Meeting recently in Adelaide, the Australia & New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation gave approval to legalising low-TCH hemp for human consumption as a food.
Paul Benhaim, owner of Australia’s largest manufacturer of hemp products, commented:
‘Hemp seeds contain high quality protein and the good fats, as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids, and are the only food to contain Omega 3 and 6 in the correct amounts to meet our long term nutritional needs. They are also a natural source of B vitamins, vitamin D3, minerals and magnesium, making them a nutritious food ingredient.’
Hemp is different to marijuana as it contains no, or very low levels of THC (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid associated with the psychoactive properties of marijuana.
The Complementary Medicine Association is strongly supportive of low-THC hemp being legally designated as a food.
This approval is expected to result in a market boom for hemp seeds and products made from them.
(Food Navigator - Asia 2nd May, 2017)