Why is this declaration for marijuana seeds and legal hemp so significant? Read more… They may all look the same, but within them lies infinite variety. Here we present ten interesting facts about cannabis seeds for you to enjoy and share. Well, no. Eating cannabis seeds does not get you high. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't eat them! Here's why.
DEA Declares Marijuana Seeds Below THC Limit are Legal Hemp
A January letter from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) revealed its official stance that marijuana seeds with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration lower than 0.3% on a dry weight basis are considered hemp and are not controlled under the Controlled Substances Act. This declaration is significant because a marijuana product’s legality was previously thought to be determined by whether it was sourced from marijuana or hemp. This new guidance establishes that the legality of marijuana seeds, tissue culture, and other genetic material depends solely on delta-9 THC concentration.
Guidance on marijuana seeds
The 2018 Farm Bill excluded hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)’s definition of marijuana, lifting control on all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., so long as such parts don’t exceed 0.3% delta-9 THC concentration. Shane Pennington, a New York attorney, wrote to DEA requesting the control status of Cannabis sativa L. seeds, tissue culture, and other genetic material of the plant under the CSA. In response, DEA conducted a statutory review of the CSA and its implementing regulations and determined that legality, and thus control status, hinges on delta-9 THC concentration.
Thus, marijuana seeds with a delta-9 THC concentration of less than 0.3% on a dry weight basis meet the definition of hemp and are not controlled under the CSA. Conversely, marijuana seeds with a delta-9 THC concentration above 0.3% on a dry weight basis constitute marijuana, which remains a Schedule I substance under the CSA.
Both hemp and marijuana seeds generally contain nominal THC levels that do not exceed 0.3%, however, this doesn’t guarantee that the resulting plant’s THC level will also fall below the threshold. By differentiating solely on the seeds’ THC concentration, it follows that DEA’s letter may have implied that individuals can legally possess what otherwise would be considered marijuana seeds, so long as the seeds have less than 0.3% THC. However, DEA’s guidance fails to address whether people may possess marijuana seeds and avoid criminal prosecution under the CSA if the plants produced from such seeds were to exceed the permitted THC concentration. Keep in mind that despite the laws in your state, it remains federally illegal to use any cannabis seeds with the intent of growing marijuana. Additionally, the DEA’s letter is only guidance without the full force and effect of the law or of official DEA regulation.
In addition to guidance on marijuana seeds, DEA again relies on the delta-9 THC concentration to clarify the control status of other material derived or extracted from the cannabis plant, such as tissue culture and other genetic material. This guidance mirrors that of marijuana seeds, namely that if such material has a delta-9 THC concentration of less than 0.3% on a dry weight basis, that material constitutes hemp and is not controlled under the CSA. Conversely, material that exceeds the 0.3% delta-9 THC limit constitutes marijuana, which remains a Schedule I controlled substance under the CSA.
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10 Interesting Facts About Cannabis Seeds
Cannabis seeds are the very essence of our mission, not just part of our company name. We love them, we’re fascinated by them, and we want to share our knowledge with you! Here are ten facts about cannabis seeds that every ‘cannasseur’ should know.
Cannabis seeds may all look pretty much the same, but within those brown, speckled hulls, the potential for infinite variety is captured. From industrial hemp to carefully refined sativas, from the latest autoflowering strains to the oldest cannabis seeds yet found, it all starts from a seed! Here we present ten interesting facts about cannabis seeds for you to enjoy and share.
1. All cannabis seeds look the same
There is no visible difference between regular cannabis seeds, feminized cannabis seeds, autoflowering cannabis seeds, and seeds for growing industrial hemp plants. For this reason, always buy your cannabis seeds from a reputable seed bank (such as Sensi Seeds and White Label Seed Company) so that you definitely know what you’re getting.
2. Cannabis seeds are edible
You can eat cannabis seeds, and they’re good for you! Cannabis sativa L. seeds are a great source of protein, and contain a near-perfect balance of the essential fatty acids (EFA) omega 3, 6 and 9. These are vital to human health and cannot be produced by the body. It is better to eat hemp seeds than cannabis seeds as the former are a lot cheaper! There is no difference in the EFA content of the seeds – just the THC content of the plants they produce. Cannabis seeds do not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or any other psychoactive substance.
3. A single cannabis plant can produce hundreds of seeds
A single cannabis plant can produce hundreds of cannabis seeds – even over a thousand! – depending on its size and the efficiency of pollination. Some hemp strains are bred to enhance seed production for when seeds are the primary crop – for example, for use as a food source.
Can Eating Cannabis Seeds Get You High?
Okay, that’s dealt with. But don’t click away just yet!
If you’ve ever wondered so as to whether marijuana seeds are even edible, to begin with – yes, they are – and you don’t have to worry about going on a trip. In fact, Canada has already legalised shelled hemp seeds which can be added to food. They taste somewhat oily, and many have described them as tasting like sunflower seeds.
So, we’ve established one thing early on: there’s no high to be found by eating marijuana seeds because that’s what they are: plain ol’ seeds. As you may or may not know, cannabis seeds do not contain any chemical compounds that get you high, so we can put that one to rest.
