Cannabis as Food

Does Cannabis Have a Legitimate Food Value?

What is the true food value of Cannabis? Did you know that Hemp seeds contain all 20 essential amino acids including the 9 our bodies cannot produce on their own?

Hemp seed oil consists of approximately 10 percent saturated fatty acids. The bulk of hemp seed oil, around 60 percent, consists of the polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid. One more omega-6 fat that hemp seed oil includes is of gamma-linolenic acid, although only 5 percent of the oil contains this type of omega-6. Lastly, hemp seed oil includes approximately 15 percent of the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid understood as alpha-linolenic acid. Within hemp seed oil, the ratio between omega-6 to omega-3 equals 3:1, or perhaps somewhat less, depending upon the plant strain. This positive ratio helps to compensate, somewhat, for the general overuse of omega-6 fats in most American’s diets.

An excellent way to enjoy the nutritional worth of the hemp plant are through hemp seeds! Hemp seeds are tasty raw just by themselves. They can be ground into flour or sprouted or pressed to make hemp milk. You can use them to make tea, or in baking. Hemp seeds are just one of the planet’s best resources of conveniently digestible, high-quality protein. This hemp healthy protein is outstanding due to the fact that, as most of us understand, proteins are amongst the body’s most needed crucial nutrients. They can support the development of lean muscle mass and repair tissue. The main percentage of protein, 65% is of the high-quality Edistin variety, making hemp one of the highest possible vegan source of this essential protein that’s needed for immune system wellness. The final 35% consists of albumin protein. Hemp’s digestible healthy proteins are quickly assimilated into the gut. Hemp protein is likewise an excellent choice if you’re allergic to the more common sources of vegetable protein like soy or conventional non-vegan dairy products.

Nutrition Facts about Hemp Seeds

 

 

Hemp Seeds

 

Hemp seeds are technically nuts and are also called hemp hearts. They come from the hemp plant and belong to the same species as cannabis or marijuana. However, hemp seeds do not have the same effects as cannabis as they have only traces of THC, the active compound in marijuana.  Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious seeds on the planet. Hemp seeds have been grown for several years as a source of edible seeds, oil, fiber, lubricant and fuel.

 

How Many Grams of Protein Do Hemp Seeds Have in a Serving?

Hemp seeds are considered to be a complete protein. They are one of the best vegetarian sources of protein and are quite easy for the body to digest and absorb. 100 grams of shelled hemp seeds contain 37 grams of protein, 45 grams of fat and 580 calories.

 

How to Consume Hemp Seeds?

Hemp seeds have a mild nutty flavor and you can eat the shelled seeds or the hemp hearts by themselves as a snack or sprinkle them on any dish to enhance the nutrition. You can sprinkle them onto your cereals, smoothies, salads or yogurt. You can blend hemp seeds with water to make hemp milk that you can use instead of dairy milk in beverages and other recipes. The hemp oil can be used to drizzle over grilled vegetables, popcorn, whole wheat pasta or used to make salad dressings.

 

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are extremely nutritious and a great source of protein and essential fatty acids. They contain all 20 essential amino acids and the 9 essential amino acids that our body cannot manufacture, which makes hemp seeds a complete protein. Hemp seeds are a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, potassium and sulfur. This “superfood” helps to improve cardiovascular health, metabolism, digestion and balance hormones.33 34 35 36 37 38.

The excerpt above is from https://dublue.com/test-the-ultimate-high-protein-foods-list

Here to find out about more Hemp and CBD Benefits

Israel & Cannabis

Israel & Cannabis

Why Does this tiny Country Dominate the Cannabis World? In the following article, find out the 5 main reasons why Israel is in the forefront for cannabis research in these areas: hybridization, hydroponics, decriminalization, accessibility, & accurate dosage delivery....

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What is CBD & How to use it?

What is CBD & How to use it?

Its seems like of all the questions people ask, "What is CBD and how is it used?,"  is the most often asked. I found this great article in the Street that really nails it and wanted to share it with you all. In it the author breaks down the mechanics and beauty of how...

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Surprising Story Reveals People Ditching Medications for CBD Products

This story appeared first here:

Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines

The largest survey on cannabidiol or CBD usage to date found that women were more likely than men to use CBD. Once they started using it, were likely to drop their traditional medicine. A new survey from Brightfield Group and HelloMD covered 2,400 of HelloMD’s community of 150,000 members. They did a deep dive into the usage of CBD products and their effectiveness. HelloMD is an online community that brings together doctors and cannabis patients…  is how the article starts out- read more.

