Leawood are now proud to say that our Hemp hearts and Hemp oil are now certified organic, under the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) scheme.
More than just a certification, this is a guarantee that Organic Leawood products are:
Having this certification represents a guarantee that our organic products are genuinely organic and that they have undergone a series of strict standards along the way, from our paddocks to your home.
Since 1929 we have been committed to bringing you the best quality products from Australia and around the world and this is just another step forward into that direction.
If you are eating ACO certified Hemp Hearts and Hemp Oil you are eating the best of the best, so eat up and feel great!
Both our Leawood Hemp hearts and Leadwood Hemp oil are now available 100% organic.
Few people know the difference between these weeds, and it’s important to understand that Hemp was unfairly banned less than 80 years ago! History and diverse studies show that this is a useful plant that nature has provided, sufficient to encourage the growth of a sustainable, eco-friendly and thriving industry.
Hemp is NOT marijuana
Industrial Hemp (IH) has less than 0.3% THC vs. its psychoactive counterpart “Marijuana” which has up to 30% THC. Although they belong to the same family, their genetic diversity makes them distant cousins.
Hemp has already been the backbone of truly self-sufficient, sustainable and healthy human civilization. It was the largest domesticated crop from 1,000 B.C. to 1883. It wasn’t until 1937 that the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the USA created a mass campaign associating hemp with marijuana - “the devil’s grass” - and allied with major industries such as big oil and nylon (du Pont family which started as a gunpowder manufacturer and later expanded into other materials) whose businesses were threatened and jeopardized by the hemp industry – to ban it.
It has been cultivated for over 10,000 years, with references dating back to ancient China and Mesopotamia. It has been a highly nutritious source of hemp food, and the fibre has been used functionally throughout history.
Hemp: Main Focus
Hemp is a renewable, waste-less crop that only requires 90-120 days to grow. The seeds are used for food, oil, natural medicine and cosmetics among other products and the stalks and fibres have several commercial and industrial uses such as making paper, canvas, textiles, shoes, ropes, bioplastics, insulation, biofuel, etc. All of which also have a reduced carbon footprint on the environment compared with their conventional counterparts.
Hemp as a Superfood
Hemp is a functional food. Hemp seeds, technically a nut, have a mild, nutty flavor and are usually referred to as “hemp hearts”.
Hemp hearts offers vitamins E, D, B1, B3, B6 and folate, as well as important minerals like Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc, Magnesium and Potassium which are necessary for body functions.
Hemp is a complete and plant-based source of protein that contains over 25% of digestible high-quality bio-available protein, similar to that of an egg and contains the 9 essential amino acids (EAA), which act as building blocks for proteins in the organism. Essential nutrients are those the body is not able to produce itself and therefore must obtain them from diet. Hemp seed contains considerably more nutrients than other superfoods from the plant kingdom, such as chia seeds and flaxseeds.
Its high content of arginine, one of the EAA, directly benefits heart health, producing nitric oxide as a metabolite. Nitric oxide is a vessel dilator that promotes lowered blood pressure. Arginine is also a natural anti-inflammatory and studies show it decreases the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammation marker.
In addition, hemp seed oil is composed of 80% PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) being an exceptionally rich source of essential fatty acids (EFA) like Omega 6 and most importantly Omega 3, in an ideal ratio of 3:1, unlike any other food.
Omegas in the optimal ratio promote health by improving blood sugar and levels of EFA, decreasing risks of heart conditions. Hemp seed oil has also been proven beneficial in the treatment of eczema and other skin conditions, it is an anti-inflammatory and aids in reducing symptoms in arthritis, PMS and menopause.
Another attribute of hemp is that it has more than 10% of soluble and insoluble fibre which is indispensable for a healthy gut and digestive tract. The complete nutritional profile and its high antioxidant content makes hemp a valuable source of food, which benefits the digestive bacteria, preventing the out-growth of harmful pathogens.
Hemp consumption is linked to a reduced risk of diabetes, helping reduce sugar spikes and regulating cholesterol levels.
