Cannabis is a fascinating plant, to say the least. Whether you are talking about the effects, growth or legality of cannabis there are so many interesting debates and discussions to be had. This plant has been in existence for centuries with proof of ancient civilizations growing and selling the crop. Every tree must start as a seed and cannabis is no exception to this rule. So before we talk any more about cannabis let’s get down to the root of the topic and look at 10 interesting facts about cannabis seeds.
- They All Look the Same.
All cannabis seeds look the same. Thanks to expert breeders there are many different seeds on the market today such as regular cannabis seeds, auto-flowering seeds and feminized seeds. While the results and growth times of these seed types may all be a little different they all look the same when they start their journeys as little cannabis seeds.
- They can be big or small.
All cannabis seeds may have that same light brown colour but they are not always built the same. Seeds can vary in size, some seeds can be the size of a tiny match head while others can be as big as a small pea. However, regardless of the size, it is impossible to tell how big the plant will be once grown.
- Seeds don’t have THC.
While THC is the most prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis there is no THC content in the plant’s seed. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the high feeling people get when they smoke marijuana. However, this compound is not in the seeds of cannabis so you won’t get high by eating cannabis seeds.
- They make Tasty Snacks
You may not get high by eating cannabis seeds but you will most certainly get healthy. Hemp seeds to be more specific, are rich in many healthy fats, protein and omega 3. Not only are they tasty but they are known to improve heart health and reduce cholesterol.
5.Cannabis seeds have been around for a while.
Cannabis is not a new plant, humans have been enjoying cannabis for years. Did you know the oldest cannabis seeds are about 2700 years old? These ancient seeds were found by archaeologists in a Chinese grave. Cannabis seeds have also been found in the tombs of mummies and ships of Vikings.
- Cannabis seeds get around.
One cannabis plant can produce hundreds of cannabis seeds and in some cases even over a thousand. This all depends on factors like the size of the plant and how efficiently it pollinates.
Nevertheless, cannabis can spread very quickly and this is why some countries have cannabis plants that grow wild. All those extra seeds plus warm weather are a recipe for a wild cannabis goldmine.
- They are Cool.
Now, when I say cool here I don’t mean like Ice Cube the rapper cool. But if I am honest they are cool like Ice Cube too. Anyway, what I am trying to say here is that cannabis seeds like a cool climate. They are best stored at cold temperatures of between 5-7 degrees Celsius or 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit. Many collectors keep their seeds stored in a fridge as it keeps them nice and chilly. It is essential to make sure that they are kept dry when in the fridge as cannabis seeds can germinate by mistake.
- Some People Collect Cannabis Seeds
Some collect stamps, some collect Pokémon cards while others collect cannabis seeds. Collecting these seeds has become quite popular in some places. The fact they contain no THC makes cannabis seeds legal in most parts of the world. Once they begin to grow then cannabis cultivators face harsh penalties. Cannabis seed collectors collect these seeds in hopes that one day the country they live in will change their cannabis regulations.
- A Polish Christmas Eve tradition
There is a Polish recipe that uses hemp seeds as an important ingredient. The name of this soup-based meal is “Siemieniotka”. Some families have this cannabis seed soup as part of their annual Christmas Eve traditions.
After cooking the hemp seed, they are separated from their shells, ground down and mixed with milk and honey. I think spending a Christmas Eve in Poland just made my bucket list
- Animals love Cannabis Seeds too.
A recent study showed that 95% of hemp seed used in the EU was to feed animals. Farms use the seeds to feed their livestock due to how nutritionally dense hemp seeds are. This survey also revealed that fishermen use hemp seeds as bait. Scientists believe fish may mistake the small dark seeds for snails. But those fish aren’t fooling us, we know they just can’t resist some hemp products.
So that was just 10 interesting facts about cannabis seeds, but these interesting little pips could have a list of 100 interesting facts. And don’t even get me started on what grows from this seed, that is a topic for another day.