The industrial hemp plant is a wonder plant. Its leaves, flowers, seeds, and stalk have both commercial and domestic significance. Its stalk is an industrial raw material for making paint, plastics, clothing, ropes, paper, among other products. While the seeds are used as food for humans and animals
The leaves and flowers are medicinal; for making CBD oil. In this article, we will narrow down on the use of hemp seeds for making hemp milk.
What is Hemp Milk?
Produced from either whole hemp seeds, hearts or protein, hemp milk is plant-based milk suitable for vegans and vegetarians. There are also very rare cases of hemp allergy or danger.
As such, it is ideal for individuals with various allergies because it is free from gluten, lactose, and soy. You can use it as an alternative to cow’s milk, goat’s milk or other plant-based milk like almond, coconut, rice or soy milk.
How to Make Hemp Milk
Ingredients and Required Items
- A blender
- A jar with a lid
- A cheesecloth for sieving
- A half a cup of hemp whole seeds shelled hemp seeds or hemp protein powder
- Four cups of water
- To prepare hemp milk at home, blend whole hemp seeds, shelled hemp seeds or hemp protein powder with water. Shelled hemp seeds are often referred to as hemp hearts.
- You can choose to use the milk without sieving it which will give it a thick texture.
- For sieving, use the cheesecloth to remove seed pulp.
Sometimes the milk is made from hemp protein powder even though it may not be as rich as hemp milk from hemp whole seeds. This is because hemp protein powder comes from seeds whose oil has been extracted. What remains is milled into hemp protein powder.
In case you strain the milk, then keep the hemp seed pulp which you can use in your garden as compost, or for indoor plants. Alternatively, you can mix the pulp with other ingredients and make skin mask or body scrub.
Hemp Milk Uses
The milk resembles dairy milk in color and texture. However, since hemp seeds are nuts, the milk has a nutty and earthy flavor. The milk also has a creamy consistency.
There are various ways you can consume the milk in your diet. You can drink plain hemp milk or you can add sweeteners or flavors. You can add it to your cereal too. Besides that, you can use the drink to prepare hot beverages like coffee, lattes, cocoa, cappuccinos or tea. Because of its creamy texture, it makes perfect cappuccinos and lattes since the milk doesn’t split. You can also make various hemp milk recipes, including making smoothies, yogurt, and cakes. The drink can also be added to soups to enhance creaminess.
When you prepare hemp milk at home, you have control over the ingredients you will use. Some commercial brands have thickeners, sweeteners, salt and other ingredients which you may not like.
1. Rich in Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals
Hemp milk is rich in many nutrients. It a good source of healthy fats and a good alternative to regular milk. The milk contains various minerals and vitamins including Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin.
In addition to that, the milk contains Folic acid, Zinc, Iron and Magnesium, and Vitamin B12, Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Besides, the drink is free from cholesterol and low in saturated fats.
2. A Complete Protein Source
A protein-rich food contains various amino acids. Hemp milk has all the 10 essential amino acids, with each cup containing digestible protein of about four grams. Essential amino acids are proteins required by the body yet the body cannot produce others.
Whereas animal proteins provide all the essential amino acids, plant protein sources do not. However, animal proteins are not so healthy because they contain cholesterol and high saturated fats; associated with various health conditions.
The milk is a complete protein source although the protein amounts are low. A cup of dairy milk contains 9.7 grams of protein while a cup of hemp milk contains only 4.7 grams of protein. Protein promotes healthy tissues, muscles, and skin.
First, the milk comes from the seeds of the industrial hemp plant which is an eco-friendly plant. Growing the industrial hemp plant requires few pesticides and little water, making it a sustainable plant.
Another thing, the milk has no psychoactive effect. Hemp is a different plant from marijuana although they belong to the same family of plants. Hemp milk is derived from the industrial hemp plant which is legally controlled and must have less than 0.3% THC. THC is the compound that causes a psychoactive effect. Moreover, the seeds of the industrial hemp plant contain zero THC. Therefore, taking the milk will not cause you to get high or fail a drug test.
In addition to that, the drink has no cannabidiol (CBD) because it is extracted from the seeds and not the flowers or leaves of the plant. CBD is a medicinal compound that helps with stress and anxiety health conditions. That said, hemp is astonishingly nutritious offering various health benefits to your body as discussed below.
1. Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
The high amounts of amino acids in hemp and polyunsaturated fats promote various functions in the body including brain functions and a healthy heart. Hemp milk is rich in gamma-linolenic (GLA) and arginine acids which are associated with promoting a healthy heart by reducing blood pressure. After all, it is free from cholesterol and saturated fats.
2. Minimizes Skin Disorders While Promoting Nails and Hair Growth
A healthy immune system promotes healthy skin. The milk is rich in hemp oil which helps to relieve various skin conditions including allergic reactions, skin itchiness, and dry skin conditions. GLA promotes the growth of healthy skin, hair, and nails.
3. Reducing Symptoms of Menopause and PMS
The gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in hemp seeds has been linked with reducing symptoms of menopause and PMS. As a rich source of magnesium, hemp milk reduces PMS symptoms by helping muscles in the body to relax. The drink is also rich in anti-aging antioxidants like vitamin E.
4. Joint Repair and Muscle Health
The milk is rich in omega-3 acids which are essential for muscle and joint repair.
Where To Buy Hemp Milk
Since the legalization of the farming of the industrial hemp plant through the 2018 hemp farm bill, the popularity of hemp derivatives including milk is growing across the USA and globally. You can shop for the milk in local hemp dispensary or online.