What Are the Health Benefits of Hemp?


Hemp seed and oil provide omega-3 fatty acids and precursors to omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in decreasing inflammation, blood clots, coronary heart disease, and cancer risk, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. Hemp is also a rich source of vitamins A, C and E, as well as protein and fiber.

Hemp seed can be used to produce a variety of products, from milks and beers to breads and oils. While the buds of the hemp plant are a source of THC, very little THC is found in the seeds of this plant. Hemp is thought to reduce heart disease risks because of its favorable ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, reports Dr. Weil. Omega-3 fatty acids can have positive effects on high blood pressure and reduce inflammatory responses within the body. In addition, hemp contains precursors to omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha linolenic acid, which further boost the hemp seed's cardiovascular benefits.

Outside of these benefits, hemp seed and its products contain many essential nutrients, adds Dr. Weil. Vitamins A, C, E and various minerals are contained in the seeds, in addition to sterols, aliphatic alcohols, and beta-carotene. Hemp seeds are also a rich source of protein and fiber.