How Hempseed Can Slow Premature Aging Due To Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation. We have all experienced it.  For the most part, inflammation is GOOD, it is part of the immune response system that tells us when there is infection, stress, illness, or injury.  We then (usually) take the steps necessary to remedy the condition that caused the inflammation in the first place.

Chronic inflammation, however, is a key cause in disease and premature cellular aging. Below is a partial list of diseases causes by inflammation:

  • Colitis
  • Arthritis
  • Lupis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes
  • Crohn’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Neuropathy

Inflammation can be chronic, and linger for months, even years.  In some cases, the immune system sees the inflamed tissues as “foreign.”

Sometimes, chronic inflammation may persist even without significant infection – either because the inflammation response has become too sensitive or because the immune system begins to perceive some of the body’s own tissues as foreign. As it turns out, aging is associated with the increase in both of these unwelcome forms of chronic inflammation. As we age, we tend to develop autoimmune conditions as well as other forms of chronic inflammation. The majority of older people have some degree of low-grade inflammation and/or mild autoimmune disorders (and some have moderate or severe forms, of course). It is no wonder that chronic inflammation contributes to the aging process because it floods tissues with free radicals and promotes the destruction of normal cells. Like most mechanisms of aging, chronic inflammation creates a vicious cycle. The aging process tends to increase the level of chronic inflammation and that, in turn, accelerates aging.  While chronic inflammation contributes to the aging of many tissues, it is particularly prominent in the aging of the cardiovascular and nervous system – the two systems most vital to our survival. Inflammation is now recognized as one of the key risk factors for heart disease and stroke, an even bigger risk factor than high cholesterol or homocysteine, according to some estimates. ~

The question now is, “How do I keep inflammation under control?”

First, you will need to know the factors that contribute to inflammation – injury, illness, stress, toxins, smoking, hazardous chemicals, environmental pollution, poor nutrition, and even chemicals in foods that we eat.

Second, you will need to (as much as you can, if possible) reduce the stressors that cause the inflammation.  Some of the most obvious remedies are to stop smoking, learn to de-stress, and improve nutrition.

Proper nutrition is only one way to combat inflammation. More specifically, eating hempseed and hempseed oil. Hempseed has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids required by the human body.  Omega fatty acids are the key nutrients in reducing inflammation. They feed and rejuvenate the cells, help with new cell growth, and keep the cellular structure strong and pliant. Omega fatty acids also improve the cell’s ability to use the nutrients that are ingested.

Hemp is also rich in antioxidants – oxidation is also one of the key factors of cellular aging.

Incorporating hemp into the diet is only one of the steps that one can take to reduce inflammation and premature aging, but it IS a delicious step.

Hemp – The Answer To The Global Food Crisis?

There are indications (and there have been for a while) that we are entering a stage where food will be in short supply in some regions of our world, and in other areas it will be in abundance, but just too expensive to buy.

Right now our grocery stores are filled with food, but most of it is packaged, processed, chemical-laden junk. Yes, some of it is cheap, but it isn’t ‘food’, it’s simply packages of unhealthy empty calories.  Good nutrition is of utmost importance, yet many are finding it difficult to find nutritious food that they can afford.

I’ve seen longer and longer lines at the food banks, but most of that is canned, packaged, unhealthy food, with only a fraction being healthy fruits and vegetables and fresh meat.

There are 2 terms we to look at here : world hunger (lack of food) and malnutrition (lack of nutritional elements needed for good health).

There are two basic types of malnutrition. The first and most important is protein-energy malnutrition–the lack of enough protein (from meat and other sources) and food that provides energy (measured in calories) which all of the basic food groups provide. This is the type of malnutrition that is referred to when world hunger is discussed.  The second type of malnutrition, also very important, is micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) deficiency. This is not the type of malnutrition that is referred to when world hunger is discussed, though it is certainly very important.

Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) is the most lethal form of malnutrition/hunger. It is basically a lack of calories and protein. Food is converted into energy by humans, and the energy contained in food is measured by calories.  Protein is necessary for key body functions including provision of essential amino acids and  development and maintenance of muscles.(

Childhood malnutrition alone affects approximately 19,000,000 children worldwide. And this includes the United States. Children and families in our own country are HUNGRY.

There are many factors that contribute to the global food crisis, here are a few:

Changing weather patterns, drought

Rising food prices – wheat, soybeans, orange juice and corn prices are getting higher and higher

Depleted water tables

Higher cost of oil – the higher the oil cost, the higher the food prices (transportation, farm equipment, delivery)

Let’s look at corn, for example. The price of corn has doubled since last year. 40% of the US corn crop is consumed by the heavily subsidised biofuel industry, despite the presence of viable non-food materials such as hemp. (

Corn- ethanol subsidies in the US….leads to farmers switching to corn production and convertion away from food and toward fuel production, which has resulted in more expensive grain prices around the world.  This is having a huge impact on both poor and rich world farmers, and consumers around the world.

1.  By Washington giving subsidies for ethanol, they are creating incentives for farmers to shift labor away from producing food, and toward making fuel. 

2.  And, they are giving farmers of other crops the incentive to switch production to corn (for fuel)

3.  this has the perverse effect of driving up food prices (less supply vs. demand).  Note:  corn is used to make high fructose corn syrup (in almost all foods), and is a key feedstock for animals, so it will cost more for steak, pork, etc.   Ethanol production has driven up the prices of corn-fed livestock, such as beef, chicken and dairy products, and products made from corn, such as cereals. As a result of higher demand for corn, other grain prices, such as soybean and wheat, have risen dramatically. The fact that the U.S. is the world’s largest grain producer and exporter means that the ethanol-induced higher grain prices will have a worldwide impact on food prices. (

Another note about corn – Currently, up to 85 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered as are 91 percent of soybeans and 88 percent of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products). It has been estimated that upwards of 70 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves–from soda to soup, crackers to condiments–contain genetically engineered ingredients. (

Now, let’s look at hemp. Hemp can be grown for food AND fuel. It grows even in poor soil – in fact, it ENRICHES the soil that it is grown in. Hemp can be used as feedstock as well.  Farming hemp can be dual-purpose – as a cash crop AND as fuel and food for the farmers themselves and their livestock.

As far as a nutritional aspect, protein malnutrition would not even be a problem with hemp. Hemp has edestin protein, the protein closest to human globulin, so it is easily digestible. Only a few tablespoons a day would fill dietary protein needs. In addition, hemp has Omega fatty acids needed for optimum health, as well as chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals.

Hemp does not need fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. It is clean, natural, healthy, nutritious FOOD!

I have personally found that when I eat hemp during the day with plenty of fruit and vegetables, I need no other foods, and I am not hungry, or am I craving the garbage (sugar, sweets, salty snacks). My body feels clean, energized, and healthy (as well as my mind).  Yes, hempseeds (because they are imported) can be a little expensive. But I SAVE money on groceries when I eat hemp, because it is so nutrient dense. Aside from purchasing fruits and veggies, my body really doesn’t NEED anything else. I eat much less, yet my hunger is satisfied.

Our farmers want to grow hemp. Imagine with me, if you will, a world that is NOT hungry or malnourished; imagine a world that is healthy and getting proper nutrition, all due to one little plant – HEMP.

Vegan And Gluten-Sensitive? Hemp Can Help Fulfill Your Dietary Protein Needs!

With so many people turning to the Vegan health-style, and many others who are gluten-sensitive, it can sometimes be a challenge to get the right proteins or enough protein in the body.

Industrial hemp is an excellent protein source. It is the only plant source on earth that has Edestin protein, the protein closest to human globulin. (That means it is very easily digested.)

Hemp is also gluten-free.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other related grains. It is what makes bread ‘doughy’ and aids in the rising process.

People with gluten sensitivities, allergies, or celiac disease should avoid gluten all together. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include gas, bloating, diarrhea, lethargy, migraines, abdominal discomfort, bone and joint pain, and ADHD.

