The commercial growth of Hemp has the potential to help solve many of our world wide problems. Here is an excerpt from an article from Spirituality & Health Magazine outlining many practical uses for hemp.
Hemp, The Hero Plant
By: Mary Bemis
Celebrate the third annual Hemp History Week, June 4th – 10th, with a plethora of products that are good for you and for our planet. Eco-friendly hemp isn’t only a nutritious food, it’s also one of the best examples of sustainable agriculture (to learn more, check out hemphistoryweek.com).
Raise Your Glass
One of the best milk alternatives out there, Tempt Hempmilk, is a gluten-free, non-dairy vegan drink that contains zero known allergens and is chock full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and all 10 of the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein). It’s easily digestible and comes in five flavors, including vanilla and chocolate (two of which are unsweetened). We tried the original flavor instead of our usual soy milk in our morning banana and blueberry smoothie and were pleasantly surprised by its creaminess and slightly nutty flavor. ($3.99, livingharvest.com)
Come CleanWe’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s organic soaps for years and have recently tried and enjoyed the Shikakai Soap in Spearmint Peppermint, a refreshing blend that comes in a 100 percent post-consumer recycled bottle. (Used for over 1,000 years in India, shikakai comes from the seed pods of a small South Asian tree.) Not only organic but certified fair trade, this is a great multipurpose soap that works equally well on hair and body and counts fairDeal (a domestic Fair Trade certification program for North American organic family farms) hemp oil among its many emollient ingredients. ($9.99 to $16.99, drbronner.com)
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Nature’s Path makes it easy to eat breakfast with three hemp-rich products: Organic Instant Hot Oatmeal Hemp Plus, Organic Hemp Plus Granola, and our quick-and-easy favorite, the Sunny Hemp Chewy Granola Bar. ($3.99 to $42.88, naturespath.com)
The Ideal Oil
Delicious and delicate in flavor, Organic Hemp Oil from Nutiva is cold-pressed and perfect in salads and smoothies. In addition to being a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, hemp—unlike flax—contains so-called “super” omega-3 (SDA) and omega-6 (GLA). What you see is what you get: There’s nothing in this bottle but raw, organic, unrefined hempseed oil. The company donates 1 percent of sales to sustainable agriculture groups and also makes a great Organic Hemp Protein Powder.
(Oil priced from $8.99 to $19.99; protein powder priced from $1.69 to $22.99, nutiva.com)