Finally, consumption of Hemp in Australia will be legal from November 12.
Our food industry watchdog, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, has acknowledged hemp as a highly nutritious food with many health benefits. Hemp is also one of the most versatile of crops with a wide variety of uses in fibre, fabrics, building materials, paper and bio plastics.
So what are the potential health benefits of adding hemp to your diet?
Hemp seeds come from the same plant species as cannabis, but contain little or no THC, so you don't have to worry about failing a drug test. The seeds are actually super nutritious, rich in healthy fats, protein and various minerals.
The seeds apparently have a mild nutty flavour, and are the second highest source of whole vegetable protein, containing all 21 essential amino acids, and the optimum Omega 3. A diet rich in Omega 3 has also been shown to contribute to reducing inflammation, heart disease, blood pressure and depression. Hemp is also packed with high amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber, which may benefit digestive health, and contains more protein than both chia seeds and flaxseeds. What's not to like?
Here's a really yum looking recipe we found...
The benefits don't just stop there, hemp aparently removes more CO2 from the air than trees do and is highly pest, weed and drought resistant. It used a stack less water to grow than corn, cotton, soy, wheat and rice.