We love hemp! No, we aren’t talking about that kind of hemp… Hemp seeds — soft seeds that are reminiscent of sunflower seeds or pine nuts — are nutritious, tasty, and will only get you high on healthy living.

Just as the hemp plant is known for its versatility in the textile industry (it’s used in clothing, canvas, and paper), it’s equally versatile as a food. It can be eaten raw as a healthy snack, added to a smoothie for extra protein, pressed into an oil, baked into muffins for extra texture, or even made into tea! Still need convincing to try this superfood? Read on for some facts you might not know about hemp:

Hemp is actually a close cousin of marijuana.

Though hemp belongs to the Cannabis family of plants, it has extremely low levels of THC, the psychoactive substance found in marijuana — less than 1%. In fact, industrial hemp (what you would eat as seeds, hearts, or oils) also contains CBD, which blocks the effect of THC. It’s like “anti-marijuana.”[1] You can’t get high from eating hemp.

So don’t be scared: go ahead and put a couple scoops of hemp seeds in your next batch of brownies!

Hemp is a great source of protein and a nutritional powerhouse.

Hemp is an awesome way to add plant-based protein to your diet. Three tablespoons provides 10 grams of protein! One serving has most of the amino acids you need.[2] It’s a good source of fiber and magnesium, and also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the ideal 1:3 ratio.[3]

If you want to kick your diet up a notch with plant protein, fiber, omega-3s, and magnesium, reach for some hemp seeds.

Hemp can be turned into milk.

Similar to other dairy-free milks such as almond or soy, hemp can be ground and soaked in water, producing a creamy beverage. Not only is it a great vegan source of protein and a nice alternative to regular milk, it’s also rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which support a healthy metabolism and fight diseases such as osteoporosis.[4]

Did someone say “hemp milkshake?”

Hemp — whether it’s a seed, oil, heart, or milk — is a superfood that’s definitely worth trying. Its versatility makes it an easy addition to your diet. iNatural recommends:

  • Sprinkling hemp hearts onto a salad as a crunchy and healthy topping
  • Adding seeds to your yogurt for a morning boost of protein and fiber
  • Baking them into breads, cookies, and even brownies for a sharable treat
  • Using hemp milk to create a healthy, creamy smoothie

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