Hemp 101

Hemp is a Superfood. Truly.

Believe if or not but hemp is actually a fruit.  Hemp seeds are categorized as an “achene”, a one seeded fruit with an inner “nut” protected by a hard outer shell. It is one of the most essential nutrient dense and balanced foods available on earth, and provides an excellent, easily digestible source of protein and balanced good fats for our health. Once removed from the shell, the nutritional nut or heart can be eaten raw or pressed to create hemp oil. 

SO Why is HEMP considered to be the perfect food?

Where do we start?

  • They’re easy to digest: Unlike many grains, legumes and nuts, hemp contains no enzyme inhibitors, and the seeds do not need to be soaked or sprouted before being consumed in order to get their full nutritional benefit.
  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): EFAs are called “essential” because they are necessary for many metabolic processes, and are not produced by the body itself. They are distinct from fats that are used only as fuel. The two fatty acids essential for humans are alpha-linolenic acid, an Omega-3 fatty acid, and linoleic acid, an Omega-6 fatty acid. Hemp is not only an excellent source of these two EFAs, but it also provides them in an ideal ratio of about 3:1 for Omega-6 to Omega-3. Hemp also contains steriodonic acid which is the precursor for DHA and EPA formation. When taken in the proper amount, it really reduce or eliminate the need for fish oil.
  • Essential Amino Acids: Our bodies consist of about 75% protein, and amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Essential amino acids are those which our bodies are not capable of making and which must come from our food. Hemp seeds contain all 10 of the essential amino acids including those that children require, and significant quantities of non-essential amino acids that are also nutritionally important.
 
 

HISTORY

Given the last 100 years, it’s easy to think that farming, using or eating hemp is new or unusual. In fact, the opposite is true: the history of human cultivation of hemp goes back at least 10,000 years. The oldest surviving piece of fabric, made some 8,000 years ago, used hemp fiber. When the Chinese invented paper about 2,000 years ago, they used hemp as the fiber. Hemp has been grown as a crop on every continent but Antarctica. Until the late 19th century, shipping depended completely on ropes and sails made of hemp – the word “canvas” is derived from “cannabis,” the Latin word for hemp.

Henry Ford saw a future where cars with hemp-based plastic and fiber bodies would run on hemp oil-based fuel. Narcotic laws introduced in the 1930s to prohibit the production or use of marijuana put an end to the non-psychoactive industrial hemp plant in North America also. Only during the Second World War was when the prohibition on industrial hemp farming in the U.S. was temporarily lifted when offshore sources became unavailable when this versatile plant was needed for the war effort.

In certain parts of Europe and in China, hemp cultivation never stopped.

 

THE PLANT

Hemp is fast growing versatile plant that has been used by man for thousands of years and thousands of uses. Its the single greatest plant resource for human health and well being – food, clothing, shelter, medicine. Hemp plants are naturally found on all continents.

There are hundreds of different hemp varieties worldwide, different breeds have been developed depending on the end use: taller plants can grow up to 5 meters and are well used for fibre products like textiles as fine as silk. The shorter plants that are 1 to 2.5 meters can be harvested for seed for food, animal feed and oil products such as lantern oils and lubricants, as well as rougher fibre products like construction materials, rope and canvas. Hemp fibre is the strongest natural fibre known, with a strength to weight ratio greater than steel. It is also a natural carbon sequestering carbon fibre that is electro-conductive and can be used for solar panels, batteries and electronic circuitry. Canada is the world leader in hemp food products, EU is the leader in hemp construction materials for homes and China is the leader in hemp textiles.

 

 

THE FUTURE

Many factors have helped contribute to the recent rapid increase in hemp use for food and production. More and more consumers have come to appreciate the nutritional and health benefits of hemp. Manufacturers are recognizing the many uses—new and old—of hemp fibers. They see the value of a strong, versatile fiber that is relatively inexpensive, completely renewable and environmentally beneficial. Farmers see it as a high-value crop that requires little if any chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides or pesticides. With restrictions against hemp’s sister plant cannabis being more relaxed in more and more global jurisdictions, it is easier for farmers in many areas to add commercial hemp to their crop rotation.

Planet Hemp Superfood has long played a key role in creating new means of processing hemp seeds to ensure they offer the purest, cleanest and highest quality oil, seeds, and protein powder available today.

 

FARMING

Hemp is an annual broadleaf plant with a long taproot. Under ideal conditions, it grows very rapidly—fast enough to outgrow most weeds. If densely planted, it creates enough shade to block light from reaching the weeds, thus naturally eliminating them. It is also vigorous enough to withstand many insect pests. Under proper growing conditions it needs neither herbicides nor pesticides. Most hemp seed is non-GMO: unlike corn, soy, canola or cotton, which is mostly GMO now and can impact our digestive and immune systems.

Hemp also returns as much as 70% of the nutrients in each plant biomass back to the soil in the form of unused parts of the stem, leaves, roots, and tops, ready to help fertilize the next crop. The deep taproot also helps loosen soil, and protect against erosion. Beyond its value as a rotation crop, it also has a remarkable ability to remove heavy metals, chemical contaminants and even radioactive elements from soil. The plant can then safely be used for non-food purposes such as fiber and biofuel. Hemp is unusual in that it can be a profitable crop even when used for soil decontamination.

 

S.A.F.E

Our S.A.F.E. Program: Healthier hemp, healthier planet.

Conventional agriculture is dependent upon GMOs, chemical fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides of all descriptions. This leads to a loss of natural soil, fertility, declining nutritional quality of food, toxic residue buildup in the food chain and increasing input costs. Certified Organic addresses many of the concerns of conventional agriculture, but it still may mean farmers are trying to grow nutritious crops in depleted soil lacking natural fertility.

By developing our proprietary S.A.F.E. soil program, our farmers only grow hemp that takes a blended common-sense approach to crop production. S.A.F.E. is proven to reduce weeds, soil compaction and salinity while increasing fertilizer efficiency and attracting more living organisms. The end result is a cleaner environment and a healthy, vigorous crop that is more resistant to disease and free of toxic chemical residues. And we all want that.

S.A.F.E. – Sustainable Agronomics and Food Essentials certified is:

 

1. Soil & plant advanced nutrient supplementation.

 

2. Chemical residue free of toxic herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.

 

3. Proprietary probiotic pathogen treatment.