Does Eating Weed Seeds Get You High

Are there potential health benefits to consuming hemp and cannabis seeds? And what are the differences between the two? Not to get confused we need to understand the difference between Cannabis and Hemp seeds. The rather the question should be; is there a difference between…

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. Photo by iStock / Getty Images Plus

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

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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.

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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. Photo by 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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

Hemp seeds are a great source of protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto

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.”

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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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Why You Should Be Eating Cannabis Seeds Everyday

Eating Cannabis Seeds is Super Healthy and Beneficial

Why You Should Be Eating Cannabis Seeds Everyday

By now we surely know that there is a lot of talk about the health benefits of Cannabis, whether it is smoking, drinking or eating. Long gone are the days where this amazing plant was only sought after for recreational purposes. More and more people are starting to look into ways to use all of the plant for health benefits.

We know how to use Cannabis for recreational purposes. We also might have a fairly good idea how to bake or cook with it. I might be a bit more difficult to make extractions, but even there we have articles written and research done on how to do just that.

But then there are the seeds; but am I talking about Hemp seeds here, or am I talking about Cannabis seeds? What benefits are captured in the tiny Cannabis seeds and how can we use it?

Not to get confused we need to understand the difference between Cannabis and Hemp seeds. The rather the question should be; is there a difference between Hemp and Cannabis seeds?

Both Cannabis and Hemp seeds form part of the sativa plant. The difference lies in the levels of THC in cannabis when the plant is matured. This means that essentially when in seed form, there is no real difference between hemp and cannabis seeds. You cannot get high eating cannabis seeds.

The benefits are breathtaking though as these seeds are loaded with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are specifically known for their health purpose, especially with regards to the heart. It is also excellent for lowering blood cholesterol. Cannabis seeds have a 3:1 balance of Omega-3 (alpha-linoleic acid) and Omega-6 (linoleic acid) that make them a perfect source for Essential Fatty Acids. In addition it also is an excellent source of GLA (gamma linolenic acids). This Omega-6 acid is essential for hormone balancing.

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Apart from the healthy fats in the plant, it also has a vast array of other nutrients such as proteins (25% of calorie content), vitamins and minerals to name some. The vitamins included are Vitamin A, E, D and many B vitamins. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and has also live enzymes and a variety of minerals.

The minerals found in cannabis seeds are Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Sulphur, Calcium, Iron and Zinc. All this is found in a tiny seed. No wonder it is one of the world’s most powerful foods.

Could there be any more benefits? This seed packed with essential nutrients is also a powerful anti-inflammatory especially useful for muscle and tissue repair after exercise.

As a Protein cannabis seeds are the only natural source of Edestin, an amino acid that has a similar structure to our DNA. It is considered a complete protein source as it provides all the essential amino acids our body needs. This makes cannabis seeds the closest source of protein to our own amino acid profile. Cannabis seeds have the amino acid lysine that is absent in most other plant proteins. Quinoa is another plant that contains lysine, but it not so easy to consume daily where cannabis seeds could be used easier. The protein in Cannabis seeds are very easy to digest, even easier than those found in nuts, legumes and grains.

Another amino acid found in cannabis seeds is arginine. This amino acid produces nitric oxide in the body that causes blood vessels to dilate resulting in lower blood pressure and a lower risk for heart diseases. Some more benefits are

  • Prevent blood clot forming
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps recovery after heart attacks
  • Helps with skin diseases
  • Helps with eczema and dermatitis

An additional benefit is that cannabis seeds also reduce symptoms of Menopause and PMS. The symptoms in PMS are most likely caused by sensitivity to the hormone prolactin. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) produces prostaglandin-E1 that reduces the effects of prolactin. Because cannabis seeds are high in GLA, studies suggest that it might help to reduce the symptoms of menopause to. It seems that it regulates the hormone imbalance and inflammation associated with menopause.

Cannabis seeds are also a very good resource of both insoluble (80%) and soluble (20%) fiber. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in our guts and is a great source of nutrients for the beneficial digestive bacteria. It also reduces blood sugar spikes and cholesterol levels.

Insoluble fibers help passing waste through the gut and is known to reduce the risk of diabetes. Notice though, if the shell is removed, it contains very little fiber because the fiber lies in the shell.

Cannabis seeds are truly healthy and should not be discarded. This versatile part of the plant has so much to offer and could be beneficial to anyone at any age.