Hemp seeds : The complete guide

Derived from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, hemp seeds are a concentrate of nutrients and are now considered a superfood. With no trace of psychotropic substances, they are packed with unsuspected health benefits.

What is hemp?

Hemp, a member of the Cannabinaceae family, is thought to have originated in Central Asia, and represents one of the oldest crops in human history. Mainly used for industrial purposes, such as textiles and construction, hemp has recently attracted renewed interest, thanks in particular to the recognition of its nutritional qualities.

Growing industrial hemp is fully regulated and authorised in Belgium. Industrial hemp has a very low concentration of THC (0.2%), the molecule responsible for the psychotropic effects of cannabis. On the other hand, industrial hemp has a significant CBD content. CBD does not alter mental activity and provides a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

Why eat hemp seed?

The health benefits of hemp seeds are numerous. Although they contain neither THC nor CBD, hemp seeds are a rich source of magnesium, which gives them their relaxing properties.

What's more, their lipid profile is remarkable, with a high concentration of omega-3 and an exceptional omega-6/omega-3 ratio. Omega 3 & 6 are essential fatty acids. They are defined as 'essential' because our bodies cannot synthesise them on their own and must get them from our food. An incredible source of protein, they are also much appreciated by vegetarians and vegans. Hemp protein is often defined as complete because it contains all 8 essential amino acids. Among other things, these seeds have antioxidant and remineralising properties, making them a favourable option for a healthy diet.

How should hemp seed be eaten?

You can eat hemp seeds whole or shelled, toasted or ground... the choice is yours!

We recommend heating hemp seeds as little as possible, as the omega-3s deteriorate rapidly on contact with heat.

Its nutty flavour enhances your salads, desserts, mueslis, soups... As you can see, hemp seeds can be sprinkled on all your savoury and sweet dishes.

Looking for inspiration? Find some original and delicious hemp recipes in the book by Claire Bulté - Hemp available on Cannavie.be.

How many hemp seeds should I eat a day?

The recommended daily amount of hemp seeds may vary from person to person. However, the average is generally between 20 and 40 grams a day. It is advisable to start with small doses, such as a teaspoon, and gradually increase the amount if necessary.

You should also be aware of any food allergies you may have, particularly to nuts and dried fruit. If you have any doubts about whether consuming hemp seeds is compatible with your state of health or your treatment, it is advisable to consult a health professional.

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Where can I buy hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds are sold in organic shops. You can also visit organic online shops specialising in hemp cultivation, such as Cannavie. Since 2016, we have been growing our own plots of hemp in Belgium and processing our raw material in our workshop in Walhain.

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