Consequently, hemp is a highly nutritional food for everyone and its plant-based origin makes it suitable for vegans and vegetarians as well.
Hemp Farming and the Environment
The hemp crop is eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable. It promotes carbon sequestering. 3.6 tons of CO2 are absorbed and cleared from the air, per tonne of hemp grown. It also improves the soil, absorbing harmful minerals such as Cadmium. And it replenishes the soil, returning 60-70% of nutrients back to the soil, making it an excellent rotational crop.
The farming of hemp, widely used by many different industries, has a positive impact on the Earth.
Hemp stalks are the longest and most durable, natural fibre on earth; 4 times the pulp of trees.
It was the largest domestic crop until 1890.The average ship had 60 tonnes of hemp rope, ballast and sails.
Some of the industries that have taken advantage of this renewable, natural resource, throughout history are:-
Cotton production, which is the second most polluting industry in the world, detriments the environment drastically. In turn, a Hemp crop uses 4 times less water than cotton and it produces 2 times the textile. Hemp is 100% organic and natural, as well as hypoallergenic.
Building and Construction
Hempcrete is a building material made of hemp fibre, lime rock and water, bio degradable, sustainable, weather-proof, fire-proof and insulating. It has been used to build homes and is helpful in avoiding the use of heating or cooling systems by naturally maintaining a cool temperature in the summer and a warm temperature in the winter.
Furthermore, Hemp bioplastic made from hemp stalk is an affordable, natural and biodegradable alternative that replaces fossil-based carbon in regular plastic production. It is 10 times stronger than steel for which it was originally used by Henry Ford to make the panels of the car without steel.
Hemp is used by BMW and Mercedes-Benz and recently was used to replace glass-fibre in Porsche.
The first known Hemp rope was found in Czechoslovakia in 1997 and dated from 26,900 B.C.
In 2014, the University of Calgary AB presents one molecule thick graphene made from hemp that is stronger and lighter than graphene from graphite for lithium batteries.
Biofuel is also made from hemp and it was first intended to be used for cars and other equipment before it was banned.
Paper and canvas are other products which may be successfully obtained from the processing of hemp stalks.
Another innovative industry utilizes hemp for products needed within the animal realm, including food and care.
Hemp as Natural Medicine
Cannabinoids (CBD) mimic our own endocannabinoid system, turning on human receptors sited for optimal function.
Medicinal Cannabis has been proven, through history and generations, to aid the treatment of various health conditions. In 1999, CBD’s antioxidant properties were discovered. The studies proved it useful in the treatment of ischemic disease, autoimmune and inflammatory illnesses; for instance arthritis, eczema, tumor growth, PMS as well as eating disorders, depression and anxiety. CBDs are neuro protectants following ischemic insults such as stroke and trauma, and help in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons and dementia.
WHY HEMP - Farm Hemp, Eat hemp and Use Hemp?
Hemp is older than many civilizations, and it has been widely accepted, encouraged, and even rewarded over hundreds of generations.
Hemp provides more for humans than any other plant resource on earth.
Hemp seed may be consumed raw and the nutrients are easily absorbed. It contains multiple vitamins and important minerals that are frequently insufficient, mainly in people with a plant-based lifestyle. In addition to all the essential amino acids and the adequate ratio of 3:1 Omega 6 : Omega 3, the environmental impact is lower, and this industry takes
some weight off the oceans, by providing the essential Omegas 3 & 6 typically obtained from fish, benefiting the whole ecosystem.
It’s a growing industry which helps people help the earth by contributing to human health, saving the natural resources, replenishing the soil and clearing the air we breathe. Hemp allows us to create ecological alternatives to modern necessities, whilst nourishing the planet.
Corporate competition had it driven into a negative context as a drug causing it to be banned for sale.
However, Hemp is Now Back! And it’s a thriving industry to promote, protecting the earth and obtaining numerous benefits.
