Why Do We Need to Use Hemp as a Food Supplement?
100 years ago and more, hemp was one of the most common agricultural crops. Throughout the world, farmers, small and large, would grow hemp as a matter of course and it was used for a myriad of different purposes. It was a part of humanity’s daily diet as well as being used for its fibre and medicinal properties.
All that ended in the early years of the 20th century when the ridiculous, evidence-free prohibition of cannabis began to roll out across the world. The result is that hemp has been almost completely eliminated from our diet and we no longer consume all the nutritious cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds from the plant that our ancestors did. Some scientists consider this has led to a pandemic of ‘endocannabinoid system deficiency’ because the cannabinoids that our bodies produce naturally are no longer supplemented through our food intake.
So that’s the reason that so many people find using hemp food supplements helpful to maintain and improving their health. It’s exactly the same as taking a vitamin or mineral supplement which compensates for any deficiency in your diet, or if your body is failing to absorb nutrients properly. But even if you eat a balanced diet you won’t be getting the nutrients that hemp can provide.
To be clear, hemp is cannabis. They are the same plant. However, the cannabis that food supplements are made from is properly called ‘industrial hemp’ and it is restricted to containing less than 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive cannabinoid that causes the cannabis ‘high’. However, it does contain all the other compounds, in particular cannabidiol (CBD), the other cannabinoid that is increasingly being seen by scientists and doctors as vital for good health.
Some scientists believe that ‘endocannabinoid system deficiency’ can lead to some very serious diseases. This may explain why there has been an upsurge in auto immune conditions and diseases like cancer where the body turns on itself. This includes conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s Disease and this is why so much research is taking place on using cannabis and cannabinoids to treat these conditions.
Hemp can be regarded as a very nutritious vegetable. The leaves and flowers of the plant can be consumed as any other green vegetable and the seeds are highly nutritious. They don’t actually contain high concentrations of cannabinoids but they have an almost perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. They can be eaten whole or ground up and used as flour or meal. They make an excellent porridge. Pressed whole they make a superb oil which although it’s not very good for cooking at high temperature, it is good for use in salad dressings or adding to pasta.
So this is why most of us will benefit from taking hemp as a food supplement. Try making your favourite Love Hemp product part of your daily routine. A few drops of oil taken every day will help your body maintain and repair itself.