AHA News: Know the Flax: A Little Seed May Be What Your Diet Needs

FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Adding seeds to your diet can be an easy way to shore up your defenses against heart risks without adding too much work to meal prep.

Many types of seeds can be valuable as part of a healthy diet – commonly added as a snack or add-on to salads or desserts – because they are rich in nutrients. You also can find seeds baked into breads or crackers, or even in some fruits and vegetables.

Flaxseed and chia seeds, in particular, have been linked to good heart health because their nutrients pack a powerful punch.

“Flaxseeds or chia seeds offer good sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which are unsaturated fatty acids that convert to omega-3 fatty acids typically found in fish,” said Linda Van Horn, a registered dietitian and professor in the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. “But they also offer a good plant-based supply of plant-based proteins, fiber, minerals and other nutrients.”

Specifically, flaxseeds contain lignans, a natural chemical compound that along with fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats can help reduce blood cholesterol and may also help lower blood pressure. Some studies suggest lignans may have the potential to reduce tumor growth in women with breast cancer and may protect against prostate cancer.

Chia seeds, which contain many of the same nutrients found in flaxseeds, can help lower the blood sugar response to eating. Chia seeds also may serve as an appetite suppressant because of their high fiber content.

Other seeds such as hemp, sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds are highly nutritious as well. Federal dietary guidelines include seeds and nuts as a good source of protein and part of a healthy diet. When incorporating them into meals, it’s important to choose seeds that are prepared in a healthy manner, Van Horn said.

“There are no ‘wrong’ seeds, just unhealthy packaging, including added salt, sugar or fat,” she said. “Better to use seeds in a natural or toasted state, like nuts, or blended into baked goods, cereal or mashed as a paste, like tahini from sesame seeds.”

Because they are easy to eat by the handful, Van Horn said, it’s wise to introduce them to your diet carefully.

“Seeds are high in fiber and require lots of fluid to fully digest them properly,” she said. “Problems with constipation or diarrhea can occur if too much is consumed too fast without fluid.”

Additionally, research shows chia seeds swell in size when exposed to too much water, so moderation is important.

“Also, it is easy to overeat seeds and experience weight gain if not careful in factoring in these calories,” Van Horn said.

A 1-ounce serving of whole flaxseed contains 150 calories, 7.6 grams of fiber and 6.4 grams of omega-3 fats. A similar-sized serving of chia seeds contains 137 calories, 10.6 grams of fiber and 4.9 grams of omega-3 fats.

Because of their size, seeds could be harmful among people who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel disease or diverticulitis, Van Horn said.

“Problems occur when particles get trapped in certain folds or ‘outpouches’ within the intestinal track that can become irritated and inflamed as a result of these conditions. Better to check with your doctor if you suffer from any of these conditions,” she said.

“Most such patients have been advised to avoid any foods with seeds, including strawberries, blueberries or sesame seeds or other small particles of this size.”

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Posted: July 2019

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‘Deathstroke’ Animated Series Set for CW Seed

The CW announced during its upfront presentation in New York on Thursday that DC Comics character Deathstroke is getting his own animated series for the network’s CW Seed digital platform. Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons will be produced by Blue Ribbon Content.

Introduced as an archenemy of the Teen Titans in 1980, Deathstroke (a.k.a. Slade Wilson) was a promising U.S. Army recruit drafted into a secret experiment to create super soldiers, who defects and becomes a mercenary/assassin. The series would follow Slade as his family is threatened by the murderous villain Jackal and terrorist organization HIVE.

Deathstroke will reportedly will be similar in format to CW Seed’s previous Vixen and The Ray animated series. It is unclear whether the actor who played Deathstroke in Arrow will reprise the role in animation like colleague Megalyn Echikunworke did for Vixen. Deathstroke is also played by Esai Morales on the DC Universe platform’s live-action Titans.

The character has previously appeared in the Teen Titans animated series (voiced by Ron Perlman), Young Justice (Wentworth Miller) and Beware the Batman (Robin Atkin Downes).

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]

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Sensible Sensimilla: Your Mane Will Have More Bounce With This Ounce of Hemp Seed Oil Hair Treatment

Sensible Sensimilla is a weekly series highlighting the most practicable ways to live a carefree, fashionable stoner lifestyle. Part how-to guide, part way of life; fully sensible. This Sunday, Marijuana.com’s Jessica Peralta shows us how to tame tangles with hemp seed oil. Standing in front of the bathroom mirror, hopelessly attempting to style the mess […]

NCIA Moving Seed to Sale Show From Denver to Boston in 2019

The National Cannabis Industry Association is taking one of its marquee events from Denver to the East Coast. The NCIA Seed to Sale Show, which has been held in the Mile High City for the past two years (the 2018 show ran February 7-8 at the Colorado Convention Center), will move to Boston in 2019, according to an announcement from the NCIA.

