No, you do you not get “high” from taking in hemps seeds.
There are so many misconceptions about consuming hemp. Due to the association with the recreational drug marijuana, majority of people have negative opinions about the hemp plant and its relatable products. I do not wish to argue with those who continue to keep a close mind about the natural wonders of hemp, but I am here to educate.
It is true that marijuana and hemp come from the same plant species called – Cannabis Sativa L. There are some important differences between the two. The only psychoactive elements that the plant contains are in its flowering tops and the leaves of the cannabis plant. Flowering tops are also known as buds, nugs, dank dank etc… This is what you grind up and roll out for pow wow with the boys. The active chemical that gives the flower and leaves its psychoactive properties is called (THC) or tetrahydrocannabinol. The seeds and fibers of the plant, however contain very low levels of THC.
Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, this is a percentage that if consumed you will not feel any sorts of “high”. In fact, hemp plants and marijuana plants come from the same species, but are cultivated entirely different. Hemp plants are grown for their seed and fiber while marijuana plants are cultivated purely for their THC benefits. The seed of a hemp plant is rich in essential fatty acids as well as protein, fiber, and other nutrients.
1. Rich in Essential Nutrients
The health benefits of hemp seeds are related to their nutritional content. The hemp seed is shelled and contains about 35% essential fatty acids and 33% plant protein. These seeds contain all nine essential amino acids. They also have an abundant source of dietary fibers.
2. May Reduce the Risk for Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease is the number-1 killer worldwide, but consuming these little seeds could reduce your risk. Hemp seeds are rich in amino acid arginine which plays a role in the body’s production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes the blood vessels to dilate and relax which lowers blood pressure and reduces your risk for heart disease.
3. Supports Hair, Skin, and Nail Health
Due to their content of dietary fats and fiber, hemps seeds may help you to feel full longer, repressing your appetite in support of your weight loss goals. Just keep in mind that, due to their fat content, these seeds are high in calories.
4. Aids Healthy Digestion
In addition to their protein and fat content, the seeds of the hemp plant are also rich in dietary fiber – both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber from these seeds can add bulk to your stools, helping to keep your digestion regular. The mixture of soluble and insoluble fiber also aids the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut which supports healthy digestion and a strong immune system.
5. Improves Hair, Skin, and Nail Health
Hemp seeds contain more than 30% fat and they are particularly rich in omega-3s and omega-6. These oils are frequently used in cosmetics because they can penetrate through layers of skin to promote cell growth. Consuming these seeds can help to repair and moisturize dry and damaged skin – they also support healthy hair and nails.
Now that you know all the benefits of hemp seed, try and get yourself a bottle and put it into your daily regiment.