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The Many Uses of our Miracle Crop

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Did you know that hemp is not only good for your health, but also for the health of our environment?

It’s a fascinating plant that has been used by many cultures for thousands of years.  Whether it be for food, shelter, or as a tool, hemp offers a natural solution to a world of challenges and demands.

If you are looking for a way to go green and pitch in to help heal our environment, look no further than this carbon negative miracle crop.

Many Uses of Hemp

Here in Canada, only parts of the hemp plant can be processed for industrial use.  Luckily, there are so many uses of hemp, even just by using part of the plant, many benefits are achieved.  

Hemp Stalk (Bast Fibres & Hurd)

From use in apparel to paper products, the hemp stalk is an incredibly rich part of the plant.  It contains bast fibres and hurd which can be used for the following (just to name a few): canvas, fabrics, carpets, rope, paper, insulation, fiberglass, concrete, stucco, mulch, chemical absorbant, and biofuel.

Hemp Seed

Perhaps one of the most popular parts of the plant, the seed is what gives us the delicious hemp hearts packed with protein and delicious goodness.  Hemp oil is also extracted from the seed and can then be processed for different uses such as dressings, infused oil, and cosmetics.  

Environmental

With so many great products that come from the hemp plant, you might be wondering, what else is it good for? The environmental benefits of this super crop are just as abundant as the vast line of items that it yields.

Absorbs Carbon

Hemp  plants have the natural ability to be carbon sinks, capturing harmful carbon from the air and storing it in the fibre and extensive root system.  When the plant is converted into long-lasting products such as building materials and bio-plastics, carbon is stored for the lifespan of the consumer goods.

Remediates Soil

One of the most fascinating aspects of the hemp plant from an environmental perspective is its ability to heal our soil.  This is done through a process called phytoremediation.  There are certain varieties of hemp that have been used to clean up the soil after nuclear accidents such as Fukushima in Japan.

Bright Future

As more people learn about hemp and make use of this miracle crop, we will learn even more about its endless benefits.  We’re excited to see how things evolve with an age old plant that’s getting a second chance to grow.

How do you use hemp?  Comment below or get the conversation going on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty.

Hemp, Our Miracle Crop

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

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Seeds are the Source of Life – Part 2

growing a vegetable garden

How is your garden growing?

It’s been about 2 weeks since posting Part 1 of this blog.  With the strong sun and warmer weather, plants will be gaining strength and starting to show growth.

Depending on what you have planted in the garden, you will likely see the next stages in the days and weeks to come.

If you are noticing that your plants are being nibbled, consider what might be eating the leaves.  If it’s slugs, try watering your garden in the morning.  Slugs like moist conditions and often come out at night.  If you water in the evening, you are creating more favorable conditions for them to thrive.

Slugs aren’t the only creatures that enjoy fresh leaves and healthy gardens.  Squirrels, rabbits, skunks, cats, and raccoons might all find their way into your plot of plants.  If possible, add some reinforcement to the area with chicken wire.

Now, onto the next stages of plant growth!

Budding

Another much anticipated phase in the growth process is when the first buds of your plant start to show.  This is a good time to introduce phosphorus into your soil to help stimulate this vital stage of crop growth.  

In understanding the pH level of your garden, you will avoid over fertilizing your crops.  Read through this informative article to get a better grasp of the science behind soil.

Flowering

The bud emerges, and a flower starts to show!  A good indicator that the fruit or vegetable isn’t too far behind.  Just like in the last two phases, natural fertilizer can be applied to your garden to help boost this stage of plant growth.   However, if you have already tended to your garden well in the earlier stages, your plants won’t need much more than water, sunshine, and love.

Ripening

It’s the moment every garden is waiting for. The crops begin to bear fruit, and the colours begin to turn.  Keep watering your plants throughout this stage to keep them hydrated, and help to flush out use of natural and organic fertilizers.  Being vigilant will help at this stage, since as mentioned, furry friends like fruits and vegetables too!  

Harvest

This is when all your hard work pays off.  You reap what you sow, and if you have taken all the right steps in your garden, you will enjoy the feast.  Harvest usually happens towards the end of Summer and into the Fall.    Plan out this stage well to allow enough time for you to pick your fruits and vegetables, and preserve them for months of enjoyment.

Learning as you Grow

While there are many stages to plant growth, each one is unique and rewarding.  By participating in the process, you begin to learn that seeds are micro miracles and the source of all life.   Enjoy yourself as you connect with the Earth and the food you grow!

