Wednesday, February 24, 2010

homemade hemp milk

I made homemade hemp milk. Now don't freak, it's free of no, you can't get high from hemp milk! It's really good, much better than the store bought stuff. 

Hemp is an extremely nutritious food. 

Hemp was first cultivated in China more than 6,000 years ago, and was used as a food source long before soy foods. Hempseed is considered by leading researchers to be one of the most nutritious super foods on the planet — packed with protein, vitamin E, Omega-3, and GLA.

Hemp contains pure, digestible protein, with a good balance of all eight essential amino acids. Hemp is not only delicious, but comprised of smaller-chain edestin and albumin protein, making it the gold standard of plant foods. Hemp has three times the vitamin E of flax and twice the iron and magnesium (a key mineral often depleted by industrial agriculture) contained in flax.

Strains of Cannabis approved for industrial hemp production produce only minute amounts of this psychoactive drug, not enough for any physical or psychological effects. Typically, hemp contains below 0.3% THC, while Cannabis grown for marijuana can contain anywhere from 6 or 7 % to 20% or even more.

Industrial hemp is produced in many countries around the world. Major producers include Canada, France, and China. While more hemp is exported to the United States than to any other country, the United States Government does not consistently distinguish between marijuana and the non-psychoactive Cannabis used for industrial and commercial purposes.

Unfortunately, the US will not allow hemp to be grown for food or industrial use, so the hemp seeds you buy at the store is from Canada. Maybe someday the US will catch on and cash in on this type of use of hemp. 
Anyway, it's great! I love it in my coffee or with my cereal. 

So for dinner tonight? Thai Tempeh with collard and mustard greens over Quinoa.