What is Hemp?


Now that hemp has been removed from the Controlled Substance Act, people are curious about the difference between hemp and marijuana.

Hemp is classified as Cannabis sativa L plant that is grown for its fiber, flower and leaves. Despite the fact hemp does contain THC, the levels are so low (below 0.3%) it DOES NOT produce psychoactive results. Hemp does not make you high. 

The hemp plant is used for its nutritional value and industrial use. The stalks of the plant yield valuable fiber material, used in manufacturing and textiles. While the stalks contain nutritional value, the leaves, flowers and seeds are the plant parts that contain the most nutritional content.

Hemp seeds are high in protein and are one of the plants that provide complete protein sources. This is important for those on vegan and vegetarian diets, who need the nutritional support from essential amino acids from their diets.

The hemp plant and its seeds are also a significant source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Hemp is also a source of essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 and gamma linoleic acid (GLA). Because the hemp plant has a plethora of nutritional benefits, people are discovering the importance to wellness this plant supplies.

As you might imagine, research on the nutraceutical benefits of hemp are limited, because since 1971, hemp has been listed as an illegal substance on the Controlled Substance Act.  However, now that the ban has been lifted, research on the vital vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and cannabinoids in hemp will come to be acknowledged as an important plant to include in one’s diet. Ironically, the buying public has appreciated these benefits about the amazing hemp plant all along.

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