Got Hemp Milk? The Benefits of Hemp Milk


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hempHemp milk is an incredibly nutritious and tasty alternative to cows milk as it supplies the body with essential nutrients without the harm that dairy causes to the body. For some, it is an ethical choice to not drink animals milk, for others it is an intolerance. Others choose to avoid it for reasons of making healthier choices while others drink it as they want the nutritional benefits and like the taste. Whatever the circumstance, is it possible that we are not making the most healthy choice by drinking animals milk? For those who are looking for an alternative to animals milk, hemp milk is one option you should consider.

What is it Made of?

Hemp milk is a vegan product made of a blend of hemp seeds and water. The mixture provides a creamy texture with a delicious taste some may describe as ‘nutty.’ Unlike cows milk, hemp milk is easy for the body to digest and does not cause any of the health problems associated with milk.

Question number one for some of us might be: Is Hemp milk made from Marijuana? The answer is, no. Hemp milk is made from the seeds of the hemp plant which is legal to grow in various countries around the world. In fact, the United States is one of the only countries where you are not allowed to grow hemp. Possible concern some may have about hemp milk surrounds its possible levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Fortunately for those looking to drink this milk alternative, it is important to note that the hemp plant does not contain enough THC to have psychoactive affects. Further, the hemp plant has many incredible uses that can apply to various areas of our society. This is why there is such a great deal of controversy behind the reasons hemp is illegal to grow in the USA.

Nutrition

The hemp plant, including it’s seeds, offer a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition. In a single 8-ounce glass of hemp milk you can find the following nutrients.

  • 900mg Omega-3 Fatty Acid
  • 2800mg Omega-6 Fatty Acid
  • All 10 Essential Amino Acids
  • 4 grams of Digestible Protein
  • 46% of RDA of Calcium
  • 0% Cholesterol
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • And more…

From that stacked list we can see that hemp milk is a great source of nutritious protein and is capable of delivering the tough to find amino acid, GLA. Hemp milk is rich in protein and contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, B-12 and folic acid, and is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron and magnesium. All essential nutrients for a healthy diet and immune system.

Notable Benefits

  • Strengthened Immune System
  • Clear, Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails
  • Strong, Healthy Heart
  • Increased Mental Capacity
  • Hemp has anti-inflammatory agents and improves circulation.

Try Making Your Own

While hemp milk can be found in stores, mainly health food stores, if you are feeling adventurous, you can try making your own hemp milk. This will also allow you to try out the milk in small quantities if you are not sure if you will like it. To make the hemp milk you will need  1/2 cup of raw organic, shelled hemp seeds and 2 cups of purified water. To finish you will need a piece cheesecloth or a nut-milk bag. Blend the water and hemp seeds in a blender for about 3 minutes or until they are well blended. Once you are done blending, strain the milk through the cheesecloth and enjoy. Of course, it always tastes better cold so you might want to chill it first. This mixture should store in the fridge for about 3 days.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a milk alternative and are not feeling rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk or oat milk, try giving hemp milk a shot. It is packed with nutrients and tastes great, in my opinion. Also, don’t forget that even if the milk does not fit your pallet, give hemp seeds a try. They are a super food that you definitely would want to consider having in your diet whether you are vegan/vegetarian or not.


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  1. waltinseattle

    thanks for the “recipe”

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  2. Elaine

    Hi Joe. Just wondering if hemp milk is ok to use in tea and coffee as I’ve found that some other types of milk (other than dairy) curdle when added to these drinks? I can’t drink black tea or coffee, I’ve tried and prefer just a little milk added.
    I’m in Perth, Western Australia and wonder if you could suggest any particular health food stores here that might sell the hemp milk and other hemp products? I’m not even sure if Australia allows hemp products in health stores!
    Thanks for a very informative site too!! You’re doing a wonderful job of keeping us updated with some natural products as alternatives! :-)

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    • Mhairi

      Elaine, Try putting the milk in first (before the boiling water) and that should stop it from curdling :)

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    • You can actually get hemp seed coffee :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfUxjp7deyY Check it out.

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    • N busso

      U can get hemp products in most health food stores around perth etc i live in Busso & saw it there & also mararet river hemp co store. try waterfords shopping centre aling manning rd their health food shop just outside of iga is great! Im going to try this recipe too. also note hemp products r pretty expensive here still so dont bawlk at the prices… good luck!

