Healthy Foods : Hemp

johnnydodStarred Page By johnnydod, 7th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/5x83b5i./
Posted in Wikinut>Health>Diet & Nutrition

A look at the amazing Hemp plant read on to find out just how versatile this incredible plant is....

From a smoke, to a help for a pain in the backside

Hemp is a soft, durable fibre that is cultivated from plants of the Cannabis genus; it is one of the earliest domesticated plants known, thought to have originated in north-east China and south-eastern Siberia. The earliest indirect evidence of hemp use is from decorated Chinese Neolithic pottery with cord impressions on it; the ancient Egyptians even used hemp (cannabis) in suppositories for relieving the pain of hemorrhoids.

It is estimated 50,000 products are made from hemp (No, I’m not going to list them all here but here are some, deep breath)
Paper, Textiles, Biodegradable plastics, Health food, Fuel, Cordage (That’s rope to you and me), Everlasting clothing, Nutritional products, Casual shorts, T-shirts, Skirts, Beach wear, Shirts, Pants, Dresses, Shoes, Handbags, Furnishings, Animal bedding, Animal Litter, Concrete-like blocks made with hemp and lime, have been used as an insulating material for construction in China.

OK I’ll stop now but I guess you get the drift; Hemp is quite a unique product.

Medicine can benefit so very much

It’s use for medical purposes is also well know and argued about, evidence dating back to 2,737 BC have shown the Hemp is invaluable in the treatment of certain medical conditions, it has been found to help with chemotherapy treatments and for AIDS patients, its effective for treating glaucoma, as well as gastrointestinal illness, Hemp oil has been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema.(Good stuff init)

Marinol a Synthetic cannabinoids is available as prescription drug in United States and Canada, and Cesamet, another Synthetic cannabinoid is available in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and also in the United States. (cannabinoids are chemical compound from the cannabis plant)

Although the recreational use in most parts of the world is illegal, its use as a medicine is legal in a number of countries, including

  • Canada
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Portugal
  • and In the United States.

Apart from being bio friendly you can eat it as well

Hemp is one of the faster growing biomasses (That's a renewable energy source, but then you knew that didn't you?) it can produce up to 25 tonnes of dry matter per hectare (About 10,000 square metres) per year, it’s very environmentally friendly (Well apart from the chemical fertilizers used in some industrial agriculture) it requires few pesticides and no herbicides.
Of all the country's producing hemp, China is the world leading producer.

The fruit of the hemp is a seed, apart from being used in bird seed mix it is sometimes used as fishing bait, when made into oil it has been used in paints and moisturizing creams, but now we get to the interesting part. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life but unlike soya beans Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, and like soya beans can be made into milk, Hemp tea is very healthy drink, grind the seeds into a meal and it can be used in baking some other Products include cereals, frozen waffles and hemp tofu.

Good for you Good for me and Good for the earth.

Hemp is a good source of dietary fibre, calcium and iron, and contains antioxidants and chlorophyll. Whole hemp seeds are also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese.

And it gets even better unlike the Soya bean there are no known allergies to hemp foods, and it contains no gluten, The fresh leaves can also be eaten in salads, the seeds contains a large dietary supplement of omega-3, higher even than walnuts.

And finally

A hemp recipe taken from the "Your hemp Guide" page

Hemp Fudge

    Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
  • 2 cups Raw Sesame tahini(=one 16 ounce jar)
  • 3 cups soaked raisins or currants(start with 2 dry cups)
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves

Directions:
Soak the raisins in water for 8 hours. Drain off the water.

Mix the tahini and raisins together in a bowl and stir. Then run the mixture through a Champion juicer with the "solid" plate. If you don’t have a Champion juicer, mix the tahini and raisins in a food processor until they form a paste.

In a bowl, combine the paste with the remaining ingredients. Stir vigorously until well mixed. Press the mixture into a 9 by 13 casserole pan

Place the pan in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Cut the fudge into pieces and serve.
Note: If you really like carob, try doubling the amount.

Recipe compliments of Christopher Westra - Gunnison, UT, USA and provided by Manitoba Harvest
Recipe provided by Manitoba Harvest
~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~
Do you write? Story's, Poems, Factual articles, why not let Wikinut publish them for you? have you published them already on other sites? no matter Wikinut can republish them and allow you to double your earnings.

You can be as artistic as you like, the magic of seeing YOUR poem or story in print is wonderful, and to makes things better we will pay you for it, why not give it a try?

moderator Mark Gordon Brown moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

author avatar Carol Kinsman
6th Jul 2011 (#)

Nice article, johnnydod. Here in California, the benefits of Cannabis is well known. I did not know that China was the leading producer of hemp. Interesting.... I would love to try the recipe, but have no idea where I would find shelled hemp seeds. :-)

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
6th Jul 2011 (#)

Hi Kinsman
Most health shops sell it, or you can find it on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=shelled+hemp+seeds&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=10038882594&ref=pd_sl_6xdo4ehg18_b

Reply to this comment

author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Jul 2011 (#)

Great article johnnydod. Hemp was made illegal in 1937 in America, not because stoners liked it, but because Dupont, which had just invented synthetic fiber, lobbied to make it illegal, along with Weyerheuser, which didn't want it used to make paper. In the World War II it was legal to grow it ("Hemp for Victory" was the slogan). This plant could help save the planet if it were legal.

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
6th Jul 2011 (#)

This is the video Steve
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6234815658481845054

Reply to this comment

author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Jul 2011 (#)

Thanks, johnnydod. From 'Reefer Madness' to 'Hemp for Victory.' The propaganda arm of the government is sometimes schizophrenic.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Songbird B
6th Jul 2011 (#)

This is a really great article, Johnny, and absolutely fascinating!

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
7th Jul 2011 (#)

Your too kind Bev

Reply to this comment

author avatar jak2010
7th Jul 2011 (#)

Something new I learn fron your article. Thank you.

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
7th Jul 2011 (#)

Im glad you learned something Jak

Reply to this comment

author avatar James R. Coffey
7th Jul 2011 (#)

Exceptional presentation, Johnny. Hemp holds more value than we even know at this point. Pretty hypocritical of the US government to criminalize a plant that was once required-growing in the original colonies.

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
7th Jul 2011 (#)

your right Jimmy as Steve says Hemp could save the planet.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Buzz
7th Jul 2011 (#)

There are many things I didn't know, this one among them. Thanks for the info, Johnny.

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
7th Jul 2011 (#)

Glad you learned something Buzz

Reply to this comment

author avatar deepa venkitesh
7th Jul 2011 (#)

wow! great information, will tweet it to forward the message.

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
8th Jul 2011 (#)

THanks Deeps, any help in spreading it around is good.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Denise O
8th Jul 2011 (#)

Johnny, I think you have put out some great information on hemp. I am all for it. I will check into the seeds, thank you for that info. Great presentation my friend. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
8th Jul 2011 (#)

Send me a piece of fudge Denise

Reply to this comment

author avatar Tranquilpen
9th Jul 2011 (#)

Thank you Johnnie, excellent read. It has many amazing benefits.

Reply to this comment

author avatar MAnature
11th Jul 2011 (#)

This was a great read. I found this very important and the word needs to get out more and more... the tree of life maybe? Me thinks! :)

Reply to this comment

author avatar Stephanie Peake
25th Jul 2011 (#)

Really enjoyed reading about hemp, i did'nt realise it had so many qualities.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
18th Mar 2012 (#)

Good reading and interesting to know different items from different places in this earth. Thanks for knowledge sharing.

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password