Think about hemp!

Today we pull back the mask on the cannabis plant!

Hemp seed is an excellent proteins source

Over the past few years, Hemp has received a bad name, mostly because it is a cannabis plant, and the wider public opinion of cannabis is mostly centred around it’s recreational use.

This has been unfortunate for Hemp Production, but also unfortunate for the human race itself as well as the earth we live on.

The reason for these prevailing biased opinions about hemp is its other family member- marijuana. Marijuana contains a high quantity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-the chemical with psychoactive properties. On the other hand, industrial hemp does contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but it is present only in trace amounts.

In fact, most of us know hemp as a drug for it has psychotropic effects. But there is another side to this story and that is the hemp is one of the greatest sources of plant-based proteins.

Hemp is the Greatest source of Plant-based Proteins

Cooked Hemp Seed
Hemp Seed is a complete protein source



By unlocking the nutritional potentials of hemp, you can take your bodily health to the next level which you have only imagined so far.

Hemp is one of the most nutrient-rich plants and it contains vital nutrients like;

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc,
  • Potassium
  • and dietary fibres
Hemp is one of the most nutrient-rich plants
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In addition to;

  • Proteins,
  • Carbohydrates,
  • and healthy fats.

That’s a whole lot of the building blocks of life all in one convenient plant based source!


Hemp Seed is a Great source of Healthy Fats

Fats of hemp include omega-3 and omega-6 which are beneficial for human health and increase the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. Out of its rich nutrients, its proteins are the good source that your body consumes as an energy source and as building blocks to repair body tissues and build muscles. 20 grams of hemp seeds contain about 6.31 grams of proteins, how a rich protein source hemp seeds are! Such a rich source of vegan proteins can totally change the way body build.

hemp seed excellent source of healthy fats
Hemp Seed can provide you with an excellent source of healthy fats!


But what are proteins?


Vegan proteins are much superior to animal-based proteins. I am not assuming this, science does. I’m almost sorry to say it because I love me some animal based protein. But the science is very clear, Vegan proteins ARE healthier for you.

Proteins are made up of tiny molecules known as amino acids-building blocks of proteins.


Numerous types of amino acids are present which combine to form different types of proteins, but only twenty amino acids are frequently used to form a wide range of protein structures within the human body.

Out of these twenty amino acids, the human body can’t make nine amino acids and these nine amino acids are known as essential amino acids.

As a general rule, most vegan protein sources are not what are known as, “Complete Proteins” meaning that very few single plant sources have all 9 essential amino acids within them. For example, if you were a vegan and required a complete protein source within a meal, you could combine lentils and rice together, and you would have all 9 essential amino acids on your plate!

Because animal proteins are already made up of all twenty amino acids required to make all the structures within the animal body, they are complete proteins. When you body breaks down animal proteins into usable amino acids, a full range of amino acids are available, which is why animal proteins are considered complete proteins.

What do proteins do for your body?


Proteins play a critical role in maintaining human health as they are parts of every structure of the human body like bones, hair, skin, muscles, and the like.

The human body can’t store proteins and therefore its supply needs to be constantly replenished from the diet. You need to be very careful when choosing a protein source as your protein source must include all of the nine essential amino acids; otherwise, your health would be at stake.

Are Vegan Proteins really better for you?

All nuts and seed are a great protein source
All nuts and seeds provide a great source of protein!

When it comes to protein sources then vegan proteins are preferred by body-builders and gym trainers.

The reason for this is Vegan proteins contain maximum essential amino acids and therefore they help you quickly repair your withered tissues after an intense work-out and add up muscle mass quickly, providing you use a complete protein source, Vegan proteins are used more readily by the body and calorie to calorie vegan protein sources tend to be similar to animal protein sources. Yes, there is no foundation behind the common question “where do vegans get their protein from”

The Human Body Evolved to use both


For good results, you must combine vegan and animal-based proteins to get all of the essential amino acids.