Celiac disease is a reaction to eating gluten that damages the small intestine, and prevents the intestine from absorbing important nutrients.

In all the above cases, getting enough protein is essential. Hempseed is an excellent addition to the diet, in that not ONLY is it a complete protein, it is also gluten-free and there are no known allergies to hemp.

One item to make note of: Texturized Vegetable Protein is also a good protein substitute, HOWEVER, many types of TVP contain gluten, so be very careful when thinking about using it.

Hemp – The Anytime, Delicious, Organic, So-You-Can-Be-Healthy Food

I’m sure most of you have seen the cold medicine commercial, “______, the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing…coughing, so you can rest medicine.”

Industrial hemp can also be classified as medicine – nutritional medicine. Proper nutrition is the basis of good health. When we give our bodies vitamins, minerals, protein, Omega fatty acids, fiber, and carbohydrates in sufficient amounts, we are enabling our cells, muscles, tissues, organs, and immune systems to work at an optimum level.

Fast foods and packaged convenience foods have become the norm, but at the expense of our health. These ‘foods’ are laden with preservatives, chemicals, and artificial flavors and colors. Canned foods are cooked – many nutrients are cooked out of the foods. For many, processed and canned fruits and vegetables have replace fresh produce. Processed foods with heavy amounts of additives and chemicals are not giving our bodies sufficient nutrients or are simply giving empty calories.

It has been proven that insufficient Omega fatty acids can be the reason for numerous illnesses and diseases. Insufficient Omega fatty acids can result in brain diseases and disorders (depression, Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s), heart disease, complications from diabetes, and many other conditions. Omega fatty acids support the immune system.

Hemp has edestin protein. Edestin protein is the protein closest to human globulin and is very easily digestible. For those who are vegan or vegetarian, hemp is an excellent choice for protein. Edestin protein is ONLY found in hemp seeds; it aids in digestion and supports cellular DNA.

When hemp protein is compared to soy protein it should be noted that hemp does not contain trypsin inhibitors that soy does. Trypsin is an enzyme that is essential to nutrition. Since hemp protein is free of the tryosin inhibitor that are found in soy protein, hemp is the de facto king of plant protein!” (

Hempseed has fiber, vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients – all of which are vital for health.

So, the next time you feel like you want to optimize your health – reach for Hemp – The Anytime, Delicious, Organic, So-You-Can-Be_Healthy, Food!

Hemp – An Excellent Micronutrient Source (And Why We Need Micronutrients)

Nutrients are chemicals in foods that organisms need to thrive. Nutrients fall into 2 major categories – macronutrients and micronutrients.

Macronutrients are calories needed to burn for energy. Macronutrients are called ‘macro’ because we need large amounts of them. The 3 categories for macronutrients are protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Micronutrients are nutrients that the body needs less of, although they still play an important role in health and nutrition. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and metals. Many micronutrients are, in fact, antioxidants.

Oxidation in the human body has a similar chemical process when water reacts with iron – it rusts. Oxidation in the body can cause inflammatory diseases and premature aging. This is why micronutrients are so critical, they fight the free radicals that are behind the causes of disease and aging.

Hemp is an excellent source of both macronutrients and micronutrients; it is one of the must nutrient-dense plants on earth. Hemp, and all plants in general, absorb natural metals from the earth (what we call minerals).

Let’s look at some micronutrient metal minerals that are present in hempseed:

* Copper – Copper is an anti-inflammatory; it protects skeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems; with connective tissues it helps synthesize hemoglobin and myelin, protecting the myelin sheath around the nerves (MS is a condition that results from a damaged myelin sheath); copper is also good for the blood.

* Silica – Silica promotes healthy cartilage and skin; it rejuvenates collagen and elastin; silica also stimulates cell metabolism and increases elasticity of blood vessels, as well as boosting the immune system.

