Fresh Hemp as a Superfood
Under today’s spotlight: fresh Hemp leaves as a food.
Fresh Hemp leaves are highly digestible which is a vital factor in today's world. Not to mention that raw is the modern trend.
Raw hemp, either juiced or added and consumed in a salad, has a high content in vitamins and minerals.
As famous Greek physician once said ‘Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food’, and if ever there was a candidate for the most perfectly balanced medicinal plant food source on the planet, then Hemp, is surely the one.
Why to love fresh Hemp?
1. High in Protein: Hemp is a complete protein source, containing all 8 essential amino acids. Hemp protein is also high in globular edestin, 65% of total protein, the highest level found in the plant kingdom.
‘Edistin’ is derived from the Greek word ‘edestos’, meaning edible. Many scientists claim that edistin is the most edible and digestible form of protein. The remaining protein in Hemp is albumin, which is also considered to be an easily digested protein. Both edistin and albumin are termed ‘soft’ broad spectrum proteins which are hypo-allergenic (low allergic reaction) unlike the coarse proteins found in meat, dairy and to a lesser extent, unsoaked nuts, which many people have difficulty digesting.
2. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s): Hemp contain a perfect balance of essential fatty acids, omega 3 (alpha-linolenic) and omega 6 (linoleic acid) in the perfect 1:3 ratio as proclaimed by Udo Erasmus in the highly acclaimed ‘Fats that heal, Fats that kill’.
Hemp also contains the very rare omega 9 EFA (gamma-linolenic acid), a very powerful anti-inflammatory and hormonal balancer. GLA supplementation may be helpful for body weight regulation after significant weight loss.
3. Vitamins, Chlorophyll and Lecithin: because the Hemp plant has such a deep penetrating tap root system, which not only helps prevent soil erosion and landslides, it also draws up an incredible array of nutrients, making Hemp one of the most mineral rich seeds found on Earth. They also contain Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6 as well as other trace elements.
Hemp is also one of the few seeds that contain chlorophyll. Hemp seeds also contain significant levels of lecithin, a fat matabolizer that helps build healthy brain tissue and supports the liver.
Doctors who have been researching Hemp and it’s benefits in diet for some time have recommended that people make cannabis a part of their everyday diet. Some experts, like Dr. William Courtney, even call it a “dietary essential.”
Cooking with Hemp
Hemp can be added to a wide range of foods and drinks.
Recipe: Cannabis Quinoa Salad
- 1/2 cup dry quinoa (makes 2 cups cooked)
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup red onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cannabis leaves, chopped
- 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp cannabis canola oil*
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Once cooked, lay quinoa out flat on a plate and allow it to cool completely.
While quinoa is cooling, chop all vegetables, add to a bowl, and set aside.
Once quinoa is completely cooled, add it to the chopped vegetables and mix with apple cider vinegar, cannabis-infused canola oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Mix well until all ingredients are coated with the dressing.
This salad can be eaten at room temperature or chilled slightly.
Move Over, Hemp Milk —Hemp Cocktails are the Next Big Thing
There’s a new hemp trend on the horizon. Johnny Swet, mixologist for The Rickey at N.Y.C.’s Dream Hotel, created a cocktail dubbed “Going Back to Cali”. “I was thinking about Californian ingredients, and nothing is more California than avocado, citrus, and tequila,” - says Swet. “Hemp also has some great health benefits and adds an earthiness to the cocktail.” Intrigued? Try the recipe below.
Going Back to Cali Hemp Cocktail
50 gm Herradura Tequila
50 gm avocado purée (ingredients and recipe below)
20 gm Tuaca Vanilla Citrus Liqueur
For the Avocado Purée
1/2 avocado, diced
100 gm of simple syrup
100 gm fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 tbsp of ground hemp powder
1. To make the avocado purée: In a blender, purée all ingredients listed for the puree until smooth, then refrigerate. This will stay good for 48 hours.
2. In a shaker, add tequila, avocado purée, and Tuaca. Add ice, shake, and strain into a rocks glass with cubed ice.
So we hope you can see by now, Hemp is really a true ‘Superfood’ )