“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” ~ Genesis 1: 29.
Edible hemp seeds are one of the most complete sources of vegetable protein available. Hemp seed oil is lower in saturated fat and higher in essential fatty acids than any other vegetable or seed oil. Imported from China, and now Canada, because American farmers are not allowed to compete on the world market with this high protein, excellent oil seed.
Dr. Udo Erasmus, an internationally recognized nutritional authority on fats and oils, writes in his book “Fats that Heal – Fats that Kill”
“Hemp seed oil may be nature’s most perfectly balanced oil.”
The list of foods that can be made from the hemp seed is long and growing. Mention is made in the hearings of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act of the use of hemp as porridge. Judge Lozier representing the hemp seed industries testified:
“If the committee please, the hemp seed, or the seed of the Cannabis sativa, L. is used in all the Oriental nations and also in a part of Russia as food. It is grown in their fields and used as oatmeal. Millions of people every day are using hemp seeds in the Orient as food. They have been doing that for many generations, especially in periods of famines.”
The L.A. Times reported in their Food Section (Thursday, May 18, 1995), that: “The Baltic countries make many hempseed dishes, such as the Estonian porridge kanepipuder and the Latvian hempseed ‘milk’ kaneppiens. In Lithuania, ground toasted hemp seeds are sprinkled on boiled potatoes as a seasoning.
Hemp Oil Nutritional Profile, MaryBeth Augustine, RD, CDN
The above card by Cornerstone Productions serves as a reminder that the Drug Enforcement Administration reported: “15. In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating ten raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death.” DEA Docket #86-22. 1988.
The following is off a sheet I was handing out as a flier. I will acknowledge the author when I figure out who it was. What it points out beautifully is that we have a new source of protein and food oil to make use of in this time of over-population, and famine. The news around this date of 4/20/2001, says 28 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa risk starvation this year. We need to grow hemp to reverse the global warming, so grow food along with the fuel and the paper, and building materials, and clothes, and plastics. Same needs, different resource. This is the kind of message you parents need to tell your kids, and you kids need to tell your parents. We have a new resource. Hemp gives us hope for a renewable and sustainable future based on agriculture. The same agriculture that started human civilization thousands of years ago.
Hemp Seeds are truly the food of the future. Hemp seed is 20% high quality complete protein and 30% oil. The oil contains over 80% essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Hemp seeds are grown legally outside of the U.S.A. U.S. Federal law still requires that imported seeds must be sterilized by heat to prevent germination. Fortunately, sterilization has very little effect on nutrients in hemp seeds. There is naturally no THC (the buzz chemical) in hemp seeds, sterilized or viable (live). Hemp seed foods are wholesome, drug free and delicious. Whole hemp seeds have a nice nutty flavor somewhere between sunflower, sesame and pinion nut. They may be eaten whole raw, tamari toasted as a snack, mixed in or sprinkled on top as a garnish to many foods, and pastries (see our recipe book for great ideas). They may also be soaked and juiced to make hemp milk and tofu. One ounce (a good handful) of hemp seeds provides 10 grams of hemp seed oil.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil contains significantly more EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) than Flax seed oil (80% vs. 64%). The fatty acid composition of hemp seed oil (68.5% linoleic, 13.4% linolenic) meets human nutritional requirements (linoleic : linolenic ratio 3:1) much better than flax seed oil (linoleic 13.4%, linolenic 50.8%). * Hemp seed oil is highly perishable. As the Yogis say “Eat foods that spoil, but eat them before they spoil.” Hemp seed oil will warn you with a painty smell long before it is actually rancid. Our oil is expeller pressed with care to avoid air, temperature, and light. Bottles are inert purged and over filled to eliminate the air bubble and sealed for freshness. Shelf life of unopened containers is 30 days at room temperature, 2-4 months refrigerated and 6 months+ in the freezer. Hemp oil remains liquid even at freezer temperatures. Once opened, care should be taken to exclude all air from the bottle before replacing the cap by either squeezing the plastic bottle or by adding water to bring liquid level up to the lid. Store unused oil in the darkness of the freezer or refrigerator depending on the usage rate. Fresh hemp seed oil has a green color which becomes lighter with age. Our clear bottles permit easy color comparisons for quality. One tablespoon of hemp seed oil contains 10 grams of essential fatty acids.
*Ref: The Chemical Constitution of Natural Fats, T. P. Hilditch, P. N. Williams.
LIST OF HEMP FOODS
Our list includes:
- Hemp loaf (served at the San Francisco Hemp Expo, 1990)
- Hemp mousse (S.F. Hemp Expo)
- Hemp Ice Cream (Allan Brady, Santa Cruz, any number of hemp rallies)
- Hemp pancakes
- Hemp cookies
- Hemp brownies
- Hemp chocolates. (Curator)
- Hemp Plus Granola by Nature’s Path.
