I’m in love with hemp. I have this crazy idea that we will someday have hemp in all of our food.
Hemp is an amazing plant. The fibers of the plant have been used for clothing, paper, rope, and even to strengthen other materials such as plastics or resin compounds, concrete, and (I’m not sure about this one, since I only heard a rumor about it) glass. My first thought on that last one was: “Glass? Isn’t glass already strong enough?” Anyway, I love researching things, so I’m going to have to check that rumor.
Just to get the goofy, teenage, mind-alteration experimenters out of the way, I have to warn you what my opinion is: Smoking marijuana is for losers! If you’re going to smoke it and make yourself a slow-witted, low-energy, chronic zombie, then you and I have completely opposite agendas. If you’re thinking, “Yay, hemp in food, I gotta get me some of them brownies,” then you’re way off. Hemp and marijuana are close but not quite, you know what I mean? They are similar plants but not exactly the same.
I care about the health of my lungs and my brain. I love that hemp has a superb, natural blend of fatty acids: Omega 3 and Omega 6. I have a vision of it being in foods that I already like to eat, such as Pop Tarts, spaghetti noodles, whole wheat tortillas, Cheetos, and, of course, cookies. Some of that sounds healthy, others less so, but the point is to make everything even more healthy than it is. Hemp already comes in a few foods, such as granola bars, protein powder, hemp seed oil, and hemp “milk”. That last one is a weird one, I tried it and it was strange. It’s only ground up hemp seeds and water. My personal opinion is the hemp belongs in the cereal, not the milk. But there are some people out there with milk allergies, and for them, the hemp “milk” might be an adequate alternative.
Some companies that sell hemp based products are:
American Hemp Seed Genetics
Celtic Wind Crops
Hempco Europe, Ltd.