Porsche’s smoking hot new race car is the world’s first with bodywork built from hemp. The 718 Cayman GT4 club sport features composite doors that use an organic fibre mix derived largely from hemp and flax that take the place of traditional carbon fibre to reinforce a polymer resin. Porsche say the material is similar in weight and stiffness to a traditional carbon fibre composites and that the organic ingredients used are agricultural by products, making it more environmentally friendly.
Porsche isn’t the first automaker with this sort of idea, however. Back in 1941 Henry Ford built a prototype with a body made entirely from plastic that reportedly used cellulose from hemp, wheat and soybeans in its construction, although the exact formula has been lost to history. Along with the weight reduction provided by the doors, the stripped-out club sport features a 425 HP 3.8 litre flat-six engine, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, racing seats, roll cage, fuel cell, racing brakes and suspensions place additional equipment for track us. Two versions are being offered: a 150,000-track day model and a competition version aimed at top-level racing that costs $175,000.
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The Congressional Budget Office is currently scoring the bill. Once that’s complete and language is officially filed, the Farm Bill will be teed up for up-or-down votes in both chambers of Congress and, pending approval, sent to the president’s desk. Lawmakers are hoping to pass the bill before the end of the year. McConnell has been the chief proponent of the hemp legalization provision. He spoke frequently about the economic benefits of legalizing the lucrative crop and said regulation should be in the purview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture rather than the Justice Department. While the Senate-passed version of the Farm Bill contained the hemp language, the House version was silent on the issue, leaving it up to a bicameral conference committee to settle the issue. Hemp would be defined as all parts of the plant — including seeds and extracts — as long as they contain less than 0.3 percent THC, according to VoteHemp. The crop would also be entirely removed from the Controlled Substances Act under the legislation. States that want to be primary regulators are required to submit applications outlining their regulatory plan to the USDA, which will have 60 days to make a decision. While lawmakers in both chambers spent months negotiating on other aspects of the wide-ranging bill, the hemp legalization provision has enjoyed bipartisan support. “For the first time in nearly a hundred years, commercial hemp production will no longer be federally prohibited in the United States,” National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Political Director Justin Strekal said in a press release. “This represents a significant and long overdue shift in US policy. It remains to be seen whether the final language is any different from the version the Senate approved. In particular, advocates will be watching to see if the conference report contains a provision that would ban people with felony drug convictions from cultivating and selling hemp. This article has been republished from Marijuana Moment under a content syndication agreement.
SOURCE from: Chaz Wilder- EDN
This article was originally written by Susan Milius at Science News
Low-THC cannabis attracts a wide range of bee species collecting food for larvae
FEED THE BEES Cannabis depends on wind for pollination, but it turns out bees are raiding male flowers (shown) in hemp fields to forage for pollen for babyfood.
VANCOUVER — Fields of hemp might become a late-season pollen bonanza for bees.
Industrial hemp plants, the no-high varieties of cannabis, are becoming a more familiar sight for American bees as states create pilot programs for legal growing. Neither hemp nor the other strains of the Cannabis sativa species grown for recreational or medicinal uses offer insects any nectar, and all rely on wind to spread pollen. Still, a wide variety of bees showed up in two experimental hemp plots during a one-month trapping survey by entomology student Colton O’Brien of Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Bees in 23 out of the 66 genera known to live in Colorado tumbled into O’Brien’s traps, he reported November 11 at Entomology 18, the annual meeting of the U.S. and two Canadian entomological societies. O’Brien and his adviser, Arathi Seshadri, think this is the first survey of bees in cannabis fields.
“You walk through fields and you hear buzzing everywhere,” O’Brien said. He caught big bumblebees, tiny metallic-green sweat bees and many others clambering around in the abundant greenish-yellow pollen shed by the male flowers.
NO SWEAT A bicolored striped sweat bee visits a variety of flowers but was among the kinds caught in a hemp field.