* Silver – Silver strengthens the immune system and helps increase energy

* Platinum – Platinum helps with sleeplessness and brain function; it also strengthens the libido; platinum improves nerve function; there is also research being done to test the effectiveness of platinum and its ability to fight cancer

* Zinc – Zinc is an antioxidant; it supports healthy tissue growth. Zinc also works to improve metabolism. It is a common mineral used to combat the common cold and recurrent ear infections. “Some people use zinc for an eye disease called macular degeneration, for night blindness, and for cataracts. It is also used for asthma; diabetes; high blood pressure; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

Other uses include treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blunted sense of taste (hypogeusia), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), severe head injuries, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, Hansen’s disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers and promoting weight gain in people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.

Some people use zinc for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), male infertility, erectile dysfunction (ED), weak bones (osteoporosis), rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle cramps associated with liver disease. It is also used for sickle cell disease and inherited disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica, thalassemia, and Wilson’s disease.” (

Other minerals that appear in hempseed are : magnesium, manganese, calcium, chromium, iodine, iron, phosphorus, selenium, and sodium.

Of course, hempseed also has vitamins – A, B1, B2, B6, B3, C, D, E.

As you can see above, hempseed is a complete nutritional organism, containing fats, protein, carbs, minerals/metals, and vitamins – all of which are needed for optimum health.

Hemp – Nature’s ‘Green Gold’

Gold. For as long as time, gold has been sought after for it’s value, beauty, and usefulness.

We’ve heard or read the phrases that reflect gold as important or valuable or honored:

“Gold Standard”

“As Good as Gold”

“Gold is Forever”

“The Golden Rule”

Yes, gold is shiny, gold is precious, gold is respected. However, there is another element that has as much value as gold, if not more. It is green gold. Yes, I am talking about hemp.

For thousands upon thousands of years hemp has been revered, valued, and utilized. It has fed us, clothed us, healed us. Hemp has given us oil, fuel, energy.

As food, hemp is one of the most nutritionally complete plants on earth. It is a complete protein, containing all necessary amino acids needed by the human body. It has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids; it contains vitamins, minerals, fiber, chlorophyll, calcium, and iron. Because it is so nutrient dense, it can literally be a meal itself.

Hemp fibers produce strong, durable, and yet soft textiles. Hemp textile artifacts have been found from thousands of years ago – still intact! Hemp fabric is UV resistant, is slow to break down under many washings, and can be as soft as cotton. Hemp clothing has been proven to last longer than cotton and some synthetic fibers.

Hemp as medicine – nutrition is one of the foundations for good health. However, we often find ourselves dealing with diseases or conditions – sometimes from injuries, lack of proper nutrients, genetics, or environmental toxins. Hemp is a known anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory plant. It helps with brain disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD), diabetes, cancer, Crohn’s disease, stroke, heart disease, cellular repair, MS, Lupus, skin disorders, vision…the list goes on and on. What other plant on earth can help these conditions (and more)?

Hemp fuel (biomass) can remove or dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. It can fuel our cars, we can cook with it, we can heat with it. Hemp energy, or carbohydrate energy, is clean, efficient, and does not harm the environment or the air. If spilled,  hemp fuel will not damage the earth or poison the water – it will simply act more like a fertilizer.

Farming hemp would boost our economy; the hemp farms would also have a hand in cleaning our air and soils.

Building with hemp – did you know in France there is a bridge that was built with hemp? It is still there, and it was built in the 6th century. Homes with hemp construction (foundation, baseboards, walls, insulation, roof tiles, pipes, carpets, etc.) leave a NEGATIVE carbon footprint. Hemp insulation helps keep the air in the home clean; hemp is also mold- , insect-, and rodent-repellent.

I can think of no other substance on earth that can feed us with perfect nutrition, clothe us with fibers that are durable and soft, treat and heal our diseases, house us, give us clean renewable energy, (and be used for automobile construction), clean our air and soil, give us paper and plastics…and while doing all this bringing no harm to the earth or the populations.