Massachusetts voters approved retail cannabis in 2016, and retail dispensaries are expected to open in several areas of the state by July 2018, including Boston. At nearly 1,600 members, the NCIA is one of the largest trade groups in the legal cannabis industry, and its annual Seed to Sale show is a national conference and expo for businesses and entrpreneurs involved in direct operations with the plant.

The NCIA holds cannabis caucuses for members in Denver many times a year, and executive director Aaron Smith told Westword that the group will continue to have a presence in Colorado during an interview at the 2018 Seed to Sale Show on February 8.

“Colorado is continued to be looked at as, really, the example to what a successful regulated cannabis industry can look like in all fifty states and places like Canada,” Smith said. “We will continue to host major events in Colorado; a large member base is here. We just made a decision to move this conference east to so we can impart some of the knowledge from Colorado and other states to these new, emerging markets.”

The NCIA Cannabis Business Summit, the organization’s annual headlining event, was held in Denver in 2014 but has been held in a different city every year since; the 2018 edition will be in San Jose in May.
The 2017 and 2018 Seed to Sale Shows in Denver drew nearly 5,000 attendees and 275 vendors combined, according to the NCIA.

Watch our full interview with Smith below as we chat about the future of Colorado’s cannabis industry and the NCIA’s presence in the state going forward, as more states legalize the plant for recreational use.

Toke of the Town

Colorado Company Produces First American-Bred Certified Hemp Seed

Colorado can now claim production of the first certified hemp seed in the United States after the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies officially validated one of its varieties. Fort Collins-based New West Genetics submitted its trademarked ELITE hemp genetics for AOSCA certification and received approval in 2017, according to an announcement from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

“The farmer can now have confidence that what he is buying is what he expects it to be, which is below 0.3 percent [THC] and true to type,” says Duane Sinning, assistant director of the division of plant industries at the CDA.

Founded in 1919 as the International Crop Improvement Association, the AOSCA sets the standards for seed certification for a number of countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia and Brazil. (The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development certifies European seeds.) State-run member agencies then validate the seeds according to AOSCA standards through scientific trials. After the seed’s certification, Colorado farmers can eventually purchase it to grow for harvest.

Certifying a seed is no easy task. To ensure that the ELITE seed adhered to state standards, the CDA grew its own crops in different growing environments across Colorado to test THC content and make sure the crop exhibited characteristics described by its breeder, New West Genetics. Simultaneously, the Colorado Seed Growers Association cultivated the ELITE plants and received the CDA Approved Certified Seed label upon approval from the AOSCA

“Then, and only then, does it become CDA Approved Certified Seed,” continues Sinning. “So you have two organizations you’re trying to navigate, which is why this is a big deal.” The variety was tested in Colorado’s northeast region, Arkansas Valley, Front Range, San Luis Valley and Western Slope to get an accurate account of how it would perform in a variety of different locations, according to the CDA.

In 2016 the CDA launched the first hemp seed certification program in the country to validate which seeds would yield hemp that falls within the 0.3 percent THC threshold mandated by state law. Six varieties have been certified since, but they were all from outside the country: two from Italy and one from Serbia in 2016, and three from Poland in 2017.

Sinning says the certification means Colorado farmers who opt to use the seed won’t have to drudge along with the Drug Enforcement Administration to get seeds, which is often a timely and complicated process. However, one hemp farmer isn’t popping the champagne just yet.

Ginger Duer harvested her 85-acre inaugural crop on the Western Slope last year after two decades of working with psychoactive cannabis. Although she agrees that farmers need a stable supply, she’s not yet sold on the certified seed. She’s worried that cross-pollination could still spike the THC levels in the CDA’s seed stock. Not all farmers know how to grow hemp, Duer adds, and factors such as where it’s grown or lack of attention could cause the plant’s THC levels to spike.

Duer says she appreciates the CDA’s position and respects the new ground it’s breaking with hemp, but thinks what hemp farmers really need is a higher THC threshold, at 1 percent, and softer stances from the DEA, so it’s easier and faster to get high-CBD, low-THC genetics from Europe. Duer says she can get European hemp seeds with 12 percent CBD and .05 percent THC for $ 6 a kilogram (2.2 pounds), but it takes her around eight months to get them because of DEA restrictions.