Bees need pollen to feed their young, and during the trap survey in August 2016, there weren’t a lot of other flowers blooming. Hardly anything is known about the nutritional qualities of hemp pollen for larval bees. Yet, commercial hemp plots may end up as rare food sources for pollinators in stressful times, O’Brien said. Honeybee health has faltered in recent years, and conservationists also worry about the fates of the many, less-studied wild bees. O’Brien urged crop scientists now developing the pest fighting strategies for outdoor hemp to be mindful of bee health.
Pest management techniques for hemp are still a work in progress. There are even questions about which insects are truly hemp pests, said entomologist Whitney Cranshaw, also of Colorado State. New potential menaces have arrived since the early 20th century, when farmers were growing hemp with very low concentrations of the psychoactive compound THC as a crop for fiber and other practical uses. Anti-drug legislation eventually made growing any cannabis forms illegal for decades in the United States.
The 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, however, differentiated between hemp with less than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight, and high-THC cannabis varieties of interest for recreational and medical use. This distinction has allowed states such as Colorado and Kentucky to set up programs for regulated legal growing in a push to revive the potentially valuable crop. But there are a lot of new questions about old plants.
This article was originally written by Susan Milius at Science News
This article was originally written by Jackson Barnett at Denver Post
Rianna Meyer doesn’t like talking about herself. When prompted, she ticks off a list of milestones: joining the Air Force, becoming a firefighting captain, finding her way to the Antarctic by way of Thailand. Her words tumble out with quick cadence, ready to talk about her latest adventure: hemp farming.
If she was a record, you would probably want to pick the needle up and play that first part over a few times. Yes, she lived in Antarctica and worked as a firefighter in one of the coldest places on Earth for five years.
Now, she is the vice president of operations for SanSal Wellness’ Veritas Farm in Pueblo. SanSal is an agribusiness wellness company that operates the Veritas Farm from their headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The farm grows and processes on-site hemp products that include medicinal oils, lip balm and gummies.
Like with marijuana, Colorado entrepreneurs have been at the forefront of building up hemp as a viable undertaking.
The state cultivates the most hemp out of any state with 30,825 registered acres, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Historically, between 60-70 percent of the registered acres are cultivated.
The state’s mix of a robust agricultural economy, hemp-friendly technology and scientific research on the plant are the key factors for Colorado’s success, said Hunter Buffington, executive director of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association.
“We are leading the country,” she said.
Rianna Meyer, Vice President of Operations at Veritas Farms, is in the hemp oil extraction room on Nov. 7, 2018, in Pueblo. The farm grows and process hemp.
Cannabis’ lesser-known cousin
The cousin of cannabis that has negligible amounts of the high-inducing THC is projected to experience billion-dollar growth over the next few years. But a potential roadblock to the industry growth is the latest Farm Bill that is stalled in the legislative process in Washington, D.C.
The bill would fully legalize hemp farming, a practice that became a causality of cannabis prohibition. By Colorado law, hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), cannabis’ high-inducing compound.
The hemp industry saw its re-birth in 2014 when that year’s Farm Bill opened the door for its legal growth. The bill allowed cultivation for research purposes and allowed states to institute “pilot programs.” But hemp stayed, and as for now remains, a Schedule 1 drug along with heroin and ecstasy, the DEA’s highest classification.
In Colorado, 2014 was the year that Amendment 64 legalized cannabis and hemp, giving the state’s farmers a head start to grow the crop.
Hemp has more than 20,000 industrial applications, Buffington said. The plant’s by-products can be found in everything from veggie burgers to computer chips; one Colorado company even makes artisanal soaps infused with hemp extracts. But the biggest potential for growth is in medicinal applications. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, extracted from hemp seeds, has been fashioned into pills, infused lotions and other over-the-counter products.
CBD has become the latest “wonder drug” to hit the market. Companies have touted the oil’s ability to ail a range of symptoms. But science has yet to back up many of the industry’s boldest claims, Derek Thomas, vice president of business development at SanSal Wellness, said.
“There is a lot of disinformation and misinformation out there,” Thomas said.
SanSal produces “full-spectrum” products, meaning they use more non-high inducing compounds than just CBD.
