What is Hemp and the Best Benefits of Hemp

You have stumbled onto this page because you are wondering what is hemp and the best benefits of hemp. Now that hemp is legalized, Americans have a new crop to learn about. As a Canadian, I grew up with hemp being part of our health food economy and now it's about to be in the USA. 

And no, it doesn't get you high. However just like flax, its seeds are highly nutritious and have medical properties. Hemp is also sustainable for making paper and fabric.

Ahead of Dr. Selassie's 6 Part series on CBD and the endocannabinoid system (the system of the body that produced our own pain relievers) we wanted to list a few benefits of making hemp part of your health routine.

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa, but there are important differences between the two plants. They both contain cannabidiol (CBD), which has medicinal properties. The amount of CBD in each product however, differs greatly between the two.

Dosing, therefore, is dramatically different when you to try to use hemp in lieu of cannabis.  For medicinal purposes, cannabis, is up to 100-fold more potent but hemp still has many health benefits. 

Essential Nutrition: 

  1. Omega 3: Hemp seeds are composed of more than 30 % healthy fats, including the essential fats Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acid (plant-based omega-3

  2. Protein: In addition to healthy fats for your cells, joints skin and anti-aging, Hemp seeds also contain 25 percent protein. 

    • Building blocks of protein are called amino acids. Arginine is an amino acid found in hemp, which helps protect the heart. Arginine makes nitric oxide in your body - while not great for herpes outbreaks - it is excellent for helping with blood pressure, vessel wall relaxation and blood flow.

  3. Micronutrients: Hemp contains vitamins and minerals including

    • vitamin E - antiaging antioxidant to heal cells

    • phosphorus - electrolyte to build bones and regulate hydration

    • potassium - electrolyte to lower blood pressure and alkalize the body

    • magnesium - electrolyte to relax your nervous system, reduce cramping and build bones

    • sulfur - mineral component of every cell in the body (don’t worry you are NOT allergic as it is different than sulfa class of drugs)

    • calcium - electrolyte to lower blood pressure and build bones

    • iron - mineral needed to build blood - needed in for men and women, young and old

    • zinc - mineral required to strengthen immune system, heal skin and protect prostate gland

So hemp helps support bones, digestion, immune system and wound healing!

All these properties combined make hemp good source of nutrients for your heart, skin, digestion, workouts and even menopause. 

Sprinkle shelled hemp seeds on your cereal, veggies and salads or use the protein powder or seeds in shakes. They are pricey, but they pack a real nutritional punch.

Different brands call them Hemp hearts or hemp seeds or shelled hemp seeds - have a look on our partner store at Shop.com - get cashback on all your purchases

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