Frequently Asked Questions

Using Hemp Products

Hemp is one of the only seeds that does not need sprouting to become enzymatically active. Also, the seeds that we sell have had the germ separated from them so will not grow into a plant if you attempt to sprout them or plant them in the ground.

Yes, the seeds are suitable for freezing. In fact it will extend their shelf life well beyond the usual 12 months.

There is really no need to soak Hemp Seeds, they are already so soft and digestible - super easy to use.

Due to current legislation Australia is one of the last places on Earth where delicious healthy non-drug Hemp Milk is not allowed to be consumed, so it cannot be purchased in Australia at this time.

You can however buy non-drug Hemp Seeds from us and use them to make Hemp Milk yourself.

Please enjoy this free recipe book which includes a free recipe for Hemp Milk. Or you may read our hemp seed recipe page here and learn about hemp milk. And finally on our hemp nutrition page you can find a comparison of hemp milk and cow's milk. 

Note - until such time as legislation in Australia changes you may only use homemade Hemp Milk for making cosmetic products (like our hemp soaps). Your overseas friends may use Hemp Milk on breakfast cereals, milk shakes, home-made ice cream, raw vegan sauces and more.

Take a look at the skincare recipes to see how to make:

  • Hemp Oil Shampoo
  • Hemp Seed Body Cream
  • Hemp Protein Body Scrub

We are aware that at least one manufacturer promotes the use of their Hemp oil in frying and baking claiming that the oil does not get damaged. The temperature of frying oil can reach 200 degrees in seconds. It does not start to produce smoke until it reaches 250 degrees which is their rationale for saying it can be used for frying - however, who is to say oils only get damaged when they are smoking and about to catch on fire? Does your skin have to catch on fire before getting damaged from excessive sun exposure?

We recommend you do NOT cook with Hemp oil.

It can however be added to hot foods eg. you have just served up a bowl of steaming rice and vegetables; pour Hemp Oil over it just before you eat it to get all the benefits of the oil without it suffering any nutritional degradation.

Because Hemp Protein powder has had much of the oil removed, Protein Powder is far less affected by heat than Hemp Seeds or Hemp Oil. We have heard of many people successfully incorporating organic hemp protein powder in baking breads, cakes and other goods when blending with regular organic flour

Product Quality

No. Part of the process to achieve our Organic certification involves ensuring that our products are NOT irradiated at any time during transportation, processing or at any other time under any circumstance. You are getting the best Hemp products possible.

All of our hemp seeds are harvested either by machine or by hand. Those harvested by machine are cut at the stalk and stripped of their seeds. No heat used there. They are then stored in bags and put on cleaning machines which consist of vibratory screens and cool air blowing. Again, no heat there. We receive the clean seeds in bulk packs.

On receipt of the materials the products are either pressed into oil, dehulled or milled into protein. Our hulling process is purely mechanically and the temperature does not exceed 25 degrees Celsius.

Our milling process uses a proprietary technology we developed ourselves. It is air-cooled to ensure our protein does not exceed 40 degrees Celsius for more than a few seconds. The rest of the time the product is processed at 20 degrees Celsius.

Our oil press is a true cold-press which reaches no more than 45 degrees Celsius for a few seconds before it is rapidly cooled.

During the entire process - from farm to packaging and in between, all processes are carried out in a temperature controlled environment - below 20 degrees Celsius for the processing room, and around 10 degrees Celsius for storage and transport - until the product leaves in the post for consumers or distributors (distributors receive our product in refrigerated transport).

We hope this information assists in choosing what we believe are the best quality Hemp seed products.

Our Hemp Seeds, Oil and Protein Powder all contain less than 1g of sugar (fructose or glucose) per 100g. In other words, less than 1%. Nothing is added - all natural.

Iodine is not only important for proper Thyroid function it is believed to prevent your body from absorbing radioactive Iodine from nuclear contamination such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

Hemp Seeds do contain natural Iodine, approximately 17µg per serve; about 3 times as much as you would get from the same amount of Navy beans or 6 times as much as you would get from the same amount of Potato, both of which are sources of Iodine. The #1 source of Iodine is dried seaweed. An equivalent amount of Wakame for example contains about 2000µg of Iodine.

