An innovative Czech study from the 1930’s used hemp seeds in a nutritional therapeutic trial to treat tuberculosis. Basically, in order to fight TB, foods had to be able to help the body’s organs and tissue rebuild. Hemp seed — a nutritionally significant source of edestin and arginine proteins, and today also known to be a powerful source of Essentially Fatty Acids — proved to be a low cost and very method of helping sick children get better.
Medical uses for hemp in China has a long, documented, cultural history, using all parts of the plant — the seed, leaves, “juice” (oil), roots and flowers — in both oral and topical applications. Interestingly and perhaps controversially to some, there does not seem to be a strong tradition of smoking the cannabis flowers… where some texts considered that part of the plant to be poisonous. For the record, the earliest known references of hemp leaf medicinal tea is from 2700 BC while the earliest textual medical reference to using hemp seeds is from the 14th CE.