The prohibition of ‘superfood’ hemp is over.
On 12 November 2017 the Council of Australian Governments will officially pass legislation to legalise hemp for consumption as a food in Australia.
Hemp has a five-star health rating. It is recognised as having nutritional benefits and acknowledged as one of only five key natural superfoods. Hemp also has a complete amino acid profile, including all eight essential amino acids.
Hemp contains THC, the hallucinogenic substance found in marijuana. It has been decided that hemp seeds are low enough in THC that people can’t get high from eating them.
The crop has been grown in Tasmania for use in cosmetics and shampoos since the 1990s. Until now, hemp products have been limited to use in the textiles, building and cosmetics industries. Some of the food products containing hemp include hemp versions of porridge, muesli, protein powder, oil, chai, tea and oil gel capsules.
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