Why are people eating cannabis seeds?
With the popularity of CBD and industrial farming hitting record levels across Europe, this market is positively booming. It is also a very different creature to what you might have pictured 20 years ago when the phrase conjured images of shady characters selling illicit substances on street corners.
Of course, in some jurisdictions, especially in the US, selling this substance for its more traditional recreational purpose is also big business, as many states have gone down the route of legalisation. This applies to any use, including cannabis seeds for home cultivation. But even in places where planting feminised seeds to grow these plants is still prohibited, there is a market for the seeds themselves, as they are being hailed as something of a superfood in their own right. Should they be added to someone’s diet? Here are some reasons to consider doing so.
They are rich in protein
For those leading an active lifestyle, whether by running marathons or trying to keep up with a rug rat or two, there’s a need to get plenty of protein inside. Hemp seeds are claimed to be good protein source for anyone on a vegetarian or vegan diet, as finding good plant-based protein sources can be a challenge. But even for the carnivores, a spoonful of seeds is a way to get a quick protein hit. They are said to be easy to digest, unlike certain other protein-rich alternatives. A healthcare professional would be the best person to advise on any usage.
They can help you manage your weight
As well as being high in protein, these seeds have a pleasant, nutty flavour. They are claimed to be low in fat, too, and all this adds up to the claim that it’s possible to eat plenty whilst keeping hunger at bay, without showing up on the waistline. These seeds make a more satisfying snack than many of the healthy but tasteless offerings suggested in so many diet plans.
They are good for your heart
These seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which has been shown to promote heart health and reduce the risk of conditions such as arrhythmia and hypertension. They also contain an amino acid called arginine. When ingested, it’s claimed that the body converts this into nitric oxide, which works as a natural cleanser of arteries, blood vessels and veins.
They reduce inflammation
Edible seeds are quite different from CBD, which derives from the plant itself. However, one property that both have in common is as an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is not just about bruising, swollen knees, arthritis and the like. There are also invisible conditions caused or exacerbated by internal inflammation such as type-2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome. Eating seeds will not miraculously cure these conditions, but it can help reduce inflammation and thereby prove valuable in managing the symptoms.
They are good for your skin
Finally, another consequence of that omega-3 fatty acid. Deficiency here is a common trigger of acne, so if you are prone to coming out in spots at the slightest provocation, it may be worth adding seeds to your diet. Of course, speak with your doctor first.
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