Cannabis-infused foods are now popping up all over the country, and this has become a growing concern for some parents. Hemp is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis that is safe for everyone to consume since it will not get you high. Because of this, hemp was made legal to grow and consume.
However, since the concept of eating something that’s derived from cannabis is still new, a lot of people are still dubious about it, especially parents who would never want to expose their kids to substances that are deemed dangerous and illegal.
Parents Are Doubtful of the Safety of Cannabis
In a recent survey conducted with 1,000 parents, three-quarters of the respondents admitted that they are not entirely sure if the hemp-infused products are safe for their kids to consume, despite the fact that it’s made from the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. The reason behind this has something to do with hemp’s association with marijuana, which contains the psychoactive component of cannabis, responsible for making one high.
It was in 2002 that the FSANZ or Food Standards Australia and New Zealand found that hemp, which is the non-psychoactive variety of cannabis, is safe and suitable for everyone to consume. Because of this finding, hemp was declared legal for consumption in Australia.
Hemp Legalization around the World
Hemp’s gradual legalization around the world has made it one of the most sought after natural resources in the world. In fact, experts predict that the hemp industry is set to become a multi-billion dollar industry by 2020.
Hemp is sustainable and comes with a diverse range of uses. Aside from being used as an ingredient on some food supplements, it’s also used in producing materials for clothing, car interiors, soil regeneration, beauty products, paper, and more. Above all, the plant is very cost-effective to cultivate. Perhaps, the biggest benefit of hemp lies in the fact that it comes with many amazing health benefits. It’s loaded with Omega 3, which is an essential fat that the body isn’t able to produce. What’s more, hemp is high in fiber and low in carbs.
Should Parents Embrace Hemp?
With the many benefits that come with using hemp, many believe that it’s already about time that parents start accepting hemp foods.
For some parents, however, they would never consider feeding hemp to their kids. However, upon learning about its many benefits, their perspective on the product has changed. Others have resorted to the Internet to research about it and were surprised when they found out that it was indeed great for kids. Yet, there are still many ill-informed parents who are not open to the idea of feeding their kids something that’s derived from cannabis.
Hopefully, all parents will start to embrace hemp products soon and will start feeding their kids with these superfoods. As a matter of fact, hemp is good for babies, too! Some companies are now manufacturing hemp-infused baby foods and yogurt that the toddlers can eat.