Hemp milk is slowly, but surely, becoming the preferred vegan milk among those that have sworn off dairy.
Before we go any deeper, let me get something out of the way.
You will not get high drinking this milk.
There is absolutely no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in these seeds, even though it is found in marijuana.
On the bright side there are plenty of nutrients found in hemp milk that will elevate your current state of health. You can look forward to a stronger immune system, healthier skin, and even an increased mental capacity.
I'll get to all of the benefits in just a moment, but let's take a look at hemp's history....
Currently it is illegal to grow the plant in the United States, but before its ban hemp was used in a variety of ways. For example:
There are plenty of uses for hemp. In France, they've been able to duplicate the ancient Egyptian method to make concrete from the plant.
Hemp's threat to big business is what caused its ban in the U.S., but others will tell you it's to protect the people.
Yet, most often fail to mention there are strains of hemp that do not contain THC. It's amazing how hemp is such a threat here, but it's grown in every other industrialized country.
Thankfully, due to new legislation from states such as California, hemp cultivation may not be outlawed for long. We shall see.
Until then you can always look to Canada or Europe to provide your hemp seeds, so all is not lost. You can still get your hemp milk!
What's in it for you? Well for starters, fewer heart problems.
This milk has no cholesterol...0%...0mg...did I say zero? That's right! There's not one bit of cholesterol in it, which is something that can't be said of other milks.
This wonder milk also has the ideal Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio, which is 3 to 1 in case you were wondering. What does that mean exactly? Well Omega-3 rich foods contribute to better brain function and lowers blood pressure & cholesterol levels.
Maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels decreases the risk of developing heart disease.
What else will you find in there?
There are a variety of ways in which hemp milk helps improve your health.
Studies have shown that it promotes a stronger immune system, vibrant skin, hair & nails, as well as increased brain function. Oh, yes and that whole health heart thing, that sounds pretty important too.
What more could you possibly ask for? How to make it perhaps? I got you covered!
I have made this myself at least 30 times; that's how delicious it is! You can adjust the recipe to fit your taste.
For example, if you want your milk a little thinner, simply strain it with a nut bag or some cheese cloth. Jael's version is a thick consistency, but it's quite tasty!
Hemp milk has a nutty, yet sweet kind of flavor, comparable to almond milk actually.
If making your own hemp milk is not an appealing idea, there are other options. Although, I would recommend at least attempting to make it. Who knows what you like better than you?
If you're willing to brave the brands, here are some simple tips:
Read The Label: I will say this on every page of this site if I must. There is nothing more important than taking a few moments to read the ingredients of any product you're purchasing. It could save your life.
Look for Carrageenan-free brands: Carrageenan is an additive, used as a thickening agent, that has been proven to cause CANCER in rats. There are brands that do not include it in their products.