If you’ve ever been in the market for protein powder, you would know that navigating your way through all the different types out there can be an absolute minefield.
Not only do you have to consider things like taste and texture, above all, ingredients and nutritional profile can also be an automatic deal-breaker. Those with dietary requirements such as dairy-free may steer clear from whey protein. Similarly, those who follow a low-FODMAP diet will opt against pea protein—and almost everyone nowadays is mindful of sugar content, all-natural ingredients and zero fillers.
So when we heard that hemp seed might be the non-dairy, gut-friendly, hormone-balancing protein powder we’ve all been waiting for, we wanted to know more. We sat down with Georgia Branch, co-founder of Australian hemp brand, Hemple to learn all about the health benefits of hemp seed protein powder and why it makes a great addition to your diet.
While the roll-out of hemp regulations in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill is continuing in fits and starts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture did open the door to hemp seed imports.
Jessica Wasserman, a partner in Greenspoon Marder’s cannabis law practice, tells Cannabis Business Times that it’s a welcome development for U.S. farmers eager to get to work. “The farmers have been pushing for this, definitely, because they need more seed,” she says. “Canada has been active longer than the U.S. and has good seed stock that the farm community very much wanted.”
Hemp seed may be imported from Canada with the following accompaniments: a phytosanitary certification from Canada’s national plant protection organization (“to verify the origin of the seed and confirm that no plant pests are detected”) and a Federal Seed Analysis Certificate for hemp seeds grown in Canada.