Hemp is one of the least understood gifts to humanity and the Earth.

Not only is it one of the most nutritious super foods on the planet, it also has more than 10,000 other uses.

I have been sharing the gift of hemp with thousands of people for more than a decade and have been asked some pretty wild questions. This page is the most common questions I am asked about this miracle plant, so grab a nice drink and lets get you caught up to speed on how hemp can help you AND the Planet too!

xo
Symentha

Hemp FAQ

What are Hemp Seeds?

Hemp seeds are the edible part of the cannabis sativa L plant. They are a tiny fruit-like nut covered by a hard shell and part of the “achene” family (similar to sunflower seeds). Hemp seeds can be pressed for oil, milled into a protein powder, roasted or shelled. Hemp seeds have been cultivated as a food for centuries, from China to Europe to Africa.

We choose 100% CANADIAN HEMP as our choice of hemp seed foods for our own brand: Sacred Superfood products for their quality and integrity, from our family to yours.

Is Hemp the same as marijuana?

No. While Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of cannabis sativa L., hemp is grown for food and fiber, and contains only trace amounts of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component of marijuana. Hemp foods are legal and safe and VERY HEALTHY to consume!

Will I flunk a drug test if I consume Hemp food products?

No, you will not get HIGH or test positive for THC by consuming hemp seed foods. We guarantee that there is 0.00% THC in our hemp foods. All Hemp harvested for our Brand of SACRED SUPERFOOD products for THC content, is monitored and controlled by the Government of Canada.

Why should I eat hemp foods?

Hemp seeds are one of the plant kingdom’s most concentrated, complete and balanced sources of all 10 Essential Amino Acids (EAA’s) and Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s). That’s why we call them a “Foundation Food”.  Our bodies need these essentials for a healthy body and mind. Hemp seeds are also high in important nutrients including chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, phytosterols, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, histidine, iron, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and live enzymes.

What do hemp seeds taste like? How can you use hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds have a delicious, rich, nutty sunflower flavor that can easily be incorporated into your EVERY daily meal. Sprinkle Sacred Superfood hemp seeds on salads, cereals, pasta, smoothie bowls or yogurt- or eat them straight up! Start your morning with a nutrient dense, complete protein, Sacred Superfood Hemp Protein smoothie. Add it to your smoothie, power orbs, pancake recipe and more!

For recipe ideas go to the Recipe page.

Amino Acids are the building blocks of proteins. Dietary protein is needed in order to supply amino acids for our body’s growth and maintenance. Ten of the twenty amino acids the human body requires are considered essential, meaning the body does not make them. We need to get these Essential Amino Acids from food. Hemp Seeds contain all 10 Essential Amino Acids and high levels of branched-chain amino acids, important for the development of lean body mass, as well as muscular repair. Hemp seeds have significant levels of arginine, histidine, methionine and cysteine, all of which are needed for enzyme production. Arginine and histidine are also necessary for children’s growth.

Tell me about the type and quality of the protein in hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds contain 33% pure digestible protein, providing readily available amino acids for building and repairing tissue. Hemp seed protein is comprised of 65% high-quality edestin protein, the most potent protein of any plant source, 35% albumin protein, and glutamic acid. The globulin edestin in hemp seed closely resembles the globulin in blood plasma and is compatible with the human digestive system. It is vital to the maintenance of a healthy immune system and is also used to manufacture antibodies. Albumin is a protein manufactured by the liver and it makes up a large portion of blood plasma protein. Albumin is essential for regulating body fluid in body tissues. Glutamic Acid is an amino acid that plays a key role in cellular metabolism. It is also the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in the nervous system.

How does Hemp Protein compare to Soy or Pea Protein?

  • Hemp Protein does not have enzyme inhibitors, it is a complete protein and is very easily digestible. Soy and pea protein contain high levels of enzyme inhibitors that block the uptake of trypsin and other enzymes the body uses for protein digestion, creating inflammation in the body. Eating a diet high in enzyme inhibitors, such as those contained in soy and pea protein, can result in chronic amino acid and protein deficiencies.
  • Hemp Protein does not have phytates: Soy and Pea protein contains phytates which can interfere with the proper assimilation of essential minerals.
  • Hemp seed allergies are fairly uncommon: Soy and pea allergies are almost as common as cow’s milk.
  • Sacred Superfood Hemp Protein is certified organic Canadian industrial hemp, raw and cold-processed without chemicals or solvents.  Soy and Pea protein powders are mostly heavily processed, usually with hexane or other chemical washes. Isolated soy protein is a source of protein but it is highly refined, denatured and a “non-living” material. There are also valid concerns about GMO contaminated soy crops.
  • Hemp Protein is highly digestible, unlike soy, pea and other legume protein powders that contains oligosaccharides which cause flatulence and stomach distress.

How does Sacred Superfood Protein compare to other brands?

