Organic Hemp Seeds Nutrition Facts Technically a nut, organic hemp seeds typically contain over 30% oil and about 25% protein, with considerable amounts of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Hempseed oil is over 80% in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), and is an exceptionally rich source of the two essential fatty acids (EFAs) linoleic acid (18:2 omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (18:3 omega-3). The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (n6/n3) in hempseed oil is normally between 2:1 and 3:1, which is considered to be optimal for human health. In addition, the biological metabolites of the two EFAs, gamma-linolenic acid (18:3 omega-6; ‘GLA’) and stearidonic acid (18:4 omega-3; ‘SDA’), are also present in hempseed oil. The two main proteins in hemp seed are edestin and albumin. Both of these high-quality storage proteins are easily digested and contain nutritionally significant amounts of all essential amino acids. In addition, hemp hearts have exceptionally high levels of the amino acid arginine. Hemp hearts have been used to treat various disorders for thousands of years in traditional oriental medicine.
Hemp Hearts Health Benefits The healing properties of hemp hearts can be attributed to high levels of EFAs and other PUFAs in the oil, in addition to a rich source of important amino acids in an easily digested protein.
Cannabinoid Content Trace amounts of THC and other cannabionoids can be detected in foods that are made from hempseed, just as trace amounts of morphine are found in poppy seed. When oil is pressed from the poorly cleaned seed of hemp varieties that have >1% THC (e.g., Chinese hempseed), such trace amounts can have a significant impact on human drug testing. However, there is no significant effect of intoxication with such low levels of THC, and the hemp food industry hasworked to reduce this potential in recent years. Such low levels of THC cannot be expected to have any significant negative impact on human health or drug testing with properly
–credit: J.C. Callaway, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kuopio, FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland for this information