Got Hemp Milk? The Benefits of Hemp Milk


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hempHemp milk is an incredibly nutritious and tasty alternative to cows milk as it supplies the body with essential nutrients without the harm that dairy causes to the body. For some, it is an ethical choice to not drink animals milk, for others it is an intolerance. Others choose to avoid it for reasons of making healthier choices while others drink it as they want the nutritional benefits and like the taste. Whatever the circumstance, is it possible that we are not making the most healthy choice by drinking animals milk? For those who are looking for an alternative to animals milk, hemp milk is one option you should consider.

What is it Made of?

Hemp milk is a vegan product made of a blend of hemp seeds and water. The mixture provides a creamy texture with a delicious taste some may describe as ‘nutty.’ Unlike cows milk, hemp milk is easy for the body to digest and does not cause any of the health problems associated with milk.

Question number one for some of us might be: Is Hemp milk made from Marijuana? The answer is, no. Hemp milk is made from the seeds of the hemp plant which is legal to grow in various countries around the world. In fact, the United States is one of the only countries where you are not allowed to grow hemp. Possible concern some may have about hemp milk surrounds its possible levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Fortunately for those looking to drink this milk alternative, it is important to note that the hemp plant does not contain enough THC to have psychoactive affects. Further, the hemp plant has many incredible uses that can apply to various areas of our society. This is why there is such a great deal of controversy behind the reasons hemp is illegal to grow in the USA.

Nutrition

The hemp plant, including it’s seeds, offer a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition. In a single 8-ounce glass of hemp milk you can find the following nutrients.

  • 900mg Omega-3 Fatty Acid
  • 2800mg Omega-6 Fatty Acid
  • All 10 Essential Amino Acids
  • 4 grams of Digestible Protein
  • 46% of RDA of Calcium
  • 0% Cholesterol
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • And more…

From that stacked list we can see that hemp milk is a great source of nutritious protein and is capable of delivering the tough to find amino acid, GLA. Hemp milk is rich in protein and contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, B-12 and folic acid, and is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron and magnesium. All essential nutrients for a healthy diet and immune system.

Notable Benefits

  • Strengthened Immune System
  • Clear, Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails
  • Strong, Healthy Heart
  • Increased Mental Capacity
  • Hemp has anti-inflammatory agents and improves circulation.

Try Making Your Own

While hemp milk can be found in stores, mainly health food stores, if you are feeling adventurous, you can try making your own hemp milk. This will also allow you to try out the milk in small quantities if you are not sure if you will like it. To make the hemp milk you will need  1/2 cup of raw organic, shelled hemp seeds and 2 cups of purified water. To finish you will need a piece cheesecloth or a nut-milk bag. Blend the water and hemp seeds in a blender for about 3 minutes or until they are well blended. Once you are done blending, strain the milk through the cheesecloth and enjoy. Of course, it always tastes better cold so you might want to chill it first. This mixture should store in the fridge for about 3 days.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a milk alternative and are not feeling rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk or oat milk, try giving hemp milk a shot. It is packed with nutrients and tastes great, in my opinion. Also, don’t forget that even if the milk does not fit your pallet, give hemp seeds a try. They are a super food that you definitely would want to consider having in your diet whether you are vegan/vegetarian or not.

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  1. George

    So if you drink this milk and take a drug test, will you fail the test? You can’t get a job in America if you have THC in your system.

    • AuralVirus

      did you even read the article? better not eat anything with poppy seeds….

  2. Amanda Zappola

    There are only 8 essential amino acids, unless you are an infant, where there are 9. So now I am not sure accurate the rest of this article is given this inaccuracy. More research is in order. I just started drinking this yesterday. It is a delicious way to get in my Omega’s. I hope.

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  4. KJ

    My favorite is poppy seed milk. However, I have heard there are varieties of poppy seeds (especially in N. America) that are dangerous as they have lots of codeine/morphine. Poppy seeds in Europe are generally safe and can be bought at most supermarkets and contain so little morphine it has zero effect on any doses. The calcium content of poppy seed milk is also many times higher than that of cow milk.

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  7. Thank you for posting, we make hemp milk all the time and love to add fresh vanilla beans for extra flavor.

    • where r hemp seeds sold at ?

      • James Burns

        Health food stores, Whole Foods.

  8. Will this or any hemp make you fail a drug test? what are the chances of being positive for THC?

    • AuralVirus

      just read the article fully.

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  14. awesome article and insight thanks. australia has issues against consuming hemp seeds – some backward, naive politicians in this country. Refined sugar is legal though……genius!

  15. Camille

    Is it safe to drink during pregnancy?

  16. Chris

    Only in America could you describe a volume measure with a weight (avoir dupois) measure. 8 oz of hemp milk….wtf is that. But oddly you measure your fuel in gallons which is a liquid measure. What a stupid country.
    But anyway, I digress. The hemp milk tastes fine. A worthy milk alternative if cows milk scares you that much.

  17. Andrea

    Hemp oil is great also but woooo the taste is nasty lol

  18. Felipesmum

    Guys I’m really concerned about the calcium RDA of 46% given above. Looking at data facts the calcium per glass 240ml is 20mg which equals to 2.5% RDA for toddlers. Where did you find the fact on calcium

  19. Lee

    Whole (not shelled) hemp seeds work as well and is a cheaper alternative. You need to pour it through a milk bag.
    I have been making it and it tastes great. I will not consume any cow milk again.

    • David

      why Oregino? What does it do for the milk>

  20. vince

    Raw hemp seed on Alden’s organic strawberry ice cream…….mmmm mmmm good

  21. Fabienne

    Why would anyone want to buy “hemp milk” in a store? Something that is found in a box and that has a shelf life of ?… a year?… is no longer a real food! There is nothing to making hemp milk. Also, it absolutely does NOT need to be put trough a milk bag… therefore this step can be totally avoided. It is such a tiny seed and it doesn’t have the grittiness of nut milks. It only takes mere seconds to make. Water + hemp seeds + whatever else one might choose to add (cinnamon, vanilla, other spices, etc…)

    • Betty

      can you grind seeds instead of shelling?

    • Patrice

      Thank you! I was buying hemp milk… :( at $4 for 32 oz, the way we were going through it, it started adding up, so I just bought the seeds and have yet to attempt making the milk because we just started eating them instead.

    • Kate Bee

      if you use hulled hemp seeds then no bag is necessary for sure, but I use whole hemp seeds and it definitely does need a bag, the shell fragments can be very sharp

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