Right – so the short answer is no – because weed seeds do not contain any THC (main psychoactive compound) or CBD.
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 rather 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 of chemical compounds that get you high, so we can put that topic 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?
Apart from being an excellent source of protein, cannabis seeds can help you manage weight problems and also round off your diet with essential nutrients including certain vitamins and omega fatty acids. In fact, 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’s 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 – because then, you’ll get those wonderful THC levels that do get you high.
A Quick Primer on Marijuana Seeds
Just 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 actually 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.
In fact, 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. Majority of cannabis’s medicinal benefits come by way of 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 when it comes to 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
Abundant source of easily digestible, natural protein
Ask any well-established nutritionist, and chances are you will hear that proteins derived from plants are a lot healthier and even easier to digest than the regular animal-based variety. In fact, data revealed in a recent study where health records of over 130,000 people in a span of 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 17th 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 power 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 which is responsible for boosting nitric oxide in the blood. This helps the blood vessels relax and dilate, which in turn, reduces heart attack risk, lowers blood pressure, and improves 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 full 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 not only improve heart health and blood flow, but also 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 on a regular basis can be an excellent way to prevent certain diseases, and promote whole body wellness as well as general health.
In fact, based on their cardiovascular benefits alone, cannabis seeds have been shown to cut down the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and a few other psychological conditions. Therefore, marijuana seeds can not only promote physical but also mental wellbeing.
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 have been known to help loose 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 in a healthy way.
Okay, Great – No High but so Many Healthy Benefits – How do I Eat Them?
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 to first 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 also including cannabis stems and dried leaves as well.
Shelled cannabis seeds can be sprinkled on all kinds of foods like hummus, salads, yogurt, 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.
Closing Thoughts on Can You Get High from eating Marijuana Seeds?
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.