The Australian Government recommended daily intake for Iodine is 150µg.

No, currently we do not believe this (considerably high additional expense that you would have to pay) is necessary and here’s why:

For 20 years we have worked with various manufacturers and laboratories and the question of whether shipping oil unrefrigerated during summer results in damage to the oil has been put to the test. Here’s what we found; while it is true that heat, air and light all pose a challenge to freshness, when you restrict the oil’s exposure to air and light, it is much more tolerant of moderate levels of heat for at least a few days and probably longer.

Here’s something else to consider - Hemp plants grow outdoors in the fresh air, exposed to heat and light from the sun - all at the same time. In summer the seeds may spend day after day, week after week in temperatures up to or even above 40? (104?) and yet the oils stay fresh and vital. How so? It is because the seed coats and pods protect the oil inside the seeds from coming into contact with air or light. Another reason is that Hemp oil contains a lot of Vitamin E which prevents oils from being oxidised. Under these conditions of high Vitamin E with little to no air or light - the oils remain perfectly fresh and vital, undamaged by the surrounding heat. Certainly enough for transporting to you.

How we protect your oil

Unlike some seed presses, we use a true cold-pressing technique, so the oil comes out cool, goes through our vegan filtration system (I bet you didn’t know many seed oils have been filtered with animal parts) and then goes straight into dark glass bottles that are flushed with cold nitrogen to expel all the oxygen as the bottle is sealed. It then goes into our cold room; no heat, no air, no light.

So up until the time you take it home and open the lid the oil has never been exposed to heat while in the presence of light or oxygen and has never been exposed to high heat. In fact 99% of the time is spent in the absence of all three - heat, light and oxygen. What you hold in your hands is as fresh and vital as the oil contained inside a seed out in the field.

In Australia and New Zealand the hemp products we sell, as stated on our product page and all invoices are strictly for external use only. You may take these products overseas, and for our export customers we provide further ideas on how to use:

Hemp Seeds - ‘make any meal good for you’

Simply eat the soft tasty little nuggets right out of the bag or add to any (sweet, spicy or savoury) meal for a nutritious boost. It is especially popular to add 1 or 2 tablespoons to a bowl of breakfast cereal or a smoothie; they even go well with yoghurt or ice cream.

Click here to download our brochure for export customers. Download nutrient data sheets (nutritional analysis) for Hemp Seeds, Protein and Oil.

Hemp Protein - ‘perfect for smoothies’

The easiest way to use Hemp Protein powder is to add at least 2 tablespoons to a smoothie. Athletes wishing to recover faster and those wanting to build clean lean muscle may wish to double or triple this amount to make sure their bodies have an ample supply of muscle building nutrients through the day.

Hemp Oil - ‘nourishes you inside and out’

Hemp Oil makes an excellent all over face and body moisturiser and massage base oil to which you can add your favourite essential oils. It is highly absorbent and won’t leave you greasy. Another popular way to increase your intake of essential fatty acids is to mix Hemp oil with balsamic vinegar and use it to dip your favourite bread into. It can also be used to make healthy sauces by combining it with herbs and lemon juice and vegetables such as dried tomatoes in a high powered blender. Hemp oil tastes great just the way it is, direct from the bottle. And of course the easiest way to incorporate Hemp oil into your diet is to just drizzle some over whatever meal you are having; sandwich, curry, salad, pasta, rice - it goes with just about everything. Just remember it should not be used for cooking.

Please see the Omega 3 section of our website for a detailed comparison.

At least 12 months from manufacture. You will find a best-before date printed on the back of all our seed packets. If you want to extend their life even further, store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Strictly speaking a protein 'isolate' is something that has been chemically treated to remove the carbohydrate content thus "isolating" the protein component. This is how Soy, Pea, Whey and Rice protein is made.