But in case of hemp, you can take it alone as it is a complete source of proteins which means that hemp contains all of the nine essential amino acids which your body can’t make on its own.

So if you are counting on hemp as a body-building diet, believe me, it will never betray you. Besides its nutritional benefits, hemp has also a positive impact on our environment.


Hemp Protein versus Whey- An Environmental Perspective


Whey is derived from milk which contains high protein content. Whey is separated from the milk and after adding artificial sweeteners and preservatives, protein powder supplements are manufactured from it. A variety of these whey-based protein supplements are available in the market.

Besides, picking up whey can damage our environment irreparably. As whey is associated with the dairy industry and dairy industry is adversely affecting our environment.


Manure of dairy cows adds more greenhouse gases to the environment and therefore contributes to global warming. Also in the case of manure mishandling, local freshwater resources are contaminated for example excessive addition of manure to local water resource like freshwater ponds lead to eutrophication-more organic waste in a water body.

Due to eutrophication, algae and other small water plants consume all of the water oxygen and as a result, other water lives like fish die due to suffocation. Finally, more and more forest land is being cleared for farming-needed to maintain dairy farms and this deforestation further deteriorates our already stressed environment. World wildlife organization (WWF) considers dairy farming as environmentally unsustainable.

Regardless of whether you are vegan, or like us are not, we would highly implore you to look a little deeper into the dairy industry, most animal products can be sourced responsibly, there is no responsible way to harvest milk from other mammals.

Vegan Protein sources are good for cows!
Consider Vegan Protein sources, they’re better for you, and for cows!


On the other hand, hemp is a very environmental-friendly plant. Hemp plant requires a little amount of water to complete its lifecycle and therefore it will not strain the already scarce water resources. Besides, hemp is also pest-resistant so no or very little toxic anti-pest chemicals are needed for its cultivation. Besides, all of the hemp products are biodegradable and are recycled easily. Finally, hemp can take out large amounts of carbon dioxide from the environment as compared to other plants. Therefore its cultivation can help slow global warming.


Conclusion


In conclusion, opting hemp as a protein source can not only help you to body build and repair your withered tissues but it can also improve our already stressed environment. The 1980s was the decade of whey and this one is the hemp’s decade.

Follow the trend and go hemp. Try our Hemp Nourish Protein powder today!

Our Hemp Protein is sourced from Organic British Businesses!


Sources


https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/308044#nutritional-breakdown-of-hemp
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds#section1
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/hemp-protein-powder
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https://sentientmedia.org/the-dairy-industry-environment/
https://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/dairy
http://www.hemptrade.ca/eguide/background/hemps-environmental-impact

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How can industrial Hemp save the planet?

Since the industrial revolution, our earth is getting warmer with each passing day. Earth’s surface temperature is rising at the rate of 0.2 degrees centigrade per decade. Since 1880 earth’s average surface temperature has risen by 2 degrees centigrade. Although the figure seems small this rise is having some serious repercussions for our environment.

How can industrial Hemp save the planet
The Industrial Revolution changed the direction of humanity in so many ways


We are now facing more frequent and more intense heat waves and droughts. Sea levels are rising and coastal infrastructures in several countries are under threat of vanishing. Our glaciers are melting fast and we risk losing our marine resources due to the increasing acidity of oceans. All of these climate change aspects are attributed to human activities especially to the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.


For our survival and sustainable development, we need to preserve our life-sustaining environment. Besides opting for alternative energy sources, we need to do more plantations so that we can live and thrive in a friendlier environment. Hemp can help us in preserving our environment. Besides, preserving the environment, hemp is also used productively in several modern industries like paper and construction.

Hemps uses in Paper Manufacturing

There are two major reasons for which the trees are chopped down; clearing land for agriculture use to meet the food requirements of burgeoning human population and using forest wood in industries like construction and paper manufacturing. Since the 1960s, the global consumption of wood-derived products has risen 64% and it is estimated that global paper demand will reach 80% in 2050.

