Cannabis products used for medical or recreational purposes are derived from female cannabis plants. In order to give seeds, the female plant must be fertilized by a male plant. Some female plants can fertilize females around them, such as male plants, when they are in bloom for a long time. After the seeds mature, the female plant begins to die, and at this point, the buds obtained from the female plant are dried and used for recreational purposes, or CBD oil is obtained.
It is an important issue to protect cannabis seeds for the new season without harming their vitality. If the seed is not stored in suitable conditions, it goes bad, it will not yield. Expected efficiency and quality cannot be achieved. For this reason, preserving the seed becomes important with a few criteria to be considered. Let’s check the details together!
Considerations When Storing Cannabis Seeds: Can They Go Bad?
A method applied from the old times to the present is to hide the seed in ash. Since I use my seeds on a seasonal basis, I do not find ashes and hide them. Seeds have a certain germination time. We can compare this to the expiry date. The seeds after this time will no longer show germination. This process can be different for each plant type. The most important parameters we will pay attention to while preserving our seeds are light-free environment, dry environment, and a cool environment without heat. You should keep the seeds that you can store in vacuumed packages in a cool place, especially in winter, in an environment where there is no heating equipment such as heater and stove.
I store my own seeds as described below. I do not put it in the fridge as I will use it again the next season. After I buy my seeds, I put together all the jars and write the dates of seed acquisition and the types of seeds, and then put them in boxes, and keep them cool in our old earthen house. One of the most important parameters in the storage of seeds is moisture. For this reason, I put clay in the jars where I put the seeds to absorb the moisture.
One of the most important issues in seed storage is the risk of contamination to seeds by disease, insect larvae, etc. For this reason, we can disinfect your seeds with natural methods before storing them. The hiding place should be away from other factors such as insects, larvae, and fungi. Storing in closed containers is one of the best ways to protect against insect larvae. However, larvae pose a problem in seeds. I intend to mention this issue separately.
What is clay? Clay is a type of soil that has been used by people for beauty, pots, bowls, and tools since ancient times. There are varieties such as the green one and the white one. White clay is known as cosmetic clay. Especially when applied to oily skin, it creates a porcelain-like skin. Another feature of white clay is water retention. Thus, it captures the humidity in the environment. For this reason, I use clay as a natural method to keep my seeds dry and not absorb moisture.
General Properties of Cannabis Seeds
Although it is the most used seed type in the world, the downside is that almost half of the cannabis plant seeds are male. So seeds are mixed as male and female. However, the purchase cost of regular cannabis seeds is lower than feminized cannabis seeds. It is not possible to understand whether the seeds of cannabis plants are male or female. It is only understood after the plant has sprouted. This is why some producers prefer feminized cannabis seeds.
Feminized cannabis seeds are seeds used exclusively to grow female cannabis plants. Breeders produce feminized cannabis seeds by carefully stressing female cannabis plants. When a mature female cannabis plant is stressed, it produces seeds to maintain its genetic line. The seeds of a stressed female cannabis plant retain the same genetic makeup as their mother and contain only female chromosomes. Since feminized seeds only have one gene sequence, it is unlikely that a male plant will emerge.
Feminized cannabis seeds are larger and more robust, but cost more than regular cannabis seeds. It is mostly preferred by farmers who want to produce hemp biomass with high CBD content. In order for the cannabis plant to enter its flowering period, the light it receives should be reduced to 12 hours a day. Autoflowering seeds will flower after a certain period of time, regardless of environmental factors. Autoflowering seeds are available in Indica, Sativa, and hybrid types.
When cannabis is faced with unfavorable weather conditions or when it is stressed for various reasons, it can change its sex and reproduce itself. This situation should be taken into consideration in case of damaging other cannabis plants in the field. A clone is formed by rooting a small branch taken from a plant by creating suitable conditions. The rooted plant has the characteristics of the main plant it was cut. Seeds, on the other hand, have the characteristics of their parents just like a child. For this reason, it is difficult to achieve the same quality in seed production. Producers usually continue to produce with a clone they buy from a good species, rather than from seed.
