The Hemp Crop

Hemp is an amazing crop. It’s versatile, roots deep, grows tall, and has a broad leaf that helps to naturally suppress weeds without the need for pesticides or herbicides. We take pride in the relationship we’ve built with growers. Our farmers plant non-GMO certified hemp seed in the Spring and harvest it in the Fall.

  • Sustainable

    Hemp is a naturally sustainable crop – it uses less water than traditional crops, produces higher yields in smaller spaces, and is extremely resilient to pests and diseases.

  • Versatile

    In addition to food, there are thousands of uses for hemp’s seed, oil, and fiber – from textiles like rope and clothing, to construction material, bioplastics, fuel, and more.

  • Nutritious

    Compared with chia and flax seeds, hemp seeds provide double the amount of protein, more Omegas, and half of the carbohydrates per serving.

Hemp Misconceptions

Hemp isn't a food.

One of the best superfoods out there comes from the hemp plant! Hemp seeds are rich in nutrients, extremely versatile, and tasty, too!

Eating hemp will get me high.

No, hemp will not get you high. It’s like comparing mint and basil – they’re both herbs, but they’re used in very different ways for very different results.

Hemp foods contain less than 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect.

Hemp is illegal.

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp production has been federally legalized in the United States. Manitoba Harvest helped lead the charge on hemp legalization by filing a GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) petition for hemp ingredients.

Hemp isn’t safe for children.

Hemp is safe for children! 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 1/2 depending on the child’s age and size.

Hemp isn’t safe for pregnant women or nursing women.

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. There is no evidence that consuming hemp oil gel caps is harmful to pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers. 

Hemp is the same as marijuana.

Hemp and marijuana are much like a sweet pepper and a hot pepper, or a Chihuahua 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.

How Our Hemp Helps the Planet

Every decision we make, action we take, and interaction we create is influenced by how it will impact the community and environment around us. Our standards center on a triple-bottom-line approach: people, planet, and profits. Embracing this mission, we’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation. 

Quality Standards

The History of Hemp

Humans have had a relationship with hemp for millennia. Dive deep into some significant milestones in the cultivation and regulation of hemp and Manitoba Harvest’s role in shaping its future. 

Hemp History

Hemp Today

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, known as the 2018 Farm Bill, descheduled the industrial hemp plant from the Controlled Substances Act, federally legalizing hemp production in the United States for the first time. Going above and beyond the 2018 Farm Bill guidance, Manitoba Harvest received Food and Drug Administration clearance as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). This was a historic first for the hemp industry, as we were the only company to proactively gather and provide the scientific evidence necessary to affirm the FDA’s designation of GRAS Notified for our hemp hearts, hemp seed oil, and protein powder.

Manitoba Harvest’s achievement represented an opportunity to broaden consumer access to the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds with the highest possible quality standards. There’s still more work to be done to share the transformative power of hemp with the world, and Manitoba Harvest is proud to lead the charge.