Hemp hearts are the soft, shelled seed of hemp plants. Hemp hearts can be eaten raw, toasted, and can be used to make hemp milk. Canada is a prominent poducer and exporter of hemp.

Health considerations

Hemp hearts are 30% protein, 6% fiber, and 47% dietary fat. They are a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids. Hemp is a source of essential fatty acids including Omega-6 linoleic and Omega-3 alpha-linolenic fatty acids. Hemp seeds are a source of iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, and other vitamins and minerals. Hemp seeds may prevent aggregation of platelets in the blood, having a thinning effect that can be protective against cardiovascular disease. See: Omega-6 fatty acids, Omega-3 fatty acids, Linoleic acid, Alpha-linolenic acid.

Keep in mind

While hemp grows from the cannabis plant, the psychoactive component, THC, is rigorously tested to ensure it is at a level that would not cause effects or trigger a drug test without unreasonably high consumption. This testing is done by a third party. 

May be found in

Granola, trail mix, omega 3 seed blends, cereals, sold as is


Test Pledge
Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Euphytica 2
Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology

Alternative Spellings and Names

Hemp seeds, hempseeds

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