We love hemp for its endless uses – what’s your favorite seed to plant?  Share comments below or get the conversation going on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

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Seeds are the Source of Life – Part 1

Seeds are the Source of Life

Have you ever thought about the power of a single seed?  

When you eat seeds, sure, it takes a good handful to gain nutrients from them.  But what about when you plant one?  A single seed grows into so much more come harvest time.  The journey from seed to mature crop is unique and important to understand for farmers – both professional and hobby – as well as end product customers.

No matter which end of the spectrum you fall under, learning about the growth stages from germination to harvest can be quite intriguing!

Germination

This is where it all begins.  The seed comes to life with water, oxygen, a favourable temperature, and time.  Whether you are germinating seeds directly in the Earth or in little pots indoors, this initial step is what gets everything started.  

You’ll want to take this first step in early Spring, and take proper measures to deal with your particular climate zone.  The germination stage lasts between 2-10 days, so be patient as you wait for something green to sprout.

Seedling

Perhaps one of the most exciting stages, the point when the little seeds pops out from the Earth and begins to develop a stem and small leaves.  This is when the seed is becoming established, and starting to take roots.  

Keep in mind, all stages of plant growth require patience – especially these first two.  A lot is happening underground, so it’s normal not to see a lot happening with your seedling.  This is when you want your plant to grow down, establishing strong roots.  

If you have your plants in small pots at this time, find the ideal place in your garden, and get them in nutrient rich soil by adding compost when preparing the soil.  Consider putting a protective guard like chicken wire around them, as they are particularly fragile in the beginning phases.

Vegetation

Spring is quickly turning to Summer, and your plants are starting to grow up.  When a seed grows out of the seedling phase, vegetation starts to show.  Leaves become bigger and broader, the stem gets thicker and stronger.  Roots are well established, so avoid moving these plants around in your garden. 

Depending on the health of your soil, you may consider adding a nitrogen boost during this stage of the growth process.  Here are some great tips on how to apply organic fertilizer to your garden.

You might also consider adding some potassium to your soil at this point – check out this helpful article to learn more.

Checking In

If you have a garden in your backyard, now’s a great time to check in.  Take a look at the overall health of the plants.  Are the dead leaves weighing it down?  Do you have little holes in the foliage?  How’s the pH of your soil?

Assessing your garden today will give you the chance to make any improvements to the conditions in order to ensure a better harvest in the months to come.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post where we will cover the next stages in plant growth.  If you have any tips that you’d like to share with others, please feel free to leave a comment below or get the conversation going on our Facebook Page – HempE Health & Beauty.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

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Hemp Offers a Healthy Harvest for Farmers

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Have you ever thought about why farmers grow the crops they do?  

While it has a lot to do with climate and soil type, market demand plays a large role in the ultimate decision. This is where you, the customer, comes into the picture.

Simple Economics

Supply and demand is a basic principle in economics, and decision makers take careful consideration when selecting which crops to plant for the year.  This very principle is a big reason as to why traditional crop farmers are choosing to grow hemp rather than canola in their fields.

You see, for a farmer to switch their annual crop from a tried and tested plant like canola, they need to be sure that there is a demand for their new crop of choice, and also that there is not too much supply to meet that demand.  The odds are in the hemp farmers favour since there is a growing demand for this super crop, and current supply is not over the top due to stricter regulations.

Healthy Harvest

Hemp is a favorable option for farmers looking to make the switch from a commonly grown crop to an innovative option.  Not only does hemp offer a healthy end product for customers, it is also great for soil and the atmosphere.   With an abundant list of benefits to growing and using hemp, you might wonder why more farmers aren’t planting it?

Though the plant itself has been grown across the globe for thousands of years, it’s faced some limitations in the last century due to being part of the cannabis sativa family.  Luckily, things are changing, and laws are loosening up surrounding the entire plant species due to its numerous advantages for people and the planet.

Industrial Hemp

The agricultural community is pondering the future of hemp as a crop option, often asking if it will grow to be more popular than canola.  While nobody can predict what’s to come, hemp pioneers are speaking up about this natural solution that is a substitute for petroleum based products and reduces dependency on trees for paper and cotton for clothes.  Imagine the possibilities once hemp reaches its full potential.

There is an important shift happening in Canada from a legal perspective, and hemp regulations are developing in the plant and planet’s favour.  While it is still regulated by Health Canada, the growing demand for use of the entire crop will push for updated legal treatment of a plant that is not a drug, but treated like one.