CBD/cannabidiol continues to get traction in the consciousness of individuals for a simple reason. When people find out how effective CBD is for them, they too want to try it out on what ails them. Then when they see and feel the results for themselves, it gives them confidence to stop using traditional pharmaceutical drugs that don’t work as well or have unpleasant side effects.

The survey summarized that roughly “66% of CBD users indicated that CBD products are either ‘more effective’ or ‘much more effective’ in relieving their medical conditions than are over-the-counter (OTC) products.”  Further, “[a]pproximately 52% of this consumer group indicated that their CBD products are either ‘more effective’ or ‘much more effective’ in relieving medical conditions than are prescription medications.” full article

 

The following video is of an interview with a woman who has ditched traditional medicine for cannabidiol snacks.

 

The video above, from a different source than the article above and linked below, highlights the use of CBD as medication to reduce swelling, pain reduction and seizure mitigation. These curative claims are not supported by the DEA or FDA.

There continues to be confusion in reporting where CBD is derived from, as noted in the video above. Cannabidiol can be derived from one of two sources. CBD can be derived from marijuana and will contain THC which is still considered a Class 1 substance (drug) and is illegal in most states. CBD derived from industrial hemp has less than .03% THC and is legal in all 50 states if grown and harvested per the law.

Link to this story referred to in the video follows where it first appeared: CDB Edibles long list of health benefits

Finally, if you spend any time at all searching the term, CBD Benefits, you will see articles claiming you should only take CBD with no THC, or the reverse that your blend should contain both. Still others tout the benefits of isolates while some voices promote the full spectrum effect of getting all the cannabinoids, terpenes and phyto-nutrients possible.

In her article

CBD vs. THC: Main Differences

from August of 2017, Jessica Lewis wrote about the differences in the forms of Hemp oil available and the potential benefits of using different blends for different applications.

There are various levels of combinations of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenoids that offer benefits to the human body such as the following: dilating blood vessels, protecting damaged brain cells, stimulating bone growth, killing certain kinds of cancer cells, controlling muscle spasticity, preventing seizure, killing viruses and bacteria. And there are just a few of their benefits for the body.

The combination of the varying levels of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenoids seems to make the most efficient medicine for particular symptoms and diseases. On the other hand, the isolated components appear to be less effective but still therapeutic.

Cannabis has been proven to ease general pain, nausea, chemo-induced neuropathy and it also increases appetite and reverses wasting. It is also very efficient in healing damaged brain cells, controlling muscle spasms and seizures, and protecting against the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s and it’s also a very effective antioxidant.   Read article here.

So if you are looking for the best way to treat an issue you may be having, you can see from these articles that finding the right blend, concentration, and purity are the essentials to a great CBD product.

What we take and believe to be one of the best full spectrum CBD products available.

Click to find out about the many other Benefits of using CBD Oil

 

 

Questions Questions Questions About Cannabidiol

Questions Questions Questions About Cannabidiol

Learning to Ask the Right Questions

I’m creating this post about the most asked questions online about cannabidiol to hopefully find the best answers here in a valiant effort to dispel confusion and ignorance around the subject. You may be thinking that’s a rather grandiose assumption. I would have to agree. Well I guess I should say to make an “attempt”.  Actually this is an exercise in dispelling my own ignorance around the subject. It seemed to me that it might be nice to have a reference in one place to find reliable information to quickly get up to speed without having to search around so much.

In attempting (to try) to create good content for my readers about hemp & cannabidiol I realize there is already a bunch of really good stuff out there by some very smart individuals. I’ll continue to search, review and curate the most relevant of that stuff here and in other posts for others to also keep abreast of the science, research, news and legal developments in the world of cannabis/cannabidiol.

This will be a work in progress so please don’t expect the answers to all populate at once. Also I’m a great believer in the question sometimes being more important than the immediate answer. Asking the right question about something before we make a decision around something helps our brains figure things out for us that would otherwise not even enter our minds. These will be listed out as a place to not only find answers but hopefully help others frame questions they simply might not have thought of before. The questions that have been made into links will take you to existing posts on this site & elsewhere that have already dealt with this question.

One more thing, I invite others to add to this list of questions and answers! Your input will help make this a better resource. Please put them in the comments below. Thanks in advance.

