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10 Hemp Nutrition Facts You Need to Know

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You keep hearing things about hemp, but aren’t sure if the claims are exaggerated? Can it really be that nutritious? Will it help my heart? Help me lose weight? Alleviate my anxiety? Give me more energy? Can it prevent disease? These questions and more are answered here on our list of 10 Hemp Nutrition Facts you need to know.

1. HEMP WILL GET YOU HEALTHY NOT HIGH

Hemp and marijuana both come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa L., and cannabis plants contain more than 480 natural components and compounds, some of which are called cannabinoids.

To date, more than 113 cannabinoid compounds have been identified, but the most well known are THC, psychoactive compound found in marijuana and CBD, non-psychoactive compound found in hemp.

Both marijuana and hemp contain THC and CBD, but marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD, while hemp is high in CBD and low in THC. So, hemp will not get you high but it does have a whole host of other amazing health benefits.

2. YOUR BODY IS DESIGNED TO EAT HEMP

Did you know that you have cannabis receptors in your cells and DNA? Did you know that THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, is actually manufactured by your own body? Did you know that cannabis receptors are stimulated by other foods such as carrots, broccoli, mustard and chocolate?

When you ingest hemp, the cannabinoids fit nicely into receptors located throughout the body, in the hippocampus (which regulates memory), the cerebral cortex (cognition), the cerebellum (motor coordination), the basal ganglia (movement), the hypothalamus (appetite), and the amygdala (emotions).

These cannabinoids are so important that when the body does produce enough of them on its own, it can result in a variety of conditions related to the immune and nervous systems. The presence of cannabis receptors in the body proves this plant has been an essential food source for millions of years, and played a key role in human evolution. Hemp is meant to be consumed on a regular basis to achieve peak health.

3. HEMP IS DESIGNED TO HEAL

“I’m blown away by the complexity of this plant,” says award-winning investigative journalist and food scientist, Mike Adams, “and its efficacy as a healing plant for humankind.” The more Adams studies the healing properties of hemp, the more he’s convinced the plant was put on earth by God to heal the sick. He believes it’s more powerful than other known healing foods such spirulina, chia seeds or bee pollen. “The more I do the science, the more I’m sure this plant is designed to heal humanity,” he says.

After an in-depth study of the molecular structure of cannabis, Adams was floored by the plant’s ability to extract molecular elements from its environment and convert them into potent nutrients vital for good health. By taking in carbon, hydrogen and oxygen from the air and soil and converting them into cannabinoid compounds, the plant is basically “manufacturing medicine,” he says.

Scientist cannot explant the plant’s ability to pull in molecules and re-arrange them into complex molecular structures with healing properties, they can only accept and understand that the plant does this because that’s what nature intended it to do. Watch his video, if for no other reason than to listen to his impassioned Cary Grant voice.

4. HEMP CAN HEAL THE ENVIRONMENT

Hemp is not only friendly to the environment it can decontaminate polluted soil, bringing dead and deforested zones back to life. For more than a decade, hemp has been growing in the environs of the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear plant in Pripyat, Ukraine to reduce soil toxicity in the area.

Hemp, maize and sunflower were planted to remove chromium, lead, copper and nickel from the soil. Planting for the Chernobyl Phytoremediation Project began in the late 1980s. By the late 1990s, scientists participating in the project were in awe of the efficacy of hemp’s phytoremediative properties.

Hemp could potentially have a huge impact on paper and plastic industries, too. Over the course of twenty years, one acre of hemp can produce up to ten times the amount of paper as trees, drastically reducing the 4 billion trees felled every year to supply the industry. Less than 0.1 percent of the paper we use today is made with hemp. Plastic made from hemp is not only biodegradable it can be made without chemicals.

5. HEMP CAN CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT

For the first time in history there are more obese than underweight people in the world. Processed food brands have done such a good job of robbing cultures of their indigenous cuisine, farm to table cooking, how our ancestors ate for millions of years, is now considered a specialty in some western cities.

Eating habits are out of sync with nature, and even out of rhythm with our bodies. Instead of eating a high protein, high fat meal in the morning to give us energy for the day ahead, we eat breakfasts and lunches that are high in sugar and carbohydrate, empty calories. Then we eat the high fat, high protein meal at night so the body can stores it as fat while we sleep instead of using it as fuel as nature intended.

No wonder that worldwide diabetes rates have skyrocketed by 45 percent between 1990 and 2013? In the US, that increase is 71 percent for the same period. Yet, studies have shown that reducing intake of animal fat, refined sugars and salt, and switching to high fiber, low fat diet is an effective way to both prevent and treat type-2 diabetes. Hemp seeds are high in fiber, and high in protein. A study published in 2003 showed an increase in dietary protein has positive effects on type-2 diabetes.

Hemp contains the essential fatty acids omega-3 and 6. Studies show foods high in numbers of omega-3 EFAs increase satiety in overweight people, or anyone trying to cut calorie intake, and can combat obesity. Omega-3s are linked to regulating mood, sleep, reactions to stress and hormones, vital for anyone trying to control weight. Hemp also contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which studies have shown prevents weight gain. Hemp’s high protein content also boosts the metabolism, further helping weight loss.

6. HEMP IS A UNIQUE SOURCE OF PROTEIN, OMEGA-3 AND 6

By weight, hemp seeds provide a similar amount of protein as beef or lamb. 30 grams of hemp, or 2 to 3 tablespoons provides around 11 grams of protein. Hemp is one of a handful of plant foods that is a complete source of protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids with high amounts of methionine, lysine and cysteine.

