The Benefits of Hemp for Humans

Hemp seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition, containing a high concentration of fiber and healthy fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for heart and skin health, and may reduce the risk of heart problems in the future. Currently, the only CBD product approved by the Food and Drug Administration is a prescription oil called Epidiolex, which is used to treat two types of epilepsy. In addition to Epidiolex, state laws regarding the use of CBD vary.

While research is ongoing into the potential benefits of CBD for a wide range of conditions, including Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and anxiety, there is not enough clinical evidence to support claims that hemp is a safe or effective treatment for any condition. Studies have found that hemp seed oil can improve dry, itchy skin and relieve symptoms of eczema. However, it's important to consult your doctor before adding hemp seeds to your diet as they can interact with some medications and cause side effects. Hemp seeds may also have other health benefits, although more research is needed to confirm this.

If you're trying to avoid exposure to THC in any amount, avoid eating whole hemp seeds as they may contain unhealthy trans fats. Legally, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant containing 0.3 percent or less THC, while marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that has become increasingly popular since hemp became federally legalized. The Farm Bill eliminated all hemp-derived products, including CBD, from the Controlled Substances Act.

Hemp grows faster than trees and other crops, making it a more sustainable way to make products such as paper and textiles.

Tamara Lutze
Tamara Lutze

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