Hemp Protein : Is It The Same As Cannabis?


The answer is no, although hemp protein is derived from the hemp seed, which is taken from a variety of high growing cannabis plants, the seed itself does not contain the psychoactive properties found in the cannabis leaves. There are some variants of the cannabis sativa herb that are used as a drug, commonly known as marijuana, which have psychoactive compounds. The plant with these so called psychoactive compounds are derived from the low growing varieties, and these generally contain higher amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which give cannabis the ‘drug’ effects.

So should you be concerned about the ‘Hemp’ leaf present on some Hemp Proteins packaging, don’t be, because even though hemp is marijuana’s cousin, hemp seeds contain no THC and are therefore NOT like the drug that sadly plagues the streets here in the UK.

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 18th December, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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