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"How Can We Use Healthy Hemp in Food?"

In the world of nutrition, hemp has always been a central player, but no more so than it is today. As marijuana prohibition ends and more and more people look into the healing and healthy qualities of cannabis, hemp has become more and more a part of healthy diets, organic foods, and nutritional supplements and oils. Oils and seeds from the hemp plant are rising in popularity across the world as we learn more about their specific health benefits and ways in which they may make us healthier and happier in our lives. This article will look at hemp seed and hemp oils through history up until today and the ways in which they may help our nutrition and daily lives.

A Brief History of Hemp

Hemp and marijuana have been around for thousands of years – 10,000 to be exact, and that’s just what we know for certain. Hemp was often used for paper (the Declaration of Independence is made of hemp paper), textiles, and rope. Hemp was grown on 150,000 acres of family farms to support the USDA “Hemp for Victory” program during World War II. Although hemp can’t get you high, and neither can hemp CBD oil, it was outlawed in the 1930s in the United States as part of misguided and racially-charged campaign to prevent marijuana use. The Controlled Substances act of 1970 further ensconced the U.S. in what would prove to be a controversial and devastating war on drugs, which unfortunately included marijuana. Today, hemp is legal in the United States, as is hemp CBD oil, and the Farm Bill of 2014 allows it be grown in any state across the nation.


How Can Hemp Help?

The nutritional benefits of hemp have long been touted by humans, and there are several scientific and medical studies out there that demonstrate this. Of course, studies have been limited over the past one hundred years due to prohibition effects, but we can expect to see many more studies conducted on hemp’s positive effects over the next decade. Those studies may increase even more if the U.S. federal government either reschedules cannabis in all its forms or decriminalizes it nationally for the purposes of human health. Hempseed, a non-psychotropic (read: non-high-inducing) seed from the hemp plant, is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which have been shown in animal studies to have beneficial cardiovascular health characteristics. Hempseed contains nearly as much protein as a soybean, and also Vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc – that’s a lot of what’s in your daily vitamin, if you take one.

Hempseed regulates the cardiovascular system by helping the muscles hold tone and keep blood pressure at the right level. Hempseed has also been shown to increase blood clotting in animals, which is the main cause of strokes and myocardial infarctions. This report presented to the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2015 demonstrates that hemp CBD oil has been effective in treating epilepsy, anxiety, substance abuse, schizophrenia, nausea, lack of appetite, pain, and inflammatory diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

How Can We Use Hemp in Foods?

Hempseed or hemp CBD oil can be used in a variety of ways in food. Bon Appétit recommends using hemp seeds the same way as nuts and other seeds. They taste like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut, according to the website. Hemp seeds are hard, with white or light green inner kernels (the husk is thrown away when they are packaged). The part that you actually eat is called the “hemp heart,” which is a great name since they may help with heart health in people. You can sprinkle hemp seeds or put a drop of hemp CBD oil onto cereal, a smoothie, or really anything else you’d like. Don’t fry food in straight hemp oil, though – that will cause the healthy omega fatty acids to break down and be less effective for your health. Some of my favorite ways to enjoy hemp CBD oil is in salad dressings, mixed in with pasta sauces, or on grilled veggies. Feel free to experiment, and enjoy!

Julie K Godard

About Julie Godard:

Julie, a guest blogger of Green Lotus Hemp Products, is a strong advocate of cannabis, both in medical and recreational forms, for expanding our knowledge of medicine, culture, and the reality of our planet. She is an experienced freelance writer, content strategist, and cannabis industry researcher with a deep concern for social welfare and love of scientific discovery.


 Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of GLH products are sold as nutritional supplements, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


About Green Lotus Hemp

Green Lotus Hemp
600 17th Street Suite 2800
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 888-811-HEMP (4367)
(Not a Retail Store)