Hemp on the menu under new legislation
The new laws come after years of lobbying by the hemp industry and will see products such as hemp seed oil, hemp protein and hemp flour become more commonplace in households and restaurants across the country.
Hemp or industrial hemp is a cannabis plant species, which contains no or very levels of THC, the cannabinoid associated with the psychoactive properties of marijuana. The legisalation also stipulates that hemp products can not make any references to marijuana or make hallucinogenic claims.
According to Hemp Foods Australia, hemp seeds contain high amounts of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) like Omega 3 and 6, on par with walnuts at around 47g of PUFAs in every 100g of seeds. They also contain protein, vitamins and minerals and low carbohydrates.
The legalisation is good news for the hemp industry, who will be on show at The Hemp Health & Innovation Expo in Melbourne next month. Alongside hemp producers and suppliers, the exhibition will feature expert speakers and hemp cooking workshops.
“In Feburary/March next year we will see the first official fresh harvest of Australian hemp seed under the new laws,” he said. “I hope Australia gets behind it, supports local farmers and the hemp seed because it has incredible health benefits.”