Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions about Hemp
Cannabis Sativa Seeds is the proper name for hemp seeds. ‘Hemp Seeds’ is usually the term used for the whole hemp seed as it comes from the plant (after cleaning). The hemp seeds are then de-hulled and the ‘hulled hemp seed’ or ‘de-hulled hemp seed’ or ‘hemp nut’ or ‘shelled hemp seed’ is then produced. This part is soft and creamy, whereas the whole seed is cruncy. Hemp oil is usually produced from the cold-pressing of the whole hemp seed. The byproduct is a flour which, after some processing, is turned into hemp protein powder. The hulled seeds are a soft exfoliant, the protein a more coarse exfoliant, the flour the most coarse exfoliant and the oil an excellent omega-3, 6 and 9 base.
How do I use hemp seed in skincare?
Hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp protein may be used in natural skincare or bodycare products.
How much should I take?
Consuming hemp foods is not legal in Australia or New Zealand. Firstly we must remind you to check the legislation in your country for consuming low-thc hemp food products. All of our products contain NO drug affects whatsoever and in most of the countries where hemp foods allowed the following suggestions are offered:
Everyone is unique! No one person is like another, so dosages and quantities vary considerably, however the following are approximate guidelines for the average person:
Hemp Seeds: 2 Tablespoons sprinkled onto your breakfast or in your smoothie. 1-2 Tablespoons more throughout the day with your other meals.
Hemp Protein: 2-12 Tabelspoons in your smoothie. Yes! This really does depend on how much you exercise, how big you are, your metabolism etc.
Hemp Oil: 1-2 Tablespoons either as it is, on per person in salad dressing or in your favourite smoothie
We have not found any evidence to show that consuming larger quantities causes any negative affects and have not found any evidence of overdosing on these products. Your body is usually a good indicator and will tell you when it's had enough.
This is not meant as advice and should only be considered as part of your entire diet and lifestyle and General Practitioner's (Doctor) advice.
Shipping and Freight Questions
Is your hemp protein 'gritty'?
No! Other companies have been selling a 'hemp protein flour' or similar named product that is just ground hemp meal. Hemp Foods Australia has developed a proprietary technique to not only grind the hemp seeds superfine, but to separate much of the fibre, carbohydrate and fats from the best protein ever! Our 50% hemp protein is as high as it is possible to go without using chemicals and heat (some other companies may choose to do this, we prefer to use mechanical and raw processes only). We hope you enjoy our super-fine protein powder for your chosen use.
I cannot read the back panel and am not in AU/NZ?
Sorry! You can see an image of the back panel in full here for each of our products:
Can I visit your Hemp Farms?
In the past we have opened up our Hemp Farms to the public and shared through workshops and tours our innovations and vision for industrial hemp. Due to recent changes in Australian politics and potential food laws we have chosen to focus our energy on preparing for what we hope to be a new industry for the benefit of all Australians. This involves manufacturing our organic hulled hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp protein, reducing our prices, improving our quality and sharing our products with all whom are interested for skincare production.
During these times of change (currently 2013) we feel the most sustainable solution for us all is to keep our focus on the production and therefore have to turn down visitors to our farm at this time. But don't worry! We will open again soon after Australia has chosen a clear path for a positive future. We will let you know when that changes via Facebook, or if you join our mailing list, and enjoy free recipes, while you wait.
May I buy hempseeds wholesale?
Yes, we sell hempseeds wholesale to businesses. If you have an ABN then please contact us with your business information. We sell to manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retail stores, as well as direct to you.
Where can I learn more about hemp?
More on industrial hemp, and all it's uses: http://www.hempowered.com
Visit an Australian hemp farm and learn all about hemp: http://www.hempfarm.com.au
Want to know how to build a hemp house? http://www.thehempbuilder.com
Can hemp be an alternative to plastics? http://www.hempplastic.com
What are the media saying about Hemp Foods Australia?
19th September, 2013 MP Andrew Stoner, the representative of one of our investors, The NSW State Government mentioned us in NSW Parliament:
"We have also invested in Hemp Foods Australia. Before the member for Balmain gets too excited, it does not make marijuana cookies. It is a new facility at Bangalow that has created 12 new full-time jobs."
What are the media saying about Hemp Foods Australia?
Here is a link to an article from July 2012 about Hemp Foods in the BFA's Clean Food magazine so you can read some recent press:
How should I store hemp food products?
Question – Which of the following conditions should ensure optimal protection of the nutrients in Hemp Seeds?
