Researchers in Canada are recruiting volunteers to participate in a clinical trial to study the effects of hemp protein on hypertension. Peter Jones, the director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba, said that the study could lead to treatments for hypertension or high blood pressure that rely on foods instead of medicines. Previous studies at the university have shown that hemp protein can lower the blood pressure of lab rats with hypertension.
“People may be able to replace their dependency on drugs and move to a dietary approach to managing their high blood pressure,” Jones said.
Jones, who is the principal investigator for the research, noted that evolving public opinion about hemp has led to support for further research into the potential health benefits of the plant.
“People are more intrigued, it’s ok to do hemp now more so than it might have been a decade ago,” said Jones.
To conduct the study, 35 volunteers with high blood pressure will be divided into three groups who will take one of three protein supplements in a fruit smoothie twice a day. One group will get hemp protein, another hemp with peptides, and the control group’s smoothies will