Hemp seeds (hemp seed) are called a super component of the diet due to the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 and 10 amino acids, which makes them an excellent source of protein. In addition, hemp seeds are a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Check why you should include cannabis seeds in your diet.
Cannabis seeds are increasingly found on store shelves in the bio-food department. Due to the fact that they have several unique features that have a positive effect on the body, they are called superfoods. Hemp seeds, among others, improve the blood lipid profile and thus reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke. They also improve the appearance of skin, hair and nails, regulate digestion and improve the functioning of the digestive system.
Cannabis seeds and marijuana
Hemp seeds are most often associated with seeds bought for the illegal cultivation of marijuana. Hemp seeds that you can buy in stores are not marijuana seeds. There are two types of hemp for hemp (Cannabis sativa), i.e. industrial hemp that can be grown in the European Union, and cannabis (Cannabis indica), or marijuana. Hemp seeds are used in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
Hemp seeds composition and properties
Cannabis seeds are distinguished by the ideal for humans ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot synthesize, which is why they must be supplied with food. This ratio is very important because omega-6 acids have a pro-inflammatory effect, while omega-3 anti-inflammatory – too much omega-6 in relation to omega-3 increases the tendency to inflammation in the body, which is conducive to, among others arthritis, diabetes, hypertension. Most Poles consume too much omega-6 fatty acids compared to omega-3, so cannabis seeds are a product worth enriching your diet.
Fatty acids consumed in the right proportions reduce the risk of heart attack, blood clots, arrhythmias, lower blood cholesterol and lower blood pressure. In addition, fatty acids reduce inflammation of the joints, improve the appearance of the skin by increasing its elasticity, are helpful in the treatment of skin diseases (eczema, psoriasis). They improve mental performance and reduce inflammation of the digestive system.
Hemp seeds are a good source of vitamin E, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, protects, among others, omega-3 fatty acids against oxidation, thus maintaining their health-promoting properties. It also affects the elasticity of blood vessels, improves blood circulation, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and ischemic heart disease. And zinc ensures the proper functioning of the immune system and the healthy appearance of the skin, hair and nails.
In addition, hemp seeds are a source of high-quality protein. The protein contained in hemp seeds is comparable to animal proteins, but it does not provide cholesterol and saturated fatty acids. It is better absorbed than soy protein and does not contain bloating compounds.
Hemp seeds are also characterized by a high content of dietary fibre, which improves digestive system function, promotes weight reduction, lowers blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and normalizes carbohydrate metabolism disorders.
Cannabis seeds – in what form to consume?
Hemp seeds are available in the form of shelled and unshelled grains as well as ground seeds. Shelled seeds contain a much higher amount of dietary fibre and carbohydrates compared to shelled ones, while shelled seeds have a much higher protein and fat content compared to unshelled ones. Hemp seeds are a valuable addition to dishes. They can be used as an addition to in-house bread, flour products, salads, fruit cocktails, breakfast cereals, muesli or as a snack.
How Much Cannabis Seeds Cost?
Hulled hemp seeds are slightly cheaper than shelled grains. For a package of 250 g of unshelled seeds we will pay from 8 to 24 $, while the price of shelled seeds ranges from 10 to 30 $ for 250 g.
From the seeds of hemp, dark hemp oil with a characteristic nutty smell is obtained in the pressing process. Hemp oil is used both in the kitchen and in cosmetology (a component of creams, massage oils, lotions and bath lotions).
The oil, like hemp seeds, contains valuable unsaturated omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and the optimal ratio of these acids (31). In addition, hemp oil is a treasury of vitamins A, E and minerals magnesium, calcium and zinc. Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes, accelerates the regeneration of mucous membranes, is recommended for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, hypertension.
Use hemp oil in the cold (under the influence of temperature fatty acids are oxidized) as an addition to salads, groats or bread.
Hemp extractors are fighting for EU approval
In Poland and the European Union, products derived from hemp seeds and their derivatives, such as flour and seed oil, can be marketed without restrictions. The problem is, however, other parts of the plant, i.e. leaves, flowers, stems and hemp extracts.