You’ve probably seen that there is a lot of hype around Hemp products at the moment. This is because as of the November last year (2017) the Australian Government finally approved the sale of Low THC Hemp Seed Foods for human consumption and the future of Australia Hemp suddenly and irreversibly became brighter!
Slowly but surely, Australia and New Zealand are catching up to the rest of the world!!
Up until now Hemp foods in Australia could only be sold if they were advertised “not for human consumption”, although many people have been purchasing and consuming Hemp seeds, Hemp seed oil and Hemp protein for years. It is, however, fantastic that the Australian Government has finally approved these products and in doing so, are supporting a growing Australian industry with a huge potential.
As many of you may already know, Hemp is a valuable and sustainable source of many dietary essentials including Omega 3, 6 and 9. Containing 20 essential amino acids, Hemp is a complete plant-based protein. Hemp seeds are also a great source of Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus and a single serve contains up to 48% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium.
Although this step moves Australia and New Zealand closer to many other developed countries, this legislation does not allow products to be manufactured from the flower, leaf, or stem of the Hemp plant, meaning, medicinal CBD oil is still a prohibited substance. In fact, even whole hemp seeds are not allowed for retail sales. The legislation clearly states that “if the food is for retail sale the seeds must be non-viable and hulled”. The legislation is strict, and testing regimes are tight but again, it is a step in the right direction.
See the legislation HERE