Hemp Makes it SUPER!
Hemp is a super plant! There are hundreds, if not thousands, of uses for hemp including food, textiles like rope and clothing, construction material, plastics, fuel, animal bedding, and more. At Manitoba Harvest we’re focused exclusively on the seed, which we use to make delicious hemp foods.
Why eat hemp foods? It’s simple: protein and omegas!
Hemp foods are rich in protein and have all 10 essential amino acids. They also contain omega-3, omega-6, stearidonic acid (SDA), and the rare omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). What’s so great about GLA? Well, GLA has been shown to help with cholesterol, inflammation, skin and hair health, balancing hormones, and general heart health.
Plus if that wasn’t enough, hemp foods also contain magnesium, fibre, iron, zinc, and phosphorous.
Hemp is a versatile annual crop. Farmers plant non-GMO certified seed in the spring and harvest it in the fall using common farm equipment.
The varieties of hemp that are grown for food purposes reach a height of about five feet. Once hemp starts to grow, it has a broad leaf that helps to naturally suppress weeds which means that no pesticides or herbicides are needed to successfully grow hemp.
Hemp is the same as marijuana.
False! Hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa BUT hemp is not the same as marijuana.
Hemp foods contain less than 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect or a false-positive drug test.
Non-GMO Project Verified is basically the same thing as Certified Organic.
False! Certified Organic refers to a process of how food is grown and how food products are manufactured. Non-GMO Project Verified focuses on one aspect: verifying that there are no genetically modified organisms within the product.
There are Certified Organic products that have chosen not to go through the Non-GMO Project certification and therefore will not include the Non-GMO Project Verified stamp on their packaging.
Natural or conventional products can receive Non-GMO Project Verification if they meet the rigorous and extensive audit process relating to genetically modified organisms.
Hemp seed oil contains CBD extracts.
False! CBD extracts are related to the medicinal marijuana industry NOT the hemp industry. Industrial hemp contains less than 0.001% THC and therefore is not a significant source of CBD.
Besides, CBD extracts come from leaves of cannabis plants and in Canada it’s currently illegal to harvest the leaves of industrial hemp.
Omega 6s are bad for you
False! Omega-6 often gets a bad rep. Some omega-6s, like GLA, play a crucial role in overall health. A general rule of thumb is to avoid all highly processed fats.
When it comes to our bodies we need a mix or balance of essential fatty acids. It’s best to consume foods that have naturally balanced omegas. Hemp has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 3.75:1. Plus, the omegas in hemp are unrefined, raw, and easily digestible.