Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are much like a sweet pepper and a hot pepper, or a Chihuahuas and a Great Dane. Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis plant family but are VERY different. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods products contain less than 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect nor will our products cause a false positive drug test.
Will I get "high" by consuming hemp foods?
No. Manitoba Harvest™ products contain less than 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect nor will our products cause a false positive drug test.
Are hemp foods safe for pregnant women?
Yes. Hemp contains numerous nutrients, including folic acid, so it is a safe and delicious addition to expectant mothers’ diets.
Our hemp oil gel caps are considered a supplement. Under Canada’s Natural Health Products’ rules & regulations, we were legislated to include statement cautioning pregnant and breastfeeding women using gel caps. The formula for our hemp oil gel caps has not changed. There is NO evidence that consuming hemp oil gel caps is harmful to pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers.
Are hemp foods safe for children?
Absolutely! Just remember to consider body weight when determining serving size – much like you would with any other food. As a general guideline cut the recommended serving size shown on each package by 1/3 or ½ depending on the child’s age and size.
What about pets – are hemp foods safe for animals?
Manitoba Harvest is not an animal food manufacturer so we recommend contacting your trusted animal care professional for specific advice. However, we receive countless testimonials from customers about the observed benefits of adding hemp foods (hemp oil in particular) to their pets’ diet.
Just like with humans, be conscious of your pet’s weight when determining how much hemp oil to add to your pet’s food. A good parameter for oil – 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.
How do hemp foods compare to other seeds, plant-based proteins, or oils?
Generally speaking, hemp foods offer more protein and a broader spectrum of omegas than flax, chia, or peas. For a detailed breakdown of how our products compare to other options, please visit our product comparison page.
What’s the CDB content in hemp oil?
CBD extracts are related to the medicinal marijuana industry NOT the hemp industry. Industrial hemp contains less than 0.001% THC and, therefore, is not a significant source of CBD.
Besides, CBD extracts come from the leaves of cannabis plants. In Canada, it is illegal to harvest the leaves of Industrial hemp.
What is the potassium and phosphorous content in hemp foods?
Hemp seed’s nutritional profile can vary slightly from year to year, and from field-to-field based on growing conditions and seed variety. Manitoba Harvest works directly with farmers to advise on which variety is best for their fields. We also educate our farmer partners on ways to improve seed quality.
When Manitoba Harvest publishes nutritional information on our seed, we take a range or an average of various tests to account for slight variations in seed lots.
The average potassium content in Manitoba Harvest hemp seed (which is used for making Hemp Hearts and Hemp Protein Powders) is 288 mg per 30 g serving.
The average phosphorous content in Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts is 426mg per 30g serving.
I thought Omega 6s are bad for you?
Omega 6s often get a bad rep. Some Omega 6s, like GLA, play a crucial role in overall health. A general rule of thumb is to avoid all highly processed fats.
When it comes to our bodies we need a mix or balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs). It is best to consume foods that have naturally balanced omegas. Hemp has an Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio of 3.75:1. Plus, the omegas in hemp are unrefined, raw, and easily digestible.
For more information about “good” and “bad” Omega 6s or the balance of omegas, contact your health care professional.
How much hemp is too much in a day?
Quantity is one of the pillars of nutrition for optimal health. (The other pillars being Quality, Nutrient Balance, and Frequency). For optimal energy and to avoid weight gain as well as overwhelming the digestive system, it’s best to consume appropriate portions at each eating occasion. Eating hemp foods at every single eating occasion in a day is A-Okay, just account for them as your protein and healthy fat sources.
What is the difference between Natural and Certified Organic?
“Certified Organic” denotes products made from seed that has been grown on certified organic land, and produced according to strict uniform standards that are verified by a government-designated organization. In North America, to receive organic certification farmland has to have been free from chemicals for a minimum three years. For manufacturers, certification also includes inspections of processing facilities and detailed report keeping. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods’ organic products are certified by Pro-Cert and are marked with the following logos:
“Natural” denotes products that are grown using conventional farming techniques and have NOT been genetically modified. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods products do NOT contain any additives, preservatives, fillers or artificial ingredients.
All Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods’ products are Non-GMO Project Verified
Why do you have both Natural and Certified Organic?
As with most things, people like having a choice. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods proudly offers Natural and Certified Organic hemp food products in a variety of sizes to give people a choice.
What is the difference in how Natural and Certified Organic products are farmed?
Our Certified Organic products are made from seed that’s grown on certified organic land. Our natural products come from seed that’s grown conventionally.
