Cannabis Food in Australia? It's High Time!

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hemp foodsWho wants to smoke cannabis (aka pot/weed/marijuana) when you can eat it? Not some Australians! Their top food watchdog, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, recently said foods made with industrial hemp would be A-OK with them.

The decision resulted from an appeal by Dr. Andrew Katelaris, who is appealing against his deregistration for supplying medical marijuana to patients. (Poor guy.) It seems he also opened a can of worms regarding hemp foods when he said the seeds of industrial hemp contained more omega-3 acids than seafood.

So, then Food Standards investigated and found that industrial hemp is actually no big thing. It contains reeealllly low levels of psychoactive THC, so it's not like if you ate cannabis ice cream, cake, or beer, you'll end up stoned out of your mind. In other words, we're not talking about the kind of pot food that entails taking loads of actual pot and mixing it into butter that then goes into a brownie recipe.

The only people who are actually concerned about hemp becoming a part of mainstream food? "Various [Australian] government stakeholders," who are worried that high-THC seeds (um, how many of those actually exist?) would get into the food chain, fearful that some food manufacturers will make false claims about their foods getting you high, and nervous that hemp foods may lead to positive drug-test results.

On all accounts, it sounds like those "stakeholders" are making a mountain out of a molehill! According to the article about the controversy in The Australian, you'd have to eat a LOT of hemp food (eight teaspoons of hemp oil) to have anything show up in a drug test whatsoever. And if you're really that concerned, then steer clear. Go for soy or dairy.

Otherwise, it seems like there would be more benefit than harm by allowing more foods to be made with industrial hemp. Turns out the seed has lots of protein, polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs!), dietary fiber, and good nutrients like vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc.

In Europe, Canada, and even here in the U.S., hemp's already in a good handful of foods, but it's not exactly mainstream yet ... I'd bet more people opt for soy ice cream, for instance, than hemp ice cream, which I've spied on occasion in the ice cream case at Whole Foods.

And I'm pretty sure no one is getting high off of the hemp ice cream. So it sounds like there's little argument that Australia would do well to just loosen up already and say "yes" to hemp foods.

Do you feel like there's any reason to be wary of foods made with hemp seeds?


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Wheep... Wheepingchree

Not at all, my 16-month old daughter drinks hemp milk every day, along with my hubby & me

nonmember avatar Hana

Hemp foods are sold in healthfod stores all over the US and have been for years. You can't get high off them ad they do serve high amounts of proteins and omega-3s. They are known for being healthier than soy milk and other products and are great for vegetarians/vegans/raw foodists. Why would anyone be against them? Hemp Bliss is a well known product. Hemp is mainstream in the vegan/vegetarian society.

Brandt Hardin

Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body.  Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws.  I drew up a very cool poster for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html  Drop in and let me know what you think!

nonmember avatar Drezta

actualy Brandt, if you look at the study done by prof David Nutt MDMA is safer with resposible use.
that said it has none of the health benifits so swings and roundabouts i guess lol.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00638/Professor_Nutt_pape_638397a.pdf
page 10 fig 3 :)

nonmember avatar Truth

As long as they arrest people for using a plant for any reason, this place has no credible opinion in describing any countries human rights records.

Adam R.

No, I'm saying bring it, or I will when i open my bakery, I plan to sell hemp cake donuts as part of my selection along with 105 other baked cake donut flavors. I'm also sure that once I've experimented with hemp cake donuts, there will be other flavor combos introduced to the product line. Who knows maybe a hemp-lavender cake donut to go along with my other lavender donut flavors.

nonmember avatar JB

I watch a video in school about the impact of poverty in Africa, an I thought Hmmm maybe some smart people could use this type of hemp to feed the people theere, and then again The USA has demonized this type of HEMP to the point that this "War ON DRUG is clouding the mind of our so Called leaders on the benifits.

Luke Glenn

FREE THE WEED!

Frank Cates

It will turn you into a mad rapist and you'll go around looting and burning down peoples houses.Beware of the evil weed

nonmember avatar paul

The ony problem with getting weed legal is the old farts we voted for. We need baby boomers running things. People that aren't brain washed by big brother. Not 75 year old rednecks.

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