Hemp milk is made from soaking hemp hearts/hemp seeds in water, which allows the components of the seeds to combine with the water. This plant-based milk also contains crushed hemp seeds, which provides an additional source of plant protein, fatty acids, and flavor.
Like almond milk and soy milk, hemp milk is a viable option for folks who are looking for a non-dairy milk alternative. Perfect for people who are suffering from lactose intolerance, or are simply interested in cruelty-free food products/beverages.
The Health Benefits of Hemp Milk
People who hear of hemp milk for the first time tend to ask: will you get high if you drink hemp milk? The short answer is no. You can’t get high from drinking hemp milk.
The “high” that people get from smoking marijuana comes from the psychoactive ingredient called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which comes from a particular variety of the Cannabis sativa plant.
Hemp seeds used to create hemp milk have extremely low levels of THC (at most, just 0.03%) but do have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD), which has anti-convulsive properties and can even help people suffering from pain.
The hemp plants that are cultivated for commercial products are not the same marijuana plants that people use to make blunts or joints.
How will hemp milk improve your health?
1. Low Calorie Drink. Like other edible seeds used to make alternative milk products, hemp seeds are high in vital nutrients but low in calories.
If you are trying to lose weight, this would be a good option since one cup of hemp milk will contain, on the average, just 60 calories.
So if you drink several cups of hemp milk throughout the day, you will feel full, but you won’t be acquiring those sneaky calories that are usually the result of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) or sugar.
2. High in Protein. Edible seeds are usually high in protein, and the shattered, mature seeds of the hemp plant are no different. You can get up to three grams of plant protein per cup of hemp milk.
Combined with a mindful and healthy diet, you can easily get your RDA for protein even with less meat, and more vegetables. Thinking of going vegan? You’re definitely not limited to soy products. Try hemp.
3. Rich in Micronutrients. Micronutrients are essential for your wellbeing.
They help regulate bodily processes at the cellular level, and they are important for the most vital of activities of the body, including having a regular heartbeat. Luckily, hemp milk contains plenty of micronutrients, including phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.
Contrary to common belief, hemp milk contains calcium (about 20 mg per serving), and 3.6 mg of iron, too. These values may not be as high as your regular cow’s milk, but it’s good to know that you’re getting this amount of sustenance from something that was not taken from an animal source.