You have possibly seen them sprinkled into smoothies or onto salads in photos all over social media and food blogs. So what is this new craze with Hemp Seeds? Although in the Western world, the thought of adding Hemp seeds to our diet seems like a new idea that is becoming increasingly popular, it’s been a common part of the diet all over China for thousands of years.
Hemp seeds are associated with so many health benefits, and they can be a valuable addition to your diet. As an easily digestible source of protein and providing essential fatty acids, Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritional natural foods that can be found in nature.
When you think about, it’s incredible just how much nutrition one little seed can contain. They have a mild and slightly nutty flavour that can be paired with savory or sweet ingredients and can even be used as a super replacement for dairy-based dishes.
So, is there a negative side to Hemp Seeds? Discussions around the issue of whether they make you sleepy, have been going on for a while now. Although this may be seen as a concern to some, it could be seen as a great benefit for those who suffer from insomnia. In this article, we will look into Hemp Seeds and the ability they have to help fight insomnia but also give us much needed energy.
What are Hemp Seeds?
Before we go into what Hemp seeds are, it’s important to understand what Hemp is and where it comes from. Hemp is very often confused with marijuana, and while they belong to the same family, the two plants are in fact very different. The most notable difference is the THC ( delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) level. THC is the cannabinoid compound that produces psychoactive effects. In other words, it’s the cannabis compound that is responsible for making users “high.” Whereas marijuana can contain up to 20% or more of THC, hemp has a THC level of less than 1%. In essence, Hemp seeds are safe and healthy to eat and have no psychoactive effects.
Hemp seeds originate from the hemp plant, cannabis sativa. Typically, hemp plants are cultivated for their industrial use and harvested for oils, fibers, seeds, and meal. Hemp seeds can be toasted, roasted, sterilized or even cracked and are known for being exceptionally nutritious, and rich in protein, healthy fats, and various minerals.
Hemp seeds are an underappreciated and very beneficial food source that offer a wide selection of health benefits including their capability to enhance heart health, build muscle mass, promote good digestion, deal with anemia, help with weight reduction, decrease the signs of menopause, enhance the immune system, increase skin and hair health, balance hormonal levels in the body, build strong bones and help with insomnia. Hemp Seeds are quite possibly the only dietary source of plant matter which is a complete protein. This means that it has all eight essential amino acids which are something that the body needs for many internal processes but can’t create naturally. Having gone through all of these wonderful benefits, it’s difficult to understand why some nations have banned the use or development of hemp.
Hemp thrives nearly everywhere and is grown in many parts of the world. The major producers include France, Canada, and China. But United States has prohibited the cultivation of Hemp since about 1950 because the U.S government doesn’t recognize the difference between industrial marijuana and Hemp. It’s a real shame because Hemp has so many great qualities that could benefit people all around the country.
Now to the most important question, “Do hemp seeds make you sleep?”
Do Hemp Seeds make you sleepy?
There seems to be much discussion around the issue of Hemp Seeds and the possibility that they can make one sleepy. There hasn’t been much research done around this topic, and it is in fact quite a peculiar topic since it is believed to help with insomnia, but it is also thought to be a great source of energy. We will discuss both of these effects below.
If you’re tossing and turning throughout the night and struggling to catch a few winks, Hemp Seeds could help you to sleep better. Hemp seeds have a very high mineral content, including magnesium, which often results in a phenomenal calming and relaxing feeling throughout the whole body. Magnesium contains many revitalizing qualities of enzymes and hormones that can cause sleep. Whenever magnesium is administered, serotonin is released and travels to the brain, where it could be transformed into melatonin. Melatonin is an effective sleep aid, and many insomnia sufferers have claimed that this is because of the magnesium supplementation. Just a single serving of hemp seeds contain nearly 50% of the suggested daily dose of magnesium.
The incredibly high magnesium level, also makes Hemp Seeds a natural weapon against stress. This could perhaps be the reason that Hemp Seeds are considered a great way to fight insomnia. Magnesium supports the bodies neurotransmitter functions which helps to reduce stress and anxiety. If your stress levels are reduced, naturally your whole body and mind will become more relaxed, which in turn would help you to sleep a lot better.
So here’s the surprising thing, while Hemp Seeds could help those who suffer from insomnia, it can also provide energy to the body. Let’s take a look at two of the ways Hemp Seeds provide our bodies with energy:
1. Hemp Seeds are a Great Source of Iron
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of iron, and from just two tablespoons (30g), you can get 21% of your RDA of iron. Iron plays a key role in transforming oxygen to cell all around the body. The oxygen transport is what helps to provide you with energy, especially throughout the day. Iron is also a vital contributor to the normal formation of red blood cells, and this helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue throughout the day.
2. Hemp Seeds are Packed with protein to slowly release energy
Many of us assume that the best source of energy for the body is the consumption of carbohydrates and sugars, especially if we want to increase our energy levels quickly. There’s no doubt that carbohydrates help to slowly release energy, but proteins take much longer to break down in the body, which means they release energy at a much slower rate. Hemp Seeds are filled with protein, they are in fact of the best natural sources of protein and contain 10.5g of protein per every 30g serving. Protein helps to build and repair cells throughout the day, which helps to fuel the body. Starting every day with a spoonful of Hemp Seeds will ensure that you experience a slow release of energy during the day.
Can Hemps Seeds help you sleep but also give you energy?
The short answer is that it’s up to each individual. Everybody and every body are different. Essentially, what makes one person tick, won’t necessarily have the same effects on someone else. Simply put, while Hemp Seeds could make one person sleepy, it could have the opposite effect on someone else.
Having said that, it seems as though rather than making one sleepy, Hemp Seeds help those who suffer from insomnia. Very often, insomnia is associated with stress and anxiety and as we have discussed above, this is something that the magnesium found in Hemp Seeds can treat very effectively. In other words, it can help people who struggle to sleep by easing their minds and relaxing the body.
In fact, marijuana has long been associated with helping people to deal with sleeping problems. Insomnia is thought to affect between 10-30% of adults, and if there is a natural cure for this horrible phenomenon, then I’m sure most people would agree that Hemp Seeds are a much better treatment than turning to sleeping pills.
Final thoughts on Hemp Seeds and sleepiness
There is no doubt that a lot more research needs to be done on Hemp Seeds and whether or not they make you sleepy. We do however know that it will differ from person to person. But generally speaking, we have seen that rather than making one sleepy, it helps those who suffer from insomnia.
Hemp Seeds are some of the best sources of natural protein and offer a wide variety of health benefits. If you have been avoiding this amazing source of protein because you were afraid it would make you sleepy, you are seriously missing out. It could provide you with the energy needed to get through the day.