Is Certified Organic the same thing as Non-GMO Project Verified?
“Certified Organic” refers to a process – how food is grown and how food products are manufactured. A government-designated organization verifies organic standards have been met. To receive certification, at least, 95% of the product’s contents must be organic. “Non-GMO Project Verified” focuses on one aspect – verifying that there are no genetically modified organisms within the product. Non-GMO Project Verified is a third-party verification to encourage removal of genetically modified organisms at all points within the ingredient supply chain. A Certified Organic product cannot contain any genetically modified ingredients. There are Certified Organic products that have chosen not to go through the Non-GMO Project certification and will therefore not include the Non-GMO Project Verified stamp on their packaging. Natural or conventional products can receive Non-GMO Project Verification if they meet the rigorous and extensive audit process relating to genetically modified organisms. Except for our hemp oil gel caps, all of Manitoba Harvest products are Non-GMO Project Verified.
What is kosher?
Complex and extensive. Given the complex nature of the laws of kosher, one should consult an Orthodox Rabbi whenever a kosher issue arises.
How do I tell if your product has gone rancid?
Hemp food products should have a slightly nutty taste to them. You would be able to tell just by opening a package if a product has gone rancid – the product would have a slightly sour odor and taste.
As you can see on our product labels, products should be stored in the fridge once opened to protect the omegas and keep the products as fresh as possible. Hemp oil should be refrigerated before and after opening.
I’ve noticed sometimes my hemp oil/Hemp Hearts/protein powders are slightly different shades each time I buy them. Why is this?
Hemp foods are a natural, non-GMO product. There will be slight variations in colour depending on what hemp seed variety was grown, the soil, the region, and growing season. The color difference between product lots has nothing to do with quality – we run small batch testing and every single product goes through a minimum of 34 tests from farm gate to store shelf.
Do I need to refrigerate Manitoba Harvest products?
Hemp oil must be refrigerated before and after opening to protect hemp’s precious omegas. To extend the freshness of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, Hemp Heart Bites and Hemp Protein Powders, it is recommended to store products in the fridge once opened.
Hemp Bliss Organic Hemp Beverage can be stored in the cupboard until used, but MUST be refrigerated after opening.
Do Manitoba Harvest products contain any known allergens?
Hemp seed – which is the primary ingredient in all of Manitoba Harvest’s products, contains no known allergens.
Are Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods products gluten free?
Our Hemp Hearts, Hemp Heart Toppers, and Toasted Hemp Seeds are Certified Gluten Free.
What is the difference between Manitoba Harvest's hemp protein powders?
Check out our Hemp Protein Powder comparison chart.
Why are the Hemp Hearts and hemp protein powders in a bag/pouch?
Our products proudly do NOT contain additives or preservatives. It is absolutely crucial that packaging be light and air impermeable to protect hemp’s precious omegas and keep the product as fresh as possible.
We try to find the most sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging option that allows for Hemp Hearts and our hemp protein powders to still be protected. We choose pouches because over their lifecycle have 1/10th the impact of plastic canisters and although they are not recyclable, they can still be re-used numerous times.
You will also find that we do NOT include a plastic scoop in our packaging. Not only does everyone have a spoon at home, but we also wanted to reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating extra plastic in the environment.
Is your packaging recyclable?
No, our pouches are not recyclable. Where possible, we are trying to make sustainable choices. You will also find that we do NOT include a plastic scoop in our packaging. We figure everyone has a spoon at home so why add to the waste.
As for packaging, it is absolutely crucial that packaging be light and air impermeable to protect hemp’s precious omegas and keep the product as fresh as possible. Currently there are no food grade biodegradable materials that would protect our products in the way that is needed. We are however investigating other options and are part of the OSC2 (One Step Closer), which is a group focused on helping to study and promote sustainable packaging options.
Does Manitoba Harvest irradiate its products?
No, none of Manitoba Harvest products are irradiated. Food safety and quality is Manitoba Harvest’s top priority. In our manufacturing we implement many tools, protocols, and tests to ensure safe and high quality products but irradiation is not one of them.
Manitoba Harvest is proud to be the world’s largest vertically integrated hemp food manufacturer. We control the process from seed to shelf, and can test and reject seed upon delivery, if microorganisms are too high.
Where do I find the amino acid profile for your hemp protein powders?
You will find this information on the individual product pages under the nutritional facts tab. Amino Acid profile, ingredient lists and other information is all there.
