Marijuana seed sales have gone up the past months in Canada because of so many people wanting to grow their own supply. Marijuana seeds, whether sativa, indica or hybrid strains are selling so fast, some people decided to buy online because local seed banks just can’t handle the demand.
But surprisingly, there are some people who don’t grow their seeds but instead, they eat them. Are marijuana seeds delicious? What are the benefits of eating cannabis seeds?
Marijuana Seeds Benefits
Marijuana seeds come from sativa cannabis plants. These are tall and lanky plants that prefer the outdoors where they can stretch and grow up to their best size. Sativas have longer flowering times compared to indica but they make up for it by developing moderate to high yields.
Sativas can energize while indicas cause sedation, this is what we have believed over the years however, this may not be exactly true. There are now strains that can energize and yet are indicas and strains which can relax and yet are pure sativas. It’s all about the number of cannabinoids or the compounds in plants that are important.
Cannabinoids found in Sativa Plants
Marijuana plants contain natural cannabinoids and two of the most common are THC or tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD or cannabidiol. THC is the cause of the psychoactive effects in weed. CBD is the therapeutic compound that delivers the weed’s therapeutic effects.
Sativa plants, the source of marijuana seeds, may have more THC and less CBD which means that the strain is a recreational strain and that it can give you psychoactive effects. Sativa strains may also have more CBD and less THC which means that this a medicinal strain rather than a recreational.
There are sativa plants with balanced THC and CBD and this can make users relieve a number of medical conditions while still enjoying a good or mild high.
Are there Cannabinoids in Marijuana Seeds?
Unfortunately, cannabinoids are not yet fully developed in seeds. You cannot get high when you eat seeds as much as you cannot use seeds to treat medical conditions that marijuana buds and plant parts can.
There is no CBD or THC in marijuana seeds. You might even get an upset stomach from eating too many seeds! There is another form of cannabis called hemp and hemp seeds are useful because these can be manufactured into hemp oil.
The only way for marijuana seeds to be medically useful is to grow it so that these will become healthy marijuana sativa plants AND grow buds which have therapeutic and recreational effects.
Medical Benefits of Marijuana
Sativa strains may have considerable amounts of CBD or THC which may help treat the following conditions:
Based on a review by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, tens of thousands of studies regarding the benefits and the side effects of using marijuana as medicine has shown that most marijuana users used weed to relieve chronic pain. This condition is known as the leading cause of disability in the US and affects more than 25 million adults.
Marijuana is used to relieve chronic pain because of the cannabinoids in weed which bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and this reduces chronic pain including muscle pains, headaches and all kinds of chronic pains.
Some studies have shown that cannabis may be effective in the relief of nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. Smoked or vaporized cannabis may stop the side effects of chemotherapy and help patients live normally despite cancer treatment.
There are also some studies about cancer cells that reveal that the cannabinoids found in marijuana can slow down the development of cancer cells. These studies also revealed that although marijuana is safe for the treatment of cancer, it may not be used in curing or controlling cancer.
Despite a large number of therapeutic effects of marijuana, the FDA has approved only one marijuana-based drug and this is for the treatment of epilepsy. In June 2018, Epidolex received a go signal from the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of two kinds of severe epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
Epidolex has pure CBD and patients have reported reduced symptoms of epilepsy and reduced frequency as well. CBD is not psychoactive which is why the drug was approved.
Another study that was published in 2017 has shown that CBD can reduce seizures in children that were affected by Dravet syndrome than taking a placebo. The seizures in Dravet syndrome are prolonged, repetitive and can pose a risk to life. According to experts, one in five children who have Dravet syndrome will not reach 20 years of age.
Still another research about Dravet syndrome found a very interesting conclusion. The respondents were randomly given medications with oral CBD products or placebo taken 14 weeks along with their medications. Based on the findings, patients that received CBD solution had around 12 seizures in a month while three patients who took CBD did not experience any seizures at all.
Patients who took a placebo experienced a reduction in seizures but were not as prominent. From 15 seizures a month, they only had 14 episodes a month. This study also revealed that there are side effects related to the use of CBD.
9 in 10 children that received CBD treatment have experienced side effects like fatigue, fever, and vomiting. The manufacturer of Epidolex warns patients of the possible side effects when taking the drug. Just some of the possible side effects are sleepiness, liver damage, and suicidal thoughts.
Marijuana use may improve your memory which is very useful in aging adults. Seniors may find their memory waning because of aging. Taking marijuana on a regular basis can boost memory and keep seniors more active so that they can have better and more fulfilling lives.
Aside from being effective in the relief of chronic pain, marijuana can block out muscle pain and strain. Muscle pain is common in people who exercise and those who need tremendous physical strength in their daily activities like laborers, construction workers, farmers, firefighters and so on.
The natural cannabinoids in marijuana can stop pain naturally so you won’t have to use chemicals like analgesics to cope with pain. There are also minimal side effects related to marijuana use for pain.
Nausea and vomiting
As mentioned, marijuana products are used to stop nausea and vomiting as a result of chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Usually, cancer patients quit chemo because of its unforgiving side effects. But taking marijuana with chemotherapy can help ease symptoms so that patients can continue their treatments comfortably.
Lack of appetite
Poor appetite may also be due to cancer treatments and other medical conditions. Patients can suffer from metabolic problems and even malnutrition if their lack of appetite persists. Medicating with marijuana can boost appetite because this is one of the natural side effects of most strains. The munchies can help you improve your overall health so you can better handle chemotherapy treatments and other conditions.
There are studies that show that marijuana products taken orally may reduce symptoms related to multiple sclerosis. Patients who took part in the study have reported that there was an improvement in the symptoms of spasticity however, the positive effects were easily seen in the overall health of the participants of the study.
Drug addiction and alcoholism
A study of the effects of marijuana in the treatment of drug addiction was featured in the journal Clinical Psychology. This study showed that cannabis may support patients that are undergoing alcohol or opioid addiction. Marijuana’s natural compounds can help fight their addictions and help them live better and healthier lives
Depression, anxiety, and PTSD
According to a study published in the Clinical Psychology Review, marijuana may support patients who are suffering from depression and PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.
The study pointed out that cannabis use is not a treatment for conditions like psychosis. The study also mentioned that marijuana can help reduce symptoms of conditions like anxiety. Meanwhile, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said that regular users of cannabis may also lead to an increase in the symptoms of social anxiety.
More Studies needed for Marijuana’s Medicinal Effects
According to scientists and health groups like the ACS or the American Cancer Society, there is a need for more research on medical marijuana to treat health conditions as well as mental health conditions.
You might be thinking of using marijuana for its many side effects as well, just like many people around the world. But the key to getting the best relief is to consult a marijuana-friendly doctor to help you out. He will guide you in the use of marijuana as medicine and prescribe the right strain and dose according to your needs.
Never take medicinal marijuana without the proper guidance of your doctor. Do not take marijuana seeds because these don’t have any medical use.