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These terms are commonly used interchangeably to describe a dehulled hemp seed, or the heart of the seed. Most of the nutrition is in the heart of the hemp seed and this is typically what you will be getting if you purchase anything with ‘hemp heart’ or ‘hemp seed’ on it.

Hemp seeds are an extremely versatile culinary item. They are soft, have a mild nutty flavour and are packed with protein and healthy fats. You can include hemp seeds in almost anything to enhance the nutritional profile of a meal without taking away from the primary taste and texture.

You can see the wide range of hemp based recipes on out recipe page.

In New Zealand everything from the hemp plant is legal. All the hemp seed derivatives are completely legal and safe to consume.

The only hemp product to note is CBD Oil, which is legal in New Zealand but requires a prescription from a medical professional.

No you will not. Hemp by definition is the name given to strains of cannabis with little to no THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the high. In order to be classified as hemp, the plant must contain less than 0.3% THC by cannabinoid mass. Hemp plants grow from seed to contain no THC compared to cannabis grown for THC and the high effect typically contains 15-30% THC.

These are all words that refer to the cannabis sativa plant.

Hemp is the name given to strains of cannabis that have less than 0.3% THC by cannabinoid content. With extremely low THC levels, the cannabinoid responsible for the famous high, hemp is the version of cannabis used for everything from clothing, food products, fuel, plastics, CBD oil supplements and more.

Marijuana is a slang term for cannabis, which was first introduced during a smear campaign on cannabis in the early 1900s. This eventually led to the bans on cannabis around the world, going from being in every pharmacy to federally illegal. Cannabis remained popular on the black market for people seeking the high which resulted in decades of cross-breading plants to create strains with extremely high levels of THC, keeping the name marijuana.

Put simply, marijuana generally refers to cannabis strains with very high levels of THC, anywhere from 10-30%, and grown primarily for the high. Hemp is cannabis with extremely low levels of THC, grown primarily for industrial purposes.

You can learn more about hemp from our Everything Hemp series of articles below.

About Hemp

Benefits of Hemp

Health Benefits

Hemp vs. Cannabis