Since research on hemp has only been legal since 2014, much of the science is still being conducted. Thomas has heard everything from hemp being a cure for cancer to Alzheimer’s, unproven claims he feels could pigeonhole hemp oil products into being the next snake oil.
“There needs to be governing bodies that make sure the testing is standardized and efficacious,” Thomas said.
To grow hemp, farmers need to be a registered grower with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The CDA only regulates the cultivation of the plant, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulating the production and sale of hemp products.
Last summer, the the health department released new policy that hemp grown by registered farmers in Colorado can sell their plants for hemp foods consumption provided that it is labeled correctly and under 0.3 percent THC.
Federal law still bans hemp from being in food products, creating blind spots in the regulation of hemp’s growth.
Workers remove stems from dried hemp plants at Veritas Farms, on Nov. 7, 2018, in Pueblo. The farm grows and process hemp.
Changing legal landscape
Passed on Election Day, Amendment X added a new regulation the state’s books that the legislature will have control over. The 0.3 percent limit of THC originally enshrined in the state constitution and will be moved to a legislative matter, giving lawmakers more leeway to shift the bar. The move was launched in anticipation of the federal government legalizing hemp and potentially setting different THC level requirements.
“Having the definition of hemp set in stone by the state’s constitution is inflexible,” Dr. Jon Vaught, founder and CEO of Front Range Biosciences, said.
But giving more control to legislatures could mean stricter regulations if opinion flips.
“Thus far (legislators) earned some credit for the work they’ve done to date, but healthy paranoia is good,” Vaught said.
While cultivation of hemp is spread out all across the state, some old mining towns on the Western Slope are finding new life with hemp.
“Boulder, Larimer, Delta County and Mesa County are four other counties that have a significant number of registrations,” Duane Sinning, director of the Division of Plant Industry at the state agriculture department said.
Joe Trenkle is a busy man these days. He operates 750 acres of bushy green plants in three farms across Colorado, two on the Western Slope in Rifle and New Castle and one south of Colorado Springs in Hanover.
Trenkle is the president and CEO of the All American Hemp Company, a hemp farm and soon-to-be processing company. He found farming late in life and has joined a growing scene of businesses leaders flocking to the new market.
His grandparents were wheat and corn farmers in Akron in northeast Colorado, but the farming gene skipped a generation over his parents, who worked in suburban Denver.
“It is a great time to be a hemp farmer,” he said.
For instance: Nucla farmers dry out their hemp in an old gymnasium, hemp farms are springing up around between wineries in Mesa County, and Montrose recently received a grant to grow their hemp industry.
“There are lots of economic opportunities in rural and agricultural areas,” Buffington, of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association, said.
Hemp is history
Hemp has been a part of the U.S. economy before the first drops of ink were put to the Declaration of Independence. In those days, hemp was one of the main sources of textile fiber, used mainly for rope, burlap and ship sail manufacturing, said Les Stark, a board member of Pennsylvania hemp industry council and hemp historian.
Raymond Weil works on trimming one of the mother plants at Veritas Farms on Nov. 7, 2018, in Pueblo. The farm grows and process hemp.
This article was originally written by Jackson Barnett at Denver Post
Promotion and Research Agency could create unique opportunity for Canadian Hemp Producers.
The Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC), formally announced on October 13th, 2018 that it is beginning the public hearing process to evaluate the merits of a hemp Promotion and Research Agency (PRA). “This is great news for Canadian hemp growers;” stated Don Dewar of Dauphin, Manitoba who chaired the producer committee that developed the application to establish the hemp PRA.
“We started developing the application in the spring of 2017 and submitted the application to the Farm Products Council last October, so were glad to see FPCC moving forward with the review. Our view has always been that a hemp PRA will allow Canadian hemp growers to become a better partner with industry, researchers, provincial and national governments in the identification and delivery of strategic research and promotional programs that will strengthen and grow the Canadian hemp industry;” added Dewar.
