How to get a natural high from hemp

10th July 2021 | Moira Geddes

If you’re looking to get a natural kick out of cannabis without the police coming after you, then you really should try hemp. Although both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis sativa plant, hemp contains very low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effects). What it does contain in spades is nutrients – essential fatty acids, protein, vitamin E and minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. In other words, it’s ridiculously good for you.

In November 2017, Food Standards Australia New Zealand finally made hemp-based foods legal for human consumption in Australia, paving the way for local producers and manufacturers to start tapping into a global market that’s estimated to surpass US$2.7 billion by 2028. As one of the largest hemp food companies in the Southern Hemisphere, Hemp Foods Australia was already on the front foot, supplying overseas markets since 1999.

As a well-established manufacturer, the business was in the ideal position to take advantage of a growing local demand for certified organic hemp products, and it’s now sparking up joy in the minds of health-conscious consumers across the country. Hemp Foods Australia currently imports most of its hemp seeds from more established overseas markets, but it also sources organic hemp seeds from growers in Tasmania. As Aussie growers become more established, they’ll look to make it a completely local operation.

In the video below, Eativity catches up with Hemp Foods Australia’s New Product Development Manager Prana Arnold to find out more about the nutritional benefits of hemp and best ways to consume this genuinely super food.