Hemp Seeds

June 18, 2021

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Top Benefits

Because hemp seeds have such a rich nutritional profile, many people consider them to be a superfood. They are high in protein, healthy omega-3s and –6s and fiber. They improve heart health, have antioxidant effects, may improve the joints and skin and help with neurological disease.  Here are some of the top benefits of hemp seed:

1. Lowers blood pressure

2. Aids in the digestive process

3. Regulates immune system

4. Helps treat skin disorders  

5. Naturally balances hormones

6. Good source of vitamins and minerals  

7. Helps in the treatment of multiple sclerosis  

8. Lowers risk of heart disease/stroke  


Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. The leaves, seeds, stalks, flowers and resin glands have all been used for everything from food to fuel to fiber to medicine. Although hemp seeds come from the cannabis plant itself, they do not produce a mind-altering effect.  

Mention of the hemp seed for medical use dates back to the 17th century. Herbalists and physicians recommended it for a variety of ailments ---inflammation, hard tumors, fever, infection and sexually transmitted disease. Even though hemp seeds have a long history of therapeutic use, they have largely been ignored in modern medical practice.  

Hemp seeds have a very rich nutritional profile. They are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fatty acids. The shells themselves are rich in fiber. Similar to flax and chia, the fatty acid profile of hemp seeds exerts a favorable effect on lipid profile and markers of cardiovascular health.  

Nutritional Information

Hemp seeds are a healthy source of a variety of nutrients, including magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc and potassium.  

As stated by the United States Department of Agriculture, 3 tbs of hemp seed contains the following:

Protein            9.47 g

Carbohydrates           2.60 g

Fat                   1.20 g

Total fatty acids          14.62g

Monosat. fats             1.62 g

Polysat fats                 11.43 g

Saturated fats             1.38 g

Calories                      116



Whole hemp seeds are a great source of fiber that can improve digestive health.

They contain 20% soluble fiber and 80% insoluble fiber. To get the benefits of that fiber, it's best to ingest the whole seed, not just the hemp heart.  

Soluble fiber acts as a source of nutrients for the good kind of digestive bacteria. The insoluble fiber bulks up your stool and helps thing pass through you gut more smoothly.


Hemp oil is often used around the world in skin care products and cosmetics. That's because it has been shown to have a soothing effect on certain skin conditions like dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. It can help to eliminate flaky skin and possibly even prevent dandruff.  

So how does hemp oil do it? Well, it contains an omega-6 fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).  GLA encourages skin growth and helps generate new cells, while acting as a powerful antioxidant. It helps to keep the skin moisturized and nourished, which reduces inflammation.  


One of the great things about hemp seeds is that they have 8 essential amino acids that your body can't make on its own. Hemp is what is called a complete protein. Complete proteins are key in creating new body tissue as well as strengthening muscle mass and muscle density. By consuming hemp seed, you are helping to boost your muscle tone.  


Hemp is a low sodium and low-calorie food. It can be eaten in large quantities without the fear of weight gain. It's also a complete protein.  It makes you feel full because all of the right amino acids have been taken in through food, so the body has no need to feel the pangs of hunger. The fiber in hemp seeds also makes the body feel content and well fed. It stimulates digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients, all of which can reduce weight.  



By working together, the omega-3s and omega-6s in hemp seed help to reduce inflammation in the body. Hemp is also a great source of a polyunsaturated fatty acid known as GLA.  Some studies on animals point to GLA as a potent anti-inflammatory. However, human studies produce varying results.  A review in The European Journal of Pharmacology may help us understand why. Humans process GLA in a very complicated way, which may affect the results.  


One of the many minerals in hemp seed is iron. Iron is a key ingredient in blood cell construction in our bodies. A lack of iron can result in anemia and produce a wide range of symptoms like fatigue, headaches and muscle weakness. Having the proper amount of iron in your diet from foods like hemp seed can help to prevent illnesses like anemia.  


The phenolic compounds in hemp seed and hemp seed oil are known to be powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help our bodies fight free radicals that try to damage healthy cells by mutating their DNA into cancer cells.  When you increase phenolic by consuming hemp seeds, you can help to prevent many different types of cancer before they form in the body.  


Hemp seed has a wide variety of effects on heart health. Because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, it's thought to reduce the risk of both arrhythmias and heart disease.  But it's the balance of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids that is unique. Hemp seed is one of the only substances in the world that comes with a normal, healthy balance built in. That is essential to prevent heart attacks, strokes and atherosclerosis.  

Hemp seed also contains a high level of arginine, an amino acid that turns into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps to keep blood vessel walls elastic and smooth, which is key for both vein and artery dilation.  

Fiber is a key ingredient in hemp seed.  It can scrape off excess cholesterol from artery walls that often leads to heart conditions.  

And lastly, it's the GLA in hemp seed, found in very few edible sources, that can help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, making it a powerful ally for your heart.


One study in the Food Chemistry journal noted that hemp seeds and sprouts in vitro and ex vivo were high in antioxidant activity. This may be because of the seeds CBD, or cannabidiol content.  

In a review of the neurological benefits of hemp published in 2018, compounds in the seeds were seen to have neuroprotective properties. They also displayed anti-inflammatory properties as well. This news is especially helpful for patients suffering from diseases like MS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, forms of neuropathic pain and childhood seizure disorders.  


The anti-inflammatory compounds in hemp seeds, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, may help conditions like atopic dermatitis. One randomized, single-blind crossover study conducted over 20 weeks found that hemp seed oil helped reduce symptoms.  

Acne may be linked to omega-3 deficiencies.  The high omega-3 content in hemp can help to reduce symptoms. Dryness can cause your skin to overproduce oil, which can also stimulate acne. Hemp oil can help prevent dry skin and reduce acne caused by that excess oil.  


Arthritis continues to be one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. It is reported to affect over 50 million Americans. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own joints. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that preys on joint cartilage and bones.  

Several studies on animals conducted over the past 7 years, suggest that CBD can help to treat arthritis and relieve inflammation. A 2011 study found that it reduced pain by affecting the way pain receptors respond to stimuli.  

A 2014 review stated that CBD may be an effective treatment for Osteoarthritis, while a 2016 study found that a topic application of CBD helped relieve both pain and inflammation.

However, there is a lack of evidence to prove that CBD is an effective treatment for humans. More research is needed to provide conclusive evidence.  



Hemp seeds do come from the cannabis plant, but they ideally contain little to no THC, which is the active ingredient in cannabis. However, athletes who undergo drug testing should know that in some cases, consuming hemp can lead to failed urine tests. That's because the level of THC depends on the manufacturing process.  


Hemp seeds are not known to cause any interactions with common medications. However, you should talk to your doctor or naturopath about any medication before adding hemp seeds to your diet.  


Like most seeds, a tablespoon or two a day of either hemp seeds, hemp oil or hemp meal is the recommended dosage. Larger doses may be harmful.  


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