Hemps uses in Paper Manufacturing
The manufacturing process of hemp can be done on a large scale much quicker than forest growth

Deforestation continues


For keeping up with the increasing demand more and more trees are chopped down and in consequence, forests are devastated. Besides deforestation, paper, and pulp industry a major polluter industrial sector-it adds about 220 million pounds of waste and toxic chemicals to air and water annually. Also, the conventional wood-pulp paper requires toxic bleaching agents in its manufacturing process. Hemp has the potential to be used as an alternative paper source to the damaging and traditional wood-pulp.

Hemp is an excellent substitute for paper manufacture


To start with, hemp is a highly productive plant. For instance, in Ukraine poplar wood-pulp produces 5.1 tons of paper per acre annually while hemp can produce up to 4.05 tons of paper per acre annually-this is 4-5 times more, the indigenous forests of Ukraine can produce.


Secondly, hemp paper doesn’t require any toxic bleaching agents for its manufacturing; instead, it only requires hydrogen peroxide- a nontoxic chemical. Also hemp paper is superior in quality to pulp paper.

Hemp paper is resistant to decomposition and therefore it lasts longer as compared to wood-pulp paper. The library of Congress noted that books made of hemp paper last 300-400 years on average whereas the books made with traditional pulp paper decompose in 50 years on average.

A single Hemp Crop provides material for a range of different uses

Hemp Can Produce Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Fuel
CBD is an excellent example of a bi-product of industrial hemp


Finally, valuable chemicals can be extracted from hemp before using its stems for paper manufacturing. This has made hemp plant a more lucrative option for both farmers and industrialists. Still, the hemp can be genetically modified to increase per acre yield. These all promising aspects of hemp paper are making the hemp a good alternative to pulp paper.

Hemps uses in the Construction Industry

Likewise paper manufacturing, the construction industry is also degrading our environment. Since ancient times, timber from forests is used as a construction material. Just like the prehistoric era, timber is still playing its part in the construction and for acquiring this timber; forests are ruthlessly chopped down all over the globe. But, fortunately, hemp can also be used in the construction in place of forest timber.


The hemp plant has the potential to be used as a construction material. In fact, France has already started exploring the construction potential of hemp and began using it as a versatile construction material. Two valuable products are derived from hemp’s stems-hurds and fibers. From hurds products like paneling, insulation, roofing tiles, and even structural timber are produced while fibers are used in bale wall construction.

Hemp is an excellent building material

Hemp is an excellent building material
When you look past the haze of stoner smoke, Cannabis is pretty cool!


Using hemp in construction proves very beneficial as hemp is lightweight, recyclable, sustainable, and its maintenance cost is low. Besides, hemp is a non-flammable substance which means that the building will be safer with hemp rather than with forest timbers. Also, hemp has great insulation properties that translate into safer and comfortable buildings.


Hemp lime can also be used in construction in place of traditional lime (quicklime). Hemp lime exhibits excellent insulating properties and it is also lightweight as compared to quicklime.

Due to lighter hemp-lime, load on foundations are considerably reduced. In addition to lime, construction blocks can also be manufactured from hemp-lime. With its increasing popularity in the construction industry of France, other countries also started to use hemp in construction.

Hemp Can Produce Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Fuel
Human beings destroy forests for so many reasons, if we made a mainstream move to hemp, we could stop scenes like this happening

What is the rate we chop down trees for building and paper?

For meeting the increasing global demand for wood and wood-related products (mainly for paper and construction), the forests are chopped down at an alarming rate globally.

Still, 30% of the earth’s land is covered by forests but they are disappearing fast. According to the World Bank, between 1990 and 2016, 1.3 million square kilometers-an area larger than South Africa- has been cleared of forests. 46% of trees have been chopped down so far and about 17% of Amazonian rainforests have been chopped down in the last fifty years.


