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Using Hemp Products for Health

Updated on July 1, 2017

Hemp is a very versatile plant, though at first glance one should be careful not to confuse it for a marijuana plant. Hemp has a slightly different leaf structure and is grown in a manner than keeps THC production levels very low (0.03%), if not absent so that it can primarily be used for its many non-THC benefits.

The benefits of hemp for the earth are amazing enough. It is very self sustaining, meaning that it does not require pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or fertilization. Hemp also produces more oxygen than 25 acres of regular forests; meaning it would also absorb mass amounts of carbon dioxide and methane gases for cleaner air. The roots of a hemp plant also pull metals and toxins from the soil and turns into organic material, creating healthy soil.

But for this article, I’m focusing primarily on hemp nutrition that can be found in hemp products made for consumption and topical use, and the benefits of hemp from such.

How great could hemp nutrition be?

It is said, that people and animals can live off of Hemp nutrition alone and maintain great health. Edible hemp products contain the following nutritional sources and benefits:

Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 6 fatty acids
Contains all 20 known forms of essential amino acids
More than 8 of the essential fatty acids
Protein (contains 30% protein in a highly digestible form)
GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acids)
LNA (linolenic acids)

As well as a high source of fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E can also be found in foods made with hemp products.

What are some hemp benefits for your health?

Essential fatty acids serve to govern growth, vitality and state of mind. LA and LNA are involved in transferring oxygen from the air in the lungs to every cell in the body. Hemp oil may help to prevent many of today’s increasingly common degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, weakened, immune functions, arthritis, behavioral problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, skin affections (including dry skin & hair and even hair loss), pms, sterility, helps balance hormone levels, metabolic rate, body temperature & stomach acids.

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Edible Hemp Products

Hemp nutrition can be found in many types of foods. Here is a list of some of the foods you may find made with hemp products

Hemp milk
Hemp ice cream
Hemp seed cooking oil
Hemp Cheese
Hemp Butter
Hemp Flour & baked goods
Hemp cereals & granola bars
Hemp tofu
Hemp burger (tempeh)
Roasted hemp seeds
Hemp tea
Hemp beer

Where can I find these hemp products?

It may not be possible to state exactly where you can purchase any consumable hemp product, as the availability of these hemp products will vary in different locations. Where I reside, foods made with hemp nutrition can be found in just a few places, such as Co-op’s, Whole Food/ Natural Health stores, Stores with a natural health/organic section, or online.

Hemp benefits for the skin & hair

The EFA and GLA content found in hemp seed oil naturally moisturizes and replenishes the skin while helping the skin to rebuild cell membranes. While all the nutrients from hemp nutrition help the skin to be healthier.

Other great uses from hemp

The benefits of hemp go far beyond hemp products for the body. It also has many other great uses. The lightweight, yet strong fibers in hemp can be used for…

fabrics & textiles

Building materials (fire resistant even)

Construction materials

Car panels and interiors

Ropes & Twine

Paper

Hemp seed oil can be used as a bio-fuel alternative and energy source; to make strong, biodegradable plastics; and also paints that are safer to use.

What's your opinion?

With these benefits in mind, do you think industrial hemp should be legalized to grow?

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“Grow it everywhere, hemp is greatly viable for winning the war and sustaining a future fantastic for America.” - General George Washington

Hemp used to be widely and legally grown up until the 1900’s for its many versatile uses. By challenging false claims and bringing facts about the benefits of hemp to light, industrial hemp farms have been making a come back in areas around the world, and even in some states in America.

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      Hempy 

      5 years ago

      I use Hemp seed oil body care products made in south Australia and absolutley believe in the amazing benefits of Hemp Skin care. The Skin Soothe helped my acne. Thanks for your informative article.

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      Mary Merriment 

      5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Hi Rosie, I have used some hemp food and skin care products. I like it's benefits so much that I'd really like to have more items around and really hope that one day Hemp farms and products will be more available.

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      Rosie writes 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      This is a great hub, about a topic I have read and heard very little about. I have used the hemp lotion you show pictured in your article and like it a lot. I find particularly interesting the fact that hemp is basically in the "air purifier" category for plants and would want one in my home and workplace, just for that reason. Voted up and pinned!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thanks for the hemp facts. Super hub. Great benefits and defintely a green product. I will be purchasing some from amazon (those you have listed). So glad I found this (and you)!

      vocalcoach~

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      Sun-Girl 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice and very informative article you actually shared in here Mary which i really enjoyed and liked a lot especially the way you analyzed it. Thanks for sharing bravo!

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hemp is such a versatile plant, it's ridiculous that it is outlawed. But I did realize that it had so many nutritional benefits!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I drink a great hemp smoothie for great health benefits and a good source of fiber. I love it and the energy it gives me. Great tips and facts for using hemp products for health. Peace :)

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      Elaine 

      8 years ago

      I do think hemp should be legalized in all of the U. S. Let's us reap our own products.

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