It is now legal to consume hemp food products in Australia!
Australia always last to catch on
Up until recently, hemp could not be sold as a food or added to foods because federal and state health ministers were concerned they could effect roadside drug testing. However, in April, the ministers decided that low-THC hemp seeds could be consumed safely. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical in marijuana responsible for its hallucinogenic effects. In order to be considered as a food for sale, hemp seeds need to contain less than 0.5% of THC.
Countries such as the US, Canada and the UK have had hemp seeds freely available to eat for many years. Australia late to the game as always!
Super nutrition- new 'super food'?
Hemp is super nutritious, containing 25% protein, high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (good fats), fibre, minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc, vitamin E, B vitamins and vitamin D3.
Safe and Sustainable
Hemp is a very safe food to consume as it does not contain toxins, allergens or GMO's. It is also a very sustainable crop to grow as it requires less water than wheat, soy or rice and can grow just about anywhere without the use of fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.
Delicious and versatile
I have been eating hemp for a few years now and I love the nutty, creamy taste! My favourite ways to use hemp seeds include, adding into smoothies, sprinkling over salads, mixing into guacamole, using in bliss ball recipes and incorporating into veggie burger patties.
Here at Woodstone Pantry we sell hemp seeds from Hemp Foods Australia. They source hemp seeds grown organically on Australian soil.
Have you used hemp foods before? What are your favourite recipes? I would love some more ideas!
Have a great and healthy week.