Cannabidiol Questions:

These will be categorized by type of question, ie: is, how, who, what, when, where, why etc

Can cannabidiol get you high?  Quick answer is No, never, but it can make you feel relaxed and focused.
Can cannabidiol cure cancer? Need more data but there are a growing number of positive case studies.
Can cannabidiol reverse autism? Reverse, probably not. Others have claimed a reduction in symptoms.
Can you vape cannabidiol? Yes
Can you smoke cannabidiol oil? You can but why?

How much cannabidiol is in hemp oil? Depends on a lot. Extraction method, strain of plant,
How much cannabidiol should I take? 10mg per day is an average maintenance dose- go higher depending on need
How is cannabidiol metabolized? CBD is subjected to a significant first-pass effect; however, unlike THC, a large proportion of the dose is excreted unchanged in the feces [More than 65% is excreted in the feces, ca. 20% being eliminated in the urine. From NCBI
How to get cannabidiol? There are many sources these days for CBD but we think the best source at this time is here.
How to extract cannabidiol from hemp?
How to prescribe cannabidiol?
How to separate cannabidiol?
How to synthesize cannabidiol?
How to get cannabidiol oil?

If I take cannabidiol will I pass a drug test?   “Most work-place drug screens and tests target delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not detect the presence of Cannabidiols or other legal natural hemp based constituents. However, studies have shown that eating hemp foods and oils can cause confirmed positive results when screening urine and blood specimens. Accordingly, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening, we recommend (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest this product. Prior to consuming these products consult with your healthcare practitioner, drug screening\testing company or employer.”

Is cannabidiol oil legal?    Yes when derived from industrial hemp with no THC present.
Is cannabidiol a controlled substance? Yes, when derived from marijuana, according to Federal Statute, because of the presence of THC. In some states where Marijuana is legal, CBD derived from marijuana strains of cannabis is legal in that state for adults. The issue is confusing because the differences in state and federal laws and the difference between hemp and marijuana, both members of cannabis sativa family.

What is cannabidiol cbd?

What are the benefits of using Cannabidiol?
What does cannabinoid mean?
What does cannabidiol feel like?
What is cannabidiol used to treat?
What does cannabidiol do to the body?
What contains cannabidiol?
What states is cannabidiol legal?
What plants have cannabidiol? all 50 states if derived from industrial hemp
What plants contain cannabidiol?
What schedule is cannabidiol?
What is cannabinoid cannabidiol?
What is the youngest age a person can take cannabidiol safely?

When was cannabidiol discovered?

Where is cannabidiol legal?
Where does cannabidiol come from?
Where is cannabidiol found?  Basically, cannabinoids happen naturally in the hemp/cannabis plant. There are many compounds (cannabinoids) of which Cannabidiol (CBD) and THC are the two most well known. Together they are accountable for the advantages & disadvantages of clinical cannabis as well as industrial hemp-based items.
Where to buy cannabidiol products?

Why is cannabidiol illegal?
Why is cannabidiol so expensive?

Videos about the many uses for Hemp

The Amazing Variety of Uses for the Lowly Hemp Plant

Even though this site is by definition, all about CBD/Cannabidiol, I am fascinated by the variety of uses the oils, seeds, stalks, and pulp of the hemp plant can be put to. From textiles to make fabric, clothing and rope to industrial uses like fiberglass and solar panels, as well as building materials all with amazing properties and uses. The plant produces seeds and oils that are healthy for human consumption on a cellular level as well as nutritionally. The plant itself is a cannabinoid factory that also happens to be drout and bug resistant. The plant pulls toxins out of the soil and leaves nutrients in- ideal for crop rotation. Hemp is an ideal source of fuel and enery as well.

 

These videos are a sampling of some of the uses the cannabis hemp plant can be put to apart from our main theme of Hemp CBD oil.

A Vast Hemp Marketplace

Benefits of Farming Hemp

 

WW2 Hemp Film

 

Building With Hemp Prt 1

Processing Hemp

Hemp Superfood

Building With Hemp Prt 2

Hemp Replacing Soy as Superfood

Hemp & the Automotive Industry

Understanding the Endocannabinoid System

Everything you always wanted to know about the ECS  but were afraid to ask.

The Endocannabinoid system was only discovered in the past 25 years but the impact of that discovery has revolutionized brain science and furthered the scientific understanding of the human nervous, endocrine, metabolic, immune etc systems. The following article from MedicalMarijuanainc.com goes into the history and details about its discovery and how it works.

Have you ever wondered how cannabinoids interact with your body? The answer is through the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating balance in our body’s immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory, and more. In spite of the integral role this system takes on, until recently it remained an unknown part of the human body’s functions.