We understand how to make a raw hemp protein that keeps hemp seeds vital nutrients intact and bio-available. Our Hemp Protein is the highest quality available on the market. Our Hemp Protein is certified organic or SAFE, cold-processed, vegan, kosher, and manufactured from hemp seeds grown in Canada. Our hemp protein is sweet and easy to consume in a variety of ways and we NEVER use any fillers or fake protein substitutes.

How does Sacred Superfood make its Hemp Protein?

Our milling and sifting process took years to perfect in order to keep the temperature low, keeping the enzymes intact and the hemp protein powder “whole and delicious”. Whole hemp seeds are pressed for oil and the hemp seed “cake” that is left over, is milled at less than 40 degrees C and most of the fiber is sifted off. This yields a higher protein content while minimizing fiber and oil content.

What are Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)?

The major component of fats is long-chain molecules known as fatty acids. The two fatty acids that the body does not make are called Omega-3 Linolenic Acid and Omega-6 Linoleic Acid. We need to get these fats from food, which is why they are termed Essential EFAs are utilized by many of the body’s systems to maintain proper tissue function. EFAs are required for energy production, proper functioning of the nervous system, brain development and function, skin health and elasticity, digestive efficiency, normal cardiovascular function, hormone production, and efficient immune response. Due to the popular misconception that fat is “bad” for the body, many people have adopted a low or no fat diet. Coupled with the widespread consumption of processed and genetically modified foods, many people are showing signs of EFA deficiency.

Leading researchers are finding a significant link between diseases affecting the nervous system and EFA deficiency. Supplementation of EFAs is becoming an integral part of complementary medical protocols.

Tell me about the kind and quality of the fats in hemp seeds?

Compared with most nuts and seeds, the 46.5% fat content of shelled Hemp seed is relatively low and is a good source of the natural phytosterols that help manage cholesterol levels. Hemp seed has 485mg per 100ml hemp oil which is the highest quality betasitosterols, which is the plants immune system. In turn when we consume them it increases our immune system.

Hemp seed oil has, on average, the highest polyunsaturated fat content of any plant oil and a highly favorable unsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio. Hemp seeds offer a well-balanced ratio of 1:3.75 of Omega-3 to Omega-6 EFAs, as well as being one of the few plant sources of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). (See above for more on EFAs). GLA is an Omega-6 isomer.

Studies have shown that GLA improves memory and overall mental health. As well, it reduces symptoms of skin ailments like eczema, heart health, and even fibrocystic disease.

Don't we need more Omega-3's than Omega-6's in our diet?

Hemp is higher in Omega-6’s. The typical modern diet, heavy in soy and corn oils, is often lacking in EFAs, particularly Omega-3’s. However, the debate revolves around what is the correct amount of Omega-3’s our bodies need. Experts in the field suggest that the EFA ratio found in Hemp seeds and Hemp Oil are in proportions most suitable for long term use (almost a 1:4 ratio of Omega-3’s to Omega-6’s). “Hemp Seed oil can be used over the long term to maintain a healthy EFA balance without leading to either EFA deficiencies or imbalances. This is because it contains almost 2% GLA, the Omega-6 derivative that is a key active ingredient in evening primrose and borage oils.” (Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, Udo Erasmus c 1993 Hemp Seed:Nature’s Superfood).

How does Hemp Oil compare with Flax oils as an EFA source?

Hemp Oil is a better balanced oil for long term use according to leading experts in the field such as Udo Erasmus (Fats that Heal Fats that Kill Udo Erasmus c 1993 Hemp Seed: Nature’s Superfood). Hemp Oil also contains GLA, phytosterols, and antioxidants like vitamin E complex, protein and trace minerals not found in flax. Hemp Oil is considered to be a more stable oil and a tastier oil than flax that can be used in a variety of recipes from salad dressings to baked goods.

Are Sacred Superfood products raw?

Yes, 100% of Sacred Superfood Hemp Seeds and Hemp Protein, are cold-processed from non-sterilized, raw, “live” hemp seeds. Sacred Superfood is committed to bringing enzyme-rich hemp foods to your table.

How should I store my Sacred Superfood Hemp Protein and Hemp Seeds?

Once our products are opened, we recommend that they be stored in the refrigerator. Prior to opening, a cool cupboard is sufficient for storage.

Can I cook with hemp seeds?

Once food is heated above  120 F for more than 15 minutes, most of the enzymes are destroyed. To receive all the nutritional benefits of Hemp Protein, Hemp Nuts and Hemp Oil, we recommend that they not be heated. That being said, many people enjoy low-temperature baking with our Hemp Protein and Hemp Seeds. It is not recommended to heat Hemp Oil. 

What is Sacred Super Food Philosophy?

We are committed to producing the highest quality hemp seed foods on the planet. These are delicious, “living” hemp food products that are Essential, Balanced, and Whole. Hemp seeds are one of the best Foundational food sources because they contain a well-balanced ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids, and are one of the plant kingdom’s most complete sources of protein. All ingredients in our line are whole, simple, real and without additives, preservatives or fillers.