Learn more about the plant-based health benefits of hemp seeds, dive deep into hemp seed nutrition, and learn how to cook with these seeds in your own kitchen at home.
Cooking With Hemp Seeds
The seeds and the hemp plant fibers contain little to no cannabinoids and do not contain the intoxicating cannabinoid THC.
However, they contain rich nutrient benefits, similar to other popular edible seeds like chia seeds, sunflower seeds, or flax seeds.
Now that growing hemp is legal in the United States; you will likely see hemp production rising across the country as more people embrace cooking with hemp and CBD.
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What Do Hemp Seeds Look Like?
Hemp seeds are tiny with a soft texture compared to other seeds.
They have an almost buttery consistency, making them enjoyable in a variety of different applications.
Hemp seeds have a very mild flavor and may offer some of the characteristic 'hemp taste' due to their low terpene content.
It is important to note that this flavor is mild in comparison to the higher terpene content of the cannabis plant, which gives the plant the classic, strong, and pungent odor typically associated with cannabis.
How To Eat Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are delicious straight out of the bag, but many popular uses include hemp seeds served on top of salads, popcorn, yogurt, eggs, vegetables and more.
The naturally mild, but nutty taste
You will find many recipes featuring hemp seeds in this post and
You can also use hemp seeds to make a creamy and delicious homemade hemp seed milk as featured in this post.
What About Hemp Seed Oil?
The hemp seeds mentioned above are used to make a nutritious hemp seed oil, a popular option used in modern-day cooking.
It is important not to confuse hemp seed oil with medicinal CBD oil found in the market today.
You can learn more about the difference between hemp seeds and CBD oil here.
Hemp Hearts vs Hemp Seeds - is There a Difference?
No, there is no difference between hemp hearts vs hemp seeds.
The terms hulled hemp hearts and hemp seeds are used interchangeably, and both represent the same hemp food product pictured below.
The Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are a nutritious addition to almost any diet.
They are a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals needed to support a healthy body.
According to the USDA, a serving of hemp seeds is considered to be 3-tablespoons, approximately 1-ounce, or 30 grams.
This serving size nutritional breakdown is:
- Calories: 170
- Total Fat: 13 grams
- Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 10 grams (this includes 8 grams of Omega-6 fatty acids and 2.5 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids).
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5 grams
- Carbohydrates: 3 grams
- Dietary Fiber: 3 grams
- Sugars: 1 gram
- Protein: 10 grams
Are They A Good Source of Protein?
Hemp seeds are what I consider to be a good source of plant-based protein for those who are adopting a more plant-based diet with 10 grams per ounce.
Unfortunately, protein has no percent daily value, so it is important to use the amount of protein in grams on the nutrition facts label as a guide.
Are They Nutrient Dense?
Nutrient-dense foods and beverages contain vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and other beneficial substances that may have positive health effects.
They are also naturally lean or low in saturated fat and have little or no added saturated fat, sugars, refined starches, and sodium.
This definition places hemp seeds in the nutrient-dense category because they have positive health effects due to the nutrient composition.
Vitamin & Mineral Content
Aside from the obvious beneficial macronutrient breakdown of hemp seeds, they also contain many important nutrients that benefit health.
One serving, or three tablespoons, of hemp seeds, contains:
- 100% daily value of Manganese
- 70% daily value of Magnesium
- 40% daily value of Phosphorus
- 30% daily value of Iron
- 30% daily value Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
- 30% daily value of Zinc
- 15% daily value of Folate
- 10% daily value of Vitamin B6
- 6% daily value of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 2% daily value of Calcium
Aside from offering many important nutrients, studies have shown that hemp seeds may help to protect the brain, boost heart health, reduce inflammation and improve skin conditions.
Are They Legal?
Yes, hemp seeds and homemade hemp seed milk is legal to consume in the United States.
Industrial hemp has been recently legalized by the Federal Government with the passage of the Farm Bill in December of 2018 after a nearly 100-year prohibition.
Are Hemp Seeds Cannabis?
Hulled hemp hearts are derived from the federally legal industrial hemp plant, which is a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC.
Industrial hemp is grown for its many uses and is not considered to be 'marijuana' until the THC content exceeds 0.3%.
THC is the main intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis.
Is There CBD in Hemp Seeds?
Hemp seeds and nutritive hemp seed oil, extracted from hemp seeds, contain only trace amounts of any cannabinoid, including CBD, also known as cannabidiol.
There is no quantitative amount of CBD present in hemp seeds or homemade hemp seed milk.
These trace amounts are negligible and would not produce any noticeable effects that can be typically associated with the use of CBD oil.
Do Hemp Seeds Contain THC?
No, hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, and homemade hemp seed milk
THC, a cannabinoid known for its psychoactive properties, is not naturally present in industrial farmed hemp.
Remember, in order to be classified as hemp, a hemp plant must contain 0.3% or less THC content.
Hemp seeds themselves do not contain cannabinoids, therefore hemp seeds do not contain THC.
Can They Get You High?
Because hemp seeds have negligible, trace amounts of cannabinoids, hemp seeds can not get you high.
Theoretically, consuming large amounts of hemp seeds that have been contaminated by coming in contact with other parts of a cannabis plant could technically introduce enough THC into the body to cause a failed drug test.
The likelihood that someone would be able to consume enough hemp sees to do so is extremely unlikely.
Recipes Using Hemp Seeds
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