Frequently Asked Questions
We hope these FAQ's answer all of your questions.
Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops in the world and a variety of the cannabis sativa plant species. Hemp was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fibre over 29,000 years ago, and again it was one of the first cultivated for textile fibre thousands of years later.
It is now used primarily for industrial purposes and for its edible seeds that can be processed into many forms.
Hemp can be used in many different ways, including as rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, and paper, as it has been for thousands of years. It’s one of the most sustainable and versatile crops on the planet, grown on every inhabited continent in the world.
As a crop, hemp is exceptionally environmentally positive. It requires around 50% less water to grow per season than conventional cotton and can grow in a range of soils at high yield. The plant is also extremely durable, and most of the time requires zero pesticides.
Basically, hemp grows like a weed, resists most pests, grows faster and more tightly spaced than other comparable crops. Hemp grows wherever it’s needed.
What a loaded question! The short answer is; a lot. The long answer is a long list of healthy heavy hitters. Where do we start? Hemp is a great source of protein and healthy fatty acids, giving intense benefits to heart health and the effectiveness of your metabolism.
It contains the ideal ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6, meaning your skin will glow every day, and contains a huge laundry list of important vitamins and minerals. This includes: B vitamins, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc.
On top of all of this, it’s high in fibre, low in sugar with no cholesterols, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and vegan.
Basically, hemp is everything you need for any healthy diet, regardless of your dietary requirements. It’s almost too good to be true.
Our hulled hemp seeds taste great on their own, but can also be added to enhance the nutrition and taste of breads, slices, biscuits, quiches, pancakes, protein balls, roasts, hamburgers, pastas, curries, stir-fry and roasted and boiled veggies.
You can also incorporate hemp seeds anywhere you would usually use nuts or other seeds for a flavour kick with all the nutrition you could possibly need.
Likewise, our hemp protein powder is great for smoothies and shakes, but as an ingredient it’s also one of the most holistic sources of protein you could add to any of your recipes. Try adding hemp protein to your next batch of pancakes, brownies or banana bread to get the most out of the hemp nutrients.
Yes. h.alt was founded in Manly Beach, NSW by foodie Lauren Chapman.
We are 100% Australian owned and made.
h.alt is committed to supporting local and we’re proud to support the growing hemp community in Australia.
We are currently in the trial phrase and plan to launch officially in October 2021.
You’ve probably heard of both hemp seed oil and CBD oil. Basically, these are two oils with great health properties, but their usage differs wildly. CBD oil and hemp seed oil are both produced from the hemp plant, cannabis sativa, but importantly, neither of these oils contain psychoactive properties.
Hemp seed oil is the product of cold-pressing hemp seeds into an omega-rich oil. This oil is used in everything from cooking to cosmetics, and even taken on its own for its unique taste and health properties. Hemp seed oil is freely available for anyone to enjoy, online or at health food stores and supermarkets.
CBD oil on the other hand is made from the leaves, flowers and stalk of the plant. This oil is used for medicinal purposes like alleviating stress, helping with anxiety, mood disorders, cancer, arthritis, epilepsy, insomnia and nausea. As a treatment, CBD oil is a non-addictive therapeutic drug, and it was just approved for purchase by the TGA for adults over the age of 18.
No. Hemp, like marijuana, belongs to the cannabis plant species, but they are not the same! They’re less like brothers and more like cousins, the biggest difference being the THC content found in each plant.
THC is the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, and hemp contains only a trace amount, meaning that psychoactive component is simply not present.
To sum it up – marijuana gets you high while hemp doesn’t.
Yes. In November 2017, legislation was passed to allow the consumption of hemp foods in Australia.
Hemp was banned worldwide in the 1970’s as a misguided attempt to curb the use of marijuana, as such the whole cannabis subspecies were banned (despite the lack of psychoactive properties in hemp).
Across the world, people have been eating hemp for thousands of years, and Australian legislators have finally realised their mistake.
Hemp foods are now safe and legal to eat in all Australian states and territories.
No. The seeds we sell are hulled hemp seeds (the raw hemp seed kernel) – they’re sort of like the hemp heart. With the husk (the outer layer) removed, it’s no longer a viable seed and can’t sprout and grow.
It’s also important to note that in order to grow hemp in Australia you need a cultivation license from the Department of Agriculture in your state, so tread carefully before you take on your own project.