Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is one of the most sustainable – and satisfying – crops to farm. We've answered the most Frequently Asked Questions about legally growing and consuming this superfood.

Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is one of the most sustainable – and satisfying – crops to farm. Every part of the plant has a use, from textiles to nutritious hemp foods, so there is almost zero plant waste. 

We sow the crop in spring (usually October). The soil is prepared and we draw water from a pure and sustainable source. We don’t use any herbicide or insecticide sprays on our crops, to ensure we have minimal impact on the unique natural ecosystem around us.    

The crop obtains the bulk of its height and mass in the period leading up to the summer equinox, around the third week of December. The plant is then genetically ‘triggered’ to produce flowers and subsequently seeds, based on declining sunlight hours. 

February is one of the busiest and most exciting times to be on the farm, when we harvest, field-dry and sort the seeds, ready to be turned into delicious South Coast Hemp Foods.

Hemp and marijuana (often just called ‘cannabis’) are different varieties of the same plant. 

There are a number of (very complex, very technical) differences between them, but as far as hemp food is concerned, the main difference is that marijuana contains over 1% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive chemical that gives people a ‘high’ when smoked or consumed. 

Hemp (sometimes called ‘industrial hemp’) on the other hand, contains less than 1% THC and is not psychoactive. It can be safely and legally eaten as a food.

Growing and selling hemp food has been legal in Australia since 2017. It is still regulated under Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

The use, possession and supply of marijuana/cannabis remains illegal in all states and territories in Australia.

No. You won’t fail a drug test from consuming hemp foods. There is no danger of hemp food giving a positive result on a drug test.

Hemp growers in Australia are required to obtain a grower’s licence, which involves thorough police and background checks. Hemp crops are randomly sampled each year to ensure THC and CBD maximum levels are not exceeded.

No, hemp foods are not psychoactive. The level of THC in hemp foods is too low to cause any effect on your state of mind – it won’t even register on a drug test.

No, there is no risk of mental impairment after eating hemp foods. Hemp foods are not psychoactive and will not affect your alertness or ability to drive. 

Yes! We are always looking for new ways for people to enjoy our hemp and buckwheat foods.

Based on the success of our current products, we’ve ordered a new mill that will produce hemp ‘flour’ of a very fine consistency. This will allow us to expand our range with hemp and buckwheat flour combinations – watch this space.

Yes, in the best possible way. 

As an incredibly nutrient-rich food, hemp has a lot to offer competitive athletes. Over 30% protein by weight and packed with fibre, omega-3s, essential minerals and vitamins, hemp seed has an exceptional nutritional profile. Grown in the Great Southern region under the Western Australian sun, it’s also a natural and delicious alternative to manufactured dietary supplements.

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If not, please feel free to get in touch! We are always more than happy to talk about the amazing benefits of our products, and we would love to answer any additional questions you may have.