“We need to ensure two things: stable seed stock that is not going to exhibit phenotype variations in-field, and we need an ample supply so that we do not create bottlenecks,” she says. “We need ample supply to depress the costs.”

A certified seed won’t free up hemp farmers from the DEA completely. Colorado farmers who use the CDA-approved seed won’t need to go through the DEA to get them like they must for foreign seeds, but interstate commerce is still a gray area. Sinning says the CDA is taking a middle ground on whether or not the certified seeds and the products they produce can cross state lines. Although the CDA is warning famers of the plant’s federal illegality, the department can’t stop them from transporting it.

“We make them aware of it, but we don’t tell them they can’t, because it’s outside of our jurisdiction,” he explains.

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Green House Seed Company Breeder Suffers Untimely Death at 42

Known for traveling the world in search of exotic strains, rare pollen, and forgotten landrace genes, cannabis legend Franco Loja passed away yesterday, January 2, 2017. A globetrotting collector from Italy, Franco contracted a cerebral form of malaria that proved to be fatal. The manager of Green House Seed Company and partner of Arjan Roskam, Franco Loja […]

DC’s First Gay Superhero Gets Animated for CW Seed


The CW Network’s digital channel CW Seed has announced that 2017 will see the launch of animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray, based on DC comics characters and produced by Warner Bros.’ Blue Ribbon Content — which opened in 2014 under the guidance of toon icon Sam Register. The Ray will mark the first series lead by a gay superhero (since J.J. Sedelmaier’s Ambiguously Gay Duo was a bit vague).

Announced at CW’s Television Critics Association panel on Thursday, Freedom Fighters: The Ray hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Blue Ribbon, and will be executive produced by go-to superhero showmen Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who have previously joined forces on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.

The show will center on Ray Terrill, who first appeared in his own comic book in 1992, conceived by Jack Harris and Joe Quesada. His story begins when as a reporter he discovers a a secret government science project to turn light into a destructive new weapon. Before he can spill the beans, the project head exposes Ray to a “genetic light bomb,” which fails to kill him but does gift him with special light-based abilities. Taking on the mantle of “The Ray,” the reporter turned hero is recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters.

Freedom Fighters: The Ray

Freedom Fighters: The Ray

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Steps for Successful Cannabis Seed Germination

One of the first steps for you folks that are planning on starting your own cannabis garden involves learning how to properly germinate the seeds that will produce your garden’s plants.

Most home growers obtain their cannabis seeds via the plethora of vendors available on the e-commerce marketplace that offer a widespread selection of seeds to meet just about anyone’s cannabis needs.

And due to the costs involved with obtaining a seed collection, most consider the purchasing of cannabis seeds to be an investment of sorts.

So, the act of germinating your prized seeds should be taken quite seriously, especially when considering their overall worth.

Preparing to Pop Your Beans

DSCN1752The first thing to do is to determine how many seeds you would like to germinate. If you’re going to germinate more than one variety, be prepared to label the different types in order to eliminate confusion. I know it sounds simple, but you’d be surprised by the number of newbie gardeners (and oldbie gardeners for that matter) that forget to label and end up growing I-guess-we’ll-know-the-variety-come-harvest-time seeds. So, do yourself a solid and grab a pen and some painter’s style tape for labeling purposes.

Let ‘em Soak!

seeds in waterIt’s important to further protect your investment by ensuring that your hands are clean anytime you’re handling your cannabis seeds. You don’t want to take the chance of any toxins contaminating your seeds that may be lingering on your hands, which could hurt the chances of them germinating properly.

One of the most commonly used methods for successful cannabis seed germination involves soaking the desired amount of seeds in a small drinking glass partially filled with filtered, non chlorinated, lukewarm (room temperature) water for a period of 24-48 hours.

The soaking seeds should sink to the bottom of the glass after a period of approximately 12-24 hours, which is a good sign that your cannabis seeds are viable. If the seeds you’re soaking don’t take the plunge to the bottom after a period of 24-48 hours, there’s a good sign they won’t germinate at all.

The Wetting of the Towels

akautogrow1Once you’ve determined which of your cannabis seeds are viable, it’s time to move on to the next step which involves placing the freshly soaked seeds between two damp (lightly moistened) paper towel or napkins (preferably plain white and free of dyes), then placing the seed-loaded towels into a clean plastic storage bag. After you’ve placed the towels in the bag, place the bag in a slightly warm, but dark spot such as a kitchen cabinet or a coat closet for another 24-48 hours in order for the embryos to free themselves of the seed’s shell and begin to stretch out.

