Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, contain an incredible amount of nutrients, vitamins, Omega 3 fatty acids and proteins.
It is extremely emollient and absorbent. Hemp has an abundant level of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Hemp seed comes from the Cannabis sativa plant but has very small trace amounts of the psychoactive compound, THC, found in marijuana and will not produce any “high feelings”. The truth is hemp seeds and the oil from these seeds is safe and very healthy to eat.
It has been in use since 6000BC in China. Then and today it has a wide variety of uses in textiles, cleaning and building products and even as food.
In the past, actually since 1937, it was believed the whole hemp plant was a psychedelic drug and was banned as an illegal drug.
Today, they understand that THC compound is not found in great quantity in hemp seeds. The seeds are not like cannabis oil, CBD, which is now legal in many states, and is used to control pain and seizures.
Hempseed is high in essential amino acids, protein and fatty acids. It has a great 3:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids and has all 20 amino acids. The mineral content includes potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium.
- Hemp seed oil can lower the risk of heart disease. A 2007 study has found hemp seed oil can prevent blood clotting, protection against clot induced strokes.
- Its hormone like compounds, prostaglandins, helps play a role in controlling body temperatures, inflammation and other body hormone functions.
- Hempseed oil is helpful with weight loss due to its essential fatty acids like GLA (gamma linoleic acid). It suppresses appetite and reduces sugar craving. This helps with overall calorie counting.
- A great source of Plant based Protein; especially for vegans and vegetarians who have trouble getting enough protein. Hempseed oil has the highest amount of protein in the entire plant kingdom.
- Radiant youthful complexion, it cleans and detoxifies skin. Hemp seed oil is very similar to our own skins natural lipids.
- Digestive health, due to the insoluble and soluble fiber in hemp hearts it can help your gastrointestinal system create bulk.
- Helps to strengthen the immune system and decrease inflammation.
- Relieves many arthritis symptoms.
- Take by drops adding to food like smoothies or nut butters.
- Add several drops to skin creams, and lotions before blending on skin or use directly on skin.
- Take by the teaspoon (once per day) if using for specific health symptoms like weight issues, digestion, heart or hormone balance.
- Rub directly on nails and cuticles areas to strengthen and heal and even on acne, since it can pull out blackheads, whiteheads and cysts.
Consuming hemp seeds or hemp seed oil will not get you high; like smoking a joint……which is what some think will happen. These products are completely safe, legal and healthy.
Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.