Hemp protein powder- The green way to muscle-growth

Hemp protein powder- The green way to muscle-growth


Hemp Protein Powder – Overview

I am going to start of this product review with some information on Hemp and Hemp protein in general – because there are a lot of you out there who have perhaps just started to workout or making a life style change in general.

Changing from a dairy protein into a non-dairy protein can be a bit of a challenge as I found it to be myself.

The basics of Hemp

Let´s start of with the basics of hemp.

What is hemp?

– Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis plant. This variation of the plant is called Cannabis sativa and differs from it´s relative cannabis indica both in appearence and use.
The plant grown for marijuana and the plant grown for hemp are two completely different plants.

Can hemp get you high?

Since hemp contains very low levels of THC as well as a different chemical that blocks any effects of THC it would be impossible to get high from hemp.

What is hemp used for?

-The hemp plant is grown for the use of a vast variety of products, over 25,000 just to make things interesting. A few of these are clothes, plastics and foods.

What is hemp protein powder and How is hemp protein made?

-Hemp protein is made out of the seeds of the plant. The seeds are grinded up into a fine powder that can then be used as a protein powder.

The greener protein

Hemp protein is a non-dairy protein powder as well as it is a vegetarian / vegan protein powder that you don´t need to search far to find.

The best vegan protein powder is for sure the hemp one. It contains so many of the important nutrients that your body needs, especially when building muscles. It contains 20 amino acids, including 9 of the essentials that our bodies do not produce on it´s own. Amino acids are the building blocks of our muscles and cells.

A lot of the hemp proteins that you can purchase are organic and completely cruelty-free. In this case I would be more concerned with fair trade regulations.

Hemp protein VS Whey protein

There are a sea of different protein powders out there and the most common one is probably your standard whey protein.

Whey protein is made from cows milk. You can get it lactose free but as it is an animal bi-product it is not suitable for vegans and, depending on who you ask and your point of view, 100% cruelty-free.

Whey-protein also contains all 20 amino acids and your essential amino acids. Due to the process of making the powder it can be produced with a low amount of fat and a high amount of protein. Hemp protein does not go through a process of this sort which can be view as a positive.

When it comes to the actual protein in your powder of choice it does vary. A standard portion Whey protein of 30 grams contains approximately 20 grams of protein, 120 calories and less than 1% of fat.

30 grams of hemp protein from hemp foods Australia contains roughly 15 grams of protein, but when following your standard portion size of 2 tablespoons, about 22 grams of protein.

Hemp does contain slightly less protein and a bit more fat than whey protein but whey protein does not contain all the nutrients and benefits for your body that hemp protein contains. I will come back to the benefits of hemp protein further down. However you should follow the health recommendations when it comes to the amount of protein you digest each day, which is about 0.8 grams of protein per kg, as a too high protein diet can lead to a variety of health problems such as bad breath, weight gain, kidney damage, increased risk of cancer. These are just to name a few.

Another difference between these two proteins are for sure the taste.

Whilst your whey-protein comes with flavors you kind of need to make your own with this one.

The flavor of hemp protein is barely noticeable, especially when mixed in a nice juice or a smoothie, I sometimes just have it with water,
while I am a hardcore hemp junkie this might not be suitable for beginners 😉

The taste of hemp is more nutty than that of whey protein strawberry or chocolate but this gives you the option of creating your own flavors.

Vegan athletes

Did you know that there are plenty of vegan elite athletes in the world.
This surely shows that you do not need animal protein to be a body builder or reach elite levels in fitness.

Body builder Barny du Plessis, Nate Diaz and Venus Williams just to name a few.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Superfood!

Hemp is considered a superfood which is more than I can say about any other protein out there.

Let’s find out why by looking at the benefits of hemp.

