The Story of Hemp from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
"The American colonists relied heavily on hemp. At that time, hemp was the world’s leading crop. A law enacted in Virginia in 1619 made hemp production mandatory for all farmers. Similar laws ...were passed in Massachusetts in 1631, in Connecticut in 1632 and the Chesapeake Colonies in the mid 1700s. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both farmed hemp. "Make the most you can of the hemp seed and grow it everywhere," wrote
George Washington in 1794. The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper and all early American flags were made with hemp. During the American
Revolution, wives and daughters sewed hemp linens for the Continental Army and rope made from hemp was used to rig the early American Navy and Merchant Marine ships.
So why is hemp not grown in America today? Why has the American creative genius not found ways to process hemp efficiently and turn it into a myriad of useful products, at least on a large scale?"
A Miracle Plant?
Ok, so the concern is potentially flunking a drug test, lol? And the Omega 6 fatty acid ratio, the rest doesn't seem too concerning. Plenty of people seem to enjoy hemp seeds, hemp milk, hemp oil. I'm not seeing any science to disclaim the use, just a "crazy bread" story which seems related to moldy rye.
My understanding is that there are insufficient cannabanoids to create any health concerns. Additionally, hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. I've read that "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."http://www.ratical.org/renewables/hempseed1.html
For those who are seeking gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, rice-free, the seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk (akin to soy milk), prepared as tea, and used in baking. The fresh leaves can also be eaten in salads. Products range from cereals to frozen waffles, hemp tofu to nut butters. It sounds miraculous!
PLUS the protein benefits! "About 30–35% of the weight of hempseed is hempseed oil or hemp oil, an edible oil that contains about 80% essential fatty acids (EFAs); i.e., linoleic acid, omega-6 (LA, 55%), alpha-linolenic acid, omega-3 (ALA, 22%), in addition to gamma-linolenic acid, omega-6 (GLA, 1–4%) and stearidonic acid, omega-3 (SDA, 0–2%). Whole hempseed also contains about 25% of a highly-digestible protein, where 1/3 is edestin and 2/3 are albumins. Its amino acid profile is close to "complete" when compared to more common sources of proteins such as meat, milk, eggs and soy."
(source: Callaway JC (2004). Hempseed as a nutritional resource: an overview. Euphytica 140:65-72.)
AND! "Hempseed is an adequate source of calcium and iron. Whole hempseeds are also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese."
Do be aware: "Hemp oil can spontaneously oxidize and turn rancid within a short period of time if not stored properly; it is best stored in a dark glass bottle, in a refrigerator or freezer."
Do you use hemp products?