FAQs On Hemp
Is Hemp legal in India?
Hemp is often referred to as bhang in India as no clear distinction had historically been made between low & high THC cannabis. Bhang (the intoxicant) is essentially a preparation made from the leaves of the plant and Ganja, Weed are terminologies used for the flowers/buds of the plant. In both cases it is the THC that gives us the high.
Bhang as you might be aware, is sold in legal government shops, however commercial cultivation of any cannabis variety is strictly prohibited in India as it is classified as a narcotic under the NDPS Act of 1985. Leaves and stalks (since they have lower concentration of THC) can be collected from wild cannabis in states where there are licensed Bhang shops with permissions from the government. Seeds of the plant however have 0% THC and are excluded from the NDPS Act of 1985 and can be collected from wild cannabis across the country. FSSAI has approved hempseeds (seeds either from marijuana or hemp are commonly referred to as Hempseeds as both have 0% THC) as a food and an ingredient in Nov’21 as they are highly nutritious and safe for consumption.
Research licenses for hemp cultivation have been provided to universities and institutions in states like Uttarakhand, Jammu, UP and commercial hemp cultivation will only be allowed once it is established that the yielding crop is within a specified THC limit.
What are THC and CBD? Do we find them in Hemp?
THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are both cannabinoids found in the flowers and leaves of Cannabis Sativa. Cannabinoids are any chemical substance that join the cannabinoid receptors in the human body. Humans ourselves synthesize endocannabinoids that connect to these receptors to maintain balance within our bodies. Cannabinoids derived from cannabis similarly perform several functions. Since these are relatively new findings, although there has been concrete evidence of cannabinoids having medicinal benefits, there is ample left yet to be discovered.
THC and CBD are well known as they are the 2 main cannabinoids present in cannabis and have been the subject of research recently. THC is of course known for its intoxicating effect while CBD is believed to provide relief from pain, anxiety and a host of other benefits. However, the cannabis plant produces around 100 different cannabinoids many of which can have huge potential medicinal benefits and yet have to be researched upon.
Hemp has low or minimal THC (0-3%) as that is how it is defined, but it does contain CBD. Infact Hemp with high CBD and other cannabinoids is classified as medicinal hemp and is grown in a different way to industrial hemp for maximum CBD or cannabinoid output. It is worth noting that THC also is being researched upon to explore its medicinal properties (both individually and when combined with other cannabinoids). Cannabis grown to maximize cannabinoid content including THC is often referred to as Medical Marijuana if it is to be used for medicinal purposes and Recreational Marijuana if it is consumed for recreational purposes.
What makes hemp sustainable?
When we say hemp is more sustainable it implies that the nutrition that we gain from hemp seeds and the strength and durability that we gain from hemp fibre, and the energy we gain from the hemp biomass comes at a much lower carbon footprint as compared to most alternatives out there in the world. This essentially is a result of hemp being one of the fastest CO2 absorbers on this planet, that traps the carbon in the atmosphere into its seeds and stalks for us to use in various applications.
Hempseeds is a protein and nutrient dense plant based superfood which makes it much more sustainable than animal based sources. Cultivating hemp or even wild hemp uses up much less water than traditional crops like cotton and requires lesser use of pesticides. The roots of hemp also assist in phytoremediation of the soil by absorbing toxic and hazardous materials.
What are the medicinal benefits of Cannabis?
Cannabinoids are any chemical substance that join the cannabinoid receptors in the human body. Cannabis Sativa contains around 100 cannabinoids, including the well-known THC and CBD. Hemp does not contain or contains minimal THC, but does produce the rest of the cannabinoids (that how hemp is defined). Cannabis grown specifically to maximize cannabinoid production is referred to as medicinal cannabis or medicinal hemp as cannabinoids have proven to have positive impacts in treatment of diseases and on overall mental and physical health.
Humans ourselves synthesize endocannabinoids that connect to these receptors to maintain balance within our bodies. Cannabinoids derived from cannabis similarly perform several functions. Since these are relatively new findings, although there has been concrete evidence of cannabinoids having medicinal benefits, there is ample left yet to be discovered.
Studies have linked cannabinoid consumption, either in isolation or in combination with pain relief, cancer, autism and glaucoma treatment, weight loss and anxiety alleviation.
What are the industrial benefits of Hemp?
It is important to note, since high THC cannabis is prone to misuse, in a majority of countries, only hemp is permitted for cultivation for industrial use. Thus, speaking about industrial uses of cannabis is synonymous to speaking about industrial uses of hemp.
The stalk of industrial hemp is rich in cellulose and finds its application in a plethora of industries.
Bast fibres are the strongest natural fibres having high tensile strength and low elongation. They have the best ratio of heat capacity as their porous nature allows breathability and is naturally antimicrobial. They are used in making apparel, home interior, upholstery fabrics, blankets, curtains in the textile industry, environmental bio-composites in the automobile industry and also in making paper. The inner hurds can be used as a bio-fuel due its high carbon content, to make hempcrete for building non-toxic, mild dew, flame and pest resistant houses. Hurds are also used in paper manufacturing and animal bedding.
FAQs On Hemp Seeds
Will I get “high” by consuming Hemp Seed based Foods?
No, hemp seed based foods will not get you high. Hemp seed foods contain less than 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect. They are similar to pumpkin, chia, flax seeds but densely packed with nutrition.