There are several factors that determine the quality of cannabis seeds. First of all, the plant must be allowed to fully mature. They must then be properly stored so that they do not become moldy or ingest other pathogens that could spoil them. Seeds should be stored in a dark, cool place and used within 16 months or frozen for future use. The most important factor in seed quality is genetics. You need good genetics to grow good quality cannabis. It can take years to get good genetics. You can get your own genetics by cross-fertilizing your highest value plants.
CBD is one of the chemical components found in the cannabis plant. Recent studies have revealed that CBD is beneficial in the treatment of many diseases. Since cannabis with a high THC content is used for recreational purposes, strains with high CBD content have become very rare as humans have been producing strains with high THC for many years. With the increasing interest in CBD, especially in recent years, producers have turned to species with high CBD values. Today, many countries allow hemp production with a THC rate of less than 0.3%.
Cannabis seeds cost around $ 50 a kilo. It doesn’t make much sense to pay that money for a seed whose genetics you don’t know. Of course, it depends on what you want to use cannabis, but if you want to get a product for the health sector, its genetics are very important. We think it would be better to focus on how this job should be before its opportunism and to take steps on this issue. The plant will process a fiber or fabric made from hemp.
Benefits of Cannabis Seeds
Cannabis seeds, which are generally used as birdseed, have become more preferred in the kitchen in recent years, with the understanding of their health benefits. Cannabis seeds can be used raw, roasted, or added to various recipes. It can be sprinkled on pastries like black cumin, added to cookies and cakes, and added to muesli mixes. Here are the benefits of cannabis seeds:
- It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, and folic acid (B9).
- It contains calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc minerals.
- It is rich in protein. It contains amino acids that are very important for the functioning of the human body. Consuming 3 tablespoons of cannabis seeds a day meets one-third of a person’s daily protein needs. It is an ideal food, especially for vegan and vegetarian diets.
- Hemp seeds, which also contain a fatty acid called GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), help maintain the hormone balance in the body thanks to this feature.
- It is very rich in omega fatty acids, thus supporting brain health.
- It also protects cardiovascular health by helping to lower cholesterol.
- It is beneficial for hair and skin health. When consumed regularly, it helps hair and skin look brighter and more vibrant.
- It helps prevent various problems that may occur during the menstrual period. While the gamma-linolenic acid it contains supports hormone balance, it prevents problems such as premenstrual syndrome and excessively painful menstruation due to hormonal problems.
- Hemp seeds are a very good source of fiber. Thanks to its content that facilitates the functioning of the intestines, it regulates the digestive system and helps prevent problems such as diarrhea and constipation.
- Thanks to its high magnesium content, it is also very useful for sleep problems. It helps to reduce problems such as insomnia caused by melatonin deficiency, facilitates the release of melatonin hormone.
- It strengthens the bones.
- Thanks to the vitamins and especially iron it contains, it helps to prevent complaints such as fatigue, headache, and weakness due to anemia.
Information About Cannabis Seed Oil
Cannabis seed oil is extracted from cannabis seeds. cannabis seed oil is the oil obtained by squeezing the seeds of the cannabis plant without being exposed to high temperatures, preferably by cold pressing. It is used in cooking and food preparation. The seeds, stem, and leaves of the cannabis plant can be used. In addition to being used against diseases, it is a plant that stands out in the cosmetics industry for skin and hair. It is preferred in many lotion and soap making. Unlike marijuana, it is a non-medicinal food derived from cannabis. Its nutritional value is high due to its low content of saturated fats which are harmful to health and to carry many nutritional factors.
