Why High-Free Products Made from Marijuana Are Becoming a Major Health Trend
When you think of marijuana, a few things probably spring to mind. The debate around the legalization of the drug, recreational use by people looking to get high, or perhaps the medical conditions marijuana is prescribed for in states where medicinal use is permitted. What you may not think about, however, is the health food industry. While there are certainly links between the health food and supplement markets and marijuana, many people aren't aware that there are products out there designed to give you some of the health benefits of marijuana without the high, or that these are becoming very popular with supplement savvy people.
Hemp as a Superfood
As you may or may not know, the fibers of the cannabis plant have been used for a long time to make fabrics and ropes, called hemp. Hemp is a generally useful substance, given it can be used in this way, and the hemp plant also produces some edible seeds that are extremely nutritious. High in protein as well as lots of essential nutrients, hulled hemp seeds, which are also known as hemp hearts, have become something of a superfood. They can be eaten on their own just like other popular seeds such as sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, allowing for a healthy and satisfying snack. They can also be used whole in baked goods to add a nutty flavor, or sprinkled into yoghurts and smoothies.
As well as being a nutrient dense way to enhance recipes, hemp seeds can also be made into hemp flour. This is becoming a popular alternative to wheat flour among people who follow gluten free, wheat free, or low carbohydrate diets – who all tend to use nut and seed based flours in the foods they make to replace wheat based staples. Hemp flour has a pleasant taste that lends itself well to both sweet and savory baking, and is ideal for making everything from bread to cookies.
Hemp Foods Won't Get You High!
Hemp products contain only trace amounts of THC, the compound in cannabis that gets you high, and so have no effects of this kind. You can think of it like eating poppy seeds, which is perfectly side effect free even though they contain trace amounts of opiates.
As well as using products made from the marijuana plant as a food, healthy living fanatics are also using oils made from the plant as a way to get some of the protective health benefits of cannabis without the high. CBD oils have the full spectrum of helpful cannabinoids, but without the THC. Some people take the oils by mouth, others use CBD vape juices in their e-cigs and take it by way of CBD vapor. And others use tinctures which they rub on problem areas of skin.
It is interesting to see how the market for products that harness some of the power of marijuana without the associated high is developing!