Formerly, hemp was one of the most common plants.
In the villages, every self-respecting peasant cultivated cannabis, from which he produced strings and sacks. He used the seeds of hemp as food for humans and cattle.
Hemp is a plant from which hashish (resin) and marijuana (dried flowers and leaves) are obtained.
To produce drugs, traders use special cannabis with a high THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content. THC is a psychoactive substance (changing the state of mind). THC triggers mood changes. It has a relaxing effect, but it can also cause memory and learning problems. If a student suddenly gets worse results in learning, it is worth checking if he has become addicted to hashish (although the order may also be reversed: poor school results can cause stress and the student may try to overcome it by smoking hash).
At the same time, it has been scientifically proven that THC has healing properties: it perfectly counteracts nausea and vomiting and also stimulates appetite. It is prescribed during chemotherapy, as well as to stimulate the appetite of people with AIDS.
It relieves pain occurring in multiple sclerosis and cancer. In the Netherlands, it has been sold in pharmacies for 15 years (since 2003). In France, since 2014, it’s allowed (Sativex product), but it is still not sold in the pharmacies.
The debate over THC does not apply to hemp grains available in organic food stores. Such seeds come from cannabis plants that contain only trace, barely detectable amounts of THC.
Hemp seeds contain a lot of substances (about 120) and many of them can have a positive effect on health.
Here are a few of them:
Hemp seeds contain a lot of proteins, fatty acids, and vitamins.
Cannabis seeds contain 25% of good quality plant proteins, i.e. proteins containing all essential amino acids. Their, almost unique in the world of plants, characteristic is the presence of lysine (also found in quinoa). They contain large amounts of methionine, cysteine, and arginine, which are very beneficial for the heart. They contain 30% polyunsaturated fatty acids. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 3: 1, and such an indicator ideally helps to prevent heart disease.
They contain a lot of vitamin E and minerals: phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc.
Protective activity of arginine, methionine, and glycine
Cannabis seeds contain a lot of arginine, an amino acid involved in the formation of nitric oxide in the body.
Nitric oxide is a gas that dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, and thus reduces the risk of heart attack.
Arginine also reduces the level of C-reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation and cardiovascular risk.
Cannabis seeds are rich in methionine, called the “methyl donor”, lowering the homocysteine level in the blood. The level of homocysteine is also a very important indicator of the risk of heart disease (more important than cholesterol).
Cannabis seeds also contain a lot of glycine, which has many functions in metabolism, especially in the synthesis of glutathione (antioxidant).
Cannabis seeds contain precious oil for the skin
Omega-3 fatty acids contained in cannabis seeds have anti-inflammatory activity, which is beneficial in people suffering from eczema. Hemp oil moisturizes the skin, relieves itching, and reduces the need to reach for medication.
Cannabis seeds are beneficial in the case of menopause (and painful periods)
Cannabis seeds contain a very special polyunsaturated fatty acid: gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA belongs to the omega-6 fatty acids. It occurs in spirulina, evening primrose oil, and borage (among other things, that’s why these products are so beneficial).
From GLA, prostaglandin E1 is formed, which reduces the effect of prolactin contributing to the symptoms associated with menopause and premenstrual syndrome.
The oil reduces the symptoms that may appear in premenstrual syndrome in women: breast pain, water retention, depression symptoms, and signs of irritability.
Thanks to GLA, the body can produce relays that play an important role in protecting against infections. It has a decisive influence on the elasticity and the level of skin hydration.
GLA supplementation gives beneficial effects in some inflammatory and allergic disorders.
Cannabis seeds are just great!
Cannabis seeds are, from a technical point of view, nuts. They have a delicate nutty flavor.
They can be eaten raw, boiled, or roasted. It is very easy to digest them, much easier than most seeds, nuts, and legumes because they contain a lot of soluble and insoluble fiber forming in the intestines a kind of protective gel.
Such a gel also helps reduce insulin spikes and regulate cholesterol levels. Remember, however, to choose hemp seeds that are not husked to ensure optimal fiber intake.
It is time to give up fear of addiction to cannabis seeds. On the contrary, it is worth reaching for if you want to spice up your diet.