Background and origins of hemp seed
For thousands of years, humans have cultivated the hemp plant as not only a source of food, but as a fibre to make clothing, paper, and rope. The hull (the seed’s crunchy shell) is often removed before sale to reveal the soft white inner seed, or the hemp heart, from which the oil is extracted.
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are incredibly nutritious, but before we dive into the details, let’s clear up any confusion: hemp seeds and the oil that’s extracted from them won’t get you or your baby high. The hemp plant is part of the same family as marijuana, but it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive compound in pot.
In Australia, hemp seeds (as well as other hemp foods like hemp flour
, hemp protein powder
and hemp seed oil
) were only legalised in November 2017 after almost 80 years of being grouped with marijuana. In the United States, they were legalised in 2018. But rest assured: hemp seed, hemp seed oil, and hemp seed protein powder are now recognised as safe for human consumption by the federal government.