FAQ

 

1) What is hemp?

Hemp is an ancient plant, grown in Canada, that has been used throughout history for food, fuel and fabric. Because of its relation to the cannabis plant, hemp was included in the drug prohibition 60 years ago, despite its lack of  the hallucinogenic chemical THC. After several initiatives by researchers and provincial governments, this error was corrected and Canada authorised the commercial cultivation and export of industrial (soft) hemp in 1998. The Govt control the distribution and testing of the seed to ensure there are no measurable amounts of THC in the hemp plant. This hardy plant naturally requires no pesticides or herbicides and is not genetically modified. It grows about 2 metres in 100 days.

 

2) Why should I eat it?

Hemp is the only food that can sustain human life without any other form of nutrition. Hemp seed is the only complete source of all the following: protein (35%), essential amino acids and essential fatty acids (45%). Hemp’s protein is second only to soy in quantity but it is superior in quality. Containing all 8 essential amino acids, it is a complete protein and its structures are most similar to those produced by human blood, making hemp easily digestible.

Hemp food (30-35% oil) is the highest in total essential fatty acids (EFA’s) of any plant and provides the perfect ratio, 3:1, of Omega-6 (around 60%) to Omega-3 (20 %), as recommended by health experts. According to Agriculture Canada, “Hemp seed oil may have potential health benefits for diabetes, cancer, lupus, asthma rheumatoid arthritis, depression and hypertension. Hemp is one of only two plants that contain both EFAs as well as gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA has been found to have many properties ranging from anti-inflammatory to anti-depression. It can lower cholesterol and help to correct dyslexia, dyspraxia, and hyperactivity (ADHD). Approximately one-third of the population lacks the enzyme to metabolize GLA from omega 6 and must take GLA from an outside source to maintain good health, and hemp is an excellent way for them to do so”.

 

3) Where does your hemp come from?

Our hemp is grown in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, collected by a co-op and sent to us by a distributor.

 

4) Will I get High?

No. Sorry.

 

5) What else can we do with hemp?

Besides food, hemp has been used for paper (in fact, 90% of paper produced in the 19th century was from hemp), as a bio-fuel, in concrete (hempcrete), car body parts (BMW), textiles and rope (the first American flag was made from hemp), insulation, cosmetics, paint, etc. Presently, we are a step ahead of the U.S. where it is still illegal to grow hemp, so Canadians have a distinct economic opportunity to capitalise on this wonder plant.