Hemp: What’s All The Hype?

Hemp is an increasingly popular superfood, but one that still raises a few eyebrows. Learn more about this nutritional powerhouse!

First there was flax, then chia, now, the latest superfood craze is hemp.  Hemp appears everywhere these days on our supermarket shelves in the form of seeds, milk, powder and is becoming increasingly popular because it’s a nutritional powerhouse. But there is still an air of mystery surrounding hemp. 

What Exactly is Hemp?

The term hemp refers to a variety of the cannabis plant that is grown for its fibrous stalks and seeds. Around the world, hemp is grown for industrial and commercial use for such items as food, paper, textile, and other building materials because of its durability.

Hemp seeds, which are usually eaten shelled and raw (seen in stores as “hemp hearts”), are high in digestible protein, and are considered nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acids—more than flax or any other nut or seed oil. They are naturally gluten free for those who have food sensitivities and other digestive allergies, and because hemp is high in amino acids, it’s great for those on vegan diets. Hemp oil, which is derived from pressing the seeds, is one of the richest known sources of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids there is.

Nutritional Benefits of Hemp Seeds

  • Cholesterol free
  • Gluten free
  • Rich in gamma linolenic acid
  • Rich in Omega 6 & 3 fatty acids (balanced in a 3:1 ratio)
  • Great source of Vitamin E
  • Rich in amino acids
  • Contains important vitamins, minerals & antioxidants
  • Good source of chlorophyll
  • May lower blood LDL cholesterol levels
  • Treats dry skin and hair
  • Free of GMOs – it’s never genetically modified

Hemp seeds can be used in smoothies, as a topping for salads, soups, as a topping for yogurt and in baked goods.

What Do Hemp Seeds Taste Like?

Hemp seeds have a pleasant nutty and slightly-sweet flavor, tasting very similar to shelled sunflower seeds. But when combined with foods and in smoothies, you really do not taste them at all.

Where Can I Find Hemp Products?

You can find hemp products in any health food store or online on sites like Amazon. The cost is approximately $4.00 per 2 oz pouch.

Industrial Uses For Hemp

Hemp can be used to make over 25,000 different products. Some such products include: paper, clothing, soap, and a variety of healthy and nutritious foods. Because hemp fibers are longer, stronger, and more durable than cotton, it’s a great textile and commonly seen in the production of clothing. The long, sturdy fibers of this plant allow it to be several times more recyclable than wood-based paper. This means that hemp can benefit the earth by being less polluting and harmful in the manufacturing of goods.

Today, much of the world cultivates hemp and sees it as a sustainable crop, one that can be used in a variety of ways. As society looks for even more ways to live a healthier, sustainable life, hemp may very well be a valuable resource for future generations.

So with all the good news, why is there hype surrounding hemp? Well, because hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant, Cannabis Sativa, there is a bit of controversy surrounding it. The difference, though, is they are different varieties. Hemp has a different chemical property because of the way it is grown. Its seeds cannot produce anything but more hemp. Here’s an explanation of the difference between the two.

Industrial hemp contains barely a trace or no THC, the chemical that can make a person react in a heightened state so consuming hemp seeds and washing with hemp soap are perfectly safe and cause no ill effects. The only high you’ll receive by ingesting hemp seeds is nutritional. They have the highest protein content than any other seed out there (10 grams of protein per ounce) so it is being taken more seriously as a great source of nutrition.

Hemp has been grown worldwide for over 10,000 years. Today, many countries around the world produce hemp, like Canada, France, and China. In the United States, however, more hemp is imported than grown. This is because of government regulations and some of the misconceptions surrounding it.

Chocolate Banana Protein Hemp Smoothie

1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 banana (you can slice and freeze first if you’d like)
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder (or to taste)
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
4 ice cubes

Blend until smooth and enjoy! Serves 1.

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Stacy Cowman

The reason for hemp not being a main staple (as it was in the past) is that Henry Ford made a body (car) out of it and used hemp oil in the engine, and guess who stopped him, the big three, there are literally 100’s of products from hemp, curing cancer for one

Susan Higgins

Michael Thue: Glad you enjoyed the article!

Bobbi Gray

I usually drink almond milk, but I saw the Hemp Milk and thought that I’d give it a try. LOVE IT !!! It has a wonderful woodsey taste.


i use hemp in my yogurt and smoothies taste great


I have been using organic flax seed oil for menopause symptoms, including severe hot flashes. I was actually able to stop taking the hormone pills my doctor had had me on for two years. About 6 months ago I was unable to find the flax oil I liked so much, or any other quality organic flax oil, so I tried organic hemp oil instead. Works like a dream … just as well as the flax oil! And there are so many other health benefits from these oils … they are virtually beneficial for every system and organ in your body!

walville wally

Hemp is the answer. What is your question?

