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Why Eat Marijuana Seeds: 5 Key Health Benefits to Know About

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the growth of industrial hemp in the United States. However, it depends on individual states submitting details of a hemp program to the government. Nonetheless, the law ended the 81-year prohibition of hemp.

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.

Were they doing this to get high? No. (Maybe some of them were.)

Instead, they were cultivating hemp for the boundless nutritional components of the seed. They also knew about its use for the construction/textile components of the stalk and stem. During that era, people used hemp fibers to make rope, paper, clothes, etc.

Here is a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”

Unlike hemp, cannabis remains federally illegal. Even so, many Americans are finding a way to incorporate marijuana seeds into their diet. They are doing so for the same reasons those colonists did in the 17th century.

In this article, we go over five key health benefits of marijuana seeds. We also outline why you should establish them as a staple part of your daily nutritional intake.

First Things First: A Brief Background on Marijuana Seeds and Their Uses

When we say “marijuana seeds,” we mean cannabis seeds in general. In terms of essential nutritional benefits, there is no discernible difference between a hemp seed and a cannabis seed. The seeds of marijuana do not contain cannabinoids; you find those in the flower, stems, stalks, and leaves.

There is a big difference in potential medicinal properties between the seeds of the cannabis/hemp plant, and the plant material.

Most of marijuana’s medicinal properties come from the presence of active cannabinoids and certain terpenes, flavonoids, etc. Since marijuana seeds don’t have cannabinoids, we don’t use them for medicinal/therapeutic purposes.

However, what they lack in “therapeutic cannabinoids,” they more than make up for in general health and nutritional benefits. Their omega acid and protein content, for example, is nearly second to none in terms of plant-derived foods.

You will find hemp seed products in grocery stores and health food outlets. However, marijuana seeds remain classified as a cannabis product. Therefore, their legality depends on where you live. We urge you not to buy them if you don’t live in a legal state. You are better off sticking with hemp seeds in that instance.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the top five reasons why you should eat marijuana seeds.

Can You Eat Marijuana Seeds? Yes, You Can… Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why You SHOULD!

1) High in Natural, Easy-to-Digest Protein

Most nutritional experts claim that plant-based proteins are healthier and easier for the body to digest than animal-based proteins. A study by Budhathoki et al., published in JAMA in August 2019, compared animal and plant protein consumption.

The researchers looked at the health records of more than 130,000 people over thirty years. They found that individuals who did not consume animal protein had “substantially lower death rates than meat-eaters.” Also, for every 3% increase in plant protein-calorie intake, the risk of death was reduced by 10%.

Marijuana seeds are one of the best sources of natural, plant-based protein that you can find. This is why farmers all over the world used cannabis seed “mash” to nourish their livestock before it became illegal. It’s also why bodybuilding hemp seed protein powder is becoming more popular.

It is (probably) why world-class fighters like Ronda Rousey start their morning off with a dose of hemp hearts before hitting the gym.

2) Can Help You Lose (or Gain) Weight!

Cannabis seed-based diets could help people gain or lose weight. Marijuana seeds are full of vitamins (particularly Vitamin E) and minerals (including potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc). They also contain protein and can keep you fuller for longer.

On the flip side, they’re also good for helping to gain weight healthily due to these same nutritional characteristics. Whether you want a filling snack or a superb supplement to add or maintain lean muscle mass, cannabis seeds are worth a try. They have a pleasant ‘nutty’ flavor that can add zest to healthy snacks like salads and plain yogurt.

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3) Crucial Omega Fatty Acid Content

Human beings do not naturally produce Omega fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6. Therefore, we have to consume them from outside sources. However, some say hemp seeds have the most abundant source of natural Omega acids in the entire plant kingdom. This means they have more than Chia seeds, walnuts, and flaxseed.

Omega-3 fatty acids help promote a healthy brain and heart. The omegas are also amino acids that are essential for protein production.

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4) They Are REALLY Good for Your Heart

Marijuana seeds are heart-healthy because diets high in Omega acids reduce blood pressure. You also benefit from a lower risk of stroke-inducing blood clot formation and increased overall cardiovascular function.

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.

Finally, the gamma-linoleic acid that’s abundant in marijuana can reduce the production of specific proteins that result in inflammation. This is particularly the case with inflammation of the heart and surrounding cardiovascular tissue.

5) Disease Prevention and Whole-Body Wellness

Consuming marijuana seeds regularly is potentially a great way to prevent disease and promote general health and whole-body wellness.

Their cardiovascular benefits could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other psychological conditions. In theory, then, cannabis seeds could promote mental health and well-being as much as they do physical.

By the way, marijuana seeds are one of the only plant-based food sources that contain every single amino acid required for human survival! Some nutritional gurus claim these seeds are the most “nutritionally complete food source in the world.”

How Can You Eat Marijuana Seeds?

It’s not that difficult! You can eat marijuana seeds raw, cooked, shelled, or unshelled. You don’t have to prepare or otherwise process them to reap the health and nutrition benefits.

However, they are a lot more enjoyable when you make a little ‘meal’ out of them, instead of consuming them raw.

