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What is hemp?

18 Feb

What is hemp?

Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa is the variety grown for industrial use, while C. sativa subsp. indica  is primarily used for production of recreational and medicinal drugs.

The real difference between the two substrains is the amount of THC secreted by the plant.  The plant substrains grown for seeds and fiber only has THC below 0.3%, while cultivars of Cannabis grown for marijuana can contain anywhere from 2% to over 20% THC (source)

What is hemp used for?

Hemp is used for a variety of functions including:

  • to make cord and clothing
  • to make food (oil and seeds)
  • in mulch
  • in animal bedding and litter
  • as jewelry
  • to clean contaminants from water
  • to kill weeds by minimizing weed seeds in the soil-reduces necessary pesticides
  • as a fuel from its oils


How can you eat it?

Hemp seeds can be:

  • eaten raw
  • ground into a meal
  • sprouted
  • made into milk
  • made as tea
  • used in baking
  • made into protein powder

Health Benefits of Hemp

  • 44% of the seed by weight are healthy oils such as alpha-linolenic acid, omega-3 and omega-6
  • 33% of the seed by weight is protein
  • Hemp seeds are a source of complete protein (contain all essential amino acids)



Have you eaten anything with hemp in it?  If so, what?