I think the great medicinal benefits cannabis plant can offer have been well-circulated. However, when talking about this, we usually immediately refer to it as the “bud” itself. Now, studies are increasing hemp seeds’ recognition as a significantly safe and beneficial food too. Well, let me explain a few of its medicinal value.
This “left-out” part of the cannabis plant generally, “has high levels of fatty acids, protein, insoluble fiber, and a rich set of minerals and vitamins. It is considered to be perfectly balanced with regard to the ratio (3:1) of two essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for human nutrition, linoleic (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) (omega-3),” researchers wrote in a study
. “In addition to its nutritional value, hemp seed demonstrated positive health benefits, including alleviating constipation, lowering cholesterol, cardiovascular health benefits, immunomodulatory effects, and dermatological disease amelioration effects.”
While these benefits are interesting, their study actually aimed to explain the unexamined presence of secondary metabolites of hemp seed. They found that this seemingly small part of cannabis actually has antioxidant and acetylcholinesterase inhibiting properties.
Antioxidants, of course, as we all know, have a broad range of therapeutic properties- from reducing accelerated aging to reducing one’s risk of DNA damage linked to cancer. While the not so known acetylcholinesterase inhibitors can reduce the activity of enzyme that causes the degradation of neurotransmitter acetylcholine- necessary for the optimal functioning of our memory.
The former may be the first to catch your attention but it is actually the latter I would want to talk about a little bit further. An entire class of Alzheimer’s drugs are actually designed to inhibit such enzymes but these medicines have a broad range of side effects. Hence, we can say, that this natural modulator is needed for those who have this illness.
Well, I guess unlike the popular belief that cannabis is very dangerous; studies today are actually showing the opposite. Perhaps this plant isn’t truly as bad as previously thought after all.