The rate of deforestation has reached an alarming level of 64 million acres annually and only half of this area is compensated by planting new forests. This deforestation rate is not uniform worldwide. The tropical rainforests are destroyed at a comparatively faster pace. Honduras, Nigeria, and The Philippines are destroying their respective forests at the fastest pace among all the countries.

We need trees to breath

Hemp Can Help Save the Trees


All this forest destruction is in place to meet the human requirements of food, mining, and industry. The paper and construction industries have a lion share in this destruction. For instance, the United States consumes 30% of the world’s paper.

For its exorbitant paper consumption, forests are chopped down and now only 5% of virgin forests remain intact in the US. Since 1916, the US has lost around 70% of its indigenous forests. Similarly, almost all primary forests of the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America have been destroyed. This massive deforestation has jeopardized our environment and now it is high time to stop this destruction.

Planting new forests and using hemp in paper and construction industries can help and save us.

Hemp has a much wider range of uses

Use in the Textile Industry:

Hemp can help us in halting deforestation by replacing wood in industrial sectors particularly in paper and construction industries. Hemp is also used in other industries for example in textile i.e. clothing manufacturing.

Hemp clothing has several obvious advantages over traditional clothing. First of all, hemp produces per acre 300% more raw material as compared to traditional sources for example cotton.

Next, no pesticides are required for hemp plant and it means that no waterways, underground water sources, or soil will be polluted by harmful pesticides chemicals. Another benefit of hemp clothing is that hemp clothing is 300% stronger than traditional clothing.

Finally, hemp clothing is 400% warmer and exhibit higher water-absorption properties as compared to conventional clothing.


Other Industrial Uses:

Other industrial uses of hemp include biofuel and plastic manufacturing. Clean burning and environmentally friendly fuels like ethanol can be made from hemp seeds. Hemp has the potential to provide substantial amounts of biofuel.

Hemp can also be used for producing a wide range of useful products like detergents, paints, ink, lubricating oil, and plastics. Hemp-derived plastics are biodegradable, reliable, and stronger than poly vinyl-based plastics.
Hemp as a Nutrition Source: Besides industrial uses, hemp can also be very helpful in a variety of other ways. First of all, it is a nutritious plant and is a good source of vegan protein. Proteins are healthy sources of bodily energy and they are also critical parts of body structures like bones, hair, skin, and muscles.

Proteins are required for maintaining good health. Hemp protein is a complete protein source as it contains all of the nine essential amino acids. 20 grams of hemp seeds contain about 6.31 grams of proteins, how a rich protein source hemp seeds are!

How can industrial Hemp save the planet
We can stop destroying trees for so many reasons if we start using hemp instead


In addition to proteins, hemp also contains vital nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, and dietary fibers in addition to proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Fats of hemp include omega-3 and omega-6 which are beneficial for human health and increase the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood.


Hemps’ Role in Environment Preservation:

Finally, hemp can help in the restoration of the environment. Hemp plant requires no harmful pesticides as it is a pest-resistant plant. Hemp shows extraordinary carbon absorption properties-a ton of hemp fibre can lock 2 tons of atmospheric carbon. So it can help reduce the rate of global warming by eating up a large portion of atmospheric carbon. The hemp plant can also be used for clearing water impurities especially impurities of wastewater. The hemp plant was used for clearing the toxins at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site by the process of phytoremediation—the process of clearing radioisotopes and other toxins from the soil, water, and air.


Conclusion

As we hope you can see, hemp is truly a plant that could have enormous enviromental impacts on the world, by changing the mindset that the general population has towards cannabis in general, we can open more peoples eyes to the wonders of industrial cannabis and the potential it has for changing the course of the enviromental crisis we all face at the moment!


By making small changes to your purchases, over time you make a larger difference than you can begin to realise, by leading the way in making wiser consumer choices, you can be part of the solution!


Check out our range of hemp based protein sources, an excellent alternative to whey that is not just better for the enviroment, but much better for the body as well!

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https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature


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https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2013/05/29/industrial-hemp-a-win-win-for-the-economy-and-the-environment/#3226b9b8289b


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