Hemp seed as food

For various reasons, hemp has been reconsidered as a valuable industrial crop for both food and fiber in Canada and European countries during the last decade. As a result, hemp seed and hemp seed food products have become available to the general public in these countries. While the human food potential for hemp seed has not yet entered mass markets in the west, its nutritional properties have long been recognized and valued as food for both humans and domesticated animals throughout Asia, India, Russia and Eastern Europe. In China, roasted hemp seed is still sold as snacks by street vendors. In Russia, ‘black’ oil has been pressed from hemp seed and used as a substitute for more expensive (and less healthy) sources of dietary fat, such as butter and hydrogenated margarines.

The natural dark color of hemp seed oil is from chlorophyll within the mature seed, which can hasten auto-oxidation of oil that is exposed to light. Some traditional hemp seed foods can still be found in the Baltic States, particularly Latvia, and in other east European countries. Such a long history and a variety of uses over a large geographic area, and throughout so many different cultures, are all strong reminders of hemp seed’s utility as a useful source of nutrition. Over the past few years, modern science has finally begun to catch up with this ancient knowledge through its own methodologies. Read More 


Seeds of the plant cannabis sativa, hemp seed, contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs. Read More

​Hemp Seed Oil Has Healthy Potential (Study)​

With an ideal ratio of omega-6 and -3 fatty acids and some plant chemicals thought to lower high blood pressure, hempseed oil has potential as part of a heart-healthy diet, according to Spanish researchers. Read More

Whats the Difference Between Hemp Seed and Hemp Seed Hearts?

Hemp seed hearts – also known as hemp hearts and hemp nuts – are raw whole hemp seeds that have had the outer shell removed. Hulled hemp seed hearts have a higher overall percentage of protein and are much sweeter and nuttier in flavour than the whole hemp seed.

Are Hemp Seed Hearts A Complete Source of Protein?

​Yes! Hemp offers 17 different amino acids including 8 of the 10 essential ones. This protein is relatively high in cysteine and methionine, which are two sulfur- bearing amino acids that vegetable proteins usually lack.

What Kind of Fats are in Hemp Seed Hearts​?

The oil from hemp seeds has one of the highest concentrations of polyunsaturated fats and the best balance of the Essential Fatty Acids. The human body requires only two fatty acids, Linoleic acid (omega 6) and alpha linolenic acid (omega 3) and their metabolites, gamma-linolenic acid (omega 6) and stearidonic acid (omega 3), in order to sustain life and health. Hemp contains 54.4% linoleic acid, 18.3% linolenic acid, 3-4% gamma-linolenic and 1-2% stearidonic acid. It’s one of only four oils to contain this balance of essential fatty acids and is the most economical option available.

The Cardiac and Haemostatic Effects of Dietary Hempseed

Despite its use in our diet for hundreds of years, hempseed has surprisingly little research published on its physiological effects. This may have been in the past because the psychotropic properties wrongly attributed to hemp would complicate any conclusions obtained through its study. Hemp has a botanical relationship to drug/medicinal varieties of Cannabis. However, hempseed no longer contains psychotropic action and instead may provide significant health benefits. Hempseed has an excellent content of omega-3 and omega-6

fatty acids. These compounds have beneficial effects on our cardiovascular health. Recent studies, mostly in animals, have examined the effects of these fatty acids and dietary hempseed itself on platelet aggregation, ischemic heart disease and other aspects of our cardiovascular health. The purpose of this article is to review the latest developments in this rapidly emerging research field with a focus on the cardiac and vascular effects of dietary hempseed.

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Nutr Metab (Lond). 2010; 7: 32.Published online Apr 21, 2010. doi:  10.1186/1743-7075-7-32
































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