It’s Time to Take Root!

seed_dirtIf your cannabis seed germinating undertaking was indeed successful, you should now have embryos that are ready for the propagation stage of their lives. Our cultivation team here at The 420 Times uses potting soil to cultivate the majority of our cannabis supply, so once the embryos are ready, they prepare small containers (16 ounce plastic cups) with their preferred brand of potting soil and carefully drop the newly sprouted little ones into place in order for the root formation process to begin.

Although there are other methods for germinating cannabis seeds successfully, we’ve found this particular practice to be the most productive. Treat your cannabis seeds with care and they’ll return the favor at harvest time.

Grow on and keep it green!

The 420 Times

Weed Could be Bad for Your Seed

A new study suggests that weed could be bad for your man-seed.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen looked at the sperm counts of 1,215 men aged 18 to 28. About 45 percent of those men used marijuana in the last three months.

The pot users had an average 29 percent fewer sperm compared to non-users, the study found. Those who had also used other recreational drugs saw as high as a 55 percent drop in sperm count.

Don’t let this get you, uh, down just yet, however.

The researchers noted that cannabis users were also more likely to drink alcohol, smoke tobacco and consume caffeine, other substances that could be linked to lower sperm counts.

“We cannot exclude the possibility that the men who used marijuana generally have an unhealthier lifestyle and health behavior, which may also affect their semen quality and hormone levels,” the study concluded.

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VIDEO: Hundreds line up for marijuana seeds

D.C. residents gathered at an Adams Morgan restaurant to receive free marijuana seeds in the country’s largest legal pot giveaway.

Read more… “VIDEO: Hundreds line up for marijuana seeds”

Feds Finally Release Kentucky’s Hemp Seed Shipment

The feds have finally released Kentucky’s hemp seed shipment from captivity on Thursday after the state’s agricultural department obtained a special permit allowing them to proceed with their cultivation endeavors.

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has stated that the seed shipment is expected to arrive in The Bluegrass State by this afternoon. He went on to say that the state’s first rows will be hoed as soon as this weekend.

“This is a historic day,” Commissioner Comer declared. “We’ve done something that no one thought we could do a year-and-a-half ago. We legalized industrial hemp and we’ve proven that it’s an agricultural crop and not a drug.”

Well, technically it can be used for medicinal purposes, but I’ll let that one slide.

Commissioner Comer feels that the shipment shouldn’t have ever been delayed.

“There was no sense in this,” Comer avowed.

Not to mention the fact that the freshly-enacted federal farm bill permits states to plant pilot hemp projects.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who met with DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart on Wednesday in order to persuade her agency to release the shipment, said that he is hopeful that the issued permit is the last federal hoop that Kentucky has to jump through before planting their plots.

“It was the intent of my provision in the farm bill to allow states’ departments of agriculture and universities to explore the commercial use of industrial hemp as a means for job creation and economic development,” McConnell explained.

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Emerald Ocean Investment Fund: Providing Seed Capital For Pot Related Business Ventures

Stick a fork in it… Marijuana prohibition is just about done! Investors around the country can smell the chronic smoke rising from the investment opportunities – sure to cultivate America’s next green rush. Whether for recreational or medicinal purposes, marijuana is slowly emerging from the shadows of persecution – no longer an illicit drug, but rather a benign way to relax and an incredibly valuable medicine.

As such, the owners of Marijuana.com and WeedMaps.com have been extremely busy creating a 420 friendly investment fund, with the sole focus of providing much-needed capital for weed-related business ideas.

The fund, Emerald Ocean Capital, plans to steer clear of growing operations and retailers, instead investing in business that support those industries, such as online payment processors, security firms and hydroponic equipment manufacturers. The fund will also function as a venture capital incubator, providing office space within an 8,000-square foot Denver facility to select start-up companies.

The fund began raising money in March, according to Justin Hartfield, one of its two general partners. He portrayed American investors as eager to capitalize on a swiftly growing emerging market with improving prospects, and according to the San Francisco Business Times, the fund aims to raise between $ 10 and $ 25 million by the end of this year.

“We’re finally at a point where the American public is supporting marijuana legalization and that’s encouraging people to invest,” said Hartfield, an industry veteran who co-counded WeedMaps.com, a California-based startup that identifies and rates medical marijuana dispensaries in various states. “The game has changed in the past six months.”

Much of the momentum comes thanks to the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. But another driver is the perception that the federal government is inclined to eventually accept the trend, rather than confront states that opt to legalize.