The ingredients in cannabis seed oil exert their effects by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. Type 1 receptors (CB1) are mostly located in the central nervous system, adipose tissue, and many internal organs, including most hormone-related organs. Type 2 cannabinoid receptors (CB2) are found in the peripheral nervous system (peripheral nerve endings) and on the surface of immune system cells. Recently, researchers are increasingly interested in the role that endogenous ligands play for these receptors, as well as the roles of the receptors themselves. So far, it has been confirmed that endogenous cannabinoids participate in regulating the body’s food intake and energy homeostasis and have a significant effect on the endocrine system, including the activity of the pituitary gland, adrenal cortex, thyroid gland, and pancreas.
Relationships between the endocannabinoid system and the activity of the endocrine system are thought to be effective in preventing infertility, obesity, diabetes, and even cardiovascular system-related diseases. While a tablespoon of cannabis seed oil contains 14 grams of oil, only 1 gram of it is saturated fat. Healthy fat can be consumed by replacing animal fats such as lard and butter with low saturated fat content and high saturated fat. Providing less than 7% of total calories from saturated fat is the most important way to reduce the risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. cannabis seed oil contains fatty acids that help reduce the risk of heart disease.
The cannabis seed oil contains more than 80% of essential amino acids and is higher than other vegetable oils. Essential amino acids can prevent loss of muscle mass by maintaining proteins in the body, and also support the healthy functioning of the immune system. This is especially common in AIDS, heart failure, and cancer. The cannabis seed oil contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin E. The benefits of cannabis seed oil, which has been researched frequently in recent years, are as follows:
- It stimulates the regeneration of body cells. It delays aging and prevents early signs of aging, especially thanks to linoleic acid in its content. It helps to protect the body’s resistance against free radicals and provides energy.
- It moisturizes and revitalizes the skin to achieve beautiful, healthy, and healthy skin, moisturizes the skin in acne skin, nourishes hair and nails, and is good for skin with eczema. It benefits skin dryness and itching due to dermatitis after 20 weeks of application (gamma linoleic acid, which is the omega-6 fatty acid it contains, is important for skin health).
- Its omega fatty acids provide balance in the body. It is especially nutritious for vegetarians who do not eat meat.
- When used for hair, it nourishes and moisturizes the scalp, providing shine, saturation, and easy styling.
- Thanks to the omega-3 and omega-6 compounds it contains, it protects cardiovascular health and has beneficial effects on high blood pressure. It prevents the formation of varicose veins. Thanks to the sitosterol compound it contains, it lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
- It contains calcium, so it helps maintain bone health. It reduces the risk of osteoporosis (bone resorption).
- It contains potassium, so it reduces the risk of diabetes (diabetes). It balances blood sugar.
- It has an appetite suppressant feature. cannabis oil suppresses sugar cravings and keeps you full longer, thus supporting you to lose weight.
- Since it is odorless compared to fish oils, it is easier to consume and does not cause digestive problems.
- Thanks to the tocopherol compound it contains, it has a protective effect against vascular calcification (atherosclerosis) and Alzheimer’s disease.
- It is rich in antioxidants. It helps strengthen immunity. Therefore, it is beneficial for cancer patients. It is good against brain cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. It slows down the growth of cancer, especially in lung cancer.
- Provides the balancing of hormones. It supports menopausal health by especially benefiting women in the menopausal period.
- It benefits rheumatoid arthritis and various joint pain. Studies have shown that it benefits many types of joint pain such as arthritis.
- Thanks to the soluble fiber it contains, the digestive system relaxes. It nourishes the probiotic bacteria in the intestines and relieves constipation by strengthening the immune system.
- Contains high levels of vitamin E.
- It protects the nervous system.
- It improves the mood. It reduces depression and anxiety.
- It is a great food source for vegetarians. Its omega fatty acids provide balance in the body. Therefore, it is very nutritious for people who do not eat meat.
Differences Between Cannabis Seed Oil and CBD Oil
With increasing legal cannabis news lately, wellness markets are flooded with “cannabis seed oil” and other CBD-free cannabis products. Each of the compounds found in cannabis may have unique benefits, but you can get really confused when you want to buy a product with a cannabis plant image on the label. cannabis seed oil and cannabis-derived CBD products are completely different from each other. cannabis seed oil is cold-pressed from cannabis plant seeds, similar to canola, sunflower, or olive oil. CBD oil is obtained from flower buds, resin, and leaves of the cannabis plant through CO2, ethanol, or industrial solvents.
