Why and How to Make Hemp Milk for Multiple Sclerosis

A diet of highly processed foods has been demonstrated to cause a range of deadly degenerative diseases that afflict contemporary society and the importance of eating properly to stay healthy is constantly emphasised these days. While it's scientifically unproven that nutritional deficiency is a major factor in the onset of multiple sclerosis, it is widely believed that a carefully composed diet holds significant benefits for those who are living with the disease. According to a summary of Nutritional Factors and Multiple Sclerosis by Ashton Embry, the key to using nutrition for controlling MS is to avoid 'junk foods', to eliminate gluten (i.e.: wheat products) and casein (i.e.: milk and cheese) and to increase the intake of nutrients which help the body suppress autoimmune reactions.

The two nutrients that are most effective in suppressing the immune system in the central nervous system are vitamin D and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). Vitamin D is naturally produced by the body when exposed to sunshine and, as Britain is not renowned for its sunny climate, MS patients are well advised to take a daily supplement in pill or capsule form. The two varieties of essential fatty acid, known as omega-6 and omega-3, are so-called because the body cannot produce them, so they have to be taken in with the foods we eat. However, when foods are processed, their EFAs are denatured in such a way that they lose their nutritional value and even become toxic. (Incidentally, this is a major cause of obesity, as people obsessively consume fatty foods through a subconscious need for EFAs).

The best source in nature of EFAs are the oils of such plants as flax, linseed and cannabis/hemp. Although the American FDA, in its War on Drugs, has decreed hemp seed to have no nutritional value, in fact hemp oil has the most remarkable fatty acid profile, containing more than fifty percent linoleic (LA, or omega-6) and around 19% linolenic (LNA, or omega-3) acids, in the three-to-one ratio that matches our nutritional needs. However, because these oils are so unsaturated, they immediately start to absorb hydrogen from the air when extracted. (This is why flax, linseed and hemp oils were used, industrially, as quick-drying agents in paints and varnishes.) Hemp oil is available commercially, cold-pressed and in capsule form, but it is prone to rancidity unless extracted and stored with scrupulous care and it is not readily absorbed into the body in this form.

Consequently, the following recipe for hemp milk has been devised to obtain the maximum nutritional benefit from hemp seed and to make the valuable EFAs available in their most assimilable form (i.e: most available to the body). The process may seem like a chore at first, but will quickly become routine if you get into the practise of making the milk on a daily basis and as soon as you begin to feel the health benefits. First thing in the morning is the best time to make and consume hemp milk, on an empty stomach, so that it is rapidly absorbed.

Finally, I must point out that I am a writer and campaigner who has read widely on health issues, but I have no scientific education, or medical knowledge. I have no proof that hemp milk will benefit MS patients, but I would be interested to find out. Certainly, hemp milk will do you no harm and will promote general all-round health, help to clear up any skin problems, and give you a glowing complexion. If you should decide to try it, please buy at least a kilo of seed and make the milk on a daily basis until it is all used up before deciding if you think it's worth continuing. If you do experiment with hemp milk, please let me know the results and I will undertake to collate any replies and update this page as more information is received.

Russell Cronin, Spring 2002

PS: Hemp seed has no psychoactive properties but, hardly surprisingly, hemp oil is the best fat to promote efficient assimilation of THC and other beneficial cannabinoids. If, for any reason, you should be baking hash cookies, try replacing some of the flour in the recipe with finely ground hemp seed and you may find that the high comes up a lot more quickly and is more intense. Alternatively, grind up a bud of dried cannabis in a blender with the milk to make a kind of bhang, or what's also known as 'whole hemp milk'. Enjoy!

Hosted by www.Geocities.ws