For almost as long as humans have been recording history, hemp has been a plant that we have cultivated and used in any number of beneficial ways. In fact, due to its hardiness, the fact that it can be easily cultivated in a variety of ecosystems, and its strong fibers, hemp has been used in all sorts of products throughout history. Some of these include: plastics, textiles of all kinds (including clothing), paper, and even as biodiesel fuel. Truly, the uses for hemp seem almost endless, and new ones are continuing to be discovered. In addition to all of the products that can be used in, hemp also has a significant amount of nutritional value and minimal side effects. It is, therefore, a wonderful and nutritional addition to almost anyone’s diet.
Hemp – Fact and Fiction
Hemp has been gaining increasing attention in recent years, particularly since the recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. That bill legalized all hemp-derived products containing .3% or less THC. While this has certainly increased interest in and availability of hemp products, it has also led to some understandable confusion about what hemp is – and what it isn’t. Particularly when considering hemp as a source of nutrition, it is important to have an understanding of the product you’re consuming. At Rejuvia, we are happy to provide this important information, so customers can make educated and informed choices about the products that are best for them.
When many think of the hemp plant, they typically think first of marijuana, which is also a variety of the cannabis plant. In fact, however, marijuana and hemp are quite different in many important ways. The marijuana variety of the cannabis plant contains large amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it is more commonly known. THC is the compound of marijuana that is primarily responsible for the feeling of being “high” that many users have when using it.
It is important to understand that, unlike marijuana, hemp plants that are used for nutritional sources do not contain high amounts of THC and therefore do not have psychoactive effects. In addition, many nutritional hemp products are made from the seeds of the plant, whereas marijuana is cultivated from its flowers. While both marijuana and hemp are useful, the hemp plant specifically has a number of beneficial compounds.
The Benefits of Hemp Seeds
The good news for those interested in adding hemp seeds to their diet is that they are truly packed full of healthy and beneficial nutrients. These include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Beneficial fiber
- Heart-healthy ingredients
- And more: Hemp is also an excellent source of protein and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and folate, to name only a few.
Because of all of these beneficial ingredients, when consumed, hemp seeds can contribute significantly to good health. Some of the many health benefits of eating hemp seeds include lowering bad cholesterol, increasing proper digestive function, aiding with muscle recovery after strenuous physical activity, and more. Generally, adding hemp seeds to your regular nutritional routine provides an increase in overall feelings of wellness and vitality – something that everyone needs to feel and function at their best.
Hemp seeds have a pleasant tasting mild and nutty flavor and can be consumed on their own or used to produce a number of food products like hemp milk, hemp oil, hemp cheese, and hemp-based protein powders, to name only a few. Hemp seeds can be mixed into granola or cereal, sprinkled on a salad, or used in any number of ways that suit your preferences.
Understandably, however, many wonder: With all of these contributions to good health and a variety of hemp seed products available, do hemp seeds have any unwanted side effects? The good news is that any side effects of consuming hemp seeds are, for the most part, mild. As hemp seeds are high in fat, the sudden increase in fat if large amounts of hemp seeds are consumed may cause mild diarrhea. Those who have a sensitive digestive system may help to avoid this side effect by starting off with smaller amounts of hemp seeds per serving and gradually working their way up to the amount they want to take.
Other studies have also shown that hemp seeds can, in some cases, interact with anticoagulant medications, and in doing so, cause a higher risk of bleeding for those who have conditions for which anticoagulants are necessary. If you find yourself in this category, you should talk to your doctor prior to consuming significant amounts of hemp seeds to be certain that you can do so safely.
In addition to these side effects, some other side effects of consuming hemp seeds include the potential for mild nausea or digestive upset, dry throat, or a slightly lowered heart rate. These effects are usually mild, however, and can typically be remedied by adjusting the amount of hemp seeds that you consume and the time of day that you consume them. Doing so serves to diminish the side effects while continuing to ensure that you receive the many health benefits provided by hemp seeds that you desire.
Visit Rejuvia Today
At Rejuvia, we are proud to provide a wide selection of hemp-based products, including those made with our phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil. Our products are natural, pure, and effective, and we are proud of the many benefits that they provide. We can guarantee that each and every one of our products is full of all of the benefits you want, without any unwanted pesticides, chemicals, or THC that you don’t. In fact, we lab test each of our products to be sure that this is the case. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about hemp and CBD-based products and the way they might benefit your health. Call us or visit us online soon to begin your journey with CBD. We look forward to helping you soon!