Hemp – a VALUABLE renewable resource. Hemp IS green gold.

My Mission – Healing Through Hemp Education


“Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb (plant) to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.”
-Mourning Dove (Salish) 1888-1936

Today’s post is taking a little bit of a personal track. I had several topics in mind, and while scrolling through Facebook I saw the above quote. I knew then what I was going to write for today’s post.

Have you ever had those moments in your life when you weren’t sure what your purpose was? Trust me, I’ve had many of those. And now I actually have SEVERAL missions in my life – hemp education and legalization is but one of them.

But first, a little history: hemp has been used throughout the world for thousands of years.

The oldest Chinese agricultural treatise is the Xia Xiao Zheng written circa the 16th century BC, which names hemp as one of the main crops grown in ancient China.” (Yu 1987)

Almost 4000 years ago the Aryans (Indo-Persians) brought Cannabis to regions of India. It was used as food and medicine.

The oldest relic of history from humans using hemp is a piece of hemp fabric which as been dated to 8,000 BC. It is from Mesopotamia (what we know as Turkey today). Hemp has been grown as long as recorded history (and probably beyond) for fuel, food, and textiles.)

The ancient Greeks used hemp for cordage and textiles.

It is said that in 500 BC Gautama Buddha, during his travels, survived by eating hempseed.

Pliny the Younger, in 100 AD, teaches of the uses of industrial hemp and writes manuals on how to farm hemp.

In the 1800s Australia suffered from 2 prolonged famines; populations survived by eating industrial hempseed (for their protein) and hemp leaves as a vegetable.

And, in all of known recorded history, industrial hemp has been used for medicine. The hempseeds (not leaves) have been praised for having excellent nutritional and healing properties.

Good nutrition is one the the building blocks of health.  Hempseed is one of the most nutritious plant foods known to man. Hempseed is a complete protein. It has all the essential amino acids found in meat; it is 35% protein (65% of which is edestin protein, the protein closest to human globulin which makes it easily digestible); it has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids (which are needed for brain, eye, cellular, heart, skin, organ, blood, and hair health).

Hempseed is full of vitamins and minerals and also has chlorophyll, fiber, calcium, and iron.

Now, why is all this important to me? Why have I made this one of my missions in life?

3 years ago I didn’t know squat about industrial hemp. I thought it was marijuana. I didn’t know that it was good for my health, and I certainly didn’t know that it was good for the planet, for our environment. I had no idea that hemp could replace fossil fuels and anything made with fossil petroleum products.

I read voraciously, I studied, I dug deep into hemp history. And I discovered amazing stories and historical facts about how hemp can cure diseases, eradicate starvation, heal the soil, clean the air, supply us with energy, and boost our economy (if we in the U.S. could legally farm it).

Most importantly, I experienced for myself the wonderful attributes of industrial hemp. When I incorporated hemp into my diet I lost weight, my cravings were reduced, my migraines became fewer and farther apart, I slept better, I felt energized. My body felt alive, I ‘felt’ my cells awaken. My eyesight improved, my sense of smell improved. My mind became more ‘awake’.

I am a level 2 reiki healer. And I found that when hemp was part of my diet, I was more connected to myself, both spiritually and physically. This helped me become more able to help others through the reiki and intuitive healing.

I then read about why hemp was prohibited in the U.S. I also realized that my prior beliefs about hemp were due to the propaganda that we’ve been fed since the early 1900s. I believe the lies. I didn’t know any differently! And I never thought to question it at all. Until 3 years ago.

I didn’t like that fact that I had been ‘sucked in’ – essentially, ‘brainwashed’. I didn’t like the fact that this plant, this herb, this ‘fruit of the earth’ that fed and clothed and healed us for thousands of years was now banned because of its threat to oil, chemical, pharmaceutical, and timber industries. And I realized also that the ‘medicines’ that replaced hemp were doing more damage than good. (I am not totally knocking pharmaceutical medicines, some do help. But, have you read the warning leaflets on some drugs, as well as the side effects?)