Whole Rice ordinarily contains a very small amount of protein - about 2%. In order to get Rice "Protein" which is around 80% protein they use enzymes to separate the carbohydrate from the protein. The original intention was not to produce protein but to produce concentrated rice syrup which is basically 100% sugar. You see this sweetener sold in health food shops and it is used in manufacturing various products. The protein is the leftover byproduct. Rather than paying to have it disposed in the garbage marketers were hired to turn it into a new income-generating commodity despite it's nutritional inadequacies.

The problem with that isolate is that it is no longer a 'whole food' - food that has had necessary digestive components removed is not necessarily good for you. It is difficult for your body to digest and may even cause harm.

Neither Rice, Soy, Pea or Whey proteins are whole foods - they are all true "isolates" that have had the protein component chemically separated from the remainder of the food.

Hemp is different. In 100g of Hemp Seeds you get approximately:

  • 33g of protein
  • 50g of oil
  • 5g of fibre
  • 1g of sugar

The remaining 11g consists of vitamins, minerals and water.

When you press Hemp Seeds to squeeze out the oil it is no different to taking a grape and squeezing it in your finger to remove some of the juice. The shrivelled grape left in your fingers is still a whole food that contains the original vitamins, minerals and enzymes necessary for digestion, only some of the water and sugar is now gone (dribbling down your arm).

If you were able to squeeze all 50g of oil out of the 100g of seeds, there would be 50g of dry seed "cake" remaining. That 50g of seed cake still contains the original 33g of protein along with the original vitamins, minerals and enzymes. 33g in 50g means the seed cake would be 66% protein.

There are currently no (natural, non-chemical) seed presses capable of removing 100% of the oil. After our seeds have had as much oil as possible squeezed out of them the dry cake is sifted to separate a small amount of fibre leaving only the fine powder - that powder is approximately 50% protein - with all the original vitamins, minerals and enzymes still intact along with most of the fibre.

It is a whole food that is easy to digest.

Compare that with the other protein powders mentioned above that contain no fibre, no enzymes, little if any vitamins and are high in sodium - it is a recipe for water-retention, bloating and indigestion. Not to mention the allergies that those protein sources are prone to with more than 90% of all the world's Soy being genetically modified.

Our Certified Organic Hemp Seeds and Protein powder not only contain zero sodium, they are also a good source of potassium which is important for a normal water-balance. You won't retain water, get bloated or get indigestion and in thousands of years of Hemp consumption, there have never been any reported cases of people being allergic to Hemp.

We are aware our competition are making claims about our seeds to our retailers and distributors. In short, our seeds may come from more than one source which we do not disclose. Here’s why…

We grow hemp seeds here in Byron Shire and will use them first where possible. Our next stop is nationally where we will always choose to buy hemp seeds from New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. We look to be growing over 1000 acres next season - the largest jump ever in Australian farming - which is only possible because of you, the consumer of Hemp Man hemp seeds!. We are still open to new (certified organic only) farmers. If you grow Organic hemp seed or want to sell them to us then please contact us here.

So far, Australia has not been able to supply us the full quantity we require for organic certified products, so we need to go overseas.

We buy from reputable overseas farms where the seeds are 100% Certified Organic to Australian Standards. We don’t stop at organic, we also ensure that our seeds are not irradiated, fumigated, sterilized, heated or subjected to harmful treatment of any kind during importation into Australia.

Not only do we scrutinize our suppliers, our paperwork undergoes inspection by the independent certifying body Australian Certified Organic to ensure we meet standards. In addition to these measures we submit all of our product to laboratory analysis which screens them for over 300 potential heavy metals, toxins and other contaminants.

In addition to all of this we also perform on-site visits. Our CEO personally visits each farm that we import from, however our sources are confidential.

Only after the seeds have passed these 5 checkpoints do we make them available to you. We are confident that our seeds are the finest in Australia.