Hemp is a close to perfect food, it contains omega 3 – omega 6, iron, vitamin E, not to mention all the essential amino acids. It is considered the most “nutritionally complete food source” in the world as it not only contains all the above, it contains fibers (good for blood sugar levels and digestion) and magnesium, zinc, B-vitamins, potassium, phosphorous and so on, it is also very low in saturated fats and contain no trans-fats what so ever.

Hemp is also very good for your brain and the chemical CBD that is found in hemp can be beneficial when it comes to different neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.

Skin condition such as acne might be a reaction to low level of omega 3 in your body, as hemp actually contains this, it might have a positive effect on your skin and reduce acne.

I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and I have had great benefits from hemp protein.

Whilst whey protein angers my inflammation hemp actually helps manage it as it is anti-inflammatory and can help you create a stronger immune-system. It might not remove your condition but it can definitely help with managing its effects.

Are there any hemp protein side effects?

Like with anything you should not over consume hemp. You do not know how your body will react to it, some people are allergic to peanuts and some are not, like I said we are all different and our bodies react in different ways so start of with a smaller portion and see how you go.

If you do have any major medical conditions you might want to discuss with your doctor before making any major changes with your diet and fitness.

The hemp protein way – the rheumatoid arthritis detour

I love hemp protein and would not in a million years change back to a whey protein. Sure, a whey protein has its benefits but to me they are more the benefits of simple and quick, as you only shake it with water or milk and with hemp you might make a smoothie or juice. I however, if lazy, only add two spoons of hemp protein to a glass of water, or mix in when I am baking.

You can literally use it in anything.

One thing that took me a little bit to get used to is the color of it, as it is a green color it might change the color of your smoothie or juice.

Like with anything it is a habit, everything is a challenge at first. If you have just started going to the gym, or perhaps your new years promise will be to start working out and being more healthy, or perhaps just more conscious of your choices, then you will know that everything is hard until it becomes a habit. Changing from a whey protein to a hemp protein will be a challenge for sure but the benefits outweighs it, easy!

Living with rheumatoid arthritis since I was a child I have been on all kinds of medications, pills, injections, cortisone.

I started changing my diet, removing certain foods, adding vitamins and superfoods, one of them being hemp. I actually went of my medications for 2 years without any flare-ups from my condition, I was Pain Free. It wasn’t until recently, when I started going back to my diet, I became lazy and chose easy instead of good, that my inflammation came back.

Hemp, for me, have been one of the best natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis , is something I have found helps me in my illness and hopefully one of you might benefit from it as well.

Even if you do love your whey protein and would never change. Adding hemp into your diet will only benefit you.

I would definitely recommend hemp protein powder.

The Juice bonus

Just because I can… Here’s a recipe of one of the green juices that I have regularly with my hemp.
(Portion size may be a bit off as I usually make a whole batch for a week or so and I just throw things in, so feel free to add here and remove there)

4 green apples or 2 green apples and 2 pears
2 celery stalks
2 limes
Handful of spinach
Bunch of kale

Add spirulina (if wanted) and hemp protein into glass of juice and stir or use a blender to mix everything through.

If you do not have a juicer you will need to add water into the mixer and then feel free to pour through a strainer.


I hope you enjoy the reading and please leave a comment or a question below and I will get back to you.



This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Great content with easy to go through information. I like the pictures and the overall review

    1. Thank you

  2. Hi Alexandra, great post! I recently saw an add about Hemp (oil, I think) and really thought I need to research it more, so this article has come at a great time for me. Just to clarify would you recommend using hemp protein as a complete meal supplement for meat? My husband and I are considering going vegetarian, (basically due to the damage over farming of our land is causing) but have no idea where to start. Hemp protein looks like it might just be a great starting point. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you. I wouldn´t use it as a complete supplement for meat as I think you would get very bored of just having this. There are so many different varieties of meat supplements that are worth trying. I am slowly going into a mostly vegan diet as well and I am slowly changing my habits. So for me a regular day would be; a green juice with spirulina and hemp protein powder and a bowl of fruit and nuts or my home made “avocado yoghurt” or I make banana pancakes with hemp meal. For lunch I will usually have a salad with perhaps falafel or quorn which is also a very good source of protein.
      Dinner can be roasted vegetables with, if I feel like it, some quorn. Just make sure you do not eat to much protein which you still can even on a vegetarian diet as a lot of vegetables and meat substitutes contain protein.
      Hemp is easy tho as you can add a little bit into everything without even really noticing it is there.