For too long we were cheated of the medicine that truly does heal, from planting as seed in the soil to harvest of seed and stalk. Hemp heals the ground as it grows, heals the air, fertilizes the soil after harvest, and heals our bodies when we eat it.

It’s time to go back to natural healing with natural nutrition. Most of our diseases are either from nutritional deficiency, chemicals in foods, or toxins in the environment. Because hempseed is so nutritionally dense, it is a perfect healthy solution (and can also eradicate starvation in countries where food is scarce).

Industrial hemp farming and processing, industrial hemp as fuel, as food, as textiles (uses less chemicals and water in processing than cotton), as medicine ~ in all these areas hemp is the healthier choice.

As you can see, I am very passionate about this beautiful, nutritious plant that can only do good. And so, I’ve found my mission – education and speaking out about the plant that for nearly 100 years in the U.S. has been ostracized and prohibited to farm.

I am but one voice, but I am a powerful one.

Eating Hempseed Products To Treat Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder that often comes on in childhood, characterized by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal tic. These characteristics wax and wane, can be suppressed temporarily, and are preceded by a premonitory urge. Tourette’s is defined as a part of a spectrum of tic disorders. Genetic and environmental factors play a role in the etiology of Tourette’s, but the exact causes are unknown. In most cases, medication is unnecessary. There is no effective treatment for every case of tics, but certain medications and therapies can help when their use is warranted.

Tics are sudden, repetitive, nonrhythmic movements (motor tics) and utterances (phonic tics) that involve discrete muscle groups. Motor tics are movement-based tics, while phonic tics are involuntary sounds produced by moving air through the nose, mouth, or throat.

Motor tics are movement-based tics affecting discrete muscle groups.

Phonic tics are involuntary sounds produced by moving air through the nose, mouth, or throat. They may be alternately referred to as verbal tics or vocal tics, but most diagnosticians prefer the term phonic tics to reflect the notion that the vocal cords are not involved in all tics that produce sound.

Tics may increase as a result of stress, fatigue, boredom, or high-energy emotions, which can include negative emotions, such as anxiety, but positive emotions as well, such as excitement or anticipation. (Wikipedia)

Treatment of Tourette’s does not always indicate the use of medication; often therapy and education are enough.

It has been proven that a proper diet high in nutrients can treat many illness and disorders, and Tourette’s may also be treated with diet (along with behavioral therapy).

Tourette’s may be the result of imbalance, particularly in the brain, and it may also be the result of emotional factors, as well as environmental factors. Emotional distress causes an imbalance in the brain as well.

The brain is mainly comprised of fatty acids. Insufficient fatty acids can cause brain related disorders (depression, inability to process emotions, bipolar, Alzheimers, to name a few). Eating a diet rich in unprocessed, chemical-laden foods is also important. Fresh, raw foods will help the body balance and heal. Hempseed is very rich in protein and other nutrients as well.

Getting enough essential fatty acids (Omega fatty acids) is very important, and because hemp has the perfect ratio of fatty acids for the body, it may be a good way to help treat Tourette’s.

The recommended daily serving of hempseed is 2-5 Tablespoons per day. That will give the perfect amount of fatty acids; hemp is also an excellent source of protein, amino acids, vitamins, and phytosterols.

FAQ About Industrial Hemp

Since I’ve started writing about industrial hemp, I’ve had numerous questions about it. I’ll address the most frequent questions about hemp in today’s post.

Q ~ Can industrial hemp make you high? A ~ No. Industrial hemp has a very low THC level, and industrial hemp that is imported into the US is washed. It must meet very high standards regarding the level of THC that it can have.

Q ~ Where can I buy hemp products? A ~ Hempseeds (hemp hearts), and hemp-based food products can be found online, at food co-ops,  health food stores, and through Versativa (see links in right side-bar). The Nutiva brand of hemp hearts is an excellent and popular choice.

