'Cannabis' ice cream whipped up in Italy

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An ice cream parlour the northern Italy has whipped up an ice cream flavoured with hemp seed as a tribute to the reggae singer Bob Marley.

The unusual delicacy has been produced by the ice parlour in the Ligurian resort town of Alassio, reported, and will be sold alongside the slogan, "it tastes good and it does good".

Its producers hope to have the new flavour on sale before the close of 2015.

The 'Bob Marley' ice cream  was created in collaboration with Canapa Ligura, a local organization which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits of hemp.

The recipe uses peeled hemp seeds as a base, which the producers claim contains “beneficial properties due to the high presence of fatty acids, which make it a valuable way to fight and prevent different ailments including arteriosclerosis, cholesterol, osteoarthritis, respiratory disorders, eczema and acne.”

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant often used for making fibres and textiles, and its seeds contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

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But mixing Italy's favourite dessert with the cannabis plant can be dangerous if attempted by non-professionals.

In February this year, two young people went to Iceland and downloaded instructions for making cannabis-flavoured ice cream. However, the attempt went wrong and the pair ended up in hospital after experiencing hallucinations.

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