Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hemp heals

Hemp Seed-Eating Village in China Holds Oldest, Healthiest People in the World

For months we have been pouring organic hemp seeds into our vegie smoothie three times a week!!
I came across this article with increased awareness of the way others in the world benefit from this God given seed. It is over 8000 years old. The most sustainable plant on Earth. It only takes 3-4 months to grow. It is grown without pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. And it is medicine.

Scientists found some of the oldest living citizens in China  as compared to the global average, well over 100 yrs satisfied themselves with plant based foods and exercise and hemp seeds. Their diet consists of less salt, sugar, animal proteins and fat but very high in Omega 3 and 6 which contains essential fatty acids. Without that, the brain would not have nutrition. It provides the oxygen the brain craves and is rich in calcium, iron and fiber.

The name of the village is Bama Yao. It is one of the Centurian hot spots in the world where one can live a long healthy life. The other places known are called "blue zones". Sardinia Italy, Okinawa off Japan, Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.

Omega 6 is important for making certain hormones. By themselves they signal the molecules for inflammatory response. But together with Omega 3's a balance is created. In hemp seed oil the ratio is 3:1. Many of you know Omega 6 is in the foods of the regular American diet so Omega 3 must be added in substantial amounts or inflammation sets in.

Hemp is high in cannabinoids but lacks the THC ( delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol ) THC gives psychoactive effects.

What is of concern is that the federal government has the authority to seize hemp farming in our country because it falls under the Controlled Substances Act which does NOT differentiate between marijuana and hemp. Hemp has a myriad of uses as example:
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Rope
  • Building materials
  • Cooking (hemp oil)
  • Food (it won’t get you high)
  • Skin care products
  • Animal and bird feed
  • Animal bedding
  • Water and soil purification
  • Weed control
  • Clean fuel

North Dakota, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, California, Montana, West Virginia, and Vermont  have all passed legislation to make the cultivation of industrial hemp legal. But in an effort to avoid conflict with the feds, they are waiting for the DEA’s permission. They are waiting, and waiting.

Fortunately, legislators in Washington, D.C. are taking matters into their own hands. Senate Bill 359 and House Bill 525 (Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013) is making its way through bipartisan halls and seeks to establish that “marijuana” as listed in the Controlled Substances Act, does not include industrial hemp. With the passage of this law, we could once again stand to reap the rewards of this remarkable plant.