However, it pays to know why so many love consuming raw cannabis seeds – there are actually a plethora of health benefits to be had.
Why Would Anyone Eat Marijuana Seeds if They Don’t Get You High?
Besides being an excellent protein source, cannabis seeds can help you manage weight problems and round off your diet with essential nutrients, including certain vitamins and omega-fatty acids.
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.
Marijuana seeds can also help excrete toxins out of the body faster while also improving the immune system. As far as we know, there have been no side effects of consuming raw cannabis seeds, and to quickly reiterate: there’s no high to be found, sorry!
So whether you’re planning to eat marijuana seeds or hemp seeds, go right ahead and indulge – enjoy the health benefits and the creamy, oily taste – but they will not get you high. There are no two ways about it.
The only way for you to enjoy a high is if you sow the seed and let the plant mature. Then how you consume is up to you.
A Quick Primer on Marijuana Seeds
To be perfectly clear, the term “marijuana seeds” is a collective reference to cannabis seeds in general. For example, when it comes to nutritional benefits, there is no significant difference between a hemp seed and a cannabis seed, which has the potential to produce a high-THC and potent strain through its flower, stalk, stem and leaves.
This is where the big distinction lies when it comes to the medicinal prowess of cannabis or hemp plant seeds versus the actual plant material. Most of the cannabis’s therapeutic benefits come from active chemical compounds like THC and CBD, as well as certain flavonoids and terpenes. Since cannabis seeds do not contain any of this “good stuff”, they are useless for therapeutic or recreational (euphoric high) purposes.
But there is a silver lining and a big, glaring one at that: consuming marijuana seeds offers a host of health and nutritional benefits, namely their protein and omega fatty acid content. In fact, this nutrition is second to none regarding plant-derived foods.
So, if you can’t get high from seeds alone and there are no therapeutic benefits, then what are we left with? This shouldn’t stop you from making those seeds a part of your daily nutritional regimen. Let’s expand on that:
No High – But a World of Health Benefits
An abundant source of easily digestible, natural protein
Ask any well-established nutritionist, and chances are you will hear that proteins derived from plants are much healthier and easier to digest than the regular animal-based variety.
Data revealed in a recent study where health records of over 130,000 people over 30 years were examined; it was discovered that participants who did not consume any animal protein had noticeably lower death rates than regular meat-eating participants; that where there was an increase in every 3% caloric intake from plant protein, death risk was effectively cut down by 10%.
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.
This also explains why hemp seed protein powder 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.
Heart Health Booster
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.
Moreover, cannabis seeds have a lot of arginine – an amino acid responsible for boosting the blood’s nitric oxide. This helps the blood vessels relax and dilate, reducing heart attack risk, lowering blood pressure, and improving overall cardiovascular function. Hemp seeds, in fact, have been recommended by many nutritionists to help patients recover faster following a heart attack.
Rich in Omega Fatty Acids
Even though omega fatty acids are a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to total body wellness and vital organ health, as human beings, we cannot produce omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids on our own. This is why we need them from a food source. As you may already know, omega fatty acids can improve heart health and blood flow and, boost cognitive function, eyesight, joint health, and reduce inflammation.
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.
Whole Body Wellness and Disease Prevention
When you take just some of the benefits into consideration, it’s easy to understand why consuming cannabis seeds regularly can be an excellent way to prevent certain diseases and promote whole body wellness as well as general health.
And just to reiterate, marijuana seeds happen to be one of the only few plant-based foods that contain a rich amino acid profile – that’s every single amino acid required for survival. Perhaps this is why many leading growers and cultivators have described the cannabis/hemp seed as the most nutritionally well-rounded food source ever.
Good for Losing or Gaining Weight
A diet rich in cannabis seeds has been known to help lose or gain weight. Does this sound confusing or counter-intuitive?
Obese people can benefit from consuming seeds because they contain lots of vitamins, including Vitamin E, and essential minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and calcium – nutrients that can help overweight people stay fuller and feel more satiated around the clock.
On the other hand, the very same nutritional attributes found in cannabis seeds can help you gain weight (the good kind) if consumed healthily.
How do I eat Cannabis Seeds?
All aboard the cannabis health train! Now the next step – what’s the best way to eat them?
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.
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.
A very popular way of consuming hemp seeds, for instance, is first to roast them and then mix them with a crunchy snack like kale chips. Some folks even roast their cannabis seeds and throw them in boiling water along with their favourite spices – a great way to increase the nutritional bang of your choice of tea by including cannabis stems and dried leaves.
Shelled cannabis seeds can be sprinkled on all kinds of foods like hummus, salads, yoghurt, quinoa, smoothies, etc. you can even press raw seeds for oil, grind them up into a nice flour or make a protein supplement out of them by mixing in your favourite peanut butter snack or protein shake.
Let’s just leave all the “high” stuff to the actual plant, is what we say. With such a unique range of health benefits, you’d want to think long and hard before tossing out those delightful seeds.
Cultivation information, and media is given for those of our clients who live in countries where cannabis cultivation is decriminalised or legal, or to those that operate within a licensed model. We encourage all readers to be aware of their local laws and to ensure they do not break them.
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