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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp

Hemp has always had trouble stepping out of the shadow of its dirty cousin marijuana. While it is closely related to whacky tobaccy, hemp has microscopic amounts of THC — the chemical in marijuana that gets you high — and eating hemp foods won’t jeopardize your next drug test. The health benefits of hemp are so vast that people are beginning to abandon the antiquated stereotypes of the versatile plant.

Sharon Palmer, author of The Plant Powered Diet, wasn’t wasting her breath when she said, “I think hemp is the next ‘it’ food — it has been for a while.” The hemp seed is bursting with Omega-6 and Omega-3, essential fatty acids that have heart health and anti inflammatory benefits. Hemp seeds are nutty in flavor and breathe life into salads, desserts, yogurts, cereals, and breads. Hemp seeds can be turned into butter, milk, protein powder, finishing oil, and soap.

Unfortunately, Uncle Sam outlawed hemp farming in 1958, a shame when you consider how amazing a crop it is. The plant thrives without pesticides, purifies the soil around it, and kills weeds. The U.S. is the only country that bans industrial hemp farming, quelling what could be an agricultural and financial boon for our indebted country.

Adding hemp foods to your diet is something you should seriously consider, and below are five health benefits of hemp you might not have known.

Five Hemp Health Benefits You Didn’t Know About

The protein and fiber in hemp combine to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore sustains your body’s energy. A diet rich in hemp promotes digestive regularity.

When sprinkled on your cereal or fruit at breakfast, hemp protein and fiber also help aid in satiety, which will prevent you from snacking and keep you fuller longer.

The Omega-3 fatty acids in hemp reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and may even ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Hemp seeds are one of the few Omega-3 sources found in plants.

The Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function.

Hemp seeds contain essential amino acids, which improves muscle control, mental function, and normal body maintenance of cells, muscle, tissues, and organs.

Sharon Palmer contributed to this report.


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7:28AM PST on Mar 6, 2015

I never realized the health benefits of hemp oil. The five you listed above are eye opening to what hemp can actually do. Aiding in digestion and allowing your body to fill fuller longer are great reasons to try it so that I can stop myself from snacking so much.

11:49AM PST on Mar 1, 2015

Yes..hemp is quite nice and versatile :-)

2:34AM PST on Feb 27, 2015

Thank you for sharing.

2:54PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Its key to start with quality NON-GMO and pesticide/herbicide free hemp to get quality and safe CBD Hemp Oil

5:25AM PST on Feb 17, 2015


10:35AM PST on Feb 13, 2015

Thank you

11:09AM PST on Feb 5, 2015

Why would you continue the stigmatization of marijuana with your comments calling it the "dirty cousin" and also "whacky tobaccy"? Marijuana has proven health benefits and my daily use of it has saved my life and my marriage. I lived with debilitating anxiety and anorexia and it was the only thing that brought me out of a decades-long haze. It's time to stop playing on society's ridiculous and unfounded fears of this plant and medicine. You should write an article on all the amazing ways marijuana has helped people like me.

12:06AM PST on Feb 5, 2015

What an amazing plant this is! Let's hope science wins the against the Law on this. It's strange to keep this plant banned with all the information we have at this time...

"The U.S. is the only country that bans industrial hemp farming, quelling what could be an agricultural and financial boon for our indebted country."
-Michele B., in Norway it's the same thing. Shelled hemp seeds are allowed as superfood, though. That's about it.

12:51PM PST on Feb 3, 2015

hemp have a history of more that 5000 years! i think i dont need to add more to this comment!

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