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Hemp Primer

Post#1 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:22 pm

Hemp Primer
Hemp Oil Canada Inc. contracts the production and supply of hemp seed with "world class" farm producers located on the Canadian Prairies.

Hemp is the "non drug - low THC" variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L., which was re-legalized for cultivation in March 1998 by the Government of Canada and is administered and regulated by Health Canada.(see http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hpb-dgps/therape ... /hemp.html for info on the regulations). Hemp, with its non-psychoactive properties, has been grown for thousands of years for seed, oil and fiber uses. Hemp has been purported to have some 25,000 different uses including food, textiles, paper, rope, bio-fuels, lubricants, building materials and paint to name a few.

Health Canada licenses all individuals and companies involved in the production, processing and distribution of hemp seed and oil derivatives for their respective activities. We are licensed with Health Canada to process hemp seed, hemp oil and seed cake products. In Canada, we are regulated to produce hemp derivatives containing less than 10 mcg/g (parts per million) of THC (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp Oil Canada produces unrefined hemp oil and seed products by carefully and thoroughly cleaning bulk hemp seed to remove the trace THC that can contaminate the seed coat.
Our products are batch tested following processing for THC according to the Health Canada protocol for THC analysis found in the Industrial Hemp Technical Manual.
We are pleased to report the concentration of THC in all our products is "none detected".

Our products are all produced from viable hemp seed (non-sterilized) to insure product freshness and quality. Our hemp seed is grown without the use of any pesticides or herbicides. Hemp is a true non-GMO (genetically modified organism) natural seed product, free from any genetic manipulation.

Hemp seed is grown in Canada both as conventional seed (sometimes referred to as "transitional organic" without the use of pesticides or herbicides, but with the use of chemical fertilizers to prepare the seed bed) and also as "Certified Organic" in strict compliance with the organic certification standards of the certifying body. As Hemp Oil Canada, we are a both conventional and certified organic processor with OCPP/Pro-Cert Organic Systems, who have reciprocal accreditation with most major organic certifying bodies worldwide.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is hemp seed and hemp oil legal?

A: Yes, hemp seed and oil is legal in over 35 countries worldwide including Canada, Great Britain, Germany and France to name a few. Hemp seed (non-viable), hemp oil and hemp derivatives can be legally imported, sold or consumed in the USA, where hemp presently remains illegal to grow & cultivate.

Q: Are hemp and marijuana the same thing?

A: Hemp and marijuana are very different varieties from the same plant species cannabis sativa L.The major difference between the two varieties is in the level of THC, the psychoactive ingredient found at levels between 5-20% in marijuana while at trace levels of 0.00030% in hemp (maximum allowable limit).

Q: Will hemp products make the consumer high?

A: NO! Absolutely not. The trace levels of THC present in hemp derivatives do not provide anywhere near the potency (percentage of THC by weight) required to give the consumer a drug high.

Q: What are the chances of failing a drug screening test?

A: Recently, several studies have shown that based on the trace levels of THC present in today's hemp food and body care products, that the chances of being tested and obtaining a "false" positive drug test is very unlikely (just about impossible!). See http://www.naihc.org/hemp_information/c ... sting.html

Q: What do hemp seeds and hemp oil taste like?

A: Wonderful! Hemp seeds, either whole or hulled have a wonderful "nutty" flavor similar to sunflower seeds or pine nuts. Hemp seed oil is "emerald green" in color, with a very light, nutty flavor. See our recipe section for numerous ways to eat and consume hemp seeds and hemp oil.

Q: Are hemp food products healthy for you?

A: Yes! Hemp seeds are one of the world's richest sources of a complete protein (second only to soybean) comprising some 23% of the seed composition, 34% dietary fiber and 31% fat in the form of a nutritious oil that contains both of the essential fatty acids (Omega 6 and 3) in a 3:1 ratio deemed optimum for long term human consumption. In addition, hemp seed oil also contains three other unsaturated fatty acids including the super-polyunsaturated Omega 6 derivative gamma linolenic acid (GLA), stearidonic acid and oleic acid. For complete nutritional information please see our Hemp Nutrition and Composition sections.

Q: Why was hemp originally outlawed in Canada and the USA in the late 1930's?

A: Many people believe this was a conspiracy by a number of major US corporations who stood to lose a lucrative market share of the raw fiber industry for paper and composites. Others feel it was a case of "throwing out the baby with the bath water" referring to both marijuana and hemp as one in the same. Yet, at the same time, an exception was written into US law allowing for the importation of sterilized hemp seeds, oil, fiber and derivative products, which remains the same today even though it is illegal to grow hemp in the USA.

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