1. Storing Hemp seeds in vacuum-sealed bags?
2. Storing Hemp seeds in bags that have had their opening heat-sealed to melt the plastic together?
3. Storing Hemp seeds in a heat-sealed bag that also includes a separate oxygen absorber (those little white packets you find inside some food containers that say "do not eat")?Answer - Each of the above methods aims to prevent the seeds coming into contact with oxygen. As you know, oxygen "oxidises" the precious oils inside the Hemp seeds. However – the answer to the question is that NEITHER of the above techniques is any better than the other, nor is it any better than storing the seeds in any kind of bag that readily allows air to get in amongst the seeds.
Why? Because the seeds, even after dehulling (so long as the nut is not crushed) have their own oxygen-free barrier built in. The surface of the seed prevents oxygen penetrating and making contact with any sensitive nutrients. As long as the seeds are not crushed or exposed to temperatures higher than 40 degrees Celsius, the light, air and heat sensitive components inside (namely – the oils) remain protected.
Think about how seeds grow on the plant – they are subjected to 12 hours a day of oxygen, sunlight and temperatures up to and above 40 degrees celcius. They were designed to thrive under these conditions and maintain the vitality of their essential oils right up until the moment you swallow them. That is, as long as the seeds are not crushed or exposed to temperatures much hotter than 40 degrees Celsius.
Hemp Foods Australia ensures the hemp seeds, hemp protein and hemp oil that are produced never reach temperatures above 40 degrees and all products are packed as soon as possible in light and moisture sensitive packaging and stored in cool-rooms.
Perhaps more of a threat to the seeds than air is moisture which is why Hemp Foods Australia has always and will always use packaging that prevents moisture from making contact with the seeds.
As our ongoing research indicates, using vaccum sealing, heat sealing or oxygen-absorbing pillow packs does not seem to be a worthwhile expense. So, in an attempt to maintain the lowest possible pricing while ensuring maximum protection of nutrients, we are currently trialing new packaging and will phase out practices that add no measurable benefit to the product integrity.
Hemp Seeds and Hemp Protein, once open – keep your products in a cool dark place.
Hemp oil should always be stored in a cool-room or refrigerator
What are the benefits of hemp seeds?
They are high in essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 and GLA, contain 24% high quality protein and excellent fibre. All are useful in various forms of cosmetic product and bodycare manufacture. Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop that can be grown in 100 days and also used for plastics, paper, fuel, textiles and building materials. You can learn more about hempseed nutrition on this site.
Are hempseeds legal?
Yes, hempseeds are legal nearly everywhere in the world, except Australia (early 2013). As soon as you put it in the ground to grow, it becomes illegal – so best to eat it The dehulled hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp protein are legal everywhere in the world that we are aware of. In Australia they are legal to have ‘for non-human consumption’. Therefore we cannot and do not promote hemp as a food in Australia. Yet. See our legislation page for further details.
Can I buy hemp seeds in Australia?
Can I buy hemp seeds if I am not in Australia?
Yes. To buy from us, please contact us for a freight quote.
Where are our products from and how are they treated?
We are proud to make 100% of our products here in our factory in Bangalow, Northern NSW, Australia. At the time of writing (2013) all of our products are 100% Australian Certified Organic.
Our goal is to use 100% Australian grown seeds as well. Due to current high demand we are unable to source Australian Certified Organic Seed. To ensure there is enough seed available to produce our high quality products we need to import seed. Whenever we import seed we guarantee 100% that our product is certified organic (to Australian standards or above) and our seed is never irradiated or treated in any way (we ensure this is traceable all the way). In fact our seed is shipped in refrigerated containers so non-organic products cannot contaminate them. Due to strict Australian Quarantine, Customs and Organic regulations and the terms of our special licenses we are sure that we control the quality of our seed direct from the farm to our cool-rooms, production facility, packing and then storage until it leaves to our distributors, retailers and you. Until it leaves us, all of our seed is kept in temperature-controlled environments. Our mechanical raw and cold-process ensures our product is the best we can possibly do for you based on our teams 33+ years of experience in the hemp foods industry.
Our dream is to grow all of our seed around our factory and we have a very clear plan that is in action today to make this happen as soon as possible. If you know of any locally grown organic seed growers we are always open to new suppliers once we have audited them for quality control.
What can I do with hemp seeds?
You can eat them as they are (except in Australia or New Zealand). You can rub them on your skin (hulled hemp seeds and hempseed oil) or use them as an exfoliant (hemp protein powder and hemp fibre flour).