View Full Version : Hemp Seeds
08-13-2008, 08:07 PM
So, what is the deal with hemp seeds? Why can some people sell them and others not?
The ones that we can buy, that say they're hulled, you can just put them right in your smoothie, right? I've heard that they're really nutritious, so I think I'll get some. That and some chia seeds.......
08-13-2008, 08:23 PM
In the US, hemp seeds are irradiated to make them unable to grow. It's illegal to grow them here. They are usually grown in Canada. We can get them, but they aren't perfect. That said, they are still very nutritious. I hope soon that silly rule will change, but as more and more foods are being irradiated and pasteurized, it seems the trend is going the wrong way.
08-13-2008, 08:41 PM
So, even the ones grown in Canada are irradiated? I know Nutiva is a common brand that I see being sold, are they from Canada and not irradiated?
Why don't they just allow a powder to be sold--certainly you wouldn't be able to grow anything from a powder. Wouldn't that solve the problem instead of irradiating??
08-13-2008, 10:16 PM
That's a good question. Maybe the hemp protein powders from Canada are not
treated. I think we'll have to check with the particular companies. Does Nutiva sell a hemp powder? I'll see what I can find out.
hemp seeds that have had the shells removed or have been ground up don't need to be irradiated as they won't sprout. i'd call the co you are buying from to check and see if they really are, it seems an extra step which would be less expensive to skip where not neccessary.
here in canada hemp seeds with the shell still on are illegal, they must be made non-viable somehow. to keep people from what exactly, growing rope maybe? pretty silly.
anyhow, you can still get sproutable hemp seeds here. i mean, hey, half the revenue in british columbia is generated by the pot industry. i hardly think they give a hoot about hemp at all!
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