Were they doing this to get high? No. (Maybe some of them were.)
The presence of arginine in cannabis seeds causes blood vessels to relax and dilate. As a result, you benefit from reduced blood pressure and lower risk of a heart attack. Indeed, your risk of contracting other forms of cardiovascular disease also drops. Some reports claim that hemp seeds help the heart recover after a heart attack.
First Things First: A Brief Background on Marijuana Seeds and Their Uses
There is a big difference in potential medicinal properties between the seeds of the cannabis/hemp plant, and the plant material.
What’s absurd is that early colonists in America were legally required to grow the crop! In 1619, Jamestown colony law decreed that all settlers had to cultivate Indian hemp. This legislation remained in place for centuries. Between 1763 and 1769, refusing to grow hemp in Virginia meant you could go to jail! It was only in the 20 th century that the crop became outlawed. Even then, the nation grew it during World War II.
A lot of people also like to make a non-psychoactive “ganja tea.” You can do this by roasting the hemp seeds first. Then, put them in boiling water along with some of your favorite spices. You can also increase the “nutritional potency” of the tea by including your cannabis stems and dried leaves in the infusion.
Anecdotal patient reports also suggest that raw cannabis can be mildly irritating to the digestive tract. Although this side effect is rare, it may occur and it’s important to inform your patients about it.
While the evidence is preliminary, phytocannabinoid acids, such as CBDA and THCA, show promising potential for the growth and evolution of cannabinoid medicine.
William L. Courtney, MD, the leading expert in raw cannabis, believes that cannabis arguably may be one of the most nutrient-dense plants to exist and that raw cannabis leaves and buds provide many of the nutrients believed to be vital for a healthy life. In addition to having many nutritional benefits that are typically associated with dark green leafy vegetables, the cannabis plant also contains unique phytocannabinoids. It’s believed that these phytocannabinoids provide invaluable contributions to health maintenance and restoration.
Courtney speculates that the raw version of cannabis activates the endocannabinoid system more effectively than does dried, cured, and combusted cannabis.1 Many believe consuming raw cannabis is significantly less harmful and more beneficial than smoking, and many enjoy the plant’s nutrient-dense properties. Another reason patients and clinicians alike prefer cannabis in its raw form is that it presents a low chance of inducing an intoxicating experience. This allows for greater dosages to be administered without causing the patient unwanted side effects.
Following is a discussion about research pertaining to the nutritional value of raw cannabis, various ways to prepare and consume raw cannabis, and what clinicians should know when discussing raw cannabis consumption with their patients.
Raw cannabis plant material contains select powerful disease-fighting compounds known as phytocannabinoid-derived acids that aren’t found in other nutritive vegetation. The only other phytocannabinoid that’s been discovered to also exist in plants other than cannabis is beta-caryophyllene.3 Phytocannabinoids can come in neutral (also known as activated) forms of THC or CBD or as acid precursors, called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) or cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). The acidic precursors THCA and CBDA are naturally abundant in raw cannabis.
Potential Benefits of THCA
The most abundant cannabinoid acid found in raw cannabis is THCA. It’s devoid of potential intoxicating activity; however, research supports its potential anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antiemetic actions.
Deficiency of fatty acids in the body can manifest in many ways, the most common being thick patches of skin, cracked heels and a host of other skin problems. Since one cannabis seed contains high amounts of fatty acids, using the seeds will alleviate symptoms associated with dermatitis and relieve the effects of eczema.
Cannabis is said to promote good general health and has been found to help in the prevention of tumours and various forms of cancer. According to some studies, using cannabis seeds will reduce the risk of developing colon and intestinal cancers. The medicinal properties of the seeds make it a great substance for relieving pain during chemotherapy.
The seeds can help to significantly reduce blood pressure, reduce the chances of blood clots and speed up recovery after a heart attack.
Other nutrients found in the seeds are calcium, potassium, vitamin E, sulphur, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc.
The gamma-linoleic acid contained in these seeds is known for reducing the effects of a hormone known as prolactin. The hormone prolactin is associated with the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause. These seeds can help to reduce symptoms during these times.