Since “cannabis seed oil” is often and mistakenly referred to as “cannabis oil”, consumers should check the label to make sure they are getting the right product. If CBD oil is what you are looking for, the cannabis seed oil is not what you want. Because CBD oil and cannabis seed oil come from the same family of plants, it is often mismarketed either incorrectly or intentionally to deceive the consumer. Especially the fact that consumers who will use cannabis products for the first time are not willing to pay too much means a marketing opportunity for malicious or uninformed producers.
Adding cannabis seed oil to a brand’s product and decorating the product label with cannabis leaf does not mean that the product contains CBD. At the same time, the perception that products containing CBD are being sold can be created by targeting careless consumers with word plays on brand names. Being a conscious consumer in this regard is important both for the product you use and for your economy. So how do you know what you’re buying? It’s pretty simple. Check the ingredients list! cannabis seed oil will often be listed under its name or as cannabis Sativa seed oil. On the other hand, CBD will usually be listed as cannabidiol, full-spectrum cannabis, broad-spectrum cannabis, or isolate cannabis, and the rate of CBD used will be indicated.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a popular natural supplement consumed for many common ailments and quality of daily life. CBD, one of the more than 100 cannabinoids found naturally in the cannabis plant, has no psychoactive effects like THC. CBD is activated in our body through the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping the body in balance. It affects the functions of sleep, mood, pain, appetite, hormone, and immune response. The endocannabinoid system also helps in creating natural cannabinoids in our bodies.
CBD oil is produced by separating it from the cannabis plant by methods such as supercritical CO2 extraction and ethanol and then diluting it with carrier oils such as coconut oil or cannabis seed oil. Full-spectrum CBD means, in addition to CBD, the product contains all other cannabinoids found in cannabis, including CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabinol, and Tetrahydrocannabivarin). According to a report by the world health organization, CBD does not show any addictive potential and to date, no public health problems associated with CBD use have been found.
Cannabis seed oil is the oil obtained by squeezing the seeds of the cannabis plant without being exposed to high temperatures, preferably with a cold press. Although cannabis seed oil does not interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system like CBD, it can be beneficial to a healthy diet. cannabis seeds contain 80 percent of unsaturated fatty acids. cannabis seed oil is rich in omega-3 (linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid). With its mild nutty flavor, cannabis seed oil can also be used in marinades, sauces, and as a vegetable oil substitute. However, it should not be heated above 120 ° Fahrenheit so that it does not start to lose its beneficial properties.
In addition, dried cannabis seeds can be viewed as a superfood similar to flax and chia seeds, making a great addition to cereals, yogurts, and desserts. Like every plant extract, cannabis seed oil can also be applied topically as a moisturizing oil to reduce dryness and rejuvenate the skin. As we have mentioned in detail in the paragraphs above, cannabis seed oil is not CBD oil. Please be wary of misleading advertisements and marketing tactics to take advantage of the effective benefits of the product you use. I wish you healthy days.
The Nutritional Value of Cannabis Seeds
Cannabis is the name given to all products obtained from the Cannabis sativa plant, which contains 540 chemical components. So what are the others and what are the differences? The chemical components in it, of course, make this difference. The main chemical component that distinguishes marijuana from cannabis used as food is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). A sufficient amount of THC intake affects the mental state by stimulating the necessary areas in the brain. Different cannabis plants may contain different amounts of THC. In other words, the reason why marijuana is marijuana that was first clarified is the amount of THC in its content.
Apart from THC, another very talked-about chemical component is cannabidiol or CBD. It is known as the second most effective component of the Cannabis Sativa plant. I think it is useful to emphasize that the first is THC. CBD is mostly used as a drug active ingredient and does not have psychoactive properties. While we can definitely say “illegal to grow” worldwide for hemp cultivation with a high THC content, we cannot say the same for cannabis containing CBD.
