Hemp is a very diverse plant which is readily used as clothing, paper, and fuel as well as food. It was grown by founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, used by early settlers to create rope and textiles. It was even used to build a version of the Ford Model T many years ago.
Hemp seeds have gotten a bad rap because they are botanically linked to medicinal cannibis. However, the hemp seed has no psychotropic effects and holds a lot of nutritional value. They are safe and very healthy for the entire family to eat. Technically a nut, the seeds of the hemp plant are valuable sources of healthy fats, protein, and various minerals. They are exceptionally rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This makes them highly anti-inflammatory and beneficial to a healthy diet.
Hemp seeds, also called hemp hearts, can reduce the risk of heart disease due to their high amounts of the amino acid arginine and another fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). They are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, making them great for increasing beneficial gut bacteria as well as relieving constipation.
Because of their high fatty acid content, they are good for your hair, skin, and nails. They can help with arthritis and joint pain, increase weight loss, reduce symptoms of PMS and menopause, and are one of the best cancer fighting foods available.
Complete protein sources are rare in nature (quinoa is another one) and this makes hemp seeds quite special. By weight, they are similar in protein content to lamb or beef.
The hemp plant has been grown in China as far back as 5,000 years. It can absorb 4 times as much carbon dioxide as trees, plus it has a much shorter growing cycle and can grow in almost any soil type with minimal maintenance. This makes it a sustainable crop that can possible help combat global warming.