In May, a firm called the ArcView Group also announced plans to support promising marijuana-focused ventures

Emerald Ocean operates like a traditional investment fund, with wealthy people handing over their money to be managed in a bid to exploit the growing embrace of marijuana. But Emerald Ocean and ArcView share some things in common: Both seek to minimize their potential legal troubles by investing only in so-called ancillary businesses, while steering clear of companies that actually touch the cannabis.

This past April 20 — a holiday celebrated by marijuana users as a day to light up and enjoy the plant’s effects — Hartfield attended the High Times Cannabis Cup, an annual bake-off at which growers compete for the title of best crop. Held inside a smoke-filled convention hall in Denver, the event saw people less attuned to marijuana culture intermingling with a more predictable crowd sporting dreadlocks and tie-dye.

“I was surprised at the number of people who kept asking me how to get into the industry,” Hartfield said. “A 70-year old gentleman came up to me in a suit saying he was from New York and wanted to know about investing.”

The current furor presents a marked contrast to the climate marijuana-related firms faced in just the recent past, when many companies found it difficult to impossible to secure financing. Large investors and banks, scared off by federal prohibition, have been too afraid of potential legal liabilities to back those ventures, Hartfield said.

Now that the dynamic has changed, Emerald Ocean is banking on word-of-mouth alone to fill its coffers.

“The more money and the more people you have invested, the more they tell their friends,” Hartfield said.

Emerald Ocean is also keeping an eye on politics. A portion of the capital in the fund will be used to support a political action committee lobbying for the legalization of marijuana at the federal level.

“The business and the politics are essentially intertwined.” Hartfield said, “Right now the industry exists basically as a loophole in the law. We need federal marijuana legalization as the ultimate goal. Without that, none of this really takes off.”



First Marijuana Seed, Joint, & Clone Launched Into “Space”

Probably a waste of weed, but if you’re sending it into space, you must have a nice stash:

Here are the stats, courtesy of The Seed Hub:

Launched on June1st 2013 (outside US). The flight time was roughly 3 hours, Balloon traveled est. 95,000 feet (19 Miles) above Earth, Traveled a distance on the map of 67 miles. It was damn hard to track, but Mission Accomplished!
Aboard was (1) Joint, (1) Clone, and 95 seeds. First in History!

You can’t say stoners don’t try to be creative…


Seed store goes to pot downtown

Windsor’s new downtown business sports marijuana leaves on its sign, an oversized poster of a marijuana plant inside and a mural-sized price list for its only product – marijuana seeds.

On Thursday, customers walked in, inquired about various strains and were invited to peruse a catalogue. If the store doesn’t have something a customer is looking for, Danielle Capin, a 25-year-old Hamilton, Ont., woman who’s running the store with her brother Joel, said she can get it within a week.

In short, Seeds for Less on Maiden Lane is selling the seeds to grow an illegal drug as openly and casually as Home Depot sells geraniums. How can they do that?

To Capin, the question is amusing. In the Greater Toronto Area, where her brother owns another location of the store, there are so many other places selling marijuana seeds that nobody bats an eyelash.

“Out there it’s saturated. Everybody’s already doing that,” she said. “Out here it’s some-thing new.”

Capin said the business is not only perfectly legal, it’s not even promoting illegal activity – i.e., growing marijuana for recreational use or sale on the street. She sells the seeds to people with medical marijuana licences or as novelty items, she said.

“In Canada, if you have a licence, you can grow marijuana,” she said. “We’re not trying to promote illegal things.”

But Windsor police Sgt. Matt D’Asti said the Capins had better take another look at the Controlled Substances Act.

People with licences to grow medical marijuana are supposed to get their seeds from Health Canada, he said.

It’s illegal for anyone else to sell seeds capable of sprouting, whether it’s a compassion shop – a store that sells marijuana and seeds for medicinal use – or a drug dealer.

D’Asti said police are consulting with Health Canada and researching the issue. If police decide to pursue the matter and test the seeds to determine whether they’re viable, Seeds for Less could be in trouble.

“Compassion shops have no right to be selling marijuana seeds or products to people with licences,” D’Asti said. “We will be definitely monitoring the store for any criminal activity and, if warranted, charges will be laid.”

As for what neighbouring business think of Seeds for Less, Downtown Windsor BIA president Larry Horwitz was diplomatic.

“They could make the downtown a little more interesting,” he said.

“They could attract a good crowd. But we don’t know enough about it to really say.”

Horwitz promotes attracting a more diverse mix of entertainment and retail downtown, but admits this wasn’t exactly what he had in mind.

“It’s certainly not the direction we’re going in.”

Source: Windsor Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2012 The Windsor Star
Contact: letters@windsorstar.com
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Author: Claire Brownell

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