My snacks include cannabis and so do my midnight munchies.
I also drink a lot of cannabis-based beverages and have sweet treats made of this wonder food too.
No, I am not a drug addict.
I am just like you — a regular individual with an ordinary life.
But just because I consume cannabis, my children and grandchildren will think of me with great respect and admiration.
Well, let me put it this way…
I consume hemp-based food products every day. And because I make use of a high yield, sustainable and regenerative food crop, I am contributing towards reversing climate change and global warming. And because I am all doing all of that, the coming generations would not have to deal with the mess that you, me, and our ancestors created.
Also, hemp is super healthy, so it is good for me too. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that keep my immune system strong, my heart-healthy, and even my cholesterol and blood pressure in control. It has omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well.
Hemp, a close cousin of marijuana, is often considered illegal, unethical, and definitely not something ‘good’ people consume.
But hemp and marijuana are two different things. They both belong to the cannabis community, but hemp isn’t psychoactive. It has a THC content of 0.3% or less. This makes it perfectly legal and extremely healthy.
It won’t give you a high.
Better health, good vibes, nutrition and taste, and a brighter future – that’s what hemp gives you.
To make sure you get all that hemp has on offer, here are four categories of hemp-based food products that you can buy off of local stores and online shops and boost your health.
Basic hemp food items for everyday consumption and prolonged good health.
The most commonly used and versatile products that are easy to add to your diet.
(From Hemp Foundation’s database)
Hemp seeds, also called hemp hearts, are among the most nutritious foods available in nature. And when Mother Nature gives you its choicest blessings, you simply don’t say no to that.
What you do is, add it to as many recipes as you can.
An excellent source of vegetarian protein, it also helps those struggling with immune deficiency disease. It also keeps your cholesterol under control.
A complete healthy diet on its own, hemp seeds can be added to smoothies, shakes, oatmeal, yogurt, on top of salads, or have it just straight out of the bag. The tastiest way to get all your nutritional needs fulfilled.
I start my day with hemp hearts, and I would be lying if I say I didn’t enjoy popping the seeds from the bag into my mouth. They are tasty. And what makes it better is that I know how healthy they are for me.
You get nine essential amino acids, plus fiber, healthy fats, and minerals too.
Then there is the nutty, earthy taste of hemp, which is the perfect way to make your smoothies and shakes healthier and better tasting.
Want some pre-workout snacks? Grab a hemp energy bar in the flavor that you like. Manganese present in hemp is good for ligament and tendon pain. Plus, there is zinc and iron too. Complete anti-inflammatory bundle, I must say.
Sip (or gulp!) your way to good health.
Do you struggle to stay awake and motivated all day?
Hemp-infused flavored water could be just what you need.
Grab a bottle (I’d say many!) and keep getting your dose of hemp healthiness all day long.
Coconut, soy, and almond milk are things of the past. Your perfect latte partner is hemp milk.
It is rich and creamy in taste and can be either consumed alone or used in any other preparation that uses milk.
Depending on your preference, you can make hemp tea using the roots, stalk, flower, seed, stem, or even the bud of the hemp plant.
Make it just like you’d make any other herbal tea, and then wait for the nutritional benefits and a slightly stronger taste and aroma to kick in.
What better way to start your day than by combining and drinking two superfoods together?
Coffee and hemp together give you an unprecedented boost of energy and uplift your general mood. If regular coffee already does that for you, know that hemp coffee has additional vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids, which also boost your cognitive health. It seriously couldn’t have been better.
If you really want something high-class (ahem!), try hemp vodka. It is almost like your regular vodka, but with a distinctive aroma and flavor.
Hemp, the hero ingredient in such vodkas, aids sleep, soothes pain and reduces inflammation. Who knew vodka could do you so good? Get the healthy party started already.
A herbal flavor and caramel-like taste await you in the form of hemp beer.
Usually hopped and then infused with hemp, these beers come with twice the goodness. There’s beer, and then there is hemp to make it better – both taste and health-wise.
Tasty solutions for quick munchings and good health.
(Won’t be talking in detail about these, lest you start drooling right here.)
Burgers and Hotdogs
Yeah, veg burgers taste kind of blah!
But try hemp burgers and hotdogs, and it will change your mind. The earthy and nutty flavor is sure to make your tongue as happy as your body will be with the hemp intake.
And the mild spices will make sure you’ll keep coming back for more. Hemp burgers and Hemp Dawgs are a real dream come true guys. They are tasty and nutritious and simply the best that you could have asked for.
Hemp Seed Butter
Peanut butter obsession would be a thing of the past once you taste hemp seed butter. Not only is it tasty, but it is also more nutritious and even environment-friendly.
The next time someone catches you adding loads of hemp seed butter on your bread, cracker, or in any other recipe, you can proudly say you are doing it for Mother Nature.
What to do when you feel hungry in the middle of the night? Going for an oily, sugary, or spicy snack might seem like a good option.
But grab a packet of hemp crackers, and your body will thank you for it. They are delicious, filling, and of course, healthy.
And you can use them in all other cracker recipes that you like. No matter what time of the day it is, it will always be a good time to have some hemp crackers.
Hemp Sweet Treats
Options to satiate your sweet tooth with hemp, ‘cause why not.
Who doesn’t like gummies?
Now imagine if you could get something more than just a sugar rush from them. Gummies that gave you selected vitamins like vitamin D, D3, and B12. And also terpenes, CBD, CBN, and CBG.
Well, you don’t really have to imagine all that because hemp gummies are here, and they offer you all that.
They also have antioxidant benefits, ease swelling and pain, and work as a digestive aid. Hemp gummies are not psychoactive but help minimize anxiety and depression too.
For all those who are wondering, yes, you get to choose from a variety of flavors too. And yes, bear-shaped gummies are available too.
Hemp Foundation is a non-profit organization working on Himalayan hemp research, conservation of indigenous cultivars, and promotion of hemp farming in Uttarakhand and help the farmers market their products. Our Mission is to help the struggling families of Indian Himalayan region of Uttarakhand to return to farming to break the vicious cycle of poverty as they have abndoned farming due to lack of infrastructure, finances, market linkage, knowledge or threat of animals. We want the best of the best lives for them and the most prosperous future for their children. Amen!