Hemp has been used by civilized man since the beginning of recorded history.
An archaeological site in the Oki Islands near Japan contained cannabis achenes from about 8000 BC, it’s use also dates back to the Neolithic Age in China.
The classical Greek historian Herodotus (ca. 480 BC) reported that the inhabitants of Scythia would often inhale the vapors of hemp-seed smoke, both as ritual and for their own pleasurable recreation.
Hemp requires few pesticides and no herbicides, needs less fertilizer than corn does and it has been called a carbon negative raw material that also benefits the crops grown after it.
For this reason, it is generally grown before winter cereals.
Technically considered a nut, hemp seeds are exceptionally nutritious and often referred to as hemp hearts.
They may be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, or made into dried sprout powder with 100 grams of hulled hemp seeds supplying approximately 586 calories (2451 Kilojoules).
They are 5% water, 5% carbohydrates, 49% total fat and 31% protein.
Hemp seeds are notable in providing 64% of the Daily Value (DV) of protein per 100 gram serving.
Hempseed amino acid profile is comparable to other sources of protein such as meat, milk, eggs and soy.
Hemp seeds are a rich source of B vitamins, the dietary minerals, manganese (362% DV), phosphorus (236% DV), magnesium (197% DV), zinc (104% DV), iron (61% DV) and dietary fiber (20% DV).
Approximately 73% of the energy in hemp seeds is in the form of fats and essential fatty acids, mainly polyunsaturated fatty acids, linoleic, oleic and alpha-linolenic acids,
they have about a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which is considered in the optimal range.
The health benefits of organic hemp seeds are multitudinous.
Studies have shown that hemp seeds or hemp seed oil may reduce blood pressure, decrease the risk of blood clot formation and help the heart recover after a heart attack.
Eating hemp seeds in any form will aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases, this is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.
Gamma-linolenic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) rich foods like hemp seeds have been shown to be of positive assistance for people with ADHD, Breast pain, Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy, Heart disease, High blood pressure, Multiple sclerosis, Obesity, Premenstrual syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, Skin allergies and are even helpful in relieving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Hemp is also a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings aiding in weight management and weight loss.
Adding just two tablespoons of hemp seeds to to your daily diet will naturally lower blood pressure, reduce LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol, improve triglycerides and feed the probiotics in your gut that help maintain a strong immune system.
Best of all there are no known allergies to hemp at all so hemp seeds can be eaten by those suffering an intolerance to gluten, nuts, lactose or suffering sugar sensitivity.