What is hemp you ask? Simply put, hemp is a super plant!
Food, clothing, rope, paper, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, paint, fuel - the list of hemp applications goes go on and on. We like to call hemp the “green buffalo” as every part of the plant can be used. Hemp that is grown in Western Canada is primarily used for hemp foods. At the top part of the hemp plant you will find the hard hemp seed. This small seed “seeds” nutritiously delicious products like Hemp Hearts, hemp protein powder, and hemp oil.
Hemp has been around for centuries and has played an instrumental role in shaping our continent. Settlers were given free land if they grew hemp. The Declaration of Independence draft was written on hemp paper. Hemp materials were used in numerous war efforts. Hemp was integrating into modern life until it was ‘temporarily’ banned due to misconceptions. Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa. No, hemp is not the same as marijuana.
Hemp contains 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect nor will our products cause a false positive drug test. Largely thanks to Manitoba Harvest co-founders’ advocacy efforts, hemp was demystified and Industrial Hemp was legalized in Canada in 1998. From there an industry was (re)born! For more on hemp history click here.
Here at Manitoba Harvest we solely focus on hemp foods. Do you blame us? Hemp foods are a nutritional powerhouse that actually taste great! Yep, you read that correctly, good for you AND tastes great! Packed with essential nutrients like protein, healthy fats, fiber, and magnesium, hemp foods have a slightly nutty taste that compliment any food.
Hemp is an extremely sustainable crop that can be grown without pesticides or herbicides. Hemp crops are seeded in late May/early June. Hemp plants grow close together and have large broad leaves that naturally help suppress weeds. The long taproot gathers moisture from deep within the soil, reducing the need for irrigation. Approximately 120 days after seeding, hemp harvest begins. For an “insider look” into a hemp harvest, click here.
Just as there are misconceptions around hemp and marijuana, there are misconceptions about cannabidiol (CBD) extracts and hemp. Click here for our detailed information on CBD and hemp foods.