What is Hemp Seed?
Showing up everywhere from food to fashion, hemp is having a major moment. While it may be generating a lot of buzz in our current times, hemp is far from new. In fact, people — including Thomas Jefferson himself — have been using it for centuries for food, medicine, and textiles.
Today, hemp is increasingly touted for its many potential health and wellness benefits with hemp seeds, in particular, having a heyday.
Wondering if the hemp seed hype is real — and if it is, how you can get it on it? Here’s a closer look at everything you need to know about hemp seed.
Hemp Versus Marijuana
Many people think hemp and marijuana are the same thing. While it’s true that both are Cannabis sativa plant species, these two varieties vary in one significant way: Hemp plants contain .3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less while marijuana plants contain more than .3 percent THC.
While this may sound like splitting hairs, it matters. A lot. Why? Because THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.
The takeaway? If you’re looking for the high sensation associated with marijuana, you won’t find it with hemp. But if you’re looking for all the benefits associated with hemp with none of the hallucinogenic effects, you’ll find them in hemp seeds and other hemp products.
The Growing Hemp Market
Earlier, we mentioned that humans have a long history with hemp. In fact, people in ancient China may have been growing it as far back as 2,700 BC. Concludes MedicalNewsToday, “Hemp may be one of the oldest known plants that humans cultivated for medicinal and nutritional purposes."
However, hemp has taken off in recent years due to increasing knowledge about its benefits for human health (and its 2018 legalization). According to research from Facts and Factors, the global industrial hemp market will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) or 34 percent between 2019 and 2026 to reach a staggering $36 billion.
The Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are exactly what they sound like: hemp plant seeds. However, they’re MUCH more than that.
These extremely nutritious seeds are packed with protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, and vitamin E. They’re also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
According to a MedicalNewsToday roundup of the health benefits of hemp seeds, these super-seeds may have the following beneficial health effects:
- They protect the brain. Hemp seeds have been determined to have antioxidant, neuroprotective, and immune-regulating capabilities. As such, they may defend against Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, and childhood seizure disorders.
- They’re heart-healthy. Thanks to their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and arginine, as well as an optimal omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids ratio, hemp seeds are associated with reduced risk of heart issues, such as heart disease, arrhythmias, and heart failure.
- They have anti-inflammatory effects. While inflammation is essential to healing, it can have catastrophic health effects left unchecked. In reducing inflammation, hemp seeds can be used to help manage symptoms of metabolic syndrome, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
- They can heal skin issues. Not only have researchers determined that the anti-inflammatory compounds and omega-3s in hemp seeds can help manage and reduce skin disease, but they’ve also determined that the prebiotics and plant fibers contained in hemp seeds can further improve skin health.
- They offer rheumatoid arthritis relief. Research suggests that hemp seeds may have joint inflammation-reducing anti-rheumatic effects.
Get In on the Healing Powers of Hemp
Perhaps Bon Appétit put it best in declaring, “As far as the nut and seed world goes, hemp seeds are like the straight-A student who's also captain of the football team. A couple of spoonfuls of hemp seeds packs a serious amount of essential nutrients, they're easy to eat and cook with, and they have a pleasantly nutty taste, like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut.”
Which begs the question: what are some easy ways to get more hemp into your diet? Here are a few ways to incorporate more hemp seeds into your diet:
- Blend them into your smoothies
- Sprinkle them over your cereal or yogurt
- Bake with them
- Sprinkle them on your salad, as you would other seeds and nuts
The best part? Hemp seeds are a tasty and delicious addition wherever you add them.
Of course, all hemp seeds aren’t created equal, which is why it's important to choose high-quality hemp products, such as Carrington Farms’ Organic Flax Hemp Blend. Combining the powerful benefits of hemp and flax, you won’t find a better way to reap all the advantages of hemp and flax for enhanced energy, vitality, and good health.
Another way to add the benefits of hemp to your diet is using Organic Hemp Oil. Cold pressed from hemp seeds, hemp oil is perfect as a finishing oil or dressing in salads, vegetables, pasta dishes and even in your smoothies
To start adding a beneficial boost to all of your meals, shop Carrington Farms’ Organic Flax Hemp Blend today.