  3. Hey Alexandra,

    Hemp is my favorite protein too so far, especially compared to Whey. I’m curious what you think of some of the other vegan proteins on the market, such as: pea protein, pumpkin protein, Iron Vegan, and Vega.

    Personally i don’t enjoy the taste of stevia, which is in a lot of the most popular protein powders for flavor – it would be interesting to compare them all though .

    1. Hi,
      I haven’t really tried any of the other proteins except for soy and I am not a big fan of that one.
      To be fair I started using hemp protein straight from whey and I just stuck with it.
      Perhaps I should give it a go and make a comparison with all the proteins in a different post?

      I am not a big fan of stevia either. I like hemp as I can make it anyway I want to or feel like in the moment.

  4. When I first read about hemp protein and marijuana associated, my first impression is will this make me high. Luckily you already clarify. Ok, can this type of protein really effective to build muscle. I would like to have one for my son as he’s starting to go gym and I want him to consume vegan type of protein. Hope you can advise and if possible recommend me a product with hemp protein. 

    1. In my opinion this is one of the best natural proteins out there. You have pea protein and soy, amongst others. However the health benefits from hemp are the best. So this protein is the one I would go with. 

  5. Thanks for this write up. I have recently been making some research on the Cannabis plant and found that it is much more useful that many think. Although THC may cause highness, this is often counteracted by the presence of the cannabinoid, CBD.   What I find new in your article is that hemp actually contains a healthy amount of useful proteins. Comparatively, I think hemp protein is healthier than diary protein. However, I must say that hemp use still carries lot of negative connotation where I live. More people should read this post.

    1. The plant that will cause you being high is not the same plant as the hemp plant. Unfortunately they got stuck under the same category. Hemp is used for a various of things, protein being one of them. Besides the protein there are so many health benefits from hemp. Hopefully by explaining that they are not the same plant and it will not get you high will change opinions. 

  6. Hemp crop and products from Hemp are is gaining popularity very fast I must say, I guess it’s because of the high value the crop has. I have been considering a switch to non-dairy protein, but have been really hesitant. I think it’s time I made the switch once and for all, and Hemp protein powder is certainly were I can start. It’s nice to learn that I can determine the taste of by creating my own flavor with Hemp.However much I would like to benefit from the hemp, I will be keen not to over-consume as advised myself. Some side effects are not pretty and I don’t want to learn the hard way.Best regards

    1. When you mix it in a smoothie you will not taste it at all. I even put it on my almond yoghurt with berries etc. Because when mixed you don’t even notice it there. It is a good place to start. 

  7. Interesting and educative article on hemp protein, i have heard very little or nothing about hemp protein until today. When i first saw this, i was thinking it was going to be something i dont want but this article did help help me understand what i stand to benefit from it. Is there any age restrictions as i will want to know if its suitable for my kid also 

    Thanks alot

    1. From what I know there are no age restrictions as it is nothing but a superfood. Yes it would be suitable if not as a protein then just as a supplement as it is very nutritional. 

  8. My brother in law has been working out for years now and talking about taking protein to build muscle mass. I think I will show him your review on the hemp protein powder because I don’t think he has heard of this kind before. The powder shakes he takes now have a lot of artificial chemicals in it which would take away from the benefits of taking protein powder.

    Thanks for the review I will pass along the article to him.

    1. All natural will always be better, as you say, the whey protein etc contains a lot of chemicals and are being processed etc. Here you only crush the seeds. It is worth looking into. 

