar. In addition, it improves digestion and promotes weight loss. What more can we ask for?
From an environmental point of view, the hemp plant is amongst the most ecological. First of all, it requires very little water. Then, it does not need any herbicide, insecticide, or fungicide. Indeed, it smothers weeds, repels insects thanks to its pronounced smell, and does not present any disease known to date.
All parts of the hemp plant can be used. First, the inner part of the stem is called the hemp shives. Once peeled, the latter can be used as insulation, mulch, and even animal litter. Then, we designate the outer part of the stem as the fiber. It is used to make textiles, pulp, insulation materials, and eventually bodywork.
It should be noted that, thanks to its great resistance, automobile manufacturers use hemp fiber to make panels that are both more robust and less expensive. In the paper industry, hemp can replace wood. So, knowing that the plant matures in about four months and can yield up to four times as much paper per acre than trees, the choice seems obvious. However, there is still a long way to go in this regard.
More Than A Food
And what about its aesthetic benefits? Used in various beauty products, hemp oil is magical for the skin, hair, lips, etc. due to the moisturizing and protective properties offered by the creams, shampoos, and balms it is part of. Hemp is therefore becoming an undeniable source for a variety of industries and is used in the manufacture of more than 50,000 different products.
There are many ways to incorporate hemp in your diet. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, added to a dish, made into milk, or prepared as an infusion. Hemp oil can complement a vinaigrette or accompany a good baguette. So add it to your breakfast smoothie, sprinkle it on your salad or enhance your cereal. It tastes so good you will hallucinate!