Each country has almost made a decision of their own, but according to the report published by the World Health Organization in 2018, it is worth noting that CBD is used in the treatment of diseases such as epilepsy and it is not possible to abuse it like THC. In fact, this effect is with the endocannabinoid system in our body; It should be said that researchers have recently noticed that this system has a regulatory role in the work of the brain, endocrine, and immune system.
To reduce the confusion, CBD (cannabidiol) is a component of the cannabis plant, which has no psychoactive effects in humans and is often used to treat diseases, and while it is sold, CBD oil is specified as CBD extract. So cannabis oil and CBD oil are not the same things. Considering Cannabis as the big title, we can call marijuana, whose THC content is sufficient for the formation of psychoactive properties, and the one that is generally used for medical purposes with a high content of CBD (cannabinoid) can be called cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis seed, on the other hand, is in the form of the easiest type of cannabis plant to grow, with a relatively high CBD content, THC content less than 0.3%, and high nutritional properties.
It is used not only in food but also in a wide variety of fields such as textiles, cosmetics, and building materials. We can say that it can be used in so many areas due to the easy and ecological cultivation conditions. Even that hemp seed is a bio-accumulator, it is planted to clean the soil from various pesticides and toxins, so laboratory tests for the clean and safety of cannabis seeds to be consumed as a food item (although it is a matter to be considered for every product coming from the soil) We can say it is important.
Now let’s get to the main point. What benefits does the inclusion of cannabis seeds, whose name we have heard recently, in our diet as food? For this, we can first look at the chemical composition of the whole cannabis seed. Hemp seeds are a seed that contains high amounts of fat, dietary fiber, and protein. We can say that it has a higher protein content compared to the same amount of chia and flaxseeds. Although it contains all of the essential amino acids (must be taken from outside), it is compared with egg white and soybean proteins in studies conducted in terms of amino acids arginine, glycine, and histidine. It is also worth emphasizing that the quality of the protein isolated from hemp seeds is 61 out of 100, to give an idea that whole wheat is 40, lentils 52, and kidney beans 57.
When looking at the oil content, we see that it has a balanced oil profile. First of all, in terms of saturation, it is a great advantage that the fatty acid composition consists of 90% unsaturated fats. As research has shown, unsaturated fats are in liquid form at room and body temperature and have many beneficial effects such as improving blood cholesterol levels and protecting cardiovascular health. When the fatty acid content is examined, we see that it has a rich content of essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and oleic acid. If we refer to why these fatty acids are essential, the intake of linoleic acid acts as a precursor (precursor) for the synthesis of di-homo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA), better known as omega-6 fatty acid and arachidonic acid.
Alpha-linolenic acid, on the other hand, is necessary for the production of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), also known as an omega-3 fatty acid. But beyond all of these, the part of the fatty acid profile of hemp seeds that are considered as “balanced” is the ratio of omega-6 fatty acid content to omega-3 fatty acid content. The omega-6 / omega-3 ratio in the diet of 2.5-3.5 / 1 has a lower risk of chronic disease, is effective in suppressing cancer cells, and consequently lower than the 15-17 / 1 ratio in typical western eating habits which shows that it has a lower mortality rate.
When we look at the carbohydrate content, which is another macronutrient element, we see that it is 3 grams over 100 grams, 14% of this 3 gram is dietary fiber, and thus we underline once again why it should be included in our diet. If we talk a little about the micronutrients, we can say that it is rich in tocopherols, which are the precursors for the synthesis of vitamin E, and its content of iron (44%), potassium (26%), and calcium (5%) is substantial. In addition to these, it is possible to develop more herbal alternative products by producing milk, cheese, or beverage, except for direct consumption by adding hemp seeds to salads, muesli or breakfast cereals, energy bars. By adding hemp seed flour or oil to food formulations, it can be added to bakery products such as bread, biscuits, cakes, or products such as chocolate to increase their nutritional properties.
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