Demand Creates Supply

As Canadian citizens demand healthier options for ourselves and the Earth, policy makers will surely supply us with the right regulations to ensure that we aren’t missing the boat on an economic success story that’s an environmental win.

About the Author ~ Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things. simplysustainableblog.com

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Say Goodbye to Dry Skin!

Moisturize Inside Out with Hemp

Moisturize Inside Out with Hemp

When your skin is dry and cracked, do you think of lotions, ointments and creams? I used to, too! I can’t count the moisturizers I’ve recently disposed of, because I don’t need to moisturize from the outside anymore.

My hands used to be so dry they would crack and bleed, especially at this time of year.

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Since taking hemp seed oil capsules, I do not need hand lotion. I never expected this benefit, who’d have thought about moisturizing from the inside out!?

Internal moisturizing never occurred to me until clients started asking what I have for creams, showing me their hands. I can relate to what they are going through. I’ve been on that mad hunt, going from one brand, to another, and another. Some have hurt instantly, with a stinging or burning sensation so bad that it would never near my hands again! It finally dawned on me why I no longer have this issue – hemp seed oil capsules are the key that locked my dry skin battle away.

Soft Skin with Hemp Oil

Hemp oil moisturizes at a cellular level, providing your body with the essential fatty acids it needs. The fats it contains have a similar composition to our skins, making it an effective moisturizer and protectant. It is the best thing for dry, dehydrated skin (as well as hair, nails, and eyes, too!). Externally applying hemp seed oil is helpful too, while your skin rejuvenates from within. It absorbs quickly, lubricates your skins’ cells, balances oil production, and does not block pores.

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Hemp isn’t Marijuana!?

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You Can’t Get High from Hemp Seeds

“Can you smoke it?” “Isn’t hemp marijuana?” “I’m not ready to jump on the pot wagon yet” “Is it safe for my kids?” and “Can I eat hemp when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?” are the most common questions I’m asked.

I would like to assure you that consuming hemp seeds is as safe as sunflower, sesame, chia, flax, or pumpkin seeds. You could literally smoke an entire hemp field (if you really wanted to…) and you could not get high – it is impossible! There are many varieties within the cannabis species.

The easiest way I can explain it is to compare cannabis to mushrooms. There are mushrooms we eat, many of them in fact, and some of them are known to be powerful superfoods! Then there are mushrooms that have psychoactive effects, which we must be careful not to eat.

Hemp is tall and lanky, “marijuana” is short and plump. Both plants look completely different when you compare them side by side. Mushrooms, too, look different. Heck, we could even look at how many different varieties there are of apples, potatoes, tomatoes, or cherries.

Hemp is no different. All cannabis plants make cannabinoids in different concentrations. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in “marijuana” or “pot”. THC is virtually non-existent in the hemp plant – like a flea in a dump truck!

Some people think that the plant has been altered, the THC removed, the males removed so that the females’ buds turn to seed. None of this is true. In fact, you can’t even grow hemp alongside “marijuana”, or both crops will fail.

The cannabis plant had existed for thousands of years across the world, and utilized for endless purposes until only about 80 years ago. Propaganda has evolved the way humanity sees nature. The species was banned in Canada in 1938. The US government actively encouraged farmers to grow hemp for fiber and oil during World War II, cultivation ceasing by 1958. Believe it or not, hemp was re-legalized for industrial use in Canada almost 20 years ago (since 1998)!

Mother nature put every plant on this earth for a reason, she gave us this gift! To me, it is a crime that mankind decided nature shouldn’t exist. Although I’m not free to plant hemp in my garden (without a license from Health Canada), I am grateful that I have access to it. I can buy it in the grocery or health food stores and feed it to my family. It is a full balanced meal on it’s own, so I never have to worry if they’re getting the nutrition they need. Plus, they love the delicious nutty taste, and it’s nice and soft for easy chewing.

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Hemp = Brain Health

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT?

With the back to school season just around the corner,

we share 6 reasons hemp is the perfect food for brain health.

1) ESSENTIAL FATS

All of our body’s tissues contain fatty compounds, but for the brain, fat is a vital substance. The human brain consists of nearly 60 percent fat! Fatty acids are crucial to the brain’s performance. The human body uses these special fats to build brain cells, as well as support brain functionality and behavior.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) must be consumed from the foods we eat, because our bodies do not make them. There are only two known EFA’s, which are:

  1. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a major component of Omega-3
  2. Linoleic acid (LA), a major component of Omega-6

These 2 EFA’s metabolize* in the body, each forming a longer chain of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA’s).

