Hemp seeds are the small seeds of the hemp seed plant Cannabis sativa. They have an olive-green, glossy protective cover, a white pulp and are about 2-4mm long and wide.
In contrast to the Indian hemp Cannabis indica (also known as marijuana), cannabis seeds and hemp oil from Cannabis sativa are not intoxicating. The Cannabis sativa plant contains only a tiny amount (less than 0.2%) or no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) at all.
Cannabis seeds’ special features
In contrast to some whey or protein shakes, the protein in the hemp seeds is easily digestible for most. Whey and various protein shake often lead to air pockets and gas in the intestines.
Cannabis seed effects
Well, marijuana/hemp seeds can be consumed straight off the buds (raw) or cooked, shelled, unshelled, etc. pretty much however you want. Some folks even like roasting and adding them to their favourite dessert. You don’t need to cook or ‘process’ them in any way to reap all those wonderful nutritional and health benefits.
A good reason why you should seriously consider consuming marijuana seeds is that they are really good for your heart. After all, diets rich in omega fatty acids can reduce blood pressure, improve cardiovascular function and also lower the risk of stroke by cutting down the likelihood of clot formation.
And there’s no question about it that cannabis seeds are the best natural source of plant-based protein that you might come across today. This is why since the 17 th century, farmers have been using marijuana seed mash to provide nutrition for their livestock – that is, before it became illegal.
Apart from being an excellent source of protein, cannabis seeds can help you manage weight problems and also round off your diet with essential nutrients including certain vitamins and omega fatty acids. In fact, not known by many cannabis lovers is the fact that the seed contains up to 20 different types of amino acids (building blocks of protein), 9 of which are essential ones.
But – they can be a lot more enjoyable and satisfying to eat when you get creative and have them in a meal, as opposed to just having them straight up, plain and raw.
Many health experts claim that hemp seeds contain the most omega fatty acid content among all plant seeds, even more so than flaxseed, walnuts and Chia seeds.
This also explains why hemp seed protein power is so popular now in bodybuilding circles. Former Women’s UFC champion, Ronda Rousey, used to start off her mornings with some hemp hearts before hitting the gym for intense training bouts.