Hemp isn’t just for hippies.

I was recently given a complimentary bag of Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Seeds to review.

I don’t have anything negative to say about this product.  I love adding 1 tbsp of hemp seeds to my breakfast quinoa or raw buckwheat.  Hemp seeds have a slightly nutty tasty and are high in usable protein.

Cost – approx. $8.99

Available – health food stores, some grocery stores, Manitoba Harvest website

Hemp seeds come from a variety of plant called Cannabis sativa l.  Industrial hemp contains very little THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the chemical in marijuana that produces psychoactivity.

Hemp seeds contain 10 amino acids and is 20% high-quality, digestible protein.  The seeds also contain about 3% soluble fibre and 27% insoluble fibre.  The oil of hemp seeds contain a balanced ratio of Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid) to Omega-3 (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) Fatty Acids which is necessary for brain function, growth and skin health amongst many other functions.  The World Health Organization recommends an ideal dietary ratio of high-quality LA:LNA as 4:1.

Erasmus, Udo.  Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill.  Summertown, TN: Alive Books, 1993.

“Omega-3 fatty acids.” 2011.  University of Maryland Medical Centre.  29 Aug 2011. <http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm>.

United States.  United States Department of Agriculture. Industrial Hemp in the United States: Status and Market Potential.  Washington: GPO, 2000.