How To Germinate Cannabis Hemp Seeds
Store your seeds air tight and moisture free in your refrigerator till you’re ready to germinate. Most seeds should keep for 2-3 years. Powerful varieties and fresh seeds commonly germinate in 3-5 days. When seeds have been stored refrigerated it can take up to 7 days for them to sprout. Soak the seed in water for a few hours then place them between layers of moist tissue in a covered tray.
Follow these simple guidelines for a successful germination by using:
- A dark environment and stable room temperature
- A tray with plenty of ventilation (frequent fresh air)
- Distilled water for soaking and early watering
- Tissue paper (without prints) and a saucer/tray
Patience “budding beginner”. Check on your seeds frequently, as you should never let them dry out. Spray luke-warm distilled water on them as often as necessary to keep them moist. Your reward? A tiny white root breaking through the nut shell! From here you wait until the root is about 1-2 cm long before you give them there first taste of soil if you are growing them bio style. For more details on different growing mediums, see the article on page 112 of The Smokers Guide to Amsterdam!
Important: don’t ever use fertilizers or root stimulants while germinating and moisten the tissue paper, never soak it with too much water.
Now that the root is the right length, you should place it in the soil with the root pointing down, so that the seed shell is level with the soil surface. Gently cover it with soil taking care to not damage the seed. Fluorescent light or even indirect daylight is strong enough for the seeds to become a small plant. From there on, it’s easy to see why we call it weed; it wants to grow!
For budding beginners, here’s the basic S-Guide to seed germination. Check out a good grow book (like the one featured on page 109 of The Smokers Guide to Amsterdam) to learn more.
10 reasons for eating hemp sprouts
by Viola Brugnatelli · Published June 29, 2014 · Updated December 6, 2017
Today I have been fortunate enough to attend a plenary seminar at annual ICRS symposium by Giovanni Appendino, PhD. (Baveno, 2014)
He is a bright professor in organic chemistry whom investigated biological profiles of cannabinoids with the likes of Vincenzo Di Marzo and Raphael Mechoulam.
His talk was incredibly stimulating and covered a broad target of topics.
With today’s post I will attempt to summarize his viewpoint on hemp as a super food (supported by 2 decades of studies and a substantial number of publications).
1. Hemp sprouts are a safe super food.
To contrary of other super foods, such as soy, there is no contraindications with high amount of consumption.
2. Hemp sprouts contain and maintain a stable ratio of omega 3 and omega 6
Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids or PUFAs, for short, are the kind of plant-based fats considered to be great neuroprotectant, effectively preventing neurodegenerative diseases.
For an insight on Omegas benefits, click here.
3. Hemp sprouts have a low percentage of fats compared to other seeds (only 30%)
As discussed here, consuming low levels of dietary fats is not only fundamental for metabolic and cardiac functions, but is also a pivotal point for cognitive performance.
4.Hemp sprouts provide all amino acids
This is an incredible profile for an unmatchable super food. Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins, making hemp products the most complete form of vegan protein. (Ps. A steak does not contain all 20 amino acids!)
Amino acid values for hemp seed (cv Finola) and rapeseed in Table 3 were derived experimentally at MTT (the National Agricultural Laboratories in Jokionen, Finland). Other amino acid values in Table 3 were obtained from an authoritative literary source (Scherz et al., 1986).
Hemp also contains Edestin, an unique globular protein that is easily absorbed by the human body and can deliver a quick boost of energy.
5. Hemp sprouts contain high levels of cannaflavins
Cannaflavin is a underrated flavonoid which has an unique anti-inflammatory property .
(Its efficiency is well higher than aspirin)
6. Hemp sprouts taste good
Think hazelnuts taste. Making them not only more potent than aspirin, but also more desirable.
7 .Hemp sprouts do not contain THC.
The % of decarboxylated THC are as low as 0,1 %, making hemp sprouts incredibly safe to consume, showing no psychotropic properties.
8. Hemp sprouts contain high levels of phytoestrogens
Due to the cannaflavin contained in hemp sprouts, it present an unique property: a similar chemical structure to a related plant (Hop- see the evolution patterns of these two plants here), which has been recognised as the plant with the greatest levels of phytoestrogens.
Oestrogen is a potent neuroprotectan as you can find here.
Intake of phytoestrogen is also great at preventing PMS symptoms in women.
9. Hemp sprouts are bursting with antioxidants
Thus helping the body vs Reactive Oxygen Species (or ROS for short). Read here to know more on the disease-preventing effects of having a diet rich in antioxidants.
10. Sprouting can occur in your home!
With a little care you could demolish the cost of this superfood almost to zero!
Either it is for prevention or as a cleansing therapy, how did you introduce hemp sprouts in your diet?
Share your tips on your best recipes below!
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Hemp sprouts are a safe super food. They contain and maintain a stable ratio of omega 3 & 6 and provide all amino acids. Discover the scientific evidence!