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Can I start Cannabis sativa out of edible husked seeds bought in grocery store

Recently I bought in grocery store edible husked Cannabis sativa seeds Can I start a plant out of eadible husked seeds? If no then why?

I’m asking if a plant will actually start out of husked seeds, not if it’s legal to grow Cannabis.

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Are you absolutely certain that the seeds you’ve bought are Cannabis sativa? I’d be very surprised if they are, they’re much more likely to be Cannabis indica, commonly known as hemp seeds, and they are edible and relatively nutritious, like most seeds. They are also readily available in the UK in health food shops, unlike Cannabis sativa seeds. However, in law, there is no distinction between Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica, so generally, home growing of these plants is considered illegal. You may want to check the law for the area where you live, in case there’s some exception.

Cannabis indica (hemp) is commercially grown here in the UK, mostly for industrial purposes, but it would still be illegal for an individual to grow their own, even though its not actually Cannabis sativa (this last being most definitely illegal to grow, certainly in the UK).

More information in the link below regarding the differences between the two plants, particularly in relation to the content of psychoactive substances

Following your edit to your question, your seeds are obviously husked, but should also be sterilized, meaning ‘cracked’ which should prevent them from growing – but doesn’t always. I should add that, if they were not sold as Cannabis sativa, they will definitely be Cannabis indica, hemp in other words. If you still want to bother to try to grow them, sow some and see what happens. Here’s a thread from 2008 on this subject, may be of some use, not sure

Can I start Cannabis sativa out of edible husked seeds bought in grocery store Recently I bought in grocery store edible husked Cannabis sativa seeds Can I start a plant out of eadible husked

Uses and Health Benefits of Eating Hemp Seeds

The hemp seeds you can pick up at your local grocery store come from the same hemp plant renowned for its durable fiber. The seeds of the hemp plant, also known as hemp nuts, are edible. Along with being eaten just as they are, hemp seeds are used in a growing number of food products that can be added to other dishes, including hemp milk, hemp butter, hemp protein and even hemp tofu.

Nutritional Benefits of Hemp Seed

Hemp is considered one of the world’s most nutritious plants. The seeds contain all of the essential amino acids, making them an ideal source of protein for vegans and raw foodists. The essential fatty acids (both Omega-3s and Omega-6s) are abundant in hemp seeds and come in a ratio that is highly beneficial to humans. Magnesium, iron, and potassium are in good supply along with fiber. Some of hemp seed’s supply of antioxidants comes from its vitamin E content.

Culinary Uses of Hemp Seed

Hemp seeds are used in many packaged products, usually found in health food stores. Some of these products, such as hemp milk and ground hemp flour, are relatively simple to make at home from the seeds. Other products are not so easily replicated such as hemp oil, hemp ice cream, and hemp protein powder. Hemp has a slightly nutty flavor, perhaps best comparable to pine nuts, but of course, the texture is quite different.

How to Use Hemp Seeds

Try sprinkling hemp seeds over a salad or as a topping on granola, puddings, or other desserts. Frequently sold as a superfood, hemp seeds can be added to smoothies both at home and in many cafes and juice bars. They can also be used in baking and cooking, though the nutritional content is at its highest in its raw state.

More Reasons Why You Should Eat Hemp

If you care about the environment and sustainable living, you should definitely be a fan of eating hemp products and hemp seeds! Hemp is widely considered to be among the most sustainable plants on the planet. It doesn’t deplete the soil, as some crops can, and it can easily be cultivated in a variety of places. Hemp grows quickly and is quite hardy as a plant, able to withstand disease and pests.

Here's everything you need to know about hemp seeds, a superfood that's packed full of proteins, making it popular for vegetarians and vegans.