Do hemp seeds contain CBD, THC?
Hemp seeds contain less than 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as well as cannabidiol (CBD) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect. CBD and THC both are derived from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the Cannabis plant. Our hemp seed based products, thus do not contain CBD or THC.
Why are Hemp Seeds termed as a superfood?
- Are filled with good fats – Omega3 and Omega 6
- Contain complete plant proteins with all 20 amino acids including 9 essential ones
- Are Packed with healthy dietary fibre for your gut
- Contain essential vitamin & minerals like Vitamin E, iron, potassium for your daily nutrition
Why should I consume hemp seeds?
With Hemp seed products, you have hit a nutritional jackpot. Hemp seeds contain all good unsaturated fats for your healthy heart, brain and immune system. Hemp protein is a complete plant protein with all 20 amino acids including 9 essential ones. Hemp is also packed with dietary fibre that improves gut health, and vitamins and minerals.
How are hemp seeds different from flax/chia/pumpkin seeds?
Hemp seeds offer significantly more protein and a broader spectrum of omegas than flax, chia, or pumpkin seeds. For more details, refer to our blog section.
Are there any side effects of consuming hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are similar to pumpkin / chia / flax seeds but densely packed with nutrition. One can account for them as a superb alternative for consuming protein and healthy fat. Till date, there have not been any proven side effects from consuming hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are a staple diet in the form of hemp chutney in most villages in Uttarakhand.
Are hemp seeds safe to consume for pregnant women and children?
Yes, it is absolutely safe for kids & pregnant women to consume hemp seeds due to their high folic acid content but we recommend consulting a physician first.
How do hemp seeds taste?
Hemp seeds taste lightly earthy & nutty. One can say the taste lies somewhere between that of a pine nut and a sunflower seed. Hemp seeds though are not nuts and are a fantastic alternative for people having nut allergies.
FAQs On Our Products
How do we source our hemp seeds?
Our hemp seeds are sourced from the foothills of the Himalayas and valleys of Uttarakhand.
Are Hemptyful products 100% plant based?
All the Hemptyful products are completely plant based.
What are hemp hearts? How are they different from Hemp seeds?
Hemp Hearts are shelled/hulled Hemp Seeds. The seeds have a soft chewy centre inside the shells, similar to those of sunflower seeds. Hemp hearts have a subtle nutty flavor and can be consumed raw. One can also cook with them, making them a great pantry staple. Hemp hearts are versatile and fun to experiment with. One can add them to smoothies, desserts, and more!
Are Hemptyful products allergen free?
All of Hemptyful products are made from Hemp Seeds and do not contain Nuts, Lactose and Gluten. Additionally apart from Hemptyful's Mint Masala Dip, all other products are also Soy free.
How should I eat Hemptyful butters?
Hemptyful Butters can divided into 3 categories -
(1) Savoury Spreads - Unsweetened & Garlic Thyme - can be used as bread spreads and also as sauté sauces for your pastas and mushrooms to cream up your dishes
(2) Sweetened Spreads (with Jaggery) - can be used as traditional nut butters, in baking, with bread, waffles, pancakes, cereals, in smoothies
(3) Savoury Dips - can be used as a dip alongside your nachos / lavash / makhanas etc., in your rolls, sandwiches and burges and can also be converted into salad dressings by adding lime, vinegar and a sweetener of your choice
How should I store Hemptyful Hearts Dips and Spreads?
Hemptyful butters are made fresh without any preservatives & stabilizers Our butters have a shelf life of 6 months, however, they need to be refrigerated and consumed within 3 months of opening.
What do Hemptyful Spreads & Dips contain?
Hemptyful's Spreads & Dips are essentially Hemp butters; where we stone grind Hulled Hemp Seeds or Hemp Hearts to make a thick nutritious paste. We use Hulled Hemp seeds and not raw hemp seeds as they have higher protein & omega to weight ratio, and also taste better. Further, through meticulous research, we have pair them with the right ingredients to arrive at unique assortment that optimizes delight and nutrition!
Are Hemptyful products free of sugar and preservatives?
Hemptyful Products are made fresh without any preservatives, emulsifiers or stabilizers. For the sweet tooths, we have sweetened a few variants of our Spreads, but only with Jaggery. We don’t add refined sugar to any of our products.
I see a thick layer of Oil on top of the Hemptyful Spreads & Dips. Is this okay?
Real seed butters release oil over time. It is a completely natural process which is often controlled by addition of chemicals, emulsifiers and stabilizers. Since we do not add any of these chemicals, all our butters do release oil over time. Simply stir well before use or keep it upside down while storing in your refrigerators.
What is Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp Seeds are extremely rich in fats, 72% of which are Poly-unsaturated Fatty acids (PUFAs). We cold press our hemp seeds in order to preserve the all the nutritional properties and the flavours. Hemp Seed Oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are essential for brain functioning, controlling inflammation and promoting heart health.
Howshould I consume Hemp Seed Oil? Is it a multi-purpose oil?
Hemp Seed Oil can be consumed orally or also applied topically on your hair and skin.
When consumed orally, our hemp seed oil can help to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, promoting overall health and wellness. When applied topically, our hemp seed oil can help to reduce inflammation, to soothe and nourish your skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help to strengthen and nourish your hair, leaving it soft and shiny