Hemp is a commonly used term for high growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.
Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk (akin to soy milk), prepared as tea, and used in baking. The fresh leaves can also be consumed in salads. Products include cereals, frozen waffles, hemp milk ice cream, hemp tofu, and nut butters. A few companies produce value added hemp seed items that include the seed oils, whole hemp grain (which is sterilized by law in the United States, where they import it from China and Canada), dehulled hemp seed (the whole seed without the mineral rich outer shell), hemp flour, hemp cake (a by-product of pressing the seed for oil) and hemp protein powder
Health Benefits of Hamp seeds
1. Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance.
2. More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
3. Rich in Vitamin E
4. Increases energy levels & metabolic rate
5. Lowers blood LDL cholesterol levels
6. Lowers blood pressure
7. Improves cardiovascular circulation & function
8. Improves organ function
9. Improves immunity levels
10. Reduces symptoms of PMS & menstrual cramps
11. Reduces inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis
12. Improves recovery of muscles after exercise
13. Reduces & treats dry skin and hair conditions
14. Reduction of many degenerative diseases through preventative measures
15. Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar; there are no known allergies to hemp foods.