  9.  this is very intresting  article  for reason being the products you are using for protein is canabis sativa i would love to have it is a good herbel medicine but the issue is idont think i can be to get on the market in this part of the world  due to materials used for production (canabis)  i  have  question is possible to buy and then ship it to where i am it would help alot 

    1. Hemp is hopefully legal as it is not the same plant as the Marijuana plant. Hemp is not for recreational purposes but has been associated with the plant for reasons that beats me. Amazon might deliver to where you are located. If not then search for other ones. 

  10. Hi Alexandra, Thank you for this information. I have a friend with Rheumatoid Arthritis and I shall definitely be telling her all about the Hemp Powder. I used to eat the hemp seed and will also look for those again and I really enjoyed the nuttiness of them. Definitely will look into this further as it is important to build muscle which one loses as we become more sedentary and age.

    1. You definitely should, they carry so many benefits for people with ra. This is a great product to use as it is very nutritional. 

  11. Hi Alexandra, very interesting and informative article about hemp food. I read many things about products made of Cannabi but I actually didn`t know there are proteins made of it. I like the fact that Cannabis products are getting to open market, it`s not so long ago when people heard about Cannabis their first asociation was drugs. Anyway you made a good review, I`m sure hemp foods has a bright future, thanks for sharing with us!

    1. What people forget is that there are several different plants and all are not used for recreational purposes.

      Thank you. I hope so. 

  12. Hi Alexandra Wollein,

    I have read the hemp product review article fully and understood that this is a good protein product for muscle growth. I believe this will be helpful for all those beginners who started their body building exercise and feels weakness in their body. But I have little bit concern about it’s side effect. It seems we have to take it by doctor’s suggestion. is it possible to take these protein instead of taking calcium and iron tablet? Thanks for sharing this helpful review.

    1. If you have health issues or medical issues you should always consult your doctor when changing diet or exercise regime. How ever there are not really any side effects that I have noticed except for feeling a lot better in my body.

      That would depend on how much iron your body needs and you then need to compare it to how much iron is in your regular vitamins VS your hemp protein or hemp supplement. 

      I rarely use iron tablets as you get iron from various foods like spinach and that is something I am eating on pretty much a daily basis. 

  13. Quite amazing, this is what I have been looking for all along. Being a Vegan, I have been struggling to find the right vegan protein supplement. Over the past 12 months, I have tried all sorts of vegan protein like Spirulina, Amaranth and Quinoa, Green Peas and Nutritional Yeast But I am yet to find what I can call “BEST”, thank you so much for suggesting Hemp protein powder, I will have to buy it this coming week 

    1. I use spirulina as well but I use that more as a vitamin supplement as well as an anti inflammatory. I highly recommend it. It might take a few goes to get used to it and to create a smoothie blend you enjoy. However I throw it in with everything as I do not taste it what so ever. Great give it a go and let me now how you are going with it. 

  14. The benefits of hemp products has been on the rise and it is great to see a growing awareness of  natural alternative products that are often better than what has traditionally been on offer.

    This product is specific to the Australian market, do you have any information about it being offered for European consumers too?


    1. It is a great plant with a lot of good benefits for us. There is other hemp proteins available in Europe. I am originally from Europe and I used to purchase hemp and hemp protein there. There will for sure be some you might have to look on Amazon to see if you can get it shipped or go to your local superfoods store or look up superfoods online. 

  15. Alexandra thank you for this information. I did not even know about hemp protein powders and their benefits. I’m into fitness and know some friends who may find this post helpful who have arthritis. I will share this post with them and pass this information along to them.

    I have been actually looking for an alternative to whey protein and may give hemp protein a try in the near future considering the benefits you mentioned here. A very informative site you have. I am actually going to bookmark it. Keep it up.

    1. Thank you very much for reading. Hemp has great benefits and it is very good for your body.

      I appreciate that.

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