Hemp seeds can be crushed in a coffee grinder to produce flour that can be mixed with any other flour to make bread, cakes, pastas and cookies.
These seeds can be used as a protein and flavour enhancer in any recipe. Hemp seed could substitute for meat in much the same way as soy beans. When using Hemp seed for cooking taste them first. If they are old enough to have lost there nutty flavour or taste rancid, please feed them to the birds. Many people are buying their seeds from animal feed stores that do not pay any attention to the freshness of their products. Rancid oil feels scratchy at the back of the throat.
It is taught that Buddha ate one hemp seed a day for three years in his ascetic period.
No other single plant source can compare with the nutritional value of hemp seeds. Both the complete protein and the essential oils contained in hemp seeds are in ideal ratios for human nutrition.
Nature’s Perfect Food
Hempseed has a long-standing relationship with humanity. Modern science has revealed that hempseed contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for human life, as well as a rare protein known as globule edestins, which are very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma. Because of this, Cannabis seed has been touted by some as “Nature’s perfect food for humanity”.
Hemp Seed is the nut of the Cannabis sativa plant.
Hemp Seed may have been the first part of the plant used by humans. Even before the domestication of plants, humans have harvested grains. Hemp seed being one of the easiest to gather and containing a high proportion (34%) of oil made it an attractive commodity to the Neolithic humans.
The seed also contains a high proportion of amino acids in ratios appropriate for human consumption and has a high protein content at approximately 23%. Hemp seed is also especially high in the most needed minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Sulphur. It is also low in heavy metals such as strontium, thorium and arsenic chromium. Heavy metals must be avoided in a healthy diet.
Hemp Seeds are high in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) Linoleic Acid(LA) and Linolenic Acid(LNA)) and also contain Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA). These EFA”s the human body needs, but cannot produce, so by eating Hemp Seeds regularly it can be beneficial in maintaining hormonal balance, health and well being. It can also help to maintain healthy skin and hair. Of the fat in Hemp Seed, we have found 56% is Linoleic and 19% is Linolenic with the ratio of 3:1 considered the optimum balance or Natures most perfectly balanced oil.
Essential Fatty Acids are responsible for our immune response and these oils do not raise cholesterol levels but, in fact, help clear the arteries Hemp Seed is 35% fibre – and not the kind you use for fabric production which comes from the stalk of the fast growing Cannabis plant.
Advice from Government scientists and the health food trade has called for a reduction of fat intake to our regular diet. Humans MUST consume fat and this is to get an adequate supply of the two essential fatty acids – LA and LNA – that is why they are called ‘essential’ and the rest are just fatty acids or fats. Nutritional fats are not all alike, over-consumption of some saturated fats may be harmful whether processed or not the quality of fat in ones diet is therefore critically important.
Research links essential fatty acid deficiency with a number of diseases. Cancer, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune disorders, impaired wound healing, breast pain, premenstrual syndrome, hormonal imbalance, skin and hair disorders, multiple sclerosis are among them.
Shelled hemp seeds and cold-pressed oil have exceptional nutritional benefits. They are used in salad dressings, nutrition bars, flour, breads, cookies, granola, meatless burgers, nut butter, protein powders, chips, pasta, coffee blends and frozen desserts. An impressive 33 percent of the hemp nut is high-quality protein, providing all essential amino acids in a reasonable balance.
Hemp also contains significant amounts of the vitamin E complex and trace minerals such as magnesium, iron, and manganese. Hemp seeds are valued primarily for the exceptional fatty acid composition of their oil, which makes up 30 percent of the whole seed and 44 percent of the nut. Studies link many common ailments to an imbalance and deficiency of essential fatty acids (EFAs) in the typical Western diet: too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3.
Consuming sufficient omega-3 in the right EFA ratio has impressive benefits, including: reducing cholesterol, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis and sudden cardiac death, reducing the need for insulin among diabetics, decreasing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, promoting mood improvement in bipolar disorders, and optimizing development in infants.
Hemp Oil & Foods, with Augustine & Wirtshafter
Dietician Mary Beth Augustine,R.D. compares nutritional characteristics of Cannabis Hemp seed oil, rich in EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)necessary to a healthy diet, with other healthy plant oils. Then Don Wirtshafter, founder of the Ohio Hempery and co-author of the first Hempseed Cookbook, tells benefits to the economy and environment from hemp agriculture. Don then hands out hemp food samples to the audience at the 2002 Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in Portland, OR. Hosted by Patients Out of Time.
Medical Cannabis Historical Review, with David Bearman, MD
Dr. Bearman, of Goleta, CA, begins with ancient medicinal herbals in China and India, citing many uses for ganja(marijuana); then to Middle Ages, early America and extensive use of Cannabis in 18th century medicines. Dr. Bearman then examines implementation of laws that restricted Cannabis as medicine; the “Reefer Madness” aspect and testimony at 1937 Marijuana Tax Act hearings; the inclusion of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970; findings of the Shaffer Commision in 1972; and the removal of Cannabis from the Investigational New Drugs program in 1991. Presented to 2nd Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in Portland, OR, May, 2002, hosted by Patients Out of Time.