The strange thing about hemp in the United States is that it’s legal to have a T-shirt made of hemp, legal to add hemp protein powder to your oatmeal or smoothie, and legal to have hemp oil for medicinal purposes. But don’t you think about growing hemp for its fiber, for food, or for medicinal use, because you’ll be tossed in prison! This doesn’t make any sense to me, especially since hemp is missing virtually all of the THC that makes marijuana so much fun.
On the bright side for you Americans, you can still import hemp from us Canadians and enjoy the many benefits of this Super Plant. While having clothes made from hemp may not interest most people, those who are looking to lose weight may want to consider adding hemp to their diets whenever possible. There are a wide range of hemp protein powders available from companies like Manitoba Harvest (made in Canada!) and the new Hemp Force protein powder from Onnit as well.
As I mentioned, hemp is an amazing source of protein and it won’t bloat you and leave you with gas the way that whey protein so often does. But hemp oil is also beneficial as its ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is 3 or 4:1. The ratio of hemp oil is approximately this, and it’s one of the only seeds with a ratio that high. For adding to smoothies or shakes, hemp oil is a better choice than something like a flaxseed oil for instance.
Adding hemp to your diet long-term could also lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and help control your blood sugar as well since you’re obtaining fatty acids and protein from a source that isn’t full of refined carbohydrates, sugars, or starches. Diabetics also find that it helps improve circulation, as hemp can reduce inflammation.
And this is just scratching the surface in terms of health benefits of hemp. A little mind-blowing that this plant is still illegal, isn’t it?