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Hemp Seeds Australia

Hemp Seeds Australia

Hemp seeds are regarded by many people as a superfood. These small brown seeds obtained from the cannabis plant are rich in fibre, protein and a range of healthy fatty acids. They do not produce a mind altering or intoxicating effect when eaten

When referring to Hemp Seeds Australia, consumers tend to worry about side effects since the hemp corps have been used as a drug. In fact, when hemp seeds are consumed, they provide valuable nutrients without any of the side effects that hemp usually causes when smoked.

Can hemp seeds make you fail a drug test?

While hemp comes from a cannabis plant, it is not the same plant as a marijuana plant. The levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) contained within the hemp plant are much lower. The THC component of hemp is around .03% whereas a marijuana plant contains between 5 and 30 percent THC. Experts in the drug enforcement field have stated that it is impossible to fail a drug test after consuming hemp seeds.

Which leads naturally to another question..

Are hemp seeds legal?

Hemp seeds come from the cannabis plant and are completely legal to consume although it is illegal to be smoked. Several studies showed that hemp seeds are extremely beneficial and powerful and are recommended to be included in your meals. Not only do they provide nutrients, they also can help alleviate discomfort experienced from serious diseases.

What are the side effects of hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds are considered safe when consumed in moderation. Consuming large amounts of hemp seeds may cause side effects such as diarrhea. Otherwise, hemp seeds may affect anticoagulant medications when consumed in large quantities. If you are prescribed anticoagulant medication, you should consult your doctor before incorporating hemp seeds into your diet.

Organic Hemp Seeds

Organic Hemp seeds are classified as organic due to the process of growing the corps until they are harvested. No chemicals or pesticides are used in the process and producers need to follow the designated regulations in order to be certified organic. There are many brands that offer organic hemp seeds and it is usually written on the package.

Hemp seeds are available in two forms, hulled hemp seeds or shelled hemp seeds. Hulled ones are the heart of the seed without the outer shell whereas shelled ones come with their shell.

Hemp Seeds Benefits

Hemp seeds provide many nutrients including vitamins, fibers and amino acids which are extremely beneficial for your health and well-being. Lets have a look at some of the benefits and therapeutic abilities that hemp seeds offer when consumed.

  1. Hemp seeds help reduce cells that cause arthritis. They relief from joints pain.
  2. They can make you fill fuller while reducing the feeling of hunger. Along with fiber contents, they can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy eating lifestyle. Include the seeds in your cereal or yogurt bowls.
  3. Fiber contents in the seeds can help regulate your gastrointestinal function while aid in digestion and treat constipation.
  4. Ability to reduce inflammation through amino acids and fatty acids contents and strengthen the overall immune system.
  5. It is found to reduce chances of cancerous cells to develop or grown in a different part (metastasis).

Hemp Seeds Australia

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Hemp-based foods to be legalised in Australia

Ministers have approved a decision by the food regulator to permit the sale in Australia of foods made from low-THC hemp seeds and hemp seed oil – however, other legal hurdles remain. Partner, Dr Teresa Nicoletti discusses.

The Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for food regulation have approved a recommendation from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to allow the sale of low-THC hemp seeds and hemp seed products as foods in Australia. This decision means it is now likely that hemp-based foods will be available for sale in Australia by the end of the year, but it also highlights the need for all regulators to take a reasonable approach to the regulation of low-THC cannabis.


Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil from low-THC cannabis plants have none of the narcotic or psychoactive effects associated with illicit cannabis, and are commonly sold as food and food ingredients overseas, including in the USA, Canada, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria. Dietary groups have noted the nutritional value of hemp seeds, which contain substantial protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.

However, in Australia, cannabis has been listed as a “prohibited plant” in Schedule 23 of the FSANZ Food Standards Code (Code), alongside toxic plants like deadly nightshade, the St Ignatius Bean, Patterson’s curse and the Apple of Sodom. This had the effect that no part of the cannabis or hemp plant could be sold as, or present in, food.

The decision

The ministerial forum has twice before rejected proposals from FSANZ to permit the sale of hemp foods. On this occasion FSANZ was specifically requested to address some of their concerns – including that hemp foods might send a confused message about the acceptability and safety of illicit cannabis and pose problems for drug law enforcement (e.g. by interfering with random drug testing).

Changes in the approved proposal (P1042 – Low THC Hemp Seeds as Food) include the following:

  • a maximum limit has been included on cannabidiol (CBD) content of 75 mg/kg. CBD is the cannabinoid thought to be responsible for many of the therapeutic, though not psychoactive, effects of cannabis. It is not normally present in high levels in hemp seeds, but a limit was included to allow regulators to enforce a prohibition on fortifying hemp foods with additional cannabinoids
  • certain statements in advertising, labelling and presentation have been prohibited, including:
    • any image or representation of the cannabis plant, other than the seeds;
    • the words “cannabis”, “marijuana”, or words of similar meaning (other than “hemp”);
    • any nutrition content claim relating to CBD; and
    • any express or implicit representation that the food has a psychoactive effect.

Even with these additional restrictions, the decision will be a boon for the Australian industrial hemp industry, as well as for consumers. However, even once the Code is amended, other regulatory issues remain.

Low-THC hemp generally

We have previously discussed the ongoing issues with the Poisons Standard scheduling of cannabis and THC. Importantly, the most recent interim scheduling decision by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health would, among other things:

  • prohibit any non-medicinal hemp products intended for human consumption; and
  • impose a content limit of 50 mg/kg of cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, in all hemp products.

It is immediately obvious that the above restrictions are completely inconsistent with the FSANZ decision and will need to be reconsidered if hemp foods are to be lawfully supplied in Australia. However, the interim scheduling decision also gives rise to a deeper inconsistency – the Commonwealth is on one hand approving hemp-based foods, but on the other proposing to essentially prohibit other hemp products (e.g. cosmetics) .

All regulators should follow FSANZ’s lead by looking past the stigma associated with illicit cannabis and considering the potential benefits to consumers and the Australian economy of low-THC hemp products.

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