Shelled Hemp Seed
Also indexed as:Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa, Hemp Fruit, Hemp Seed, Huo Ma Ren
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Common names:Hemp Fruit, Hemp Seed, Huo Ma Ren
Botanical names:Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa
Parts Used & Where Grown
Hemp is a form of the same plant as marijuana that generally has much lower levels of the psychoactive cannabinoid compounds. The seed and seed oil have probably been used for food, cooking, and lamp oil in Asia and North Africa for millennia. Hemp is believed to come from China. The nutty seeds normally have a hard shell which has to be removed to make it edible. Today, in order to be legal in most countries, the seeds must be treated so that they cannot be planted and grown.
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Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
Hemp is known from archeological and historical records to have been used for a very long time for making fiber for clothing and ropes. The edible seeds and oil expressed from the seeds are noted in ancient Chinese medicine for their medicinal effects as well. Known as huo ma ren (literally "fire hemp seed"), hemp seed is used primarily for alleviating constipation as a bulk-forming laxative.1 Hemp is also mentioned in ancient Egyptian medical texts such as the Ebers papyrus as well as other places for use in making rope.2
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