Of course, our goal is to grow as much locally as possible. We have made the first steps by being the only company to produce all our products here in Australia where we dehull the seeds, press them into oil and make them into hemp protein powder- all mechanically, raw and organic. We are proud to employ Australians and are 100% Australian owned.

Yes, in very small amounts. A direct quote from a study on Hemp Seed oil in the Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional & Medical Foods Vol. 2(4) 2000:

"The medical benefits of plant salicylates have been enjoyed by people for centuries. Today aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid, a close relative of methyl salicylate, is one of the most widely used drugs in the world because of its antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Once injected, methyl salicylate can be hydrolyzed to salicylic acid, a common active ingredient of aspirin and most other salicylates. Thus, pharmacological effects of methyl salicylate are similar to those of aspirin. Also, millions of people regularly take low doses of salicylates (aspirin) to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Methyl salicylate deserves particular attention as a beneficial component of hemp oil, even if present in trace quantities."!

 

Cannabis Questions

Our products are THC free, but claiming “100%-free” is not strictly possible. Hemp Seeds may be regarded as “THC free” because if there is any THC present the level is so small and so close to zero that it often falls below the level that most scientific instruments can detect.

What does this mean for you? Our experience is that in all our processed products, no matter how much you use, it will not result in a positive test for THC. It is certainly impossible to get ‘high’ from eating Hemp Seed products.

To give an idea, you would need to eat between 500 and 1000 servings of Hemp seeds in one meal to get close to the level of THC that comes from smoking Cannabis and even then you would not get high because any THC from raw Hemp Seeds is actually the non-psychoactive form - THCa. Cannabinoids like THC are rapidly metabolised and do not build up in the body over time. So even a life-time of eating Hemp Seeds will not eventually result in high THC levels in the body.

The Hemp Oil we supply is pressed from industrial Hemp seeds and do not contain THC or the other powerful Cannabinoid compounds found in “Rick Simpson’s popular Cannabis leaf oil.”

Maybe you are looking to buy High CBD Hemp Oil

As is discussed in another FAQ on this page, our Hemp Oil is made from Hemp Seeds, not Hemp leaves therefore contains little to no CBD (Cannabidiol) or THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which are known to be strong pain relievers. Also, as we are not physicians we are not allowed to comment on the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3, 6 and GLA that are present in high amounts in Hemp Seed Oil.

Please consult your physician for advice.

Interested in hemp oil with Cannabidiol (CBD)?

As is discussed in another FAQ on this page, our Hemp Oil is made from Hemp Seeds, not Hemp leaves therefore contains little to no CBD (Cannabidiol) or THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which are known to be strong pain relievers. Also, as we are not physicians we are not allowed to comment on the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3, 6 and GLA that are present in high amounts in Hemp Seed Oil.

Please consult your physician for advice.

Interested in hemp oil with Cannabidiol (CBD)?

When most people think “Hemp Oil” they are typically thinking about Hemp “Seed” Oil - the kind that is used for example as a salad dressing or skin moisturiser - and the one that we, Hemp Foods Australia produce. Hemp Seed Oil (as the name implies) is extracted from the “seeds” of the Hemp plant, appears translucent green, contains large amounts of Omega 3 and 6 but has only trace amounts of 'CBD'.

There has recently been renewed interest in the oil that is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the Hemp plant, that has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine and healing. This is sometimes also referred to as "Hemp Oil' which can make it confusing. This Hemp "leaf" oil usually appears black and is a concentrated source of “Cannabinoids” including Cannabidiol (CBD). There are 500+ nutrients found in the Hemp plant, Hemp "leaf" oil also contains small amounts of Omega 3 and Omega 6 but nowhere near the levels found in "seed" oil.

If you are looking for High CBD Hemp Oil we recommend www.elixinol.com

Contacting / Visiting Us

Paul loves nothing more than talking with people interested in Hemp; he has been a wealth of knowledge on the topic for close to 20 years.

Nevertheless, with the demands of running a large company, working with farmers, having a family etc he simply cannot chat with as many people as often as he would like. He does consult professionally however so if your interest is in having more than just a casual chat you may consider booking a time for a personal consultation with Paul.

