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Friday, January 2, 2009

A Plea from Willie Nelson for the Family Farmers of America

NOW IS THE TIME! THE PLANET NEEDS HELP!


In 1991, Willie Nelson issued a plea to America to come to its senses and legalize Industrial Hemp, a product that was mandatory for the farmers of the Colonies, and for which the United States Government made a movie entitled, "Hemp for Victory". Why is it illegal? To protect the financial corporate interests of the textile, petrochemical, and lumber (paper) industries. How long will America stand for corporate America sticking it to the little guy?

I would like to see this younger generation, the same one that elected Barack Obama, to get off its collective apathetic duff and turn its incredible talent to the legalization of hemp in this country for food, fuel, paper, etc. This will create a whole new industry and many jobs at a time when we need boosts of all kinds. At the same time, decriminalization of marijuana would release the over 750,000 people who are imprisoned each year for mere possession of this food of the Gods. The only thing criminal is keeping those people in jail any longer. Let's return them to their jobs and families and let them live on their own, freeing the taxpayers from the additional burden. IT HAS BEEN 18 YEARS . . . WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME.

Why Is Hemp So Important?

Hemp Nutritional Information

The Nutritional Composition of a Hemp Seed is Exceptional

Whole hemp seeds contain approximately 25% protein, 31% fat (in the form of a nutritious oil), and 34% carbohydrates, in addition to an interesting array of vitamins and minerals.

Hemp Seed Protein

Proteins serve a variety of functions in the human body such as acting as enzymes, antibodies, and the structural components of tissues, hormones and blood protein. The main function of dietary protein is to supply amino acids for the growth and maintenance of body tissue. Digestion disassembles proteins into their basic building blocks - the amino acids.

Hemp protein contains all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. Proteins are considered complete when they contain all 9 essential amino acids in a sufficient quantity and ratio to meet the body's needs. Hemp seeds contain an adequate supply of these high quality proteins (EAAs) for a well balanced diet.

Hemp protein is free of the tryspin inhibitors which block protein absorption andfree of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas.

Approximately 65% of the protein in hemp seeds is made up of the globulin protein Edestin and is found only in hemp seed. Edestin aids digestion, is relatively phosphorus-free and considered the backbone of the cell's DNA. The other one third of hemp seed protein is Albumin, another high quality globulin protein similar to that found in egg whites.

Hemp Seed Oil

The oil contained in the hemp seed is 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good fats) and only 9-11% of the lesser desired saturated fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom. The essential fatty acids (EFAs) contained in hemp seed oil are required in our diet more than any other vitamin, yet our bodies do not naturally produce them. They must be obtained from external sources in the food we eat. EFAs are involved with producing life's energy throughout the human body and without them, life is not possible. In general, North Americans have a high dietary deficiency in EFAs due to our high intake of animal fats versus plant fats, caused by our high consumption of processed foods and meats versus natural organic foods.

Hemp seed oil has been dubbed "Nature's most perfectly balanced oil", due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic/ LA) to Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic/ LNA) essential fatty acids, determined to be the optimum requirement for long-term healthy human nutrition. In addition, it also contains smaller amounts of 3 other polyunsaturated fatty acids in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), oleic acid and stearidonic acid. This EFA combination is unique among edible oil seeds.

Extensive studies have demonstrated that many common illnesses are related to deficiencies or imbalances of specific fatty acids in the body. Symptoms are often related to a lack of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and their derivatives, the postaglandins. Most people eating a healthful diet, one that includes a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids, also have healthy skin and a strong immune system. Yet some individuals may experience shortages in specific fatty acids or their metabolites due to dysfunctional enzyme systems or other inhibitions in their metabolic pathways caused by genetic, immune-system-related, or even environmental factors. It has been proven in several clinical studies that dietary supplementation with EFAs or their metabolites (such as GLA) will often prevent or even cure these illnesses. Since hemp seed oil contains both EFAs in a desirable balance while also providing two of the EFA metabolites, it is a good resource for the prevention and treatment of certain illnesses.

Hemp seed oil also provides an adequate supply of antioxidants (Vitamin E), carotenephytosterols, phospholipids and a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, along with modest amounts of ironzinc. Hemp seed oil also provides a good source of chlorophyll.

The daily recommended allowance of hemp seed oil is 14-28 ml (1 to 2 tablespoons). This allowance provides between 8 and 16 grams of Omega 6 (LA) and between 3 and 6 grams of Omega 3 (LNA). (precursor to Vitamin A), and lastly, unlike other Omega-rich alternatives (flax, evening primrose, borage or fish oils) that are sold mainly as a vitamin supplement, hemp seed, hemp oil and hulled hemp seed all have a flavorful "nutty" taste that will create consumer demand and can easily be added into most any recipe to obtain a balanced diet!

Benefits of Consuming Hemp Seed and Oil

  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA
  • Lower blood LDL cholesterol levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve cardiovascular circulation & function
  • Improve organ function
  • Improve immunity levels
  • Increased energy levels & metabolic rate
  • Reduce symptoms of PMS & menstrual cramps
  • Reduce inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis
  • Improve recovery of muscles after exercise
  • Reduce & treat dry skin and hair conditions
  • Reduction of many degenerative diseases through preventative measures
  • Hemp products are GMO-Free, Gluten-free, Herbicide & Pesticide free, peanut free, Vegetarian approved, Kosher certified, No THC and Tryspin inhibitor free
  • Hemp products have a wonderful nutty flavor that can easily be incorporated into your diet while providing a powerful daily supplement.

These are just the benefits derived from legalizing industrial hemp for food. It is just as outstanding as a paper, textile, biofuel, etc.

Hemp History: The first and second drafts of the constitution were written on Hemp paper as were all books and bibles. Betsy Ross made our American Flag, Old Glory, from cannabis fibers. Canvas is the Dutch pronunciation of the Greek Word Cannabis. Cannabis covered wagons went west. Cannabis outfitted ships... the sails, ropes, paints and varnishes, sealents, lamp oils and 50,000 other clean products. Henry Ford ran 40,000 vehicles on hemp fuel from only 10,000 acres. The emissions are what you exhale, and next year’s crop is reconverting it back to oxygen. That’s a natural cycle fuel! Best of all... the money stays home.

California's #1 Crop



NOW IS THE TIME.


Video source: Willie Nelson called me one day and asked if he could appear as a guest in our Time 4 Hemp Studios. To discuss how hemp can help the family farm. On 6/6/91 we taped live. I later went on the 91'hemp tour and we were able to get all ten shows into 99 cities in 44 states. Check out my other hemp related videos and music at www.digitalHemp.com/ Time 4 Hemp cable access ©1991michaelm producer 13.2mb 5:52





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