Hemp products have been around for a long time and often are mistakenly associated with the drug marijuana because they are harvested from a species of cannabis plant. We have been able to buy hemp fabric and hemp body poducts in Australia for a while now but only recently a law has been passed to allow the consumption of hemp in the form of seeds and oil. Here’s what you need to know:
What are hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds have a crisp shell and a soft heart and have a mild nutty flavour. Usually when you purchase hemp seeds they will come hulled, (without their shells). When pressed, hemp seeds can be made into hemp seed oil. Like the seed itself, it has a nutty taste.
Hemp seeds come from a species of cannabis plant but not the type that from which marijuana is harvested. The plant from which hemp seeds are sourced has very low amounts of TTC, the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol. Consequently, ingesting the hemp seeds and oil will not cause you to become high, like you can when consuming marijuana. It is easy to see how their could be confusion between the two plants and the concern surrounding this. Cannabis plants are one of the fastest growing plants in the world, so it is no wonder the leaves and seeds from it have been so widely used since the beginning of time. Hemp fabric, which has a similar texture to linen, still remains one of the most durable fabrics.
What are they used for?
Like other healthy seeds, hemp seeds can be eaten in their natural form as part of salads, smoothies, cereals, on yoghurt and in baked goods. Hemp seeds can also be made into a variety of other forms for consumption, including: protein powder, flour, milk and juice.
Hemp seed oil similarly has a variety of uses, including: in health foods, body products, cleaning products, plastics and textiles. When used for consumption, hemp seed oil should be used in a similar manner to olive oil. It is best used: in salads, with vegetables, pasta and dressing; and if used in cooking, it should be used at a low temperature. Before hemp seed oil was legalised for consumption in Australia, it was already a popular ingredient in body products. Hemp oil is a natural softener so it is ideal to soothe dry or itchy skin. It is also said to have anti-ageing properties.
Why are they a healthy alternative?
Hemp has been hailed as one of the most nutritious plants in the world. It is hard to imagine how one tiny seed can have so many amazing properties. Hemp seeds are full of antioxidants, phytosterols, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Hemp seeds are packed with Omega 6 fatty acids which help repair cells and aid brain function. With one quarter protein, adding a spoonful of hemp seeds to your smoothie or cereal will give your body a healthy boost with little effort. For followers of a paleo diet, this high protein seed is obviously a welcome addition due to the high protein content. Hemp seeds also contain ten to fifteen percent fibre which makes for a healthy digestive system. Furthermore, hemp seeds contain a natural appetite suppressant.
Is there anything this super seed can’t help you with? Fortunately, we are now all able to access this amazing food.
When was it made legal to sell hemp seeds and oil for consumption in Australia?
From 17 November 2017 changes to the Food Standard Code permitted the sale of industrial or low psychoactive hemp as a food in Australia. Before this date hemp seeds and oil could only be sold in Australia for exterior use. Hemp seeds and oil are still not available in some countries.
Does The Organic Place sell any hemp products?
At The Organic Place we source organic hulled hemp seeds and organic hemp oil from Hemp Foods Australia, the largest Australian Certified Organic Hemp Food wholesaler, retailer, manufacturer and exporter in the Southern Hemisphere.
Why not give them a try and start reaping the health benefits of hemp?
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Doctor Axe: Food is Medicine (2018). 7 Benefits of Eating Hemp Seeds You Won’t Believe. Retrieve from https://draxe.com/7-hemp-seed-benefits-nutrition-profile/
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Wikipedia (May 2018). Hemp. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp