CF Masterclass: All You Need to Know About Hemp
The term Hemp might at first conjure up illegal connotations because most people associate Hemp with its illegal counterpart Marijuana. Yes, Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant (Marijuana also comes from Cannabis), but it is far removed from its weed smoking associations.
The recent surge of Hemp derived products could have anyone thinking it’s just a clever marketing gimmick. But before you disregard it as the next Kale 2.0, read on to find out why Hemp might be sticking around for longer.
We chat to Natural Distilling Co’s founder Rhys Staley to understand why we all need a bit of Hemp in our lives.
Hemp Is The Only Known Plant Food Source Of Vitamin D3
Vitamin D deficiency is a major problem, with a large scale study by the JAMA of Internal medicine, finding that about three-quarters of Americans do not have sufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood serum to maintain good health. That’s another reason to turn to Hemp –
It is the only known plant food source of the bone-building Vitamin D3.
Hemp Is Better For Your Belly
With the rise in allergies affecting many Australians, it’s great to know that Hemp is gluten free with a complete Amino Acid profile. What’s more, Hemp is more digestible than other forms of protein like Soy.
It's Low In Carbs
Many products containing Hemp available on the market are in the food and beverage space (just like our Hemp Gin and Hemp Vodka) so it does pose the question of just how good the ingredient is for us. Thankfully, in most cases Hemp contains practically no Carbohydrates.
It's A Safe Ingredient
Unlike many foods we consume daily, hemp seeds don’t burden your body with toxins, allergens or GMO’s.
Hemp Is Sustainable
Hemp is an environmentally friendly plant that actively returns CO2 to the earth at an accelerated rate. Hemp grows without needing herbicides or pesticides and require less water than wheat, rice or soy.
Organic terpene compounds in hemp and cannabis show distinct properties believed to prevent inflammation.
Growing Hemp requires less water than wheat, rice or soy. Each ton of hemp cultivated captures around 1.63 tons of carbon from the air. Put simply, Hemp sucks carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere at an accelerated rate, then actively returns it to the Earth. When it comes to growing food crops, Hemp is one of the best for the environment. It’s naturally resistant to pests, which means no insecticide, pesticide or herbicide. Hemp also grows very tightly spaced. This not only means that you can use farmland in a more sustainable and productive way, but it also naturally starves out nearby weeds by depriving them of sunlight.