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Posted Sep 16 2010 12:00am
Long ago in my hippie chick college days, I bought a hemp backpack. It said Hemp Mania on it, and I was forever getting ribbed about the extracurriculars that people thought were synonymous with hemp! Little did they know, hemp holds much more noble potential!

Years down the road, I am in love with my Texture hemp skirt, and still pull out that old backpack from time to time. I also have added hemp to another area of my life: the kitchen!

I've been throwing hemp seeds in my smoothies, on my salads, and using them to boost the nutrtional factor of foods like my sprouted grain toast and jelly in the morning.

I decided I needed to do a little reading and see what hemp seeds really do! Here some highlights from Hemp Line Journal  and other sources :

*Hemp seed contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs.

*Hemp seed is the premier plant-seed provider of globulin starting material -- the highest in the plant kingdom. Eating hemp seeds will insure the immune system has the reservoir of immunoglobulin resources needed to make disease destroying antibodies.

*Hemp has 3 unique nutritional factors. It has an ideal balance of Omega 3 and 6 for sustainable human health, it has a full amino acid spectrum meaning it provides complete protein, and it has a massive trace mineral content - truly one of nature's superfoods.

*Other benefits of hemp seed oil include its effect on the skin and the hair, nourishing both on a cellular level. Hemp oil is easily absorbed by the skin and those EFA's go straight to work!

*And of course hemp needs no pesticides or fertilisers, is low maintenance and grows just about anywhere, making it the ideal crop for organic sustainable farming in just about anywhere in the world.

Nice! I'm gonna keep on sprinkling hemp seed on everything! How do you use it?

As an added bonus to my ode to hemp, Hemp Mania has offered Pixiepine readers a free shipping discount. Use the coupon code "420" when checking out. Yay!
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