Unlike provincial commissions or boards which fall under provincial legislation, a PRA falls under the Federal Farm Products Agency Act and it’s the Farm Products Council role to evaluate the merits of an application and make recommendations to the Minister of Agriculture on whether an application should be supported by the Federal Government. Hemp producers evaluated various options to establish a national organization to collect levy’s on production of hemp products and decided the PRA was the best approach. A hemp PRA would give hemp producers an organization that has national scope and allow for efficiencies in the governance of the organization.
“We see significant opportunities for growth;” added Larry Marshall an organic hemp grower from
Shellbrook, Saskatchewan. “Our traditional seed market is continuing to grow and there is a lot more interest in hemp fibre,” adds Larry. Also, Health Canada’s decision to allow whole plant harvest of industrial hemp for the 2018 crop creates significant new opportunities. “This permission from Health Canada will allow hemp producers to use the 2018 crop to learn more about harvesting, drying and storing whole plant material,” explains Jason Green, head of agriculture for Canopy Growth.
“This is an exciting time to be in the hemp business, but like any industry hemp requires investment to reach its full potential;” added Dewar. “A hemp PRA would provide a legal framework to stimulate investment and governance structure to ensure hemp producers have a strong voice in the ongoing development of the hemp industry.”
The hemp producer committee encourages interested producers to review the hemp PRA application on the Farm Products Council of Canada web site.
The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) congratulates the hemp producer committee who developed the hemp Promotion and Research Agency application on the decision by the Farm Products Council to evaluate the merits of the application.
“Our board has always been very supportive of hemp producers creating a national organization” stated Russ Crawford, President of the CHTA. The CHTA has strong representation and involvement from producers but non-producer members of our organization have shared the view that a hemp PRA will allow Canadian hemp producers to become a better partner with industry, researchers, provincial and national governments in the identification and delivery of strategic research and promotional programs” added Crawford.
Like emerging crops of the past, hemp is becoming main stream and truly is a national crop. Our industry is based on the production and sale of hemp foods, fibre and fractions. The traditional food market, based on dehulled hemp seed, hemp seed oil and hemp seed protein, continues to grow and develop in our home market and also in export markets. The fibre market is currently attracting a great deal of investment interest, as the consistent acreage of hemp in Canada has created an opportunity to expand this value-added sector of our industry. With Health Canada’s recent decision to allow whole plant harvest this year, the establishment of a new and growing natural health products industry will grow out of the extraction of cannabidiol (CBD).
“We are proud of what we have accomplished but having a strong producer partner in further developing the industry is strategic to our success,” adds Crawford.
We wish Canadian hemp producers success in their desire to establish a hemp Promotion and Research Agency.
Last Sunday we spent the day at Melbourne Showgrounds, exhibiting at the World Vegan Day!
With Hemp being a great source of Omega 3 and 6 as well as being a fantastic vegan protein, we predicted nothing less than success and we were right. Thank you to everyone who came and visited our stand and tasted our new product. We look forward to our next show and will keep you updated with the details.
This field was planted in early June and 1000 acres have now been harvested, 1 metre has been taken for seed, leaving another 2 metre for fibre. The seed is currently being processed and will be ready for the market in time for Christmas. This is a part of the Canadian and Australian partnership
Hemp Milk provides a fantastic source of calcium and protein, together with high concentrates of Omega 3 and 6.
Lactose and nut free ✔✔✔
1. Simply add 1 cup of Leawood Hemp Hearts to 3 cups of water (filtered if possible) and blend to the consistency you like. 30-60 seconds is all that's needed.
2. Place a nut bag (similar to a cheescloth) over the opening of a bowl, and pour the milk into the bag. Gently squeeze it to pass the milk through. If you like, add a teaspoon of hemphoney for natural sweetness.
3. Store in your fridge in a mason jar or similar, and it will keep for around three to four days.
Hemp Hearts are available for retail purchase form our website. Or, and if you are a grocery / health sector store, please contact us for wholesale purchased on 03 9899 4441.