Far from what you might think, they have not been discovered recently. 3,000 years ago, Chinese culture incorporated them into their food and as an essential ingredient in the composition of many of the drugs of their renowned alternative medicine! This is no surprise to modern-day scientists and health specialists, who have carried out various studies to prove their interesting health-giving effects. Of course, these analyses always refer to a high-quality product, acquired in specialized shops.
Before getting into the subject, it is important to know what we are talking about. Marijuana seeds come from the Cannabis plant, so far so clear. But from a variant that has nothing to do with its distant cousin, marijuana used for recreational use. And this is not an inconsequential difference. Because the one used for food is a species in which there is no THC, the component responsible for the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis as an addictive substance. Thus, marijuana seeds that are authorized for consumption neither create dependence, nor are they hallucinogenic. For this reason, they can be safely included in our diet.
The nutritional potential of cannabis seeds
At the top of the list of proven benefits that cannabis seeds bring to our health, we must undoubtedly place everything related to their exceptional nutritional qualities. A food rich in fibre, but also in protein (25%) and healthy fats (30%). In this last section, we must highlight the presence of two essential fatty acids, omega 3 (alpha-linolenic) and omega 6 (linoleic).
In addition, marijuana seeds contain all the minerals that our body needs for its proper functioning (calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sodium and zinc). They are also an interesting source of vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that protects cells from the negative effects of free radicals. This varied and healthy composition makes cannabis seeds nutritionally superior to other better-known superfoods such as flax or chia seeds.
Their contribution to reducing the risk of heart disease.
We have highlighted the presence of omega 3 and 6 in cannabis seeds, one of those substances that all specialists recommend consuming to keep cholesterol at bay and, as a result, to keep the heart in better condition. However, the influence of cannabis seeds in reducing cardiac pathologies does not end there. They are also rich in another interesting amino acid, arginine, which helps stimulate the body’s natural production of nitric oxide. This molecule significantly lowers blood pressure and helps blood vessels to dilate properly.
Nitric oxide also prevents the formation of blood clots. So, there is little more to add, as these three properties: vasodilation, anticoagulant and blood pressure lowering are essential to avoid problems in the circulatory system and heart. What is more, they are essential in the treatment of patients who have suffered a heart attack or cardiovascular accident.
Cannabis seeds bring health inside and out
Although we do not usually give it the attention it deserves, except for aesthetic concerns, the truth is that the skin is a transcendental organ of our body. Not only is it the most extensive, but it also performs essential functions such as regulating temperature and acting as a protective barrier against the aggressions of external agents. That is why, as dermatologists remind us, it is so important that we keep it in perfect condition, so that it really takes care of its part in the care of our health.
Well, cannabis seeds also work by strengthening the integumentary system, which includes the skin, nails and hair, all organs that play a key role in protecting us from the sun, harmful external substances and even the cold. Healthy skin protects us from the risk of suffering from certain ailments. It is a kind of silent booster of our immune system. If, in addition, it influences our image and makes us look more attractive, with a luminous and hydrated complexion, what more can we add!
Eating protein, but healthy, plant-based proteins
High-protein foods have a bad reputation. In fact, most of us associate protein with unhealthy diet, excess fat, obesity and heart problems. However, protein is an essential building block for the functioning of the body. To begin with, we already need them for the formation of our body’s organs, from the brain to the muscles. After that, they are crucial for the immune and metabolic systems.
In fact, we must include protein in all our meals, we must consume it every day. There is only one “but”: not all protein sources are equally healthy. Those of animal origin, especially red meat, are less recommendable because they have a high proportion of fat, much higher than that present in vegetables. In the case of cannabis seeds, the added advantage is that, in addition to their high level of protein (25% as we have already pointed out in the nutritional chapter), they have a high proportion of fats, but of the healthy kind!
Heart, skin, immune system… science has confirmed the positive contribution of cannabis seeds to these and other functions of our organism. What is not for the experts to say, but what those of us who have tried them have already confirmed, is that they have a delicious nutty flavor. An original touch that goes perfectly with all kinds of recipes, from salads to pasta dishes. They are so versatile that they can be eaten raw, toasted or in a stew. Little nutritional gems, easy to use and healthy, they are hard to resist!