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Why You Should Eat Cannabis Seeds: 5 Health Benefits

For a plant that was highly appreciated in the past given its unmatchable benefits and value, cannabis has quite the opposite reputation lingering around now, although it is popularly (and illegally) used for recreational purposes all across the globe today.

The debate to prove whether it has health benefits lasted for almost as long as it has been used and recent studies have seen some positive results. This has led to it being extensively used for medical purposes, which then rippled into states like Flor >

Cannabis plants, like a few others, are completely useful from its leaves to CBD-rich cannabis strains like Alaskan Thunderfuck to seeds. The seeds especially have been proven to contain various health benefits that the world is yet to know much about, and they are available in a variety of strains. For example, there are Kush seeds (which have its origins in the Hindu Kush mountains), Blueberry seeds, Purple W >

But before diving deep into the variety, what good can the nutty hemp flavour do to your body? Read to find out.

1. It is a rich source of Omega-3 and Omega -6

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It enhances the functioning of your brain which helps defend against mental disorders, dementia, and the onset of Alzheimer’s. It also helps with better cardiovascular functions and maintains blood pressure in our body.

The seeds are also rich in vitamins A, E, D and B, fibre, and minerals such as sodium, potassium, iron, zinc, and sulphur that are necessary for healthy functioning of our body. All this makes Cannabis seeds a great a >

2. To counter PMS symptoms

There are few natural sources that have been proven to have a positive effect on PMS symptoms. Apart from the previously mentioned Omegas, Cannabis seeds also contain GLA, or Gamma-linolenic acid, which is critical for influencing PMS symptoms as proven by studies. It is also said that the effects are strong and can be used to handle symptoms of menopause.

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3. Helps with weight management

A handful of hemp seeds is filling, and for those looking to cut down on meals to lose a few kilos can choose this. At the same time, if you wish to bulk up, Cannabis seeds are yet again the right choice as they can be used as a great supplement. You can even add it as a topping to your everyday diet and it will hardly alter the flavour of your food.

4. A rich source of protein

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5. Helps in dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Cannabis seeds have been proven to work effectively as a muscle relaxant and in controlling and balancing the nervous system. These seeds can help deal with depression and anxiety disorders as well as help control conditions such as insomnia and epileptic fits.

Cannabis seeds are available in dispensaries where you can purchase them as hemp oil or directly as seeds and consume. While both Hemp and Marijuana fall under the Cannabis plant, it is advisable to go for hemp seeds as they contain lower THC, which is the psychoactive substance in Cannabis. Consuming up to 2 spoons of hemp seeds daily can be beneficial for your health. You can use it for your salad dressing, add it to your cereal, oatmeal, or as an add-on to anything you eat.

The medicinal effects of Cannabis seeds have been proven to be very effective. But there are certain limitations to handling marijuana as it could be easily misused. A more systematic method such as the one in Flor >

Cannabis seeds health benefits
Seeds produced from hemp have been bred for specific purposes, including food or oil while cannabis seeds that consumers buy online for growing have been bred for cultivating drug-type marijuana plants, the Cannabis Council of Canada states. Marijuana seeds can be substituted for hemp seeds, but the council recommends eating hemp seeds because there is little information on the nutritional value of marijuana seeds.

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Cannabis and hemp seeds: To eat or not to eat

Are there potential health benefits to consuming hemp and cannabis seeds? And what are the differences between the two?

Hemp seeds contain fatty acids, which offer health benefits. iStock / Getty Images Plus

Eating raw cannabis has been a thing for some time now, but what about eating cannabis seeds?

Munching on these crunchy bits could be a new health trend, but before cracking open a pricey bag, consider if pot or hemp seeds are the best choice for you and what you’re hoping to achieve.

Recent reports claim that cannabis seeds can aid in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help with maintaining overall health. There is even praise for the nutty or chocolate flavour of certain cannabis seed strains.

Cannabis seeds are one of the five classes of cannabis that can be legally sold by authorized retailers, says Geoffroy Legault-Thivierge, a Health Canada media relations officer. “These seeds would theoretically be for the production of cannabis,” Legault-Thivierge reports. “However, we wouldn’t regulate what buyers do with them.”