Named for the plant that inspired its discovery, the endocannabinoid system is important to your overall health and equilibrium, but its importance is only just becoming understood by the medical community. It is through this system that the naturally occurring cannabinoids from medical marijuana interact with our bodies and trigger its beneficial effects. With the potential to greatly affect the way our bodies work, a healthy endocannabinoid system is essential and it’s key that we recognize how to maintain it.

The History of the Endocannabinoid System

Across cultures and building through the 19th century, extractions of the cannabis plant were widely used for a number of medicinal purposes. However, following practical prohibition of the cannabis plant in 1937 by the U.S. government for fear of abuse of its psychoactive properties, the medical use, experimentation, and study of cannabis were eliminated, stalling the progress of our understanding of the endocannabinoid system and the possible medical effects of cannabis. For nearly 50 years, marijuana fell from popular pharmacopeia and was labelled as illicit in the minds of Americans.

Then the endocannabinoid system was defined in the early 1990’s when Lisa Matsuda announced that her team at the National Institute of Mental Health had first identified a THC-sensitive receptor in lab rat brains.  Source: The Endocannabinoid System – An Overview

How Do Cannabinoids Actually Work on the Human Nervous System?

The most interesting aspect of the cannabis plant is the number of cannabinoids that it produces and that support and improve human health. Why do these receptors exist in the human system at all and how is it possible that this plant contains the molecules that connect to these receptors?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenouslipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including fertility,[1]pregnancy,[2] during pre– and postnatal development,[3]appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis.[4][5] The ECS is also involved in mediating some of the physiological and cognitive effects of voluntary physical exercise in humans and other animals, such as contributing to exercise-induced euphoria as well as modulating locomotor activity and motivational salience for rewards.[6][7][8][9] In humans, the plasma concentration of certain endocannabinoids (i.e., anandamide) have been found to rise during physical activity;[6][7] since endocannabinoids can effectively penetrate the blood–brain barrier, it has been suggested that anandamide, along with other euphoriant neurochemicals, contributes to the development of exercise-induced euphoria in humans, a state colloquially referred to as a runner’s high.[6][7]

Two primary endocannabinoid receptors have been identified: CB1, first cloned in 1990; and CB2, cloned in 1993. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system, as well as in peripheral organs and tissues, and are the main molecular target of the endocannabinoid ligand (binding molecule), Anandamide, as well as its mimetic phytocannabinoid, THC. One other main endocannabinoid is 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) which is active at both cannabinoid receptors, along with its own mimetic phytocannabinoid, CBD. 2-AG and CBD are involved in the regulation of appetite, immune system functions and pain management.[10][11][12]

 

Why Should You Care What Cannabidiol is?

Do you know what makes CBD work? The medicinal potential of this cannabinoid may surprise you. Here’s pretty much everything you’ve ever needed to know about CBD.

Before you run out and buy CBD Oil Cannabidiol, you may want to find out about it’s effects on the human/animal metabolism and nervous system. Is it actually legal in your state? (It is if derived from industrial hemp) What are the undisputed benefits and what makes this stuff suitable for you? You may also want to read some unbiased reviews (if any really exist) and find out for yourself what all the noise is about with CBD. And what about CBD derived from marijuana?

Here’s a great article from Anna Wilcox in from 2016 in Herb.co for some great insight into CBD…

“Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more famous molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely nonpsychoactive.

Don’t expect to get “high” off of this organic chemical, however. CBD is all relaxation without intoxication.

While CBD still has an effect on your body, consuming CBD by itself isn’t going to send you on the cerebral adventure associated with THC. For decades, medical professionals and the general public overlooked CBD because psychoactive cannabis took center stage.”

Read more: CBD: Everything You Need To Know About Cannabidiol

And for a extremely quick and dirty breakdown of CBD read this popular article from Leaf Science called 10 Facts about CBD… I do need to point out that point #10 is not completely accurate. CBD is not illegal if derived from Industrial Hemp, at least not in the U.S.. The author is correct to say CBD derived from marijuana is still illegal in some states and countries.

“1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis

CBD is one of over 113 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.

CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD, but high-CBD strains are also available.

2. CBD is non-psychoactive

Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While many people enjoy the marijuana high, health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.

CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same receptors as THC. These CB1 receptors are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.”

full article

Finally for some further review, please check out the videos below that reveal some more facts and ongoing studies into the emerging benefits of using cannabidiol CBD hemp oil.

What Is CBD and Is It Addictive?