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Hemp FAQ, hemp and health (press release)

Sunday, May 29, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: hemp, hemp products, health news

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What are the benefits of eating hemp products?

Hemp is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Hemp seed and the inside of the seed, known as the hemp nut, are rich in high quality protein and essential fatty acids (EFAs).

EFAs ensure healthy and fluid cell membranes. A fluid cell membrane is critical for the effective exchange of nutrients, oxygen and waste products. EFAs can help lower the risk for heart disease, boost the immune system and protect against arrhythmias. Since the body does not produce its own EFAs, it is vital to add them to your diet. The typical North American diet has an overabundance of omega-6, but lacks omega-3.

Ruth's Certified Organic Hemp Oil, which comes from pressing the hemp seed, contains a 2:1 ratio of omega-6:3, i.e., less omega-6, more omega-3 It also contains GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid). In fact, hemp oil is the only food oil that contains omega-6, omega-3 and GLA.

Hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein. They have almost as much protein as whole soybeans. That means more than virtually any other protein source, including fish, beef, eggs, chicken ortofu. Although hemp doesn't have quite as much protein as whole soy, the percentage of essential amino acids is higher in hemp than soy. Also, hemp is not genetically modified, unlike most soy.

Do you use certified organic hemp?

Yes. The hemp in most of our products is certified organic. We would love it if our whole line was certified organic, but our main goal is to introduce hemp food into peoples' diets at reasonable prices. When that can be done with certified organic ingredients, we will certainly do so.

Are Ruth's Hemp Foods GMO free?

We strongly believe in GMO-free foods and we do not use ingredients from genetically modified crops in any of our foods. Our hemp comes from family farms on the Canadian prairie. We take pride in knowing everything about our hemp, from the fields to the processing facility.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

What is hemp?

The Latin name for the hemp plant is cannabis sativa. People around the world have used its fibers and seeds for thousands of years, as it is very easily grown, and has many benefits.

There are approximately 500 different varieties of cannabis sativa, and they can generally be divided into three categories: useful for fiber, useful for oil and/or food, and useful for medicine and/or recreation.

Are hemp products legal in the United States?

Yes. In 2001, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a nationwide ban on hemp foods and oils, but in February 2004, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco allowed sales to resume and ruled the ban illegal. In September 2004, the DEA announced that it would not appeal.

What's the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Many people confuse hemp with marijuana, but hemp is not psychoactive. Hemp and Marijuana are parts of the same botanical family: cannabis. Chihuahuas and Great Danes are both dogs, but you can't mistake one for the other, and no matter what you feed a Chihuahua, it will never turn into a Great Dane. The psychoactive element of marijuana, THC, exists in hemp, but in amounts so small they are insignificant.

Can you get high from eating hemp products?

Not a chance. In compliance with government regulation, our hemp seed, oil, hemp nut and hempmeal are tested before being added to our products. We are required to have less than 10 ppm THC in our hemp products, but in fact, no THC at all can be detected in them.

Can I eat Ruth's Hemp Foods and still pass a urine drug test?

Yes. Canada has the strictest THC regulations in the world. Ruth's Hemp Foods is a signatory to TestPledge, a voluntary industry organization that sets maximum levels of THC that the hemp can contain so as to never trigger a positive urine test. Read more about TestPledge at www.testpledge.org.

Isn't all hemp basically organic, as it is not grown with pesticides and herbicides?

No. Whereas in Canada all hemp is grown without pesticides and herbicides (by law), hemp has a heavy requirement for nitrogen. If it is not certified organic, it will be grown with chemical fertilizers to supply that. If you want to ensure that your hemp contains no chemicals, make sure it's certified organic.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

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