can hamsters eat hemp seeds

Can Hamsters Eat Hemp Seeds?

Hemp or Industrial Hemp (from Old English hænep) is high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant.

It is grown specifically for industrial purpose and use, and its derived products.

Cannabis is one of the fastest growing bio-masses known, and one of the earliest domesticated plants known.

The plant can refined into products including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, construction materials, health food, animal feed and fuel. (source)

So can hamsters eat hemp seeds?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,451 kJ (586 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.67 g
Sugars
lactose
1.50 g
0.07 g
Dietary fiber 4.0 g
Fat
48.75 g
Saturated 4.600 g
Trans 0 g
Monounsaturated 5.400 g
Polyunsaturated
omega‑3
omega‑6
38.100 g
9.301 g
28.698 g
Protein
31.56 g
Tryptophan 0.369 g
Threonine 1.269 g
Isoleucine 1.286 g
Leucine 2.163 g
Lysine 1.276 g
Methionine 0.933 g
Cystine 0.672 g
Phenylalanine 1.447 g
Tyrosine 1.263 g
Valine 1.777 g
Arginine 4.550 g
Histidine 0.969 g
Alanine 1.528 g
Aspartic acid 3.662 g
Glutamic acid 6.269 g
Glycine 1.611 g
Proline 1.597 g
Serine 1.713 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 7 μg
Vitamin A 11 IU
Thiamine (B1) (111%) 1.275 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (24%) 0.285 mg
Niacin (B3) (61%) 9.200 mg
Vitamin B6 (46%) 0.600 mg
Folate (B9) (28%) 110 μg

Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vit C (1%) 0.5 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.80 mg
Minerals
Calcium (7%) 70 mg
Iron (61%) 7.95 mg
Magnesium (197%) 700 mg
Manganese (362%) 7.600 mg
Phosphorus (236%) 1650 mg
Potassium (26%) 1200 mg
Sodium (0%) 5 mg
Zinc (104%) 9.90 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.96 g
Cholesterol 0 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, hemp seeds contain a little water, quite a lot of calcium, and a huge amount of phosphorus, fat and acidic content.

This means that hemp seeds are not good for hamsters to eat due to the huge amounts of phosphorus and acidic content they contain.

There are much better seeds to try feeding them.