Growing at home may be the most cost-effective

Cannabis seeds gathered from a home plant may be the most economical way to get enough seeds to snack on. However, marijuana plants are typically grown in the absence of male plants, are not fertilized and, therefore, do not produce seeds, notes information gathered by the Cannabis Council of Canada.

Cannabis seeds sold legally for growing can come at a hefty price tag. For example, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) lists Argyle at $60 for a pack of four seeds. The seeds for sale at OCS and at private retail stores are intended for germination and flower cultivation purposes, says Amanda Winton, corporate communications manager for OCS. “It is recommended that they are used only as instructed,” Winton says.

Hemp seeds are sold in Canada for consumption and come at a much lower cost. For example, a 454-g bag of Hemp Hearts is $13.49 (free shipping on orders over $35) on Amazon.ca.

A participant pulls seeds from a marijuana plant at the annual Hemp Parade (Hanfparade) on August 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Hemp and cannabis: some things different, some things the same

The trend of eating cannabis seeds may just be an attempt to latch on to the popularity of cannabis.

Hemp seeds and cannabis seeds differ in the type of plant they will produce, but they are both varieties of the cannabis sativa plant, a 2017 study reports.

Hemp is a variety of cannabis sativa grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products, the study states. It found that hemp seeds “produce negligible, if any quantities of THC,” but in the harvesting process, hemp seeds could become contaminated by material from other parts of the plant.

Seeds produced from hemp have been bred for specific purposes, including food or oil while cannabis seeds that consumers buy online for growing have been bred for cultivating drug-type marijuana plants, the Cannabis Council of Canada states. Marijuana seeds can be substituted for hemp seeds, but the council recommends eating hemp seeds because there is little information on the nutritional value of marijuana seeds.

“Similar to how a Granny Smith apple will have a different chemical profile to a Macintosh apple, the amount and ratio of carbohydrates, dietary fibre, minerals and cannabinoids found in seed products derived from hemp or marijuana is subject to vary,” the council notes. “It will largely depend on the genetic make-up of the plants producing the seed, as well as the environment in which the plants are grown. The way in which the seeds are processed post-harvest will also affect the nutritional make-up.”

The council’s view is that it is better to consume seeds derived from hemp as these crops have been optimized for food production.

What are the health benefits of hemp seeds?

The health benefits of hemp seeds have long been known, says Laura Lagano, an integrative clinical nutritionist, author of The CBD Oil Miracle, and co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy. A 2010 study found hemp seeds are a rich source of amino acids.

Lagano, who eats hemp seeds daily, says they are an excellent source of protein, fibre and fatty acids.

Timothy Lau, a registered dietitian with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority who has served on the Board of Director of the Dietitians of Canada, often suggests that his patients eat hemp seeds. “I would absolutely recommend eating hemp seeds, as they are a great source of protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. I don’t like to label foods, but if I did, this is as close to a ‘superfood’ as it gets,” he says.

There isn’t really a toxicity danger from eating too many hemp seeds, Lau notes, other than, perhaps, some bloating and an upset stomach. Although he doesn’t have information on cannabis seeds, he cautioned about the side effects of consuming cannabis, including that it impairs cognitive and behavioural function.

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Seeds can be part of an overall healthy approach

As for claims that hemp seeds can help with losing weight or improving cardiovascular health, Lagano cautions that seeds, on their own, will not solve health issues. To lose weight, she says, the seeds need to be “part of an appropriate food plan.”

About two to three tablespoons of hemp seeds a day could contribute to a balanced diet, Lau suggests.

Two tablespoons of hemp seeds contain about two g of fibre, five g of protein and 300 mg of potassium, Keri Glassman, a registered dietitian and author of the The O2 Diet: The Cutting Edge, Antioxidant-Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin and Beautiful, notes in a WebMD article. The fatty acids, along with gamma linoleic and stearidonic acids, can fight inflammation, help keep the heart healthy and improve the immune system, Glassman contends.

Lau suggests adding the seeds to cereal, oatmeal, salads, pasta sauce or smoothies. Pressed seeds are made into hemp oil, which is another way to ingest the healthy fatty acids, Lagano says.

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