Consulting rates:

  • Personal meeting: $500/hour
  • Phone meeting: $300/hour (30min increments)

To express your interest in booking a personal consultation, please email info@hempfoods.com.au

In anticipation of legislation changes for Hemp foods the Hemp Farm team are fully engaged in Hemp Foods Australia activities until further notice. As such farm visits, tours and workshops are temporarily suspended.

We do however sell direct to the public from our factory in picturesque Bangalow (2/6 Dudgeons Lane). So if you are nearby and would like to see where your Hemp products are processed we’d love to see you.

Australia is one of the last countries in the western world to allow non-drug Hemp seed as a food. With expectations of Australia catching up with the rest of the world soon, we are working hard to ensure a dominant position for Australia in the global Hemp marketplace in the years to come. We can’t wait to see hundreds and thousands of Australians finding satisfying employment in the most eco-friendly business there is.

To place a wholesale order for our products you need to be a business with an ABN that retails to customers. Then complete this application form.

You may apply via our ‘Wholesale Application Form’ Following this we will send you:

  • Wholesale and Retail price lists
  • Product Education Fact Sheet

Our minimum order is $300. We are however we are open to negotiating this should you require assistance in testing your first order. Our wholesale prices exclude freight (at cost). If your orders are over $600 however we cover the shipping for you so you get FREE shipping. Please feel free to give us a call on (02) 6687 1260 if you have any questions.

We advise that Hemp Oil be kept in the refrigerated section of your store. Hemp Seeds and Hemp Protein do not need to be refrigerated but a cool, dry dark environment is best. For more information about Hemp Oil refrigeration see the FAQ.

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 dehulled hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp protein, reducing our prices, improving our quality and sharing our products with all whom are interested.

During these times of change 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 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 our email newsletter both of which can be accessed through our website www.hempfoods.com.au.

If you are interested in learning more about the hemp industry please have a look at our book shop where you will find books such as Growing Hemp For Profit - which explains all you need to start growing hemp. Also see our Hemp Farming page.

General Hemp Related

We are not currently in a position to supply seed for growing either seed plants or fibre plants but hope to supply seeds for people growing plants for seed (not fibre) in the near future. It should also be noted that growing Hemp plants is not something that can be done as a hobby; licenses and conformity with other regulations are required in Australia and most other places in the world.

First let’s explain some correct naming terms.

Cannabis Sativa Seeds is the proper name for Hemp seeds. When people say ‘Hemp Seeds’ what they should be referring to is the whole hemp seed as it is found on the plant. On the plant the whole seed consists of a soft nut with germ (the part that sprouts into a new Hemp plant) and a crunchy outer shell.

After harvesting from the plant the seeds are cleaned to remove any plant debris and are then de-hulled to remove the crunchy outer shell and separate the germ from the nut.

The remaining soft golden nut is referred to as ‘hulled hemp seed’ or ‘de-hulled hemp seed’, ’hemp nut’ or ‘shelled hemp seed’.

To produce Hemp oil, cleaned whole seeds undergo the cold-pressing. What’s left after the oil is pressed out is a dry seed ‘cake’. This seed cake is ground into powder. Further careful processing of this powder yields Hemp Protein powder.

When whole Hemp Seeds (including the shell) are first pressed to squeeze out the oil the crushed seeds that remain are ground up into Course Hemp Powder otherwise known as Hemp Flour.

Some of the Hemp Flour is then ground more finely and passed through filters which separate away some of the fibre. The resulting powder is much finer and higher in protein content. This is Hemp Protein powder.

Typically, in places where eating Hemp foods is permitted, the Coarse Hemp Powder (Hemp Flour) is used as a substitute (often around 30%) for regular wheat flour in baking whereas the fine Hemp Protein powder is what is used for making high protein smoothies.

Have a look at "Growing Hemp For Profit" an e-book written by our very own CEO Paul Benhaim which contains everything you could want to know about growing Hemp.