By Tina Pretsch


Typically, when people hear the word “hemp,” they think of Woodstock or a Grateful Dead concert. But in fact, hemp foods are expanding on the shelves of grocery stores all across the country. The seeds and oil have a pleasant nutty flavor and are ideal for salad dressings, mayonnaise, yogurt, dips, etc. Keep in mind that hemp oil forms unhealthy fatty acids when heated above 150 degrees, so do not to use it for frying.

There are many benefits of hemp, including:

  • Cholesterol free
  • Gluten free
  • Rich in GLA – Gamma Lineolic Acid
  • Rich in Omega 6 & 3 fatty acids – ratio is 3:1
  • Great source of Vitamin E
  • High in amino acids –AA are the building blocks of cells, antibodies and muscle tissue
  • Contains important vitamins, minerals & antioxidants
  • Good source of chlorophyll
  • Free of GMOs – it’s never genetically modified

Using hemp oil can improve moods, increase energy levels, improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and is excellent for hair, skin and nails. It’s known to help ease joint and arthritic pains, and improve concentration levels.


  • Hemp seeds
  • Hemp oil
  • Hemp protein
  • Hemp flour

  • Smoothies, veggies, omelettes, salads, soups, yogurt and trail mix
  • Salad dressings, dips or as a condiment
  • Smoothies and baked goods
  • Pancakes, baked goods and breads

Try this awesome and delicious recipe using hemp seeds.



  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbs. Water
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1 tbs. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 8 tbs. unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbs. cacao nibs
  • 3 tbs. shelled hemp seeds


  1. Stir in a bowl blend melted coconut oil, stevia, water, cinnamon, and vanilla. Slowly fold in cacao powder until smooth. Add cacao nibs.
  2. Form into balls and roll in hempseeds.
  3. Makes approximately 30 truffles