Please note: We are currently working on the Amino Acid profile for HempPro 70. Stay tuned…
Why do you use Natural Oregano Extract in some of your Hemp Protein Powders?
We use a very small quantity of FDA/CFIA approved Natural Oregano Extract to some of our products to help protect their quality and extend freshness.
Why is there Pea Protein in Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend?
We thoughtfully selected Pea Protein for our Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend to deliver amazing taste, texture, mixability, and nutritional benefits. When combined, Hemp and Pea Protein have a more balanced Amino Acid profile (Hemp Protein is low in Lysine but high in Cystine, Pea Protein is the opposite) plus both are sustainable sources of protein and easy to digest, allowing for maximum absorption.
Is there Stevia as a sweetener in Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend?
No, we don’t use stevia in any of our protein powders or other products. We always aim to use ingredients that are natural and minimally processed. Stevia is often processed with other non-natural products and it adds a metallic taste to most products. We use Organic coconut sugar to sweeten Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend and Organic cocoa and natural flavours to enhance the taste.
What are the “Natural Flavours” in Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend?
Our Chocolate and Vanilla Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blends both contain natural flavours that are extracted from plant sources to produce a delicious taste profile.
Is Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend Certified Gluten Free?
While hemp, peas, and the other ingredients themselves do not contain gluten, Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend cannot currently be certified Gluten Free due to the potential for very low levels of foreign seed contamination (ex. wheat kernels) from the field where these crops were grown.
What happened to your HempPro Fibre, HempPro 50, and HempPro 70 Protein Powders?
We still carry our original line of Hemp Protein Powders but we’ve changed the product names to be included in our Hemp Yeah! product family. They’re the same product formulations except Hemp Yeah! Max Protein (formally HempPro 70) is now Certified Organic!
HempPro Fibre is now Hemp Yeah! Max Fibre
HempPro 50 is now Hemp Yeah! Balanced Protein + Fibre
HempPro 70 is now Hemp Yeah! Max Protein
Why is your Hemp Oil green coloured?
We make our Hemp Oil by pressing the whole hemp seed, similar to juicing. When pressed hemp is naturally a green colour. We are not adding any colouring, preservatives, or additives. We like to see think chlorophyll when see hemp oil’s rich green shade since hemp contains chlorophyll.
Did you consider Stevia as a sweetener in Hemp Heart Bites?
With all of our products, we aim to use ingredients that are naturally occurring and not highly processed. Stevia is often processed with other non-natural products. In addition, stevia often creates a metallic taste to final product when used as an ingredient.
Why do you use sugar in Hemp Heart Bites?
Hemp Heart Bites are a delicious and nutritious snack that you can enjoy on the go. Hemp Hearts are the majority ingredient in Hemp Heart Bites. To keep Hemp Hearts together in this convenient bite-size snack, organic sweeteners (organic cane sugar and organic brown rice syrup) are used.
We tried different sweeteners, looking for options that provided optimal taste and texture while being organic and minimally processed. Organic brown rice syrup and organic cane sugar were the winners. Compared to other options like white sugar, organic cane sugar is less processed.
Where do I find your products?
Manitoba Harvest products are found in thousands of health food & grocery stores – including mass retailers. Visit the find a location page to find the store closest to you.
Have you considered switching to glass packaging, especially for Hemp Oil?
We have performed analysis on glass packaging and deemed glass unsuitable at this time. Hemp’s precious omega profile is sensitive to light, so we prefer a thick food-safe plastic to best protect the product. Plus, glass packaging is heavier which would impact shipping costs.
How do I join your Hemp Ambassador Program?
You can apply to our Hemp Ambassador Program here. By being a Manitoba Harvest Hemp Ambassador you’ll receive exclusive kits throughout the year filled with samples, information, and special gifts. You’ll also get sneak peeks at our newest products and be the first to try them.
I'm a RD/health care practitioner/fitness trainer/etc and recommend your products. Do you offer samples to share with my clients?
Yes, we do. At Manitoba Harvest, we are passionate about hemp foods & nutrition, and appreciate people like you helping to educate others. For Hemp Hearts samples to share with clients, complete the online sample request form here.
Please note: Manitoba Harvest requires a minimum 15 business day lead-time on practitioner sample requests.
Do you offer product samples for community, educational, or health & lifestyle events?
Yes, depending on the type of event. ALL requests for product samples must complete our online sample request form here.
Please note: We get an abundance of sample requests and to fulfill various events across North America, we do require one-month notice on event sample requests to allow enough production and shipping time.