If there is one plant I would love to see grow all over the world, it would without doubt be the Cannabis plant. There are so many reasons why this often demonized plant is so incredibly useful to us ... Apart from being used as medicine, the use of cannabis seed or hemp seed as a source of Food can be traced back to the very beginnings of civilization.
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.
Here are some interesting facts about the Cannabis seed which will definitely make you save those seeds if you smoke some good bud ! Ganja seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs.
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".
That the early Hindus appreciated its intoxicating properties is attested by such names as "heavenly guide" and soother of grief. " The Chinese referred to cannabis as "liberator of sin" and "delight giver."
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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