Ken Petersen

Suzanne, There are already many forms of high grade hemp oil (not hemp seed oil), 100% legal in all 50 states. (Thanks to the farm bill Pres. Obama signed.)

Ken Petersen

My wife and I both use a “Hemp Oil” vaporizer on a daily basis. She took a “home” test and was negative for any cannibis..
She also uses moisturizer, and a skin care line, and still tested negative.

Ken Petersen

I enjoyed the article. Very informative thank you. Right now, there is a
lot of confusion about what exactly Hemp is. The history of hemp is amazing.The Declaration of Independence” was written on hemp ( f paper (factoid ). I have all sorts of information about hemp. just ask!

Diane Ferguson

I use whole hemp seed to make milk in my food processor, 1 cup hemp seed to 3-4 cups water, strain. I would dilute more if using in feeding tube and then lessen water with each use.

Jamie Campbell

Dave, you will NOT test positive as a result of eating hemp products. Due to the previous litigation, legislation and requirements, all product entering the US or consumption has less than .3% of THC. I encourage all of you to follow us on Facebook, Indiana Hemp Industries Association, for facts about industrial hemp. Although our website is under construction, you will find FACTS and RESEARCH and ways to get involved with making hemp happen at


Check them out !


What effect does Hemp have on drug test? I’ve heard a lot about it showing up as a false positive for weed.

Suzanne Swartz

Thanks Susan Higgins .Will order some tonight . No telling what it will do .Matt has a rare Neurological/Metabolic disorder …AALAD. He has limited upper body strength , unable to walk , and is non verbal…He is aware , and tries with all of his might… His life span , we were told was 6 y/o and he just turned 19 !. Dr. in Boston Children’s checked his D3 level , and it was almost non existent . Started him on massive doses of D3 ( about a year ago).. . WOW !! More alert , sits up better….. I swear there is something out there ( in our garden) some plant ? Who knows…….Perhaps Hemp seeds … Always check with you MD before trying anything on your own !!!! With the help of God , we will find something …… After all, He sent us an angel How lucky are we !!!!!!!! Thanks again , Sue Swartz.


Recently viewed on tv where Henry ford made hemp composite car part prototype can’t ding or dent it! Carmakers should use that technology today!


So i heard that hemp was being looked at for composite manufacturing?? Anything on that??


Great article. Thank you!

John Roe

This is Great!!!! I just want to pass along, that Hemp also makes great Body Soap, which is “18-in1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap” which I have been using for about a year. Which is sold at GNC.

Susan Higgins

John Roe, we are glad you enjoyed the article!

Susan Higgins

Hi BECKY HARRIS, yes you’re probably seeing hemp meal, or hemp hearts, as shown in the photo. This is a good way to add it to smoothies and get its nutritional benefits without the shells.

Susan Higgins

Hi Suzanne Swartz, yes, they can be pureed – get hemp hearts so the shells are already removed. Many people with nutritional challenges/deficiencies find benefits from hemp because it adds such a nutritional punch. Good luck!


Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!!!!


Read the book “The Emperor wears no clothes” written in 1973 about the Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy. A Congressman from California named Dupont pushed very hard in the 40’s for hemp to be illegal because it is a “dangerous drug” – remember the movie “Refer Madness”? This book lays out ALL the facts surrounding hemp and our Government – an eye popping ‘revolution’.
I’m not suggesting purchasing it; I only want people to be aware of how they are manipulated by big business (Dupont & others) and our government. ALL the truths written in that book have not been slashed as slander and the book is on the shelves still today.


Great article! Clears up a lot of misconceptions. Very clear, very helpful. Thank you.


I’ve found hemp seed at my local health food store and it is pretty ground up. It’s almost like a nut meal.

Suzanne Swartz

Have one Hemp shirt ( Patagonia ) Has to be 10 or 12 years old….Can be worn tucked in, or as a shirt jacket … Love it !!!!!! Pricey , but can’t wear the darn thing out . Compliments galore when I wear it …Getting on Amazon to order for my disabled grandson who needs all the nutrients he can get …. He is tube feed ….. Wonder if they can be pureed ??? Will give it a short……..Anyone know ???
Thanks, Sue S Haverhill Ma.


Great news, I didn’t really know what hemp is, but I do now. thanks

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