Since I’ve started writing about industrial hemp, I’ve had numerous questions about it. I’ll address the most frequent questions about hemp in today’s post.
Q ~ Can industrial hemp make you high? A ~ No. Industrial hemp has a very low THC level, and industrial hemp that is imported into the US is washed. It must meet very high standards regarding the level of THC that it can have.
Q ~ Where can I buy hemp products? A ~ Hempseeds (hemp hearts), and hemp-based food products can be found online, at food co-ops, health food stores, and through Versativa (see links in right side-bar). The Nutiva brand of hemp hearts is an excellent and popular choice.
Q ~ Isn’t industrial hemp illegal to grow in the US? A ~ No. Many states have passed legislation to allow growing of industrial hemp. However, it is illegal to grow it without the proper permits from the DEA, and those are almost impossible to get, at least for now.
Q ~ Will I fail my routine drug test if I eat hemp? A ~ No. The hemp that is imported into the US is tested and cleaned. These products are pledged to be extremely low in THC. Even if someone ingests a LOT of hemp, they will not have measurable amounts of THC in their system.
Q ~ Aren’t hemp and marijuana the same thing? A ~ No. Both hemp and marijuana are in the same family of plants, but they are different varieties.
Q ~ How much hempseed or hempseed oil should I eat every day? A ~ 2-5 Tablespoons per day is the daily recommendation for hempseed. Recommended serving size for hempseed oil is 1 Tablespoon.
Q ~ Can I cook hempseed or fry foods in hempseed oil? A ~ If you are going to cook with hempseed or hempseed oil you must use low temperatures. High temperatures will change the composition of the EFAs. If cooking with hempseed oil, it is best to keep the temperature 300 degrees or lower.
Q ~ I have gluten sensitivity. Can I eat hempseed? A ~ Yes! Hempseed has protein, but it is not the same protein as found in wheat gluten. To date, there are no known sensitivities or allergies to industrial hemp.
Q ~ Can hemp be smoked? A ~ Smoking hemp would be pointless. No one can get high smoking hemp, and at the most all they will get is a nasty headache.
Q ~ Is it safe to eat hemp if I am pregnant or nursing? A ~ It is VERY safe to eat hemp while pregnant or nursing, and in fact would be an excellent idea. The nutrients in the hemp (especially EFAs) are excellent for brain and eye health for the growing baby, and seem to cause a higher level of cognitive learning in those babies whose mothers ate hemp.