Let me start off by addressing the elephant in the room: It is common to associate the word hemp with marijuana, however, hemp is a different strain of the plant Cannabis Sativa that only contains less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (better known as THC) whereas marijuana contains about 10%. The minuscule amount of THC found in hemp seeds has not been found to compromise, influence, or impair one’s cognition or judgment and is completely safe and legal. Hemp is actually considered to be one of the most nutritional plants in the entire world. Its seeds are often described as what is known as a “superfood” due to their low calorie and high nutrient content, and they provide a multitude of health benefits. In short, hemp seeds may be small but they pack a big punch.
Hemp seeds deliver enough nutrition to maintain healthy human life. That means you could survive off of eating hemp seeds, and only hemp seeds, for the rest of your life (not that I would recommend that). That’s how nutritious these little seeds are! Hemp seeds were actually one of the primary treatments used for nutritional deficiencies brought on by diseases such as tuberculosis. One of the many reasons for that is that these little seeds deliver more essential fatty acids than any other plant source. The human body needs essential fatty acids to manufacture and repair cell membranes, allowing cells to obtain proper nutrition and get rid of harmful waste products. Essential fatty acids also aid in the production of prostaglandins, which help regulate the body’s heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting ability, fertility and also play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and preparing the body to fight infection. Essential Fatty Acids are also needed for proper growth in children, particularly for the development of their nervous system. Hemp seeds also deliver all 20 amino acid, including the 9 essential amino acids your body cannot produce on its own. Amino acids are necessary for such things as building muscle, strengthening the immune system, enhancing oxygen transport, providing energy, and supporting healthy hair, skin and nails. On top of all of that, hemp seeds are rich in phytonutrients that protect your cells, tissues and organs from damage, which helps slow down the aging process and lower the chance of disease.
Eating hemp seeds may sound a little funny, but the nutritional value they bring is no joke. The Chinese have been consuming hemp seeds for years now, and it has only recently gained popularity here in America. Hemp seeds are actually very delicious and have a sweet, nutty taste that many people seem to like, including myself. You could eat them alone, or sprinkle them on a variety of dishes such as cereal, pancakes or even salad. Thanks for reading, this has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.