HempBlog.jpgWhile many of us were preparing for the Christmas season, a miraculous event took place. As of 12th November 2017, low-THC Hemp was legalized in Australia for human consumption!

So what is hemp exactly?
It is a variety of cannabis, but it contains no, or minuscule, traces of THC, the psychoactive component of its plant relative marijuana.

For many in the industry, it has been a long journey to legalization. Paul Benhaim of Hemp Foods Australia has been campaigning for the change in Australia for 17 years!

Hemp is now being called the new Superfood! It is extremely high in protein and is also a source of vitamin A and E. It also contains fibre, amino acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, in particular, Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty acids. This makes it great for people with healthy resolutions for 2018!

Hemp seeds can be added to smoothies, or toasted and sprinkled over salads. Hemp oil has a low flash point - so it's not for frying, but it is great for salad dressings, baking, dips, and raw treats. Hemp has a wonderful nutty flavour, which can go well in both sweet and savory dishes.

But Hemp is not only good for our bodies, it's good for our land as well. Farmers are welcoming the changes, as hemp is an extremely useful crop. Farmers report that incorporating hemp crops with their rotations is great for land management as the plants don't require much water. They are also fast growing and create shade which helps with weed control. 

The plants also have a root structure that helps break up the subsoil and improves the soil condition for the next crop.

Hemp has been used as a tool by farmers, but now with the legalization - the added benefit if being able to sell the crop will certainly help everyone invloved!

All these things mean that hemp products and the hemp industry in Australia is set to explode in 2018. (Experts think it will quadruple in the next two years!)

Check out our meal inspiration for some recipes using hemp seed and hemp oil...so easy to incorporate into the weekly feed.