What Is Hemp?
What is hemp? Only one of nature’s most superior sources of plant-based nutrition. Not to be confused with marijuana, here’s a clear breakdown of the key differences between the two.
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Hemp seeds won’t get you high—but they will give your body a huge boost of nutrition.
Hemp, like marijuana, is from the Cannabis plant. They are, however, very different products with very different health effects.
What is cannabis?
Cannabis is the plant (in)famously known for marijuana—but there’s a lot more to it than that because it’s incredibly versatile. People have been using it for thousands of years and breeding it to serve many different purposes. Some breeds have increased levels of psychoactive and/or medicinal properties; while others have virtually none.
It can be incorporated into literally thousands of products because different parts of the plant have separate and distinct uses. The seeds, stalk, leaves and flowering heads are all used to make different products.
The two main types of cannabis are marijuana and hemp.
What is the difference between marijuana and hemp?
Marijuana has two main active ingredients which are types of cannabinoids: THC (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC, in large amounts, is associated with the psychoactive properties we’ve all heard of (i.e., in the illicit drug). CBD, on the other hand, is used for medicinal-grade tablets, CBD oil, tinctures, and other extracts (i.e., the kind you can only get with a prescription from your doctor in Australia). THC and CBD are found in the leaves and flowering heads of cannabis plants that have been bred specifically to produce high levels of these compounds.
Hemp (also known as industrial hemp) is different. It contains extremely low, non-psychoactive levels of THC (<0.3%) and non-medicinal levels of CBD. The outside of the plant’s stalk is a great source of fibre and pulp used for clothing, paper, and building products. And it’s this breed that’s cultivated for the nutrient-packed seeds which make our hemp protein powder, hemp seeds and hemp seed oil (not to be confused with medicinal “CBD oil”).
What is hemp? Hemp is a (non-psychoactive) source of highly nutritious seeds which produce our plant-based hemp protein powders, hemp seeds, and hemp seed oil. It can't get you high, nor is it medicinal marijuana.
Hemp seed food products are widely available in Europe, Canada, the United States, and as of November 2017, became legal for human food consumption in Australia. Our hemp is all proudly Australian grown in the beautiful state of Tasmania.
How do I use hemp?
Now that you know what hemp is and you're safe in the knowledge that it won't get you high, why should you try it? Two words: delicious and nutritious.
Hemp seeds are dehulled straight from our Tasmanian hemp crops and contain loads of nutrition: protein, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals (e.g., zinc, magnesium and iron). Being plant-based, hemp seeds also contain fibre for your gut, and your friendly health-promoting gut microbes love it when you eat fibre!
Our Australian grown hemp seeds have a nutty flavour and are extremely versatile to eat. Just like nuts, you can enjoy them as a butter, sprinkle them on salads, make delicious dairy-free milk, or even use them in spreads, dinners, and desserts. See our growing list of amazing hemp seed recipes. My personal favourite is our hemp seed milk as it only takes 2 minutes to make in a blender and is a perfect substitute for cow's milk (which I'll write another article on, as cow's milk is scarily bad for you).
Hemp protein powder is another amazing product derived by simply cold-pressing, milling and sieving hemp seeds. Our hemp protein powders are naturally flavoured by real plants (not nasty chemicals) and comprise solely of plant based ingredients. They're an excellent source of fibre for easy digestion, and a good source of protein to keep you fuller for longer. They contain all of the essential amino acids that your body needs for healthy function and provide the optimal 3:1 ratio of omega fatty acids six and three for human consumption. You can simply shake them up with water as a protein shake, or get creative with many sweet and savoury hemp protein recipes that we've created from scratch just for you.
Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing hemp seeds to separate the oil. Our hemp seed oil is unrefined and packed full of omega three and six. It's primarily used a cooking oil and we've developed some delicious tasting recipes for you to enjoy, however the health benefits of hemp seed oil extend beyond food nutrition. Many skincare products use hemp seed oil as an ingredient to hydrate dry skin, strengthen hair and nail growth, and even relieve joint pain. Check out our video below on how to use it to make a hydrating hair mask!
Cannabis is a versatile plant. Some breeds (marijuana) are high in psychoactive and/or medicinal properties. Others (hemp) produce highly nutritious seeds. If you’re looking for a single source of food to incorporate protein, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals into your diet, then Saint Hemp is the answer. Give our products a try — they’re suitable for the whole family and truly are an excellent choice for optimal health.