about hemp

The hemp plant, so green that it enriches the soil it grows in, can provide environmentally-friendly alternatives for almost all of humankind's needs.

Hemp can be grown without fertilizers or pesticides. The hemp plant can serve as a purificant for contaminated water and soil. The fiber of the hemp plant can be used to make paper, clothing (hemp is a fine substitute for cotton, a heavily-pesticided crop), biodegradable plastic, canvas, concrete and other building materials, even automobile parts. Fuel can also be made from the oil in hemp stalks and seeds.

Hemp seeds have an amazing nutritional profile. About 30-35% of the seed is hemp oil, which contains about 80 percent essential fatty acids; about 25% of the seed is highly digestible protein; and hemp seeds contain minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese.

I make Zendulgence with hemp milk, which I produce myself by grinding whole organic hemp seeds into filtered water.

Astoundingly and very unfortunately, the United States has banned growing hemp for many years, supposedly because it closely resembles marijuana and could make laws against growing marijuana diifficult to enforce. In truth, however, hemp can be differentiated from marijuana, and this ban was enacted with the support of the forest and fuel industries to eliminate hemp as competition.

The economic and environmental costs of the hemp ban are extreme. Check out this study detailing the environmental advantages of hemp and the benefits our economy would see by lifting the hemp ban.

To take action to overturn the hemp ban, please write a letter to your congressperson.

And here's some more information about hemp.

Hemp is closely related to marijuana, but contains extremely low levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. You can't get "high" from hemp, and consuming hemp products will not result in a positive drug test. The hemp seeds I use are produced and processed in accordance with testpledge.com specifications.