All the questions you wanted answers to but didn't know who to ask.
Is hemp the same as marijuana?
No. Even though they are genetic cousins, Hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oil, seed and fibre varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug.
Why was hemp legalised in Australia?
The Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for food regulation approved a recommendation from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to allow the sale of low-THC hemp seeds and hemp seed products as foods in Australia, and was legalised in November 2017.
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil from low-THC cannabis plants have none of the narcotic or psychoactive effects associated with illicit cannabis, and are commonly sold as food and food ingredients overseas. Dietary groups have noted the nutritional value of hemp seeds, which contain substantial protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Before it’s legalisation, food-grade hemp seed and proteins were marketed as body scrubs and hemp oil as body oil, with only people in-the-know about the health benefits of this super-seed being able to enjoy all its benefits inside and out!
Will it get me high?
No. While hemp is a superfood containing many vitamins and essential compounds, it won't get you high as the narcotic or psychoactive effects are stripped from it.
Where in the world is hemp grown?
Hemp is grown in … Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine.
How can hemp be used as a food?
Hemp seed is a rich source of protein and essential fatty oils. Many populations have grown hemp for its seed — most of them eat it as `gruel’ which is a lot like oatmeal. The leaves can be used as roughage. Hemp seeds do not contain any THC and they do not get you `high.’
Hemp seed protein closely resembles protein as it is found in the human blood. It is easy to digest, and many patients who have trouble digesting food are given hemp seed by their doctors. Hemp seed was once called 'edestine' and was used by scientists as the model for plant-based protein.
Hemp seed oil provides the human body with essential fatty acids. Hemp seed is the only seed which contains these oils with almost no saturated fat. As a supplement to the diet, these oils can reduce the risk of heart disease.
What are the benefits of hemp compared to other food crops?
Hemp requires little fertilizer, and grows... well almost everywhere. It also resists pests, so it uses little pesticides. Hemp puts down deep roots, which is good for the soil, and when the leaves drop off the hemp plant, minerals and nitrogen are returned to the soil. Hemp has been grown on the same soil for twenty years in a row without any noticeable depletion of the soil.
Using less fertilizer and agricultural chemicals is good for two reasons:
- It costs less and requires less effort.
- Many agricultural chemicals are dangerous and contaminate the environment — the less we have to use, the better.
Hemp has been used to feed many populations in times of famine. Unfortunately, because of various political factors, starving people in today’s underdeveloped countries are not taking advantage of this crop.
Is there alcohol in your drinks?
Though the short answer is yes. The alcohol content is so small (approximately 0.3%) our drinks are legally considered to be non-alcoholic.
Can I drink Kombucha if I'm pregnant or sensitive to alcohol?
Since it’s naturally fermented and raw, Kombucha does have a trace of alcohol. Therefore, those who are sensitive to alcohol may choose to avoid it.
Although there are no large-scale studies on the effects of drinking kombucha during pregnancy, it may be best to avoid kombucha during pregnancy and breastfeeding because of its small alcohol content, caffeine content and lack of pasteurization.
Can I order online?
Yes! Online orders can be made here with special promotions that are often exclusive to online customers.
Online orders can also be placed via Dan Murphy’s using their website www.danmurphys.com.au
How much is shipping?
Shipping costs are calculated based on the provided postal address as well as the total products purchased from the Hemp Oz store.
Do you have a store?
Hemp Oz does not have an established store however products are stocked in over 200 stores nationwide.
Visit our Stockists page to find a store near you!
What are the benefits of Kombucha?
The benefits of kombucha are by now quite widely reported as, but not limited to; boosting energy, strengthening immunity, detoxifying the body and boosting gut health.
I have heard of CBD Oil. Is Hemp Oil the same thing?
The difference between Hemp and CBD Oil lies within the part of the plant you use to produce the oil. The parts of the Hemp plant that contain the highest amount of CBD are the flowers, leaves and stalk. These parts are used to produce the CBD Oil for medical purposes.
Hemp Oil, on the other hand, is produced from the seed of the plant and only contains very low, if not any trace of the CBD compound. Hemp is used as a super-food to improve your daily health as it contains high amounts of Omega 3 & 6, Protein, Fibre and Magnesium.
Is the Hemp protein powder suitable for smoothies?
The Hemp protein powder is high in protein which is why we refer to it as a protein powder. Unlike the common 'protein powder,' this Hemp product can be used for cooking purposes as well as smoothies.
We do not recommend large quantities in smoothies but incorporating Hemp protein in smoothies is an option. See our Recipes for cooking ideas!
What’s so great about Hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritional seeds on the market! Naturally, hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty oils whilst being low in carbs. Hemp seeds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
Want to know more? Check out our blog on it: “Where the Hemp Have You Been?”
Is Hemp gluten free?
In its purest form Hemp is in fact gluten free.
However, like other grain and grain like products, hemp frequently is grown in rotation with other crops, including gluten grains (especially wheat). And farmers frequently use the same equipment to harvest, store and transport hemp as they do those gluten grains. That's how hemp can get contaminated.
Is it okay to store Hemp Kombucha out of the fridge?
Hemp Oz Hemp Kombucha is best refrigerated, even when the bottle is unopened. This is because It contains a live culture of bacteria and yeast, known as probiotics. Hemp Oz Kombucha is okay out of the fridge for a short amount of time if kept out of direct sunlight and at room temperature.
Why can other raw kombucha brands be stored out of the fridge?
Different recipes for kombucha produce different results. Because the cultures are still alive, they'll continue the fermentation process as long as they can, by refrigerating you are pausing the fermentation process.
In order to keep your Hemp Oz Kombucha fresh and cultures alive, we highly recommend keeping your kombucha refrigerated or stored in a dark place.
Does Hemp oz Kombucha contain genetically modified ingredients?
At Hemp oz our products are, and always will be, 100% GMO-free.
Can I make my own Kombucha?
Yes, you can! With our Hemp Kombucha starter kit, you can make kombucha at home for cents per bottle.
It’s as easy as ONE, TWO, THREE! Buy your own kit here.
What’s the caffeine amount in Hemp Oz Kombucha?
The amount of caffeine in Hemp Oz Kombucha is very small. The organic tea in our kombucha naturally has caffeine. During the fermentation process, most of the caffeine is fermented out of the product.
For those of you who are sensitive to caffeine, even in small quantities, we recommend drinking our hemp infused lemon/ginger water.
What is the shelf life of Hemp Oz Kombucha?
Our best before dates are 6 months from the time of pouring/bottling our supercharged nutrition drinks!
How long does Hemp Oz Kombucha last after opening?
We recommend consuming within 48 hours of opening, if kept in the fridge. Once opened our hemp oz kombucha will start to loose it’s fizz when exposed to oxygen. This can throw off the balance of the culture, but it can also just make the kombucha unpleasantly acidic.
Is Hemp Oz Kombucha Pasteurised?
Certainly not! Our Kombucha is raw and unpasteurised. Pasteurisation involves briefly heating a liquid to kill harmful bacteria such as salmonella. This generally is considered a good thing, however, there are millions of beneficial bacteria called probiotics in kombucha, which are produced during the fermentation process. If heated, our probiotic friends will die. Therefore, our kombucha is never heated to ensure that we keep our live cultures healthy, intact and ALIVE.
Is Hemp Oz Kombucha certified organic?
We are currently in the process of being organically certified.
Can children drink Hemp Oz Kombucha?
Absolutely! Not only is it a healthy alternative to soft drinks, it has all the benefits of tea supercharged!
Nonetheless, as stated on our bottles there are trace elements of alcohol present as a residual of the fermentation process, we advise you to seek the advice of your health professional.