A protein unique to hemp is edestin. With a similar make up to blood plasma, edestin has shown to play a key role in helping the body repair damaged DNA. Another protein found in hemp, albumin, assists in maintaining the strength of tissue that holds the body together. Because of hemp’s high protein content, it’s a good substitute for meat.

Hemp also contains the essential fatty acids omega-3 and 6 in a perfect 3:1 ratio. Studies have linked deficiency in omega-3 to coronary heart disease as well as fatigue, poor memory, dry skin and mood swings. The omega-6 essential fatty acids gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) along with the balanced ratio of fats in hemp play a vital role in maintaining bone density as the body ages.

7. HEMP HELPS YOUR BODY REST

It’s estimated that one in three people experience some form of sleep disorder in their lifetime. Besides constantly feeling tired to the point of irritability, sleep deprivation has some serious health risks including depression and obesity.

Women are two-times more likely to suffer from insomnia than men. 35 percent of sufferers have a history of insomnia in their family and 90 percent of people who suffer from depression experience insomnia.

Hemp oil could be a solution for two reasons. Taken at low doses, hemp oil has been shown to boost alertness, so it’s perfect for those mornings when you’re feeling too cranky to cope. Higher doses act like a sedative ensuring that once asleep, you stay asleep. Diet is also important.

Consider foods that should be avoided if you’re having trouble sleeping: spices, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dark chocolate, fried and processed meats, all high fat, high chemical food. A study published in 2016 found that these foods cause sleep disruption and can be counteracted with a high fiber diet. Hemp is 40 percent fiber.

8. HEMP ALLEVIATES MOOD AND ANXIETY DISORDERS

In several US States there’s been a drop in painkiller prescriptions as well as fewer prescriptions for antidepressants, sleeping pills and anxiety medications. The one thing those states have in common is their medical marijuana laws. Recent research on animals has confirmed the ability of hemp oil to regenerate the hippocampus, the area of the brain that regulates anxiety and depression and there’s a splurge of articles online, people talking about how they’re taking to hemp oil to relieve anxiety.

Further research by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) confirmed that hemp oil relieved the symptoms of depression that typically accompany anxiety. The study demonstrated that hemp oil has the ability to work as effectively as prescription pills. Studies have also shown that although hemp oil may not be effective in the middle of a panic attack, taken over a period of time it reduces the likelihood of an attack.

Hemp contains a bunch of nutrients that fight stress. Hemp seeds are a rich source of magnesium (45 percent in 3 tablespoons), and amino acids, which support the neurotransmitters in the brain and body that reduce stress. Hemp is also high in B vitamins necessary to boost metabolism and regulate stress hormones, and vitamin E to protect against cognitive decline that lead to conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

9. HEMP OIL REVIVES SKIN

Hemp oil is used in many high-end cosmetics, moisturizers, soaps and balms, because of its ability to penetrate the inner layer of skin and promote cell growth. Hemp oil is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture into the skin. The essential fatty acids in hemp oil provide the nutrients needed to maintain skin elasticity.

Hemp is non-comodogenic, which means it doesn’t clog the pores. When skin is unhealthy it produces a sticky film called oleic acid that blocks pores. When skin is healthy it produces linoleic acid, also contained in hemp oil. This is why hemp oil is great for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin, as it promotes production of linoleic acid and gently cleans the skin.

Hemp oil can be applied directly to the skin to soothe conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, to reduce redness, inflammation and itching. A 2005 study confirmed that because of the presence of omega-3 and 6 in hemp, eating it is also reduces eczema.

Hemp oil can be massaged into nails and cuticles to heal cracks and dry skin. It’s great for removing make-up. Hemp facials and hemp masks are a healthy way to cleanse and soften dry, tired or flaky skin. It can also be used to moisturize hair by rubbing oil into the scalp ten minutes before washing.

10. HEMP OIL REDUCES INFLAMMATION

Bloated belly. Cuts that won’t heal. Joints that ache. Viral and bacterial infections, degenerative diseases, diabetes and even cancer. There is mounting evidence that all of these conditions and diseases could be linked to either excessive or chronic inflammation, which happens when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive and attacks healthy tissue.

One of the main causes of inflammation today is believed to be the imbalance of essential fatty acids omega-3 and 6 in most western diets.

Studies of non-industrial populations found that omega-6:omega-3 profiles typically range within the 3:1 or 1:3 ratio; those who ate land animals had higher omega-6 while those who ate seafood had higher omega-3. Research suggests humans evolved eating a ratio of 1:1; today’s ratio for the average western person is 16:1.

The increased use of vegetable oils such as sunflower and corn are the driving factor behind the sharp rise rise in omega-6. Mix that with lifestyle factors, stress, alcohol, substance abuse, medication, and lack of sleep and it’s a perfect storm for stimulating excessive inflammation.

One of the best ways to correct an imbalance in essential fatty acids is to eat a balanced diet, one that includes omega-3s (salmon, walnuts) and cuts out food high in omega-6 (sunflower or corn oil.) Adding an oil to your diet that contains omega-3 and 6 in the perfect 3:1 ratio is another smart solution. Hemp is the only oil with a balanced 3:1 ratio (butterfat has a similar profile), making it one of the strongest anti-inflammatory in nature.


That’s a long list! And it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Hemp is such an amazing plant, we still don’t understand the many ways it works to improve health. Don’t worry, we’ll be investigating them all. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter for the latest news on the healing properties of hemp and all the ways it can help you protect and power your future health.

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