Why modern-day society is finally coming to terms with something our ancestors knew well: Cannabis has a multitude of benefits that have little to do with getting high.
In 1970s America, things like pornography, corporate power structure, and civil rights were on the rise. Skin flicks were becoming a cinematic experience. CEOs, CFOs, and wall street were becoming common household names, and the black communities were finally getting a place at what was traditionally a white dinner table. And marijuana was deemed as dangerous as heroin.
For thousands of years, marijuana had been used the world round in shamanic rituals, medical practice, goods production and nutrition. From ancient Chinese civilizations, to Muslims, even Ancient Romans understood the multipurpose plant for what it was- a tool that could be used for everything from treating headaches to building a navy. It wasn't until the dawn of the 20th century that marijuana, hemp, and even cannabis seeds (which have zero psychoactive effect) were made to be synonymous with gangs, violence, and destitution¯, says a spokesperson from High Supplies, a cannabis seed dispensary based out of the Netherlands.
Jack of All Trades
As we march forward through the 21st century, science is finally finding their voice on the subject of cannabis – in both psychoactive and non-psychoactive strains. Engineers are using the plant as a sustainable alternative to construction materials, pro athletes are using the seeds as protein supplements, average citizens address their pain problems with it, and biologists are finally getting to wrap their heads around the multitude of physiological benefits that weed can provide.
The inherent problem with cannabis is that it has so many acceptable applications, it’s a hard sell for just one thing or another¯ says High Supplies. In a world where multi use¯ and sustainable¯ have become the most desirable buzzwords, it's moderately difficult to believe that a plant (which can be easily grown and cultivated) which can make your coffee cup as well as treat your chronic back pain would be anything but acceptable. What has most people, including scientists, ignoring the potential applications of cannabis plants and cannabis seeds is in fact that there are so many applications¯ stresses the company.
Generally, when a substance- whether it's a drug or a building material- hits the market, it has one, maybe two, practical applications that can be quantifiably tested. Which means that most things we consume are specifically designed to stay within a market niche¯ They continue. Trying to scrape together the funding to discover how marijuana can reduce seizure activity, while at the same time attempting to ascertain how the seeds can reduce the risk of a heart attack is a big ask.¯ Not to mention, looking toward the plant as a building material, sustainable paper alternative, and textile. People do indeed want a wonder drug that can address multiple problems, but I don't think we're quite ready to understand that a substance exists that not only has practical medicinal application but can also address a number of other problems we encounter in daily life. People are notoriously skeptical of something that can do everything.¯
Snake Oil and Infomercials
As an American, you are led to believe that multifunctional products do indeed exist, however, you're generally left disappointed when you find out that your toothbrush can't really make toast and clean your toilet. In a country that was founded on unfulfilled promise, it has left its citizens with some trust issues.
However, many proponents of multi-use cannabis are saying that it can do almost everything, and they're not wrong. As showcased in ancient history, many of our ancestors were aware of, and comfortable with, the fact that a single plant could be used both in the home, in the church, and in the medicine cabinet. A consideration that seems to finally be making headway in many countries throughout the world.
Because of its wide range of possible application, the absolute worst thing we could have done was to villainize cannabis at a time when science was really finding its feet.¯ High Supplies says that this lead to a gap in the accepted knowledge about what marijuana could, and could not, actually do. As research methods progressed and became more refined, we left this plant by the wayside. The problem is that it's so incredibly misunderstood, and it will take a ton of research to get us to the point where we even begin to start to recognize it's potential.
What We Do Know
While science plows forward with practical application of cannabinoids in medicine, one thing that has been researched and recognized is the clear-cut use of cannabis seeds themselves.
Cannabis seeds are – you guessed it- the tiny wonders that grow cannabis plants. The seeds of a cannabis plant have no psychoactive properties, no matter what strain they are. What they do have, however, is a multitude of proven health benefits.
Cannabis seeds contain heart healthy superfoods such as omega acids, gamma-linoleic acid, and arginine. Which have been shown to reduce the risk of stroke and bloods clots, decrease the abundance of inflammatory proteins, and lower blood pressure respectively. Which are all incredible in terms of overall heart and vascular health.
The seeds also provide an easily digestible source of non-animal protein and are packed with fiber. Which is perfect for anyone that's trying to reduce or eliminate meat from their diet. This is also a way in which the seeds can help to regulate weight and promote muscle health.
In addition, cannabis seeds are incredibly versatile from a nutritional perspective. They can be eaten raw, pressed into oils or milk, or ground into powders that can be used as protein supplements or flours for baked goods.
Not just American, but all people, seem to be extremely hesitant to believe in something that sounds too good to be true, but hopefully as the scientific community is able to shift their focus more fully onto the benefits of cannabis, that mindset can be adjusted.¯ High Supplies concludes.