- Hulled hempseed from Nutiva (Canadian grown)
- Toasted, tamaried hempseeds (Sister Somayah)
- Hemp tacos (Sister Somayah)
- Hemp cinnamon rolls (Sister Somayah)
- HempRella (TM) Sharon’s Finest, Santa Rosa, CA)
- Hempeh (TM) Burger. (Sharon’s Finest)
- Hemp tortilla chips (Colorado Company?)
- Hemp porridge (Estonia)
- Hemp seed milk (Latvian)
- Hemp shake (see recipes below)
- Hemp “oatmeal” (Russia)
- Hemp toasted seasoning (Lithuania)
- Hemp seed salad oil dressing (museum bottle)
- Hemp pet food and animal feed
- Hemp candy
HEMP FOOD PRODUCTS
Nutiva Shelled Hempseed is a product of the new Hemp industry in Canada. Congratulations to Ontario Senator Lorna Milne for getting the freedom the Canadian farmers deserve. Isn’t this when it gets beyond silly, when you can’t by law grow the food you eat.
Think of protein for the planet. Something without hoof and mouth disease and mad cow disease. Something that doesn’t mean over-fishing or over-grazing the planet. Think of hempseed. Think of the 260,000 more people that will be on the planet by this time tomorrow.
The World’s population is increasing at the rate of about 10,800 each hour. By this time tomorrow there will be 260,000 more people on Earth. People that need resources of food, clothing, and shelter. Hemp can help on all fronts.
Left, Canadian hemp in granola. American farmers are prohibited from growing what will be an increasingly important world food crop. The seed alone could make a positive change in our collective health. Hemp has what they commonly call “healthy heart oil from fish.” The planet is in danger of being fished out and here is another way we can give the fish a break and still be healthy.
A patch of buds to make a point. If you took all those fresh flowers of Cannabis and ate them all you would not die. There is no known lethal dose for Cannabis/hemp/marijuana because they have been unable to feed enough to a test animal to kill it. Hemp is safe as many foods we eat, but we could go to jail for eating it. This makes no sense. How can this figure with calling hemp a most dangerous drug, with no medicinal value.
RECIPE FOR CHOCOLATE MALTED HEMP SHAKE
2 Cups SILK – New Wave chocolate soy beverage.
1 Cup Non-fat HORIZONS organic milk.
1 Heaping Tablespoon (Tbsp.) Malt powder.
1 Heaping Tbsp. Ghirardelli’s cocoa powder.
3 Heaping Tbsp. Shelled Hempseed from NUTIVA.
1 Heaping Tbsp. Granular Lecithin.
1 Heaping Tbsp. Live culture Yogurt.
1 Large banana.
2 Teaspoons real Vanilla Extract.
Blend on low blend for one minute. Blend on high/ liquefy for 30
seconds. Recipe makes about 4 – Eight ounce servings.
LETTER SUBMITTED TO THE LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITOR:
Eating Fish and Heart Attacks: Facing Natures Limits.
Please wake up editors. In a fine editorial, Facing Nature’s Limits, Jan. 3, 1998, you state, “…we will have to take hard steps to slow resource consumption to maintain continued supplies…The new fishing limits, require commercial fishers to reduce by up to 65% their haul of several species, etc.”
On page A8, Jan. 7, 1998, the headline reads, “Eating Fish Protects Heart, Study Finds.” A team of scientists found that substances specific to fish known as OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS, impart a protective effect on the heart. A diet rich in fish….helps keep the heart’s rhythm in sync…
In another L.A. Times report: “UCLA Study Finds Fish Oil May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer,” researchers found: “Asian women have about one-third as much breast cancer as American women. Their breasts also contain a higher amount of a FATTY ACID called OMEGA-3, which is found primarily in fish. Some researchers think this increased level of OMEGA-3 may exert a protective effect in the breasts.”
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS (OILS), are not specific to fish as reported, but are found in abundance in hemp seed which is 30% oil. Hemp seed oil is 56.9% OMEGA-3 FATTY ACID, making it the highest source in the vegetable kingdom. Other circulatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and sickle cell anemia are reported by patients to be helped by hemp seed oil. Because of Cannabis hemp prohibition, hemp seed cannot be grown by American farmers. However, it can and is being imported and used.
Please print a correction so that people will know the results of their prohibition policies: more cancer and heart disease, more misinformation from science and the media, more pressure on overburdened natural resources.
Richard M. Davis, Curator – U.S.A. Hemp Museum