Hemp seed is obtained from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) and is used in commercial products, industrial applications, and for the production of food and medicine.
Facts About the Hemp Seed
1. Composition. The hemp seed is largely edible, and its typical nutritional values show that it can contain as much as 25% vegetable protein, and 35% fat content, which is sourced mainly from its natural oil content.
Hemp seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which is a beloved in the wellness community because of its heart-protective benefits and ability to naturally counter inflammation in human tissues.
Hemp oil has been shown to contain the following in varying quantities, too: GLA, stearidonic acid, oleic acid, and saturated fatty acids (these are the fatty acids that are good for your heart).
Hemp oil also shows surprising stability even after exposure to advanced temperatures (i.e. researchers have analyzed it after subjecting it to 250°C/480°F and they still found the fatty acid structures to be stable).
2. Commercial Viability. Hemp seeds are considered highly viable in the food market because of its high protein content, placing it up there with alternative food superstars like chia seeds and quinoa.
As much as 25% of the total caloric content of hemp seeds is derived from its high quality vegetable protein, which makes it an ideal choice for vegetarians and vegans. In terms of micronutrient content, you will not be disappointed as it contains vital trace elements like iron and magnesium.
Like other edible seeds, it is naturally rich in nutrient necessary for tissue repair and cellular repair.
This should dispel any fears that hemp seeds “will make you high.” The plant variety that is called industrial hemp is different from the cannabis variety that contains high levels of the psychoactive compound THC.
3. Viable for Care of Skin, Hair, and Nails. Due to its natural fatty acid content, manufacturers have been tapping hemp seeds for skincare and hair care products, like lotions, soaps, and shampoos.
Products made from industrial hemp are not illegal. In fact, the United States imports hemp products all the time. The previous amendment to the farm bill in Congress now helps differentiate industrial hemp from the more controlled variety that is more commonly known by its street name, marijuana.
Products made from industrial hemp have been known to soothe dry skin and improve overall skin quality.
4. Medicinal Properties. It is no secret that the hemp plant is medicinal. It might be low in THC, but its CBD or cannabidiol content is high. CBD has been touted as a vastly beneficial compound that can help treat a host of conditions, from chronic pain to bodily inflammations due to conditions like PMS.
Research is ongoing, but the results of these scientific studies (both in-vitro and from live trials) show that cannabidiol can be tapped to help cancer patients and people who suffer from different kinds of pain and neuropathic anomalies.
There is also evidence that industrial hemp can be used to improve the conditions of people suffering from osteoarthritis and reduce the likelihood of severe inflammation in the future.