Grain Quality Seed physiology: Hemp seed is becoming a popular choice for health-conscious consumers as awareness of its novel amino acid and fatty acid profiles grows. The lipids of hemp seeds are enriched for essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. Notably, they are high in linoleic, alpha- and gamma-linolenic acids in ratios similar to those found in fish oil. This, along with a protein content of ~30%, make hemp seed a viable dietary option for health conscious consumers.

Hemp grain contains healthy amounts of minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and copper.

Hemp grain contains much higher levels of Omega-6 Gamma (GLA) and Omega-3 Alpha (ALA) than that of soy and corn. Omega-6 (GLA) has been tested for stroke prevention and Omega-3 (ALA) is known for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities.

Hemp grain contains all of the 9 essential amino acids, with a profile comparable with soy and corn. Hemp amino acids have even shown to be more digestible than soy.

Our research into the genetics underlying these important nutritional components will allow us to more efficiently create varieties demonstrating higher protein contents and elevated levels of the unique and nutritious fatty acids.