10 things that you can do with cannabis seeds

Published Jun 16, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Unless you’re interested in cultivating your very own pride and joy, chances are you don’t see much use for cannabis seeds. The thing is that even if you don’t want them, if you buy flower you’re bound to get some at some point, and that’s when you’ll be left wondering what to do with them. Most people who feel this way simply toss them out, but there is no need to waste such an incredible gift from nature when there are so many things out there that you can do with it.

Of course, you cannot or at least should not try to smoke them as it can be dangerous and offers nothing for benefits because marijuana seeds don’t contain enough THC to get you high, but they can be used in a variety of other unique ways that you might not have thought of yet, and today we’re going to cover ten of them to help get you started on this journey towards producing less waste, by utilizing every single bit of the plant.

1. Eat them raw

Most cannabis enthusiasts know at least a bit about edibles, but since cannabis seeds aren’t filled with the euphoria-inducing element, they are more useful as a healthy addition to the diet. Cannabis seeds can be eaten raw and whole after hulling, or they can be ground into a fine powder and be added to smoothies, baked goods, and anything else that you can think of for a boost of nutty flavor and a hearty helping of protein, essential oils and fats, alongside a host of nutrients that your body needs to feel good and stay healthy.

2. Make raw cannabis milk or juice

Cannabis seeds are a commonly used ingredient in cannabis milk because they contain so many incredible oils that can be drawn out with a long soaking at the right temperatures. Though many still debate over the effectiveness of this method of use, it’s a really easy way to garner the benefits without the stress and mess that goes along with many of the other options that you’ll find here on this list today, and it makes it simple to bake with, eat with cereal, and use in other ways in the kitchen. So, if you were wondering if there was a way to make milk or fresh juice any healthier, this is it.

3. Add them to your birdseed

We tend to view cannabis products as an additional expense, which is why we often think of ourselves when we’re trying to figure out how to use them, but we’re not the only ones that can benefit from the high levels of nutrients, fats, and proteins hidden inside of marijuana seeds. In fact, nearly every kind of bird that you can think of might enjoy a delicious snack consisting of cannabis seeds, and that includes both owned and wild birds. If you have a bird or a feeder, it’s as easy as mixing it with your normal feed, and we promise that your feather friends will thank you for it.

4. Roast them

Do you like walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, sunflower seeds, or any other type of nutty snack? If you do, then your extra cannabis seeds might be best put to use by baking them. These incredibly healthy morsels are just as good for you as any other kind of nut, and like them, they can be baked, hulled, and salted. It’s just time-consuming to do so, as the shells are incredibly hard, but if you’re up for the task, have some spare seeds lying around and you’re feeling a bit snacky, then this might be the perfect way for you to use them, and it’s good for you too.

5. Sell them

The legalities surrounding the sale of cannabis seeds are confusing at best, and incredibly restricting at worst, but many have learned to get around those pesky rules by peddling them as a collectible rather than something to grow to produce cannabis plants. Even if you have no idea what strain you might have, pot seeds can still fetch a few dollars apiece on the market, as long as they are mature and in good condition. So if you have healthy fresh seeds that have been stored well, and sport bright, bold lines to prove it, then you might be able to trade them in for money to put towards your next bag of weed.

6. Turn them into a work of art

Cannabis seeds look really pretty which is why so many people use them to create stunning pieces of artwork that can be hung on the wall or shown off as a table centerpiece, and it doesn’t take much for artistic skills to do it either. All you need are a few basic craft ideas, and items like an empty frame, jewellery, or some other safe way to contain the hard work, and in no time, you could be creating a one of a kind piece of art with your leftover pot seeds that would have otherwise ended up in the trash.

7. Give them as a gift to a friend

If you’ve gotten this far on our list, and you still haven't come across a way to use cannabis seeds that excites you, then your best option might be to give them away as a gift to a friend or family member who would put them to good use. Cannabis seeds can make the perfect gift for occasions like birthdays and anniversaries to holidays like Christmas, and they’re a gift that doesn’t have to cost you a dime if you save them throughout the year, taking care of two common problems in one easy swoop.

8. Grind them into flour for baking

As we uncover some of the unhealthy secrets about flour, many of us have begun to search for healthier alternatives that taste just as good, and cannabis seeds, if you have enough of them, can offer a solution to this looming problem in a pinch. These rock-hard seeds might not look it, but once they’re ground down into a fine powder, they act in the same way as a traditional flour in the oven, and they’re way better for you. Plus, when you use them, they’ll add a delightfully nutty taste to everything that you bake, which is a bonus in the case of the least healthy desserts.

9. Donate them to someone in need

You might be sitting on a bag of cannabis seeds that to you is useless, but to someone else, the power that you hold could be life-altering. So if you don’t want to try any of the things that we’ve mentioned and you don’t have any friends or family who might be able to use them, then the best alternative might be to find someone who truly could use them. Some agencies will help by connecting you with cancer patients and others who struggle to maintain their own supply, and your small donation could go a long way towards helping them to achieve a better quality of life.

10. Save them

Most people without the experience to know better will assume that they have to decide what to do with leftover cannabis seeds right away which often results in them being tossed into the trash, but the reality is that these tough little gems can last for several years as long as they’re stored correctly, and it doesn’t take much to do that. So if you aren’t quite sure what to do with yours or you’d rather wait so that you can figure out the logistics of it all, then just stuff them into an airtight container with a soft paper towel away from light and other damaging elements like the sun or heat, and they’ll hold up while you think about it.

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