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Hemp Seed & Nutrition

"Cannabis' seeds - traditionally called 'hempseed', contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source provides complete protein nutrition in such an easily digestible form, nor has the oils essential to life in as perfect a ratio for human health and vitality. Hempseed is the richest source in the plant kingdom of essential fatty acids." - Lynn Osburn, researcher Hemp the 'useful fibre' (Cannabis Sativa) was first brought to Britain by the Romans 2000 years ago. Modern science has identified Hemp seed oil as nature's richest source of Essential Fatty Acids; EFA's. There are 45 nutrients that humans can't live without, and which their bodies cannot manufacture; 21 minerals, 13 vitamins, eight amino acids and two Essential fatty acids. No single food has them all, but Hemp seed has all eight amino acids and the oil pressed from the hemp seed is one of the best known sources of the two Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) we can't live without; Omega 3 AIpha-Linolenic Acid and Omega 6 Liholeic Acid, and is more than 90 per cent unsaturated. EFA's are as vital to human life as vitamins and minerals. Nutritionists [...]

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5 Health Benefits of Hemp Hearts

Hemp is the male, non-psychoactive form of Cannabis and the seeds of these plants are densely packed with nutrients if ingested.  After the seeds of the hemp plant are un-shelled – what is left is the hemp heart.  Hemp hearts have a mild, nutty flavor and add a slight crunchiness to the foods they are added to.  Hemp hearts are great on oatmeal, in smoothies or protein shakes, refrigerator oatmeal or on top of yogurt.  5 Health benefits to eating Hemp Hearts: 1.  Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids.  Hemp hearts are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. The ratio of omega 6 fatty acids to omega 3 fatty acids are considered optimal for humans. 2.  High in Protein.  Three tablespoons of hemp hearts have 10g of protein.  The protein found in hemp hearts is called edestin and albumin and they include all essential amino acids. 3.  Antioxidants.  Hemp hearts contain high levels of Vitamin E and phenolic acid, both of which are powerful antioxidants.  Antioxidants work to protect cells in the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. 4.  High in vitamins and minerals.  Hemp hearts are a good source of riboflavin, thamine, potassium, magnesium and calcium. 5.  Anti-inflammatory.  Hemp hearts contain plant [...]

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Imagine a crop that could be planted and harvested in approximately 90 to 120 days depending on climate, without the expense and environmental impact of pesticides and fungicides, without the soil degradation of rotational crops, requiring less water than all major U.S. grown crops, and which could produce an oil to run our cars, paint our houses and soothe our dry skin. Further, imagine a crop that would produce seeds that have no rival as an edible source of protein and essential fatty acids (omega 6/omega 3), and would help us reduce our cholesterol levels. Many of us now know that such a crop exists. Some even know that this crop also can be grown for elegant paper, clothing, composite board, super-absorbent animal bedding, shampoo, mulch, insulation and ice cream. But it is the luscious fiber for which this crop is less known—and for which it seems to be least understood. For starters, hemp can't be grown for both fiber and seed during the same harvest. The rich fiber must be cultivated before it produces seed, usually in 90 days or less. A good crop will yield rich long bast fiber that has legendary strength and endurance; a fact not [...]

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The Characteristics of a Hemp Plant

The hemp plant is harvested for its fibers, seed, seed meal and seed oil. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. Due to the similar leaf shape, hemp is frequently confused with marijuana. Although both plants are from the species cannabis, hemp contains virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana. Hemp cannot be used as a drug because it produces virtually no THC (less than 1%), where marijuana produces between 5 - 20 % THC. Hemp Agronomic Characteristics Hemp is a bast fiber plant similar to flax, kenaf, jute and ramie. Long slender primary fibers on the outer portion of the stalk characterize bast fiber plants. An annual plant that grows from seed, hemp can be grown on a range of soils, but tends to grow best on land that produces high yields of corn. The soil must be well drained, rich in nitrogen, and non-acidic. Hemp requires limited pesticides because is grows so quickly and attracts few pests. In northern latitudes, hemp is usually planted between early March and late May. Hemp averages between 2 - 4 meters in height in about four months of growth. Hemp crops are harvested at different [...]

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Does Marijuana Lower Testosterone Levels?

I get a lot of questions about cannabis and if it would reduce testosterone levels in men. It’s actually one of the main questions that’s asked from me via email. Which probably means that marijuana is far more casual in the U.S than it is here in Finland, because I personally know only few blazers, but according to my inbox, every third guy reading this blog has something to ask about weed and testosterone. I don’t personally do marijuana in none of its forms, and that’s why I held back from writing this article in the first place, because I really can’t speak from experience. I see marijuana as a drug, not in the same category as heroine or cocaine, but still as a drug. Sure it’s a herb and sure it is completely natural, but still it’s somewhat a natural drug. However I can’t forget my readers, so eventually I did start my research on studies about cannabis and testosterone levels, I also found few studies that discussed about erectile quality, and even the brain. This is the unbiased truth on the correlation of marijuana and testosterone:  THE SCIENCE BEHIND CANNABIS AND TESTOSTERONE LEVELS When I think about weed [...]

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Marijuana Myths: Ten Most Common Concerns About Cannabis

1. Marijuana contains hundreds of compounds/chemicals. 2. Marijuana is stronger today and therefore more dangerous. 3. If used as a plant the dosage cannot be controlled. 4. Marijuana is dangerous because it is smoked. 5. Marijuana destroys the immune system. 6. Marijuana is highly addictive. 7. Marijuana is a gateway drug. 8. Marijuana use during pregnancy will cause fetal problems. 9. A legal, marijuana pill is already available. 10.The medical use of marijuana sends a message to teens that it is not a dangerous drug and may therefore encourage use by teens. 1. Marijuana contains hundreds of compounds/chemicals. The cannabis plant does contain approximately 400 chemicals, many of which are also naturally found in other herbs or vegetables that are consumed. A tomato contains about 360 compounds. Unique to the cannabis plant are approximately 60 chemicals called cannabinoids, some of which are present in trace amounts. 2. Marijuana is stronger today and therefore more dangerous. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), more commonly referred to as THC, is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. The percentage of THC in the marijuana is measured to determine the potency. THC levels may range from < 0.1% in non-psychoactive hemp-type cannabis (grown for its fiber), to over 10% in extremely potent cannabis (sinsemilla) . The female plants are separated [...]

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