Frequently Asked Questions

Where does GHM hemp oil, protein, flour and seed come from?

Our seed comes from Tasmania and Victoria. Our commitment is to only source Australian seed as it 1) supports the Australian industry, 2) reduces fossil fuels, and 3) ensures that the hemp seed is not irradiated or heat treated.

Is the protein cold milled?

Yes our hemp protein is milled at low temperatures to ensure that the essential oils are not denatured

Can you cook with hemp oil?

Since polyunsaturated fats (like Omega 3s) can become denatured at high temperatures, hemp oil is best used as a raw oil

Is hemp oil just as good as fish oil?

According to our research, hemp seed oil is a better alternative to fish oil as fish oil doesn’t have hemp’s ideal 1:3 omega 3 to 6 ratio. Hemp oil also puts less strain on the environment and there are no heavy metals in hemp oil.

How much hemp seed oil do I need to get my daily Omega 3s?

One tablespoon (15ml) of hemp oil provides 3 grams of Omega 3 fatty acids and 8 grams of Omega 6 fatty acids. Since the recommended daily dose of Omega 3 fatty acid is 2.4 grams, one tablespoon of hemp seed oil is generally enough.

Can you have too much hemp seed oil?

There are no known toxicity levels for naturally occurring Omega 3s found in whole foods (dietary supplements may be a different matter). However, since hemp oil is a rich source of healthy calories, too much oil could contribute to weight gain.

How much hemp seed should I have everyday?

One tablespoon of hemp seed is 10grams (we measured it!). In just 10grams of hemp seeds, you have 1mg of zinc, 1mg of iron, 70mg of magnesium, 3g of complete protein, and 1g of omega 3 fatty acids. Personally, I have 3 tablespoons a day which gives 100% of our daily omega 3 needs, 13% of my iron, 18% protein, 52% of my magnesium, and 20% of my zinc needs. It’s a nutritional powerhouse!

What’s the best way to use hemp flour?
We do not advise that you use hemp flour as a complete replacement. It is too dense and will not make a fluffy, soft loaf of bread. However, if you add hemp flour to a recipe, you will increase the nutritional profile of the meal while still enjoying the texture and consistency that other commonly used baking flours provide. See the recipe section of this page for some ideas: https://globalhempmovement.com/blog/ 

Is hemp is safe for kids? 

Yes. Hemp foods have been sold throughout the world without restriction to both adults and children for decades. Australia and New Zealand were the last developed countries in the world to prohibit the consumption of hemp. Thanks to hemp pioneers, activists, and the work by Southern Cross University, hemp is now (finally) considered safe for children by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). There are no concerns about hemp consumption and pregnancy, and there are no known allergies to hemp seed.

Will hemp get you high?

No. Hemp does not contain enough of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC to alter consciousness, impair functioning, or lead to any of the effects of ‘being stoned’. For this reason, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) legalised the sale of low-THC hemp for human consumption.

Will consuming hemp give you a positive THC reading on a roadside test? 

No. Hemp was illegal to consume for years in Australia due to concerns that it would confuse roadside testing for THC. A study done by Southern Cross University found that consuming hemp would cause a positive result on a roadside test. Now hemp is considered safe to consume for both adults and children.

What is the difference between Hemp Flour and Hemp Protein? 

Both Hemp Flour and Hemp Protein are byproducts of making Hemp Oil. After pressing the seed for the oil, the pressers are left with a cake of hemp that they can further process to make Hemp Flour and Hemp Protein. Hemp Flour is milled slightly more to remove some of the grist, but still contains a lot of insoluble fibre and has a protein content equivalent to hemp seed (30%). Hemp Protein is milled more to create a smooth, 50% protein powder with less insoluble fibre. Since both the Hemp Protein and the Hemp Flour are a result of pressing oil from the seed, their Omega 3 content is lower than the whole seed. One advantage of this is that we consider Hemp Flour and Hemp Protein safe to cook due to the lower levels of essential fatty acids. We do not recommend cooking with Hemp Seeds or Hemp Seed Oil.

What’s the difference between Hemp Seed Oil and medicinal hemp CBD oil? 

They are completely different products. Hemp Seed Oil is pressed from the seed which contains no cannabinoids. If there are any cannabinoids in Hemp Seed Oil, it’s due to contamination from the other parts of the hemp plant such as the seed casing, leaf, stem, and bud. For this reason, hemp foods are allowed to contain small amount of cannabinoids (<.3%) as it’s very hard to completely avoid contamination. However the small amount of cannabinoids found in hemp foods are too low to have a meaningful medical effect. Hemp CBD is extracted from the stem, leaf, and bud where the cannabinoids are found in hemp and cannabis in general. Research has found that these cannabinoids to have a number of health benefits such as reducing anxiety, depression, inflammation, and, some studies, cancer proliferation.

What are cannabinoids? 

Cannabis has at least 113 compounds called ‘cannabinoids’ which have been studied for the last 60 years in Israel, America, Canada, Australia and many European countries. Researchers have found that cannabinoids can improve a number of health conditions from reducing nightmares in PTSD sufferers, to managing pain and reducing inflammation. See this Wikipedia article for more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid

Is hemp cannabis? 

Yes. Hemp is a strain of cannabis that contains very low amounts THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis). The Latin name for hemp is simply Cannabis sativa, a name shared by cannabis strains that have very high concentrations of THC. It is incorrect to say that hemp is a different species or the male of the plant. However, since hemp can be reliably grown with very low amounts of THC, licensing, distributing, and processing hemp is lot easier than doing the same with other, higher THC varieties of cannabis. Consumers also will not get ‘stoned’ from consuming hemp products, particularly those derived from the seed of the plant where no cannabinoids are found.

What is hempcrete? 

Hempcrete is made with the woody stem of the hemp plant. The stem is chopped into small pieces and mixed with lime and water. The chopped hemp stem is referred to as ‘hurd’. This can be poured into formwork, made into bricks, or into prefabricated panels. Hemprete provides a thick, well insulated wall that regulates humidity, is a natural flame and pest retardant, and allows the home to breathe (as long as breathable paint and plaster is used). See this short video for an example of hempcrete in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R7JJHKnUFo 

What is hemp milk? 

Hemp milk is made by blending hemp seeds with water in a high powered blender. Some people like to strain the milk through a cheesecloth after blending to achieve a smoother consistency. Hemp milk is a great source of protein, essential fatty acids, and iron. If you would like to order high quality organic hemp milk made by an Australian business, check out this website: https://organichempmilkaustralia.com.au/   

How are your seed and oil products certified chemical free?

The Tasmanian seed we source is chemically tested for pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, moulds and fungus, and other noxious chemicals. For every packet of seed, protein, flour or bottle of oil we sell, we have a chemical report showing no detectable amounts of harmful chemicals. GHM will not sell seed that 1) has not been chemically tested, or 2) has detectable amounts of synthetic chemicals, moulds/fungus, pollutants or heavy metals. Contact us at the GHM for a copy of this report.

 

 

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