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What is hemp milk?

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Hemp milk is a beverage that is made by blending hemp seeds with water and then filtering the liquid to remove any remaining solids. Many commercial hemp milks also add sugar, vanilla or other substances to the hemp milk in order to improve its flavor.

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Although hemp milk is made from the cannabis sativa plant, which is also used to produce the drug marijuana, these seeds by themselves usually contain less than 0.03 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. In fact, many manufacturers claim their seeds contain zero THC, which is the chemical in marijuana that people use to get high.

This means that there is no chance that a person can get high from drinking hemp milk. However, while not containing THC, there are many beneficial chemicals and nutrients that hemp milk does contain. In fact, hemp seeds are considered to be one of the most complete sources of essential amino acids, as well as extremely high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Although the type of omega-3 found in hemp seeds is not as easy for the body to use as that found in soy products like soy milk, hemp products do not contain phylates. Phylates are commonly found in most soy products and can interfere with the ability of the body to properly take in certain minerals.

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