FAQ 1: Are Industrial Hemp and Marijuana the same?
Reality : No. Industrial hemp grown in Australia has little or no THC (less than 1%). There are over 2,000 varieties of cannabis of which the vast majority classified as industrial hemp.
FAQ 2: Smoking industrial hemp gets a person high.
Reality: The empirical scientifically supported fact is that no one can get high from smoking Industrial Hemp.
FAQ 3: Can Hemp fields be used to hide illegal marijuana plants?
Reality: Hemp is grown quite differently from marijuana and is harvested at different times. The most deterring factor however is that any cross pollination between Industrial hemp plants and marijuana plants would significantly reduce the potency of the marijuana plant. This fact is known by those who dare to grow the illegal marijuana and so they would avoid at great lengths planting a marijuana crop anywhere near a field of Industrial Hemp.
FAQ 4: Is Hemp seed oil a source of THC?
Reality: Hemp seed oil is an increasingly popular product, used for an expanding variety of purposes. The tiny amounts of THC contained in industrial hemp are in the glands of the plant itself. No one can get high from using hemp seed oil or eating Hemp seed.
FAQ 5: How can Hemp be used as a food?
Reality: Hemp seed is a highly nutritious source of protein and essential fatty acids such as omega 3,6 and 9. These long chain fatty acids are the building blocks for our body and cell growth. Milk made from the seeds of Hemp is free from dairy, lactose and is a great source of Omega 3. Hemp seed protein closely resembles protein as it is found in the human blood and therefore is well documented as supporting muscle growth and maintenance.
FAQ 6: Is growing Hemp in Tasmania legal?
Reality: Yes. Growing industrial hemp has been legal and grown here since the early 90’s, under very strict Federal and State legislation and laws involving numerous government departments. On March 3rd 2016, after extensive consultation with key Hemp industrial stakeholders the new Industrial Hemp Act 2015 came into force. For more details on licensing and regulations visit http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/agriculture/plant-industries/industrial-hemp.