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      • Can’t believe I come to this site and someone mentions busselton. Been researching alternative with hemp products since my diagnosis of CoPD. Oils and meal provide so much nutrients compared to any other natural product and it is not allowed to be sold in food consumption in AUS. Get with the times people, hemp does NOT get you high just the premium prices us Aussies have to pay

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        • JoeM.

          Research Mullien Leaf. You make a tea and drink it 3-4 times a day.

          Amazing respiratory results.

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    • Never had it curdle in my drinks before. It’s great and I always use it in my coffee (Coffee always seems to curdle other milk alternatives.)

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    • HSA

      I drink fresh hemp milk that I make daily. It does not to well when heated. You can actually see it separate. I much prefer it cold. Best is mixed up with a banana.

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    • http://www.hempfoods.com.au/ Hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp protein powder – great products – ‘but not for human consumption in AU or NZ’ ha

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    • - Collective Evolution

      Hey Elaine,

      I have not actually tried hemp milk in tea or coffee so unfortunately I can’t answer that question for you. I generally drink my teas black but I have heard that other milks do separate. I am not sure where you might be able to find it in Australia but hemp is legal to grow there and some hemp farms exist. I would imagine you could find hemp products in health food stores there and probably even hemp clothing in certain speciality stores. Thanks for the feedback on the site! It’s much appreciated and I am happy to be putting this out there for others to have acces to!

      Peace

      • Hi Elaine & Joe, In Australia Hemp can only be grown under very strict regulations. Food products can only be sold for animal use and so food products are available in health food stores for this purpose! Ask your local health food store to stock hemp products and they can get them from Hemp Foods Australia who sell online. Excellent products – my animal loves them!

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      • You suggest shelled seeds, but I always use seeds with shells, soak in water for a day and then blend and all you strain off is the shells.. I use a tea strainer so to keep some of the seed “body”…

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  3. Jeanin-Lee van Loggerenberg

    Hi. What is the difference between hemp and Marijuana? Can anyone explain this to me please

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    • David D.

      I, Allow me to give you a proper explanation as to the differences between hemp and Marijuana.

      HEMP vs. MARIJUANA

      The word “hemp” is English for a number of varieties of the cannabis plant, particularly the varieties like “industrial hemp” that were bred over time for industrial uses such as fuel, fiber, paper, seed, food, oil, etc.

      The term “marijuana” is of Spanish derivation, and was primarily used to describe varieties of cannabis that were more commonly bred over time for medicinal and recreational purposes, like cannabis indica , and certain strains of cannabis sativa.
      .
      In fact, when all forms of hemp were made illegal in the early part of the last century, it was used in the majority of the prescription drugs then sold in America. That was certainly no accident. Those who favor the use of what is now called “medical marijuana” recognize these strong medicinal qualities.

      But marijuana and the medical or recreational varieties of cannabis are not really at issue today, because science readily allows us to distinguish them from industrial hemp by simple tests for the huge difference in the potency of the plants, i.e. the percentage of the psychotropic ingredient: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), the active psychotropic ingredient found in the leaves and flowers of the female plant, but not in her seeds or stems.

      Two cannabinoids are preponderant in cannabis: THC, the psychoactive ingredient, and CBD, which is an antipsychoactive ingredient. Marijuana is high in the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, and low in the antipsychoactive cannabinoid, CBD. The reverse is true for industrial hemp; when hemp was or is bred for its desirable industrial qualities, the percentage of THC is minimal, while the percentage of CBD is high.

      While marijuana has a potency range of 3% to 20% by dry weight of THC, industrial hemp is generally defined as having less than 1.0% THC, and the normal range is under 0.5%. These THC levels are so low that no one could get high from smoking it. To receive a standard psychoactive dose would require a person to power-smoke 10-12 hemp cigarettes over an extremely short period of time. The large volume and high temperature of vapor, gas and smoke would be almost impossible for a person to withstand.

      Moreover, hemp contains a relatively high percentage of another cannabinoid, CBD, that actually blocks the marijuana high. Hemp, it turns out, is not only not marijuana; it could be called “antimarijuana.”

      Feral hemp, or “ditchweed”, is a remnant of the industrial hemp once grown on more than 400,000 acres by U.S. farmers. It also contains extremely low levels of THC, as low as .05 percent. It has no drug value, but does offer important environmental benefits as a nesting habitat for birds. About 99 percent of the “marijuana” being eradicated by the federal government-at great public expense-is this harmless ditchweed.

