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A study shows how the feeding of farm laying hens with hemp seeds provides an additional enrichment of Omega-3 to the eggs.
Adding cannabis seeds to chicken feed can be a good way to enrich your eggs, according to a study conducted in Germany. Although farmers often give chickens flax or chia seeds, which are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seeds are rarely used.
Researchers at the Federal Institute for Animal Health Research wanted to know if cannabis seeds could be used as an alternative food additive. Research published in the Journal of Consumer Protection and Food Safety indicates that feeding cannabis seeds can provide "egg yolk enrichment".
The mass of hemp seed, which is a by-product obtained after the pressing of seeds to extract the oil, as compared to rapeseed and flax seed, popular among German egg producers. The THC and CBD levels in this mass were below 0.005%.
"The inclusion of cannabis products in the diet of laying hens does not have a negative impact on the performance of laying hens and leads to the enrichment of omega-3 fatty acids in the content of eggs."
Cannabis seeds better for laying hens than other seeds
In the study, chickens fed cannabis seeds had the highest egg weight. Their yolks were richer in omega-3 fats than the chickens of the group that eats rapeseed.
Therefore, the mass of hemp seed for farm animals can be a good way to use the waste generated in the production of hemp seed oil. Unfortunately, regulations in many countries do not allow the use of cannabis in feed for farm animals, citing the lack of research on their safety.
It is known that cannabis seeds belong to the group "superfood" because they contain the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 and contain 10 amino acids. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Most Poles consume too much omega-6 in relation to omega-3s, which is why hemp seeds are an ideal product to enrich the diet.