1. Hemp seeds are a great plant source of protein.More than a quarter of the calories in hemp seeds come from protein. And because they contain all of the essential amino acids, they are considered a complete, plant-based protein source. In fact, hemp seeds contain more protein than chia seeds or flax seeds. And because they have such a mild flavor, they can be sprinkled in smoothies, cereals, yogurt, and salads.
2. Hemp is great for your skin.Hemp is full of vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids. You probably know that essential fatty acids, like omega-3 and omega-6, are good for the body. But they're also great for your skin because they help give the skin a supple appearance. At the same time, amino acids can help your skin to generate collagen and elastin, allowing the skin to stay moisturized and preventing wrinkles. 3. Hemp-derived CBD can help with soreness and pain.You know that feeling you get the day after an intense yoga or CrossFit class? You realize just how intense your workout was because every little movement hurts. That soreness is, in part, caused by inflammation in your muscles. Here's where topical cannabis products can help: cannabidiol ("CBD") is one of the compounds found in both marijuana and hemp (i.e., the Cannabis sativa plant species). Unlike Bengay or other topical pain relievers, CBD-infused topicals aren't just working on a surface level to distract you from your pain. CBD, when it's infused into topical products like creams and salves, acts as an analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-inflammatory.
4. Hemp can help manage PMS.As most women have experienced at some time or another, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can cause physical and emotional discomfort during your monthly cycle. One of the causes of PMS is a hormonal imbalance that leads to a lack of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) in the body. Hempseed oil contains GLA and essential fatty acids, which have been shown to help alleviate the symptoms of PMS by bringing hormone levels back into balance.
5. Hemp and its components are anti-inflammatory.Some inflammation in the body is healthy; it's your body's way of fighting off an infection. However, when inflammation is chronic, it can lead to all kinds of problems and is associated with everything from arthritis to heart disease.
Hemp and CBD have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, so adding hemp to your diet and using it topically, like through a CBD-rich hemp cream, has therapeutic potential for managing inflammation-related discomforts.
The nutritional content of hemp is linked to a number of potential health benefits
Hemp is a plant-based source of concentrated omega-3 fatty acids. However, the fatty acids that hemp contains are alpha-linolenic acids (ALA), which are poorly converted to DHA and EPA in the body at a rate of only about 2 to 10 percent. Despite this inefficient conversion rate, hemp is one of the richest sources of ALA, and so still represents a very good source of healthy fat, particularly for those who do not consume fish or eggs. Hemp contains a specific omega-6 fatty acid called GLA that is not found in any other food. Hemp oil contains an even higher percentage of GLA. Hemp seeds also contain phytosterols, which help in reducing the amount of cholesterol in the body by removing fat build-up in the arteries.
Hemp contains all 10 essential amino acids, making it a good plant-based protein source. Hemp does not contain phytates, which are found in many vegetarian protein sources and can interfere with the absorption of essential minerals.
Magnesium plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food and synthesis of fatty acids and proteins. Magnesium is involved in neuromuscular transmission and activity and muscle relaxation.
Research suggests that people experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be able to alleviate symptoms such as bloating, insomnia, leg swelling, weight gain and breast tenderness by ensuring an adequate intake of magnesium. Magnesium combined with vitamin B6 appears to be most efficacious in these instances.