What's Hemp? - Duke's Materia Tonica
Hemp refers to the industrial use of the cannabis sativa plant for the fibers that are used in the manufacture of goods. Hemp seeds are used as food for nutritional reasons and their medicinal properties in herbalism and herbal medicine.
Hemp seeds are a superfood that add nutrient density to the diet to support health, wellness, and well-being. Hemp seeds may be hulled, crushed, and eaten as part of complete balanced meals and made into the dietary supplements: hemp seed oil and hemp seed protein powder. Hemp seeds contain the nutrients:
- omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids
- amino acids
- trace minerals
Hemp Seeds are Safe Edible Food †
Hemp seed oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids which are important for heart, lung, and brain health, and the lubrication of tissues throughout the body. The polyphenols in hemp seed oil are used by the body as an antioxidant.
Hemp seed protein powder is derived from the seeds and powdered. Hemp seed protein contains all the essential amino acids for achieving greater nutrient density in the diet.
Hemp Seed is Not the Recreational Drug Cannabis
Hemp seeds do not contain cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, unlike the flowers and leaves of cannabis, which is the common name for the recreational drug and intoxicant that causes physical, emotional, and mental impairment.
Cannabis flowers and leaves have no benefits to health, wellness, nor well-being. Cannabis flowers and leaves and cannabinoid derivatives, such as THC and CBD, are wrongly promoted and prescribed by the medical industry and government agencies for quackery uses in the inappropriate management and treatment of diseases and conditions.
Oftentimes, cannabis flowers and leaves and cannabinoid derivatives, THC and CBD, may be advertised and sold incorrectly by the name 'hemp', 'hemp extract', or 'hemp oil', which are not to be confused with hemp seed derived foods, such as hemp seed oil and hemp seed protein powder.