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Hemp History Week

This week, June 3rd-9th, we proudly celebrate the 10th Annual Hemp History Week. We applaud the work that grassroots organizers, farmers, producers, and advocates are doing to raise awareness about the environmental sustainability, health benefits, regenerative agriculture potential, and new technological applications of industrial hemp. Read on to learn more.

What is Hemp?

First, agricultural hemp is not a drug. Although a variety of the plant Cannabis sativa L. , hemp is genetically distinct from medical/recreational cannabis, or marijuana.

Hemp is a crop deeply rooted in American history, historically used in the production of fibers as well as seed-oil. At Kimberton Whole Foods, you’ll find it on our shelves in various forms, from hemp protein, to CBD oil, hemp seeds, pasta, soap, and more.

The History of Hemp

Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper? Industrial hemp has been grown in the U.S. since the early 1600’s. Many of our founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, grew hemp and advocated for commercial hemp production.

Later, hemp was made effectively illegal under the 1937 “Marihuana” Tax Act, a law that required farmers to register their hemp crops with the government and purchase an exorbitantly expensive tax stamp. Yet, during World War II, farmers were encouraged to grow hemp for the war effort. More than 150,000 acres of hemp were cultivated as a part of the USDA’s “ Hemp for Victory ” program.

In 1970, industrial hemp’s status as an illegal crop was solidified when it became classified as marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. (Despite the fact that decades of government funded agricultural research had identified industrial hemp as unique in structure and function.) At this time, the rise of synthetic fabrics and fibers skyrocketed.

In 2014, the Federal Farm Bill allowed Kentucky, Vermont and Colorado to became the first states to grow hemp in decades, under Section 7606, “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”. In 2017, over 20 thousand acres of hemp were grown in 19 states, including close to home at The Rodale Institute in Berks County, Pennsylvania. As of December 2018, hemp is legalized across the United States.

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The Opportunity

Today, manufacturers in the United States import raw hemp from Canada, Europe, and China. This is a missed opportunity for domestic farmers, for whom hemp would be more profitable than growing crops such as corn and soy.

“Hemp stands to once again be a vital and viable crop in the United States and around the world,” states the Hemp History Week website. Hemp farming in the United States will create long-term jobs in all sectors (including processing and manufacturing), strengthening regional economies and maximizing supply chain efficiencies.

Innovation

We’ve known of hemp’s potential for a long time. Back in 1938, Popular Mechanics named hemp The New Billion Dollar Crop for its multitude of uses .

Thanks to advancements in technology, hemp is now being used in a wide array of applications. From its historical use in ship rigging, paper, and canvas covered wagons; to modern-day applications such as supercapacitor batteries, product packaging, and car interiors; to it’s ever-relevant role in human nutrition, hemp is a non-toxic and healthy solution for the future. You can dig deeper into the many benefits of hemp on the Hemp History Week website.

Sustainability

Hemp as a crop has wide-reaching environmental benefits, particularly in the realm of regenerative agriculture. Its long taproot mitigates soil erosion and can remediate poor soil. As one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, it is efficient at carbon sequestration, and as a rotation crop, it can break disease cycles. Better yet: synthetic pesticides and fertilizers are not needed for its successful growth, so the farming of this crop will not further pollute our planet. Hemp’s prolific pollen production is ideal for our bees and beneficial insects. Learn more about how hemp helps bees .

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The Nutritional Powerhouse

Hemp seed as a food crop is nutritious , high in Essential Fatty Acids and all nine Essential Amino Acids. The seeds contain “super omegas” Stearidonic Acid and Gamma Linolenic Acid, and are mineral-rich. Just three tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 11 grams of protein and 3 grams of omega-3’s.

Gluten-free, delicious, and easy-to-use, hemp seeds are a great source of nutrition for many diets. Use hemp seeds to make hemp milk , top salads , make dressings , and more! Find additional recipes here. You’ll also find hemp on our shelves in the form of protein powders, in granola and crackers, as hemp milk, and even used in soaps!

CBD Oil

CBD oil is a relative newcomer to the natural medicine world. Since there is some confusion around this topic, let’s clarify a few things: Cannabidiol (CBD), is a cannabinoid found in hemp and in medical/recreational cannabis. Phytocannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is also a cannabinoid found in both plants. THC is psychoactive, while CBD is not. Agricultural hemp is naturally high in CBD and contains less than 0.3% THC, making it non-psychoactive, while medical/recreational cannabis contains high amounts of THC, between 1%-30%.

Hemp-derived CBD oil is different than hemp seed oil (a nutritional supplement derived from hemp seeds) because it is extracted from all parts of the plant, including the seeds, stems, and stalks, and contains higher concentrations of cannabinoids. CBD oil can be taken straight, or try it in a Hemp Oil Latte .

Information courtesy of Hemp History Week .

This week, June 3rd-9th, we proudly celebrate the 10th Annual Hemp History Week. We applaud the work that grassroots organizers, farmers, producers, and advocates are doing to raise awareness about the environmental sustainability, health benefits, regenerative agriculture potential, and new technological applications of industrial hemp.

Vegan Hemp Seed Granola Bars

Healthy Snacks & Smoothies, Vegan Sweet

Vegan Hemp Seed Granola Bars

This weeks recipe of the week is from Tristen of Tris Alexander Nutrition. A delicious vegan muesli bar recipe featuring our organic hemp seeds, almonds, oats and pepitas. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup Insecticide Free almonds

1/4 cup pepita seeds

1/2 cup organic hemp seeds

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup dates, pitted

2 drops vanilla bean extract

1/4 cup peanut butter

3 tablespoons Olive Oil

3 tablespoons maple syrup

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 160’C and line a flat baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the almonds into a food processor and pulse/blend for a few seconds at a time until they are roughly chopped.
  3. Spread out the rolled oats and almonds over the baking tray and place in the oven. Bake for just 10 minutes, turning half way through, until golden brown then put aside to cool.
  4. Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for a few minutes.
  5. In another mixing bowl, add the hemp seeds, pepitas, coconut flakes and cinnamon then add the toasted almonds and oats.
  6. Drain the dates, chop into small pieces (or pulse in your food processor until just chopped) and add to the mixing bowl.
  7. With your fingers, break up the bits of chopped dates and mix evenly throughout the dry ingredients so that the dates aren’t clumping together.
  8. Add the peanut butter, extra virgin olive oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup to a small saucepan and heat on low, stirring often until melted and well combined.
  9. Once ready, pour into the dry ingredients bowl and mix.
  10. Line a small baking tin with baking paper and transfer the mixture into the tin, pressing firmly down with the back of a spatula.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown then allow to cool and set on a wire rack for 10 minutes before chopping.

NOTE: Depending on how thick or thin you make the bar will determine whether or not it is soft or crunchy. For a crunchy bar you want 1/2 cm thickness. For a soft bar you can try 1cm or more.

Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Refined Sugar Free | Vegan

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