      So industrial hemp or ditchweed simply does not have enough THC for any practical use as a recreational drug, and anyone who grows industrial hemp will certainly have to suffer the legal consequences of trying to grow marijuana. But that too is very unlikely for a number of reasons:

      Industrial Hemp is grown quite differently from marijuana. Hemp plants are cultivated inches apart to produce plants with tall stalks, while pot plants are short and spaced a few feet apart to produce bushy, THC-rich flowers and leaves. Moreover, they are harvested at different times.

      Marijuana cultivators also try to cull male plants to prevent fertilization of the female plant. Unfertilized females produce more THC, making it attractive as a drug (sinsemilla). In contrast, hemp production typically seeks fertilization to produce seeds.

      And cross-pollination between hemp plants and marijuana plants would significantly reduce the potency of the marijuana plant. If hemp does pollinate any nearby marijuana, genetically, the result will always be lower-THC marijuana, not higher-THC hemp. “The pot crop would always get weaker,” Mahlberg said. If hemp is grown outdoors, marijuana will not be grown close by to avoid producing lower-grade marijuana. A pot grower would fear the inevitable pollen from hemp cultivation in a mixed plot, and would not hide his plant in industrial hemp fields.

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    • DaveDeRose

      Simple form. Hemp is the male plant of Cannabis, or marijuana, which has no buds which means no thc. We tend to call the female plant either indica or sativa and their THC level varies. Cannabis, male or female, have been found to fight, protect, and repair a lot of the damage that happens in the body on a celluar level.

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      • David D.

        DaveDeRose you’re nowhere even close to accurate.
        Hemp is not the male plant of cannabis. There are male and females versions of the cannabis plants as well. Hemp is NOT cannabis. Not one bit. And certainly NOT MALE CANNABIS.

        There are THREE types of Cannabis. Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis.

        Hemp IS NOT CANNABIS, IT’S HEMP!

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    • - Collective Evolution

      Hi,
      The simplest way to look at it is that they are different varieties of plant. Marijuana has a THC range of about 3% to 20% Where as industrial hemp has 0.3% or less. Technically marijuana is not the correct term for the plant as it is a spanish word associated with the strain of the plant that contains higher amounts of THC. The reasons for the association came when corporations wanted to make the plant illegal. You can read more about that here: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/12/05/how-hemp-became-illegal-the-marijuana-link/
      Usually the biggest concern comes in whether or not hemp can make you high if you smoke it, the answer is no, but sort of. The reason for the “sort of” is that if you somehow were able to smoke incredibly large amounts of the plant in a very short period of time you may receive some small effects. I don’t really think it’s humanly possible to achieve this though lol

      Peace
      Joe

      • Can hemp milk cause someone to fail a drug test? It’s an important question given the jobless rate in the US and how many companies drug test their employees. Just curious.

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  4. wladodragovic

    I can’t believe you actually gave me a lot of hope and excitement with just one article! Thank you for this!

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  5. PJ

    This is exciting! Can you tell me the best source for getting certified organic hemp seeds?

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    • Kate Bee

      Hemp seeds are nutritionally pure whatever environment they are grown in, they can be grown on contaminated soil and yet the seeds are free from the contamination. They are being grown to produce pure nutrition in such places as Bhopal and Chernobyl, it’s to do with the way the hemp plant processes contaminants, they go into the fibres not the seeds…miracle wonderplant indeed

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      • Talon lee

        Don’t for get GMO Hemp -.-

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        • Joe Blow

          Research GMO’s. You obviously don’t know what a GMO is or the process’s and company’s that make a GMO seed.

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        • Anything GMO should be burnt

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  6. Thanks for the information. I drink hemp milk from time to time and love that you included the recipe on how to make your own!
    From an Ayurvedic perspective, cow milk is not “harmful” at all. In fact, it has lots of amazing benefits that can really help t just has certain properties that are difficult for some people to digest. Please check out my recipe for spiced milk: http://www.dailyayurveda.com/spiced-milk.html
    If milk is difficult for you to digest, try this recipe using hemp milk. It will make a nice substitute.

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    • Lizzy

      Brittany regarding cows milk and it having “amazing benefits” you might like to read this: http://www.nutritionecology.org/panel5/intro.html

      “Scientific evidence is now available of the fact that dairy products have no benefits which are not better obtainable elsewhere, and that their consumption poses major risks that contribute to morbidity and mortality. [Goodland2001]”

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      • It would be my guess though that these studies have been comparing industrial homogenised milk, instead of organic raw milk. I don’t drink milk myself, but there have been studies suggesting raw milk is very healthy.

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  7. Richard

    Does hemp milk have the CBD’s that are present in Pot? CBD’s stop cancer cell division in many recent studies?

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