Hemp has been around centuries and has been getting a lot of attention lately. Many people have been talking about the health benefits, but their other benefits with hemp, as well. Hemp is also known as industrial hemp and comes from the cannabis Sativa. Hemp has more cannabidiol and less concentration of THC, so it is more beneficial for your health and less beneficial to get you high.
Hemp seed is seed from the hemp plant, also known as hemp hearts. They are high in protein, soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, omega 3, and omega 6 fatty acids. These are technically considered a nut and can are edible, as hififarms notes in some of its publications. These crunchy seeds have only a trace of THC in them.
These seeds are also high in antioxidants and are great for heart health. They can also lower skin and joint ailment symptoms. You can eat them whole or crush them into a powder and add them to your foods. Three tablespoons of hemp seed contain 116 calories, 9.47 grams of protein, 2.60 grams of carbohydrates, and 1.20 grams of fat.
Hemp Vs. Cotton
Hemp was used for thousands of years for all types of textiles from clothes to ropes to canvas. It is even said that the word canvas came from the word cannabis. The canvas made from hemp is stronger than cotton even when it is wet. It also lasts longer than cotton and was more durable than cotton. For these reasons, hemp was used to make sails for ships. In World War II, congress even passed a law that some states such as Kentucky could produce hemp to make more sails.
One acre of hemp can produce more fiber than one acre of cotton, and hemp uses less water to grow than cotton does. Hemp detoxifies the soil by taking away the chemicals and pollutants and provides nitrogen and oxygen to the soil. Cotton, on the other hand, has a huge negative impact on the soil.
There are studies that show that the chemicals used in growing crops can have negative impacts on the ecosystems and our water resources. Hemp can be grown with few or no chemicals leaving a much less negative impact. Fabrics made from hemp are great at absorbing moisture, are anti-bacterial, and breathe better than cotton. Hemp fabrics last longer than cotton because they are up to eight times stronger than cotton. They maintain their strength even if the material becomes wet.
More Benefits of Hemp Seeds
While once hemp was primarily used for textile products, it was soon it was soon used as a consumable. It was used in teas and oils for pain relief, and the leaves were used to heal wounds. The hemp seeds are now known as a superfood. They have many nutritional benefits as mentioned above, including vitamin and essential acids and antioxidants.
Hemp has many benefits on health, as well, such as protecting the brain. It contains a CBD that can help neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, and neuropathic pain. Because of the omega 3 fatty acids that are in hemp, it is also heart healthy. The seeds also contain a product called arginine that is converted by the body to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is essential for vein and artery dilation, and it also is great for keeping the blood vessels elastic and smooth.
Hemp reduces the inflammation in your body because of both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. It also contains gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, that can also be an anti-inflammatory. This can help manage the symptoms of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and arthritis, among others. See studies that show this here: https://www.uchealth.org/today/study-probes-whether-cbd-helps-for-parkinsons-disease-symptoms/. It can also help improve skin conditions such atopic dermatitis and acne.
Varieties of Hemp Seed
There are many varieties of hemp seed, and they are listed below. There may be more, you will have to do your own research to see what is out there.
Grain/Seed: These grow to about five to seven feet tall and are a slender plant. They make an oil seed that have a lot of protein and nutritional value. This is planted by using a broadcast seeder, corn platter, or grain drill. It takes up to one hundred twenty days to mature and needs to be cleaned and dried before you store it.
Fiber: This is also a tall, slender plant that gets up to eighteen feet tall. These have the most fiber and are grown for textiles and construction uses. They mature in up to seventy days after planting and can be harvested using a hay baler or mower. They are left in the field to dry out and then they are baled before they are stored.
Hybrid: This is a bushier plant and can grow up to twelve feet tall. These are the plants that are harvested for the CBD. This can be planted by hand or by using a transplanter and are hand harvested. After harvest they are dried and then have the flowers and leaves removed from the stalks and then they are sent in to have the oil extracted.
This is just a little bit of information about the wonderful hemp plant. The products from hemp can clothe us, feed us, keep us sailing, and keep us healthy. Hemp is a miracle plant that can do anything for people, and it is easy to grow.