Do you know what’s a little absurd? A few hundred years ago, when the first American colonists first cultivated the rich and fertile landscape of the eastern United States, landowners could be legally obliged to grow and harvest hemp.
They cultivated hemp for the unlimited nutritional components of the seed and for the construction of textile components of the stem (hemp fibers were commonly used to make rope, paper, clothes, etc.).
In this article, we examine 5 key health benefits of eating hemp seeds. Why you should make every effort to establish them as an essential part of your daily nutritional intake.
Hemp seeds: What are their uses
To be clear, when we say “hemp seeds” we refer collectively to cannabis seeds in general. In terms of basic nutritional benefits, for example, there is no real difference between a hemp seed and a cannabis seed that produces a high THC concentration (cannabinoids such as THC and CBD do not exist in the seed – but only in the flower , in the stem and leaves).
In fact, this is why there is a big difference in terms of medicinal potential between the seeds of the cannabis / hemp plant and the plant material itself. Most of the medicinal properties of marijuana come from the presence of active cannabinoids (i.e. CBD and THC), as well as from some terpenes, flavonoids, etc. Since marijuana seeds do not contain cannabinoids, they are not really used for medicinal / therapeutic purposes.
However, what is lacking in “therapeutic cannabinoids”, they more than compensate for health and nutritional benefits. Their content of acids and omega proteins, for example, is almost the second in terms of food properties of plant origin.
However, without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why you should eat marijuana seeds.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should eat hemp seeds
1) High content of natural proteins and easy digestion
Most self-respecting nutritionists will tell you that plant-based proteins are dramatically healthier and easier for the body to digest than animal-based proteins.
Marijuana seeds are one of the best natural plant protein sources that you can find. This is why farmers all over the world used nothing but “cannabis seeds” to feed their livestock. It is also the reason why hemp protein bodybuilding powder is becoming more and more popular and it is (probably) the reason why world-class fighters such as Ronda Rousey start their day with a dose of hemp hearts before run to the gym.
2) It can help you lose weight!
Believe it or not, strong cannabis seed diets have been used to help people gain and lose weight. For obese people looking to lose a few pounds, marijuana seeds are a great way to stay healthy and full throughout the day because they are full of vitamins (especially vitamin E), minerals (including potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc), nutrients and (as already discussed), proteins.
On the flip side, they are also good for helping you gain weight (in a healthy way), due to these same nutritional characteristics.
3) Crucial Omega fatty acid content
Although they are a vital component of organ health and the well-being of the whole body. Humans do not naturally produce Omega fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6 – we must consume them from external sources.
However, some sources have described hemp seeds as having the most abundant source of natural Omega acids in the whole plant kingdom – more than Chia seeds, more than nuts and even more than flax seeds.
4) Really, REALLY good for your heart
One of the main reasons why eating marijuana seeds is good for the heart is because diets rich in Omega acids have been shown to lower blood pressure. Reduce the risk of stroke causing blood clots and increase overall cardiovascular function.
Furthermore, the presence of arginine (which produces nitric oxide) in cannabis seeds is known to cause relaxation and dilatation of blood vessels. It subsequently lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attack, as well as other forms of cardiovascular disease (hemp seeds).
Finally, gamma linoleic acid that is found abundantly in marijuana seeds is known to reduce certain proteins that can cause inflammation – particularly inflammation of the heart and surrounding cardiovascular tissue.
5) Prevention of diseases and well-being of the whole body
Taking into account all the health benefits mentioned above, consuming marijuana seeds regularly can be an incredible way to prevent disease. But also to promote general health and well-being of the whole body.
Indeed, given that their cardiovascular benefits have been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other psychological conditions. It could be said that cannabis seeds have the potential to promote mental health and well-being as much as they do physically.
Oh, and did we mention that marijuana seeds are one of the only plant-based food sources that contain every single amino acid necessary for human survival? Perhaps this is the reason why Leafly has chosen to describe them as perhaps the “most nutritionally complete source of food in the world”.
How can you eat marijuana seeds?
Okay, we’ve overcome many of the main reasons you should eat marijuana seeds. But if you want to get on this relatively new “train for cannabis health”, how do you eat them?
Well, it’s not really that difficult – you can eat raw (i.e. directly from buds), cooked, shelled, shelled marijuana seeds … in practically any way you want your heart. They must not be cooked or otherwise processed to derive benefits for health and nutrition.
Having said that, however, they are much tastier and more enjoyable when you do some food, rather than eating them simply and raw.
One of our favorite ways to eat hemp seeds, for example, is to roast them and combine them with a plant-based snack. Nice and crispy (kale fries are an extraordinary combination). Many people also like to make a non-psychoactive “ganja tea”, simply by toasting the hemp seeds and then putting them in boiling water along with some of your favorite spices (you can also increase the “nutritional power” of the tea by including the stalks of cannabis and the leaves dried in the infusion).
And of course, you can sprinkle grainy marijuana seeds on top of all types of food – oatmeal, quinoa, yogurt, hummus, salads, smoothies – in order to “spruce it up” a little bit and add a that all-important nutritional calcium. You can also press the raw seeds for oil, or grind them in a very fine powder for flour, protein supplement or milk (even if you would need specialized equipment to do it).
Final thoughts: health benefits of eating cannabis seeds
Again, it is important to be able to distinguish between medicinal cannabis products (i.e. CBD oils) which contain cannabinoids and come from leaves, flowers, stems and stem of the plant and cannabis seeds, which are consumed exclusively for their nutritional / health benefits. (In other words, you CANNOT triumph over eating marijuana seeds.)
So, the next time you’re going to throw out those “useless” marijuana seeds from the beautiful bud – stop! Set them aside and give them a nice smoothie, grind them and sprinkle them with a salad, or hell, just put them in your mouth and start bending over as if you were eating sunflower seeds.
If you get out of a habit, your body will thank you in the long run!