The Benefits, Sustainable Alternatives, and Legislation of One of America’s Oldest Commodities
It’s no secret that hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. With a variety of merchandised goods ranging from industrial products to cosmetics and food being comprised of or derived from hemp, hemp products have grown in popularity over the years—especially hemp supplements due to their numerous healing properties.
The variety of delivery options available in the marketplace today for hemp-related products make it easy and convenient to incorporate this advantageous plant into your daily life.
Let’s break down some of the many benefits of agricultural hemp:
- Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, which means they provide all nine essential amino acids. These acids are critical for building muscle, breaking down food, and repairing tissue in the body. Few plant-based foods are recognized as a complete source of protein, which makes hemp seeds especially helpful for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
- Hemp seeds are full of fatty acids, like omega-3s and omega-6s. In general, people often tend to consume more omega-6s than omega-3s—thus, adding hemp seeds to one’s meals can promote a more balanced diet.
- Hemp seeds are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. With much of its fiber on its outer shell (or hull), hemp seeds are available for purchase with its hull intact as well as without. Fiber contributes to various health benefits, including blood sugar stabilization and gut health.
- Hemp oil and hemp seed oil are used for a variety of personal care and health products. Hemp oil can be consumed orally through a tincture, capsule, or other hemp-infused supplements or applied topically from hemp-infused balms, serums, and lotions. From promoting skin health and a balanced Endocannabinoid System (ECS), hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) is linked to support a healthy body and mind.
- Hemp can serve as an integral resource because of its cost-efficiency and eco-friendly properties. Hemp can be used to produce resources like rope, clothing, paper, fuel, carpet, and makeup, and interestingly enough, commodities such as surfboards and batteries. It could even serve as a non-toxic alternative to regular plastic products, making everyday products safer to use and better for the environment.
- That said, hemp is environmentally friendly. Some kinds of hemp are even 100% biodegradable. It requires little to no chemicals in its production and can be grown without the use of pesticides. In fact, growing hemp improves the condition of soil, making it one of the most ecologically beneficial agricultural crops.
With the tremendous amount of benefits hemp offers, it’s hard to believe that the legality of this plant has been up in the air for so many years. In December 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill (Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) was passed through the United States Senate and House of Representatives, legalizing the (regulated) production of hemp. The passage of this bill was incredible news for hemp consumers, farmers, producers, and small businesses.
With the era of hemp prohibition finally over, it’s exciting to see how this will positively affect not only the hemp industry, those who personally enjoy hemp and its many benefits for one’s overall health and well-being.
Next time you’re at Earth Fare shopping for products to incorporate into your health and wellness routine, give PlusCBD™ Oil’s hemp-derived CBD products a try! PlusCBD™ Oil products undergo extensive testing to ensure their safety, quality and purity. Rest assured that when you purchase any product from this brand, you know exactly what you’re receiving in the bottle—PlusCBD™ Oil products are carefully manufactured with every step of the process being managed, from Seed to Shelf™!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.