To say that the global hemp/cannabis industry is on the rise is a major understatement. It's basically stratospheric. In North America alone, it's currently estimated with be worth over $USD570million and growing as it spans industries like medical, tourism, food, drink and fashion. Hemp products have been available in Australia for some time, but it was only last year when it was actually granted legal status as a food product and hence, experts are  calling 2018 the year where we take our supergreens to the next level.

So what makes hemp so super? Well, first of all, the little sister of marijuana contains very little or zero THC, so let's put the high time theory to rest, shall we? Vegans can rejoice, as hemp seeds are the second highest source of whole vegetable protein, containing all 21 essential amino acids - more so than chia seeds AND flaxseeds, as well as being high in brain and skin-loving Omega 3 and Omega 6In addition, hemp is also rich in vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc; as well as soluble and insoluble fibre.

It's also more versatile than arguably any other superfood out there - hemp is available as a grain or as an oil; it can be consumed as a protein powder or ground into flower for gluten-free cooking.  And unlike other legumes, doesn't need to be soaked or cooked to be consumed whole.

For the envionment conscious out there, Hemp is also a better choice than other grains, as it's naturally resistant to pests and does not need pesticide - also why it's a sustainable choice for garments, wood, paper and other uses beyond edibles. So if you thought we'd seen the peak boom of this magical plant, think again. And just when you thought green smoothies were about to die. Prepare for a lit 2018 update...

Is hemp  the superfood of 2018?