In sixth-century Persia a preparation of cannabis seed was named Sahdanag, meaning Royal Grain. This demonstrates the high regard the ancient Persians held for the nutritious seeds, which came from the same plant which provided them with their spiritual drink, banga, which sounds a lot like the Indian drink 'Bhaang' ...
In India, according to the legends of Mahayana Buddhism, Buddha subsisted on a single cannabis seed a day during the six steps of asceticism which led him to enlightenment.
In South Africa, Suto women burn cannabis flowers as an aid in childbirth. They also grind up the seeds with bread or mealie pap and give it to children when they are being weaned. In this last aspect, the Suto women may have instinctively tapped into the fact that hemp seed contains rare gamma linoleic acid, a substance found in human mother's milk and few other sources.With the hemp seed's long-standing relationship with humanity, it is interesting to learn that modern science has revealed that they contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for human life, as well as a rare protein known as globule edestins, which are very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma. Because of this, cannabis seed has been touted by some as "Nature's perfect food for humanity".
The Greek physician Galen wrote, about A.D. 160, that general use of hemp in cakes produced narcotic effects. In 13th century Asia Minor, organized murderers, rewarded with hasheesh, were known as hashishins from which may come the term assassin in European languages. Hemp as a source of fiber was introduced by the Pilgrims to New England and by the Spanish and Portuguese to their colonies in the New World.
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