Q ~ Isn’t industrial hemp illegal to grow in the US? A ~ No. Many states have passed legislation to allow growing of industrial hemp. However, it is illegal to grow it without the proper permits from the DEA, and those are almost impossible to get, at least for now.

Q ~ Will I fail my routine drug test if I eat hemp? A ~ No. The hemp that is imported into the US is tested and cleaned. These products are pledged to be extremely low in THC. Even if someone ingests a LOT of hemp, they will not have measurable amounts of THC in their system.

Q ~ Aren’t hemp and marijuana the same thing? A ~ No. Both hemp and marijuana are in the same family of plants, but they are different varieties.

Q ~ How much hempseed or hempseed oil should I eat every day? A ~ 2-5 Tablespoons per day is the daily recommendation for hempseed. Recommended serving size for hempseed oil is 1 Tablespoon.

Q ~ Can I cook hempseed or fry foods in hempseed oil? A ~ If you are going to cook with hempseed or hempseed oil you must use low temperatures. High temperatures will change the composition of the EFAs. If cooking with hempseed oil, it is best to keep the temperature 300 degrees or lower.

Q ~ I have gluten sensitivity. Can I eat hempseed? A ~ Yes! Hempseed has protein, but it is not the same protein as found in wheat gluten. To date, there are no known sensitivities or allergies to industrial hemp.

Q ~ Can hemp be smoked? A ~ Smoking hemp would be pointless. No one can get high smoking hemp, and at the most all they will get is a nasty headache.

Q ~ Is it safe to eat hemp if I am pregnant or nursing? A ~ It is VERY safe to eat hemp while pregnant or nursing, and in fact would be an excellent idea. The nutrients in the hemp (especially EFAs) are excellent for brain and eye health for the growing baby, and seem to cause a higher level of cognitive learning in those babies whose mothers ate hemp.

Ten Terrific Ways To Eat Hemp!

Incorporating hempseeds and hempseed oil into the diet is an excellent way to get nutrients and Omega fatty acids needed by the body. They are a healthy and flavorful addition to any meal (or eaten on their own).

Below are some fresh ideas for eating hempseeds and hempseed oil:

1. Raw out of the bag – Hempseeds have a mild, nutty flavor, similar in taste to walnuts or sesame seeds. 2-5 tablespoons a day are the average amounts of servings.

2. Sprinkled on salads – I sprinkle a couple spoons of hempseeds on top my salad instead of croutons. They add a nice, fresh flavor without the extra carbs. They are also a wonderful addition to Tabbouleh.

3. Mixed with nuts – Hempseeds can be mixed with other nuts and seeds for a delicious snack, such as trail mix.

4. Blended into a smoothie – Fresh fruit/veggie smoothies get an extra boost of healthy nutrients when hempseeds are added. Try fresh/dried fruits, almond milk, hempseeds or hemp protein powder and some carrots and greens.

5. Salad dressing – Hempseed oil is an excellent salad dressing base. It is green in color and has a light, nutty flavor. I use it for vinaigrettes – hempseed oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, spices, and a bit of spicy dijon mustard. (Hempseed oil must be kept refrigerated because it will go rancid quickly.)

6. Mixed with tuna or veggies – I will sometimes mix up tuna with fresh veggies and add a light mayo and hempseeds, stuffed into pita bread or placed over a bed of fresh romaine lettuce.

7. Sprinkled on soup – It is best to eat hempseeds fresh and not subject them to high heat; however, I will sometimes sprinkle them over the top of my bowl of soup or stew before eating.

8. Sprinkled over pasta or casseroles – I add hempseeds or a little hempseed oil to my mild pasta dishes, they add a nice flavor without being overpowering.

9. Dips – Hempseeds are delicious blended into dips with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), herbs, spices, or any other nutritious base.

10. Ice cream – Almonds, peanuts, and walnuts all go well with ice cream – why not hempseeds? (For a healthy ice cream alternative, try a flavored hemp ice cream with hempseeds sprinkled on top!)

There are countless ways to use hempseeds and hempseed oil, all it takes it a bit of creativity!