I checked that co and they do not sell sproutable seeds. I am sure the reason there is no mind altering substance is because that is found in the flowers & buds, not the seeds, which is what their products are made from.
So, as far as I know, it is illegal to sell sproutable hemp seeds in the US therefore any seeds that are purchased legally in the US aren't raw. And if those by-products in the above mentioned site are manufactured in the US, they wouldn't be raw either.
The hemp plant is related to, but not the same as the marijuana plant.
Hemp seeds sold for consumption are shelled to make them more digestible, not to mention edible. Most likely you won't get a plant to sprout from a seed that is not fully intact (buckwheat with the hull is used for sprouting buckwheat lettuce, not hulled buckwheat). You could soak the seeds.
It is illegal to grow hemp in the US. It seems the primary reason is that it looks so similar to it's sister marijuana, it would be so much harder to regulate... A shame because it is a very hearty, useful plant providing paper, cloth, yarn, twine, rope, edible seeds and oil. Instead we import hemp products from Canada (food) and Europe (fiber), as well as China (fiber of a lesser quality).
The seeds by the way are about 35% protein--about that of tofu, or higher. They also contain omega 3 & 6, (in an ideal 1:3 ratio), 2-4% gla's, and contain all the essential amino acids.
Hope this clears things up!
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