  1. ALA is converted into Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), as well as other PUFA’s with less significance to brain health.
  2. LA is converted into Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and Arachidonic acid (AA).

Omega-3 fatty acids

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)

Stearidonic acid (SDA)

Eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA)

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)

Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA)

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

 Omega-6 fatty acids

Linoleic acid (LA)

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)

Dihomo-Gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA)

Arachidonic acid (AA)

 

Arachidonic acid (AA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) account for approximately 20% of the brains fatty acid content. As long as you consume enough ALA & LA, your body will manufacture as much DHA, EPA, GLA and AA as it needs.

These EFA’s promote learning, processing, and memory storage; improve academic performance, behavior, focus and attention; benefit cognitive development and function; regulate our stress response; and are neuroprotective (offering protection to the brain cells from oxidative stress). They are involved in neurological development, growth and formation, repairing of neurons, and improving intelligence.

An improper balance** of Omega’s can lead to a variety of mental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases, or have negative effects on your mental and physical health. EFA’s correlate with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning deficits, autism, brain allergies, dyslexia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, dementia, alzheimer’s, brain deterioration, cognitive decline, schizophrenia, dyspraxia (DCD), huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson’s, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), depression, and aggression.

*The bodies ability to convert EFA’s can be impacted by too much trans and saturated fats, high cholesterol, low protein, and vitamin deficiencies of B3, B6, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, and calcium.  Intake of these vitamins and minerals helps optimize the conversion of EFA’s to the long chain PUFA’s. Hemp seeds are low in trans and saturated fats and cholesterol, and an excellent source of protein, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B’s.  Hemp provides Stearidonic acid (SDA), an Omega-3, and GLA, an Omega-6, which further assist the conversion of Omega’s effectively, and maximizes the benefit of EFA’s. 

**The ideal Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio is anywhere between 1:1 and 4:1. Hemp naturally provides us with a 3:1 ratio, food for a healthy brain!

2) OLEIC ACID

Omega-9 (Oleic acid), though not considered an EFA, is present in Hemp and seems to be necessary for proper brain function. Oleic acid has been associated with positive emotion, enthusiasm, sociability, assertiveness, imagination, intelligence, curiosity and creativity. Made of 70% fat (mostly Oleic acid) and 30% protein (hemp being a great source of), myelin is the protective covering around the nerves (neurons) in the brain. Myelin is vital for nerve functioning, enabling effective communication of information.

3) VITAMIN E

Vitamin E helps preserve brain function and protects neurons from oxidation, playing an important role in healthy neurological aging. Thus, a healthy intake of vitamin E (you guessed it, Hemp) can prevent or slow the rate of cognitive decline, and the onset of serious neurodegenerative disorders.

4) B VITAMINS

“B” complex vitamins, perhaps should stand for Brain! Sometimes called the happy or anti-stress vitamins, they improve energy levels, assist with depression, and increase tolerance to stress. B vitamins produce and help balance your neurotransmitters known as serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). A deficiency in serotonin can cause anxiety, insomnia, low self-esteem, negative thoughts, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Without adequate GABA you may be easily stressed or feel overwhelmed. Dopamine helps you focus. If you lack dopamine you may experience a lack of energy and motivation. Hemp provides Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3) and B6.

5) MINERALS

Magnesium is fundamental to the learning process, quality of sleep, and short and long term memory. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function. Hemp is a good source of both magnesium and manganese.

6) ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

Humans have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which is comprised of CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. Our bodies make cannabinoids for the receptors throughout our body. The cannabinoids associated with mood, behaviour and neurological health are Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabichromene (CBC), Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THVc), and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although Industrial Hemp is not a significant source, trace cannabinoids still exist and stimulate this system.

 

ARE YOU READY?

Hemp can be added to your daily diet in so many ways! I personally take the hemp seed oil capsules every morning, and incorporate seasoned hemp seeds into my meals throughout the day.

Okanagan Green Hemp Oil

Okanagan Green Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) Oil Capsules

Just 4 Okanagan Green Hemp Oil Capsules will provide you with:

  1. 510 mg Omega-3 ALA
  2. 33 mg Omega-3 SDA
  3. 1550 mg Omega-6 LA
  4. 111 mg Omega-6 GLA
  5. 287 mg Omega-9 Oleic acid
  6. 185 mg Vitamin E