One of our favorite ways to eat hemp seeds is to roast them. Then, we combine them with a crunchy, plant-based snack. For example, kale chips make for a fantastic combination.

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.

You can sprinkle shelled marijuana seeds on top of different kinds of foods to spice them up. Examples include oatmeal, quinoa, yogurt, hummus, salads, and smoothies. You could press the raw seeds for oil, or grind them into a fine powder for flour, protein supplement, or milk. You will need specialized equipment for this technique, however.

Final Thoughts: Health Benefits of Eating Cannabis Seeds

It’s important to distinguish between medicinal cannabis-based products (i.e., CBD oils), and marijuana seeds. The former contains cannabinoids and comes from the leaves, flowers, stems, and stalk of the plant. The latter is consumed purely for their nutritional/health benefits. You will not experience an intoxicating high with cannabis seeds. Please note that these seeds remain illegal in states without a medical or recreational marijuana law.

The next time you decide to toss away “useless” marijuana seeds from the weed you’re about to use, stop!

Put them aside and make a smoothie out of them. Alternatively, grind them and sprinkle over a salad. You could even pop them into your mouth like you’re eating some sunflower seeds. If you make a habit out of this, your body will thank you in the long run!

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What is a Grinder and how do I use it?

Weed grinder is one of the many objects and devices that have emerged in the Grow shop market over the last few decades. The professionalization of the sector has led to the emergence of hundreds or thousands of gadgets that make life easier for both growers and consumers of cannabis. Grinder is one of the best-selling cannabis paraphernalia products, but do we know what it is.

⭐ What’s a grinder?

The Spanish translation of grinder is “amolador”, which would be something like a chopper or shredder, so when we say “grindar” or “grindear” we mean to chop or grind the weed.

A grinder is a small object composed of at least 2 parts, which are separated to leave a gap between the two to place our buds. This hollow or internal chamber contains different protrusions or spikes that, when turned, intertwine with each other, crushing the dried flower to leave it in small and homogeneous pieces, perfect for rolling and consuming.

Cannabis grinders are usually metallic, made of wood or plastic, originally they were made of wood and with internal steel spikes. Nowadays there are thousands of different models of grinders, of many materials, colors and even different uses. Would you like to see some of them? Continue reading…

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⛳ What is a grinder used for?

Their main mission is to grind cannabis. When we chop weed and it is crushed in a homogeneous way the joint combustion in an adequate way, this is due to the fact that it can be pressed better when the pieces of bud are smaller. In this way it burns uniformly, achieving a more consistent taste.

Another advantage is that marijuana is used more, because when you grind the weed by hand a lot of resin remains attached to our skin, and they are lost trichomes, the most valuable part of the plant. And how did we do to grind cannabis before the invention of the grinder?

Normally scissors or hands were used directly, but it took longer and as we saw before it was much worse.

✨ Types of grinder

It would be impossible to name all the types of Grinder for chopping cannabis that we have on the market, so we will make a selection of the best of each kind:

    : Right now they are the most common, their low manufacturing price has led many companies in the grow sector to have their own grinders for advertising, giving them away massively at fairs, cannabic cups and other events.
  • Metallic grinder: They are usually the most expensive, but they can also last much longer than plastic grinders. They are usually magnetized, very easy to clean, and there are many different models.
  • Wooden grinder: It is the favorite bud chopper of the puritans, many have engraved drawings, and with good maintenance can last forever.
  • Quick grinder: It is metallic, made with first quality materials, and the finish seems to have left the Apple factory, turns like a Mercedes engine and chops up the marijuana like no other. To facilitate the evacuation of the cannabis once chopped, contains 2 external buttons so you do not even have to clean it so much. : For the most comfortable ones, with this grinder you won’t have to turn to grind, just put the bud, press the button, and your weed will be chopped.
  • Grinder card: It was one of the last models on the market, its operation is similar to that of a cheese grater, rubbing the bud against the blades of the relief and gradually crumbling.
  • Grinder with pollinator: Probably they are the ones that take advantage better of the marijuana, since they contain a lower chamber where the Kief that the buds release is deposited. This way nothing escapes.
  • Grinder clock: This is a occultation model, at first it looks like you wear a normal watch, but contains a simple grinder that goes completely unnoticed.
  • Homemade grinder: We’ve seen friends or customers make their own homemade grinder, in some cases it even worked well, but most, made with caps and other everyday objects, weren’t worth it. Honestly, because of the cost and the work involved in making it at home, I don’t think it’s a good solution.
  • Grinder with storage: It is a mixture between a jar to store and transport buds, and a grinder. It is made of very hard and resistant plastic and is very practical when you leave home.
  • Grinder with mill: It has a crank to turn the mechanism that chops weed, it is striking and some contain a pollinator to collect the Kief.

Apart from these there are many more types, shaped like dice, others that look like billiard balls, comic characters, or even insects.

How to use a weed grinder?

Well, this depends on the model of course, but in general what is done is to separate the parts of the grinder, place the dry cannabis inside, close by joining both parts, turn while squeezing a little, and reopen to evacuate the ground pot.

So it is done with the great majority of models, those of plastic, wood, Quick grinder and many others are based on that performance. The one with mill also, although in this case contains a crank to facilitate its operation.

