Let’s Turn Over a New Leaf

February 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

For years the stereotype has been that Hemp, Marijuana and Hippies go hand in hand. But now finally this stereotype seems to being broken. 2014 it seems is going to be a brilliant year for the Hemp industry! In the US Obama has passed a bill in the last few days legalising the cultivation of Industrial Hemp, and across the world articles popping up trumpeting the health benefits of Hemp as a food and as an ingredient – things are looking up!

So Just why has it taken them so long to RE-legalize the cultivation of a plant that has been used for the last 3,000 years in the production of clothes and in food with no scientifically proven negative impact.

In 1937 the Marijuana Tax act was passed making it illegal to grow arguably the most useful plant. This ban was passed without a vote and has stood until 2014.

Before 1937 Hemp was used for many things: clothes, cars, plastics, building materials, rope, paper, linens, food, medicine and so on. In fact, it used to be mandatory in the United States for farmers to grow hemp if they had the land. Then it was banned and a slur campaign against it started due to Hemps THC possessing cousin – Marijuana.

Benifits of hemp

The benefits of Hemp as a crop

Now it’s BACK and GOOD Hemp are here to sing its praises – from the rooftops if we have to.

Hemp is naturally high in protein and this combined with a large amount of fibre aid to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore your body’s energy and promotes digestive regularity keeping you fuller for longer!

The amino acids which hemp is packed with improves muscle control, mental function, and normal body maintenance of cells, muscle, tissues, and organs. While the Omega-3, 6 and 9 help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, stimulate hair growth, maintain bone health and even help ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Not bad hey for a product that has been banned for the 77 years. There has been a flood of information in the last couple of months around the benefits of Hemp over many staples in many people’s diets including olive oil, milk, and soya.

Cherry pie

So if you are looking for a delicious recipe to enjoy this new super food then look no further.

Try this raw vegan cherry pie. Delicious no matter what the weather.

All you need is:

Crust:

1 cup walnuts

1 cup hemp seeds

1/6 cup coconut oil

1/8 cup preferred liquid sweetener (maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut nectar, date syrup, etc.)

Filling:

1-2 cups fresh organic pitted cherries

To make the crust: pulse the walnuts and hemp seeds into powder in your food processor. Add the coconut oil and sweetener and process until it forms a ball. Press 2/3 of this dough into a small pie dish (I just used a 4-inch spring form pan) and put in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set. Roll out the remaining dough between two sheets of parchment paper then stick in the freezer until hardened, about 1-2 hours.

Once your rolled out dough is hard, cut it into strips and carefully create a lattice crust on parchment paper. But don’t flip back the strips as you’re making it, simply slide the strips under each other. Fill your pie crust with cherries then gently transfer your lattice crust on top of the pie, rip off the excess strips, and press the edges together. Serve right away or put back in the fridge for another hour or so. This is best eaten the same day it’s made.

However the stereotype surrounding hemp although ruptured has not vanished.

The recent bills that have been passed have done much to help this but – We need you (insert stereotypical WW1 image). We need you to get out there and start spreading the good word of hemp and every time you see someone slightly cringe due to that bad cogitation they have, challenge them! Tell of its benefits, post pictures of that hemp cake you have made over as many social media websites as you know how to, before people don’t even bat an eyelid to it.

So our pledge to you is that we will keep feeding you with brilliant products, recipes, and ideas and take Hemp back to the place where it belongs. Top of the pile.

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