Medicinal Marijuana Seeds: 8 Key Health Benefits
Marijuana seeds aren’t just for growing plants anymore. Here are 8 key reasons why you should think about putting them in your mouth, instead of the ground.
The history of marijuana is not only fascinating, but also wholly perplexing. For eons, marijuana and hemp were used as medicine, in religious ceremony, as a nutritional supplement, and to create any number of necessary goods. All of these useful and beneficial creations were put by the wayside however, once marijuana was villinized by governments across the globe. While many states and countries are fighting to bring back the benefits of marijuana seeds and marijuana plants into our daily lives, it hasn’t stopped many of its uses from going disused and forgotten.
Cannabis seeds are full of nutritional benefits and can serve to improve baseline health just by ingesting them. Added bonus, where marijuana is still illegal in many places, few of these have legislation in place that outlaws the possession of marijuana seeds. While most scientific communities are focusing on the benefits of weed, we’ve dug around to find 8 reasons why you should be mowing down on those seeds instead of planting them.
- They’re super high in dietary fiber
Three tablespoons of hemp seeds contains as much as 8% of your DRI of fiber. This is great for many people, as research has shown that people, particularly Americans, seem to have trouble getting enough of. According to one study, only about 5% of Americans consume their recommended daily intake of fiber. Fiber is a super crucial element in any balanced diet and serves to protect digestive health, as well as reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and even some cancers.
- Pack a ton of protein
Non-animal protein has undergone some pretty contentious debate, most notably in the last few years. As vegetable based diets begin to take hold of the normal eating patterns, protein absorption from non-animal products has become a concern. With recommended daily intakes of protein hovering around 56g/day for men and 46g/day for women, it’s no great feat to wonder why people are concerned about how to get their protein. Those same three tablespoons of hemp seeds pack TEN GRAMS of protein, or a little under ¼ of the DRI of protein for women. Marijuana seeds are so high in protein, that most commercially available protein supplements are now made from hemp.
- Great for getting your Omega-3 & Omega-6s
Fats are always under the microscope of scrutiny within the diet, and as such, polyunsaturated fats are found to be one of the champions among them. Omega-3 and omega-6s are necessary to a balanced diet and are pretty important when it comes to long-term health. The body doesn’t produce these fats itself, which is why it’s so important to choose foods that have them in spades. Cannabis seeds contain 10g of polyunsaturated fats, while having a slim 1.5g of saturated fats. This is great when considering that hemp oil is usually readily available for culinary use and can be used just as regularly as olive oil, or any other type of cooking oil.
- They can help protect your brain
Hemp seeds, particularly ones that have been sprouted for 3-5 days, are also really great for protecting your brain against certain neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and others. Scientists believe this is because of the antioxidant effects that are given off by the basic polyphenols, flavonoids, and flavonols in the sprouts themselves. Antioxidants prevent byproducts of your body’s metabolism (free radicals) from causing damage to other tissues and cells by neutralizing them before they can cause trouble.
- Ideal for heart health
Because of their bountiful omega fatty acids, as well as the presence of arginine (a necessary amino acid for arterial health), hemp seeds have been shown to not only lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of blood clots and arrhythmias, but they are also great at protecting the health of your vessels themselves! Keeping the walls of arteries and veins smooth and elastic. Which can serve to reduce plaque build up and possibly damage like aneurysms.
- Chalk full of vitamins and minerals
Cannabis seeds carry a whole lot more than just necessary fatty acids, amino acids, protein and fiber, they also offer a ton of vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of dietary iron, magnesium, thiamine, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, riboflavin, folate, copper, manganese, and vitamin E- which are all crucial components of total body health and long term wellbeing. Many of the B vitamins that cannabis seeds contain are difficult for plant based dieters to obtain otherwise.
- Shown to help fight inflammation
Hemp seeds are a complete nutritional source, housing all of the essential amino and fatty acids that the body requires. While the fiber, protein, and omega fatty acid content is often talked about- cannabis seeds also contain something called linoleic acid, alpha-linoleic acid, and gamma-linoleic acid. These, alongside the omega fatty acids metabolize in the body to produce prostaglandins which, in the right concentrations, positively “affect varied functions as blood clotting, inflammation response, and immune regulation” according to one study published in the Journal of Nutraceuticals. Terpenes found in hemp seeds, like beta-caryophyllene has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation throughout the body can help reduce symptoms of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, fatty liver disease, and diabetes- among a few others.
- Hemp seeds can stabilize weight
Hemps seeds can help to curb obesity rates by improving base metabolic rates and burning fats. The addition of protein and dietary fiber can also aid in helping individuals feel satiated for longer periods, which helps to curb excess consumption of foods. Many attributes of hemp seeds also serve to lower “bad” cholesterol levels, while simultaneously bolstering “good” cholesterol levels. The high incidence of protein in cannabis seeds can also serve to help people gain weight and healthy muscle mass.