Here are some animated gifts that show you how a normal grinder works step by step:

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How to use a grinder with pollinator?

The operation of the grinder with pollinator is similar to other types. The difference is that this model contains a chamber at the bottom where it accumulates the kief released by the buds during crushing.

The grinder is uncovered and a bud is introduced, closed and turned a few turns, so far it works as usual. Then the lower half is unscrewed, which contains both the compartment where the ground weed is, and the chamber that holds the kief, which is also unscrewed and separated. These 2 lower parts are separated by a mesh of approximately 150 microns.

How do I get pollen out of the grinder?

To evacuate the pollen or kief accumulated in the grinder is very simple. You only have to unscrew the lower chamber, and with the help of a spike, or a small spatula we scrape well inside, also the mesh where is usually trapped enough resin, and throw it on a baking paper or similar.

When we remove the kief or pollen the ideal is to take advantage to clean the mesh that filters and the rest of the grinder with the help of alcohol, so that it always works perfectly.

How do I use the grinder card?

It is very easy, its operation is similar to a cheese grater. As you will see, the grinder card contains some small holes in the surface, which have sharp edges. These holes are used to filter the small pieces of buds when they are cut.

The ideal thing is to prepare a tray so that those pieces of weed fall on it, it is also worth a paper or any container. Then we take the grinder card with one hand, and with the other the bud we want to consume. We rub the bud on the surface of the card where it has the holes, from one side to the other and doing some pressure, as when we grate cheese, but controlling that the chopped weed falls on the tray or what we have prepared. Then all that’s left is to roll or carry the cannabis and enjoy.

✅ How to crush or grind grass without a grinder?

Years ago scissors were used to cut weed and still some purist users use them today. It takes more time and work but the result is not bad to roll a joint, although the grinder is much more efficient.

Another way to grind weed without a grinder is to chop marijuana by hand, we’ve all used this method once and we have found that it is not a very interesting option. A good part of the bud resin remains adhered to our fingers, the better is the marijuana that we are going to grind, the more resin is wasted. This is bad because apart from losing many of our trichomes, it prevents you from rolling the joint easily afterwards, since the paper sticks to your resinous fingers.

Tips for using and maintaining the grinder

One of the most important things when using the grinder to grind cannabis is to consider our health. I see a lot of people who take a whole bud, put it inside, make 3 or 4 turns, open it and make a joint with all crushed vegetable material, even stems! Don’t do it please, before grinding the cannabis make sure you have removed all the stems that the bud contains, you must try to reduce the risks associated with combustion.

Can You Smoke Cannabis Seeds?

So you’re either a serious cannabis cultivator with a side hustle or occasionally grow marijuana in your backyard to get your hands on high-quality and inexpensive weed for a good smoking session.

However, it appears that your current weed stash is running out and so you look at your packet of cannabis seeds or bowl of marijuana stems and start to wonder if you can smoke them. After all, if the buds and flowers can get you buzzed, then should the seeds not have the same effect?

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

If you have had these thoughts, then you are not alone! Most marijuana consumers at some point in their weed consumption journey start to wonder if it is safe to smoke cannabis seeds.

Smoking cannabis seeds

Technically, you can crush cannabis seeds into a powdered form and try smoking them. However, does that mean you should? The short answer is no.

The long answer is that there is no good reason for you to smoke cannabis seeds unless you are looking forward to getting a headache afterwards.

Marijuana seeds have little to no THC and CBD content which are the chemical compounds in marijuana flowers and buds that are responsible for having a mind-altering effect on you and getting you buzzed. Additionally, cannabis seeds create sharp crackling and popping sounds when they are smoked, which contributes to an incredibly uncomfortable smoking session. Plus, smoking cannabis seeds and stems will be harsh on your lungs and irritate the body’s airways, even if you are a chronic smoker.

Long-term effects of smoking weed seeds are even worse! Marijuana seeds produce carcinogenic chemicals and toxins which can damage your respiratory system.

You can get creative and use your weed seeds in other ways, but smoking them is a bad idea!

What to do with cannabis seeds?

So you’ve talked yourself out of the horrible idea of smoking cannabis seeds and now you’re wondering what to do with them?

Here are a few things that can be done:

Add them to food

Despite being void in THC and CBD content, cannabis seeds are rich in amino acids, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin A.

You can add them to meals such as salads, pasta, dressings, and oatmeal for a nutty and nutritional crunch!

Consider selling them

If you cannot be bothered to come up with unique and interesting ideas for what to do with your cannabis seeds, then consider selling them to others to make a quick buck.

Just make sure that you have enough information about the seeds you are selling.

Grow a pot plant

The most effective use of cannabis seeds is to grow a pot plant. Even if you are not an expert cannabis cultivator, growing weed does not require you to know rocket science.

You can do it so long as you do your research, are responsible, and put in the due effort.

The bottom line

The bottom line is that it is not a good idea to smoke your weed seeds.

It does not matter how tempted you are or how desperate times may get, there are plenty of other things you can do with them!

Spare yourself the risk of getting a throbbing headache and thank us later!