November 18, 2020 02:14 pm ETEstimated Read Time: 4 Minutes
The hemp plant has proven, through the years, to be one of the most versatile around. Though it is often tarnished by its close relationship to the marijuana species of the plant and lumped in with the stigma that surrounds cannabis, the truth is that we as a society have found many uses for hemp. If we allowed ourselves to take advantage of that fact, we would all certainly benefit. Hemp can be used in many ways, from construction to fashion, from farming to food. And, in addition, growing hemp outdoors is great for the environment. It cleans the air of carbon dioxide more quickly than trees do and adds nutrients to the soil in which it is grown, and it fits easily into a sustainable farming rotation. So we can easily see the perks of growing and using the hemp plant. And another use is quickly gaining traction as we learn more about hemp: hemp milk.
What is Hemp Milk?
No doubt some people are taken aback at the very suggestion of hemp milk, thinking of milk as something that comes from animals. But in fact, we already buy substitutes such as almond milk, rice milk, and soy milk at our local grocery stores all the time. Conceptually, hemp milk is no different.
Hemp milk, like the other milk alternatives mentioned, is a non-dairy drink. It’s made by blending the seeds from the hemp plant with water. It doesn’t quite taste like dairy milk, of course—it has a more earthy, nutty flavor, and in fact, almond milk is a much closer comparison. However, if you’re not just avoiding dairy, but also dealing with an allergy to nuts, hemp milk will prove a better option for you than almond milk. It can be used in any recipe that calls for milk, poured over your cereal, or even as a simple beverage—just as you would a glass of cow’s milk.
Why Consider a Milk Substitute Made From Cannabis?
If you don’t have dietary restrictions, it might be your gut reaction to shrug this all off. And even if you do, you’ve likely found a milk substitute by now that’s working for you. So why explore an alternative?
Apply For Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Veriheal has satisfied hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide
Get approved or your money back
Appointments available on-demand
Customer support available 24/7
The answer is in the vitamins and minerals it contains. What makes hemp milk a real star is that it contains calcium, which many non-dairy milk alternatives do not. In fact, hemp milk contains more calcium even than dairy milk, so if you’re looking to get your calcium, this is a great way to do it. Hemp milk is also packed with protein, plus omega-3 and omega-6 to promote brain and heart health.
Yes, you can make your own hemp milk at home, and it’s pretty easy to do so. All you’ll need are hulled hemp seeds and water—though you can certainly add sweeteners such as agave, maple syrup, dates, sugar, and flavorings using vanilla extract, berries or even cocoa powder to give it a taste that appeals to you more.
Simply combine one cup of hulled hemp seeds with four cups of water in a high powered blender and blend until the seeds are pulverized. Though it isn’t required, but certainly recommended, you can use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the blended mixture and remove the seed pulp before drinking. But if a little pulp doesn’t bother you, or if you don’t have a nut milk bag handy, feel free to simply pour and enjoy!
Kat Helgeson comes from a ten year career in social media marketing and content creation. She takes pride in her ability to communicate the culture and values of an organization via the written word. Kat is also the author of numerous books for young adults. Her titles have received the Junior Library Guild Award, the Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year Distinction, and been featured on the Illinois Reads selection list. Her work has been translated into Dutch and German.
Blunts: What are they exactly, and how do they affect your body? If you’re interested in smoking blunts—or already smoke them—this guide is for you. We’ll cover everything you need to know about this popular cannabis intake method, including how they’re made, how they differ from spliffs and joints, risks of use, and alternative intake…
Cannabis edibles are a preferred method of consuming cannabis by both retail consumers and medical cannabis patients alike. But just how long do they last? Let’s explore the shelf life of edibles, how to store them, and what to do if they go bad. What Are Edibles? Common Types of Edibles How Long Do Edibles…
Navigating the laws on traveling with medical marijuana (MMJ) is incredibly confusing with the current global stance on cannabis. In the U.S., some states are okay with you bringing your medicine with you as long as you can prove your patient status, while other states are staunchly against it altogether, leaving MMJ patients in a…
People have been smoking joints for a long time. The first rolling papers surfaced around the early 1500s in Alcoy, Spain. These weren’t like the rolling papers we know today though. To start, these papers were intended for tobacco, not cannabis. They were made of hemp along with other textiles and lacked an adhesive gum…
Cannabis seeds, aka beans, come in a lot of different varieties. On top of countless different strains to choose from, there are regular cannabis seeds, feminized cannabis seeds, auto-flowering cannabis seeds, and ruderalis cannabis seeds. Ruderalis cannabis seeds are the least common out of the group, generally only used by breeders. Regular cannabis seeds produce…
The statements made regarding cannabis products on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cannabis is not an FDA-approved substance and is still illegal under federal law. The information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. We strongly recommend that you consult with a physician or other qualified healthcare provider before using any cannabis products. The use of any information provided on this website is solely at your own risk.