Seeds from the hemp plant – like that of hemp itself – are not psychoactive, so they do not produce the high associated with cannabis. Nor are hemp seeds known for any of the relaxing, calming, soothing qualities associated with non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBD.
However, hemp seeds have many other benefits that might be of interest to potential consumers.
The seeds are edible as well as versatile, as they can be eaten raw, roasted, or ground into a powder. The powder can be added as a supplement to a variety of foods such as salads, smoothies, and yogurt. Food products made from hemp seeds include products such as hemp milk, hemp oil, and hemp cheese.
Hemp seeds are a big source of several vitamins and minerals, such as:
- Protein. One ounce of hemp seeds contains about 9 grams of protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissues, and helps to keep a person feeling full.
- Fiber. One ounce of the seeds contains about 3 grams of fiber, which helps to keep the digestive system healthy, as well as helping to lower cholesterol levels.
- Essential fatty acids. Hemp seeds are a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for heart health, also helping to reduce inflammation.
- Magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. The seeds are an excellent source of magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, essential for many bodily functions, also helping to improve bone health, keeping bones strong and healthy, helping to stave off osteoporosis.
- Vitamin E. Hemp seeds are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from damage caused by harmful rays from the sun, which can result in premature aging and skin damage.
As cannabis becomes more mainstream, further research will emerge as to the benefits of the plant and its offshoots.
Sources: Healthline, WebMD, Shape