What We Do
iHemp Victoria Inc is a not-for-profit organization committed to representing Australian growers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and end users of hemp to promote a sustainable and economically viable industry in Victoria and Australia wide.
Rejuvenating a time proven industry . . .
Hemp has been around for thousands of years. It has only been in the mid-1900s that it became demonised because of its botanical association with marijuana. Hemp is non-drug cannabis (low THC ). iHemp Victoria Inc is committed to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of the market for industrial hemp.
According to the United Nations, by the year 2050, global population will grow to nine billion people – all needing access to healthy food, clean water, sanitation, shelter, mobility, education and healthcare. The next few decades are pivotal for mankind as climate change impacts are felt and food production and water usage are forced to become innovative.
For our part, Hemp Victoria will lead by example with access to resources of innovation, sustainability and best practice that will reduce stakeholders carbon footprint, increase their productivity and decrease their water consumption and inspire others to do the same.
Uses of Hemp
Historically hemp was predominantly used as an industrial fibre due to its strength for sails, rope and paper.
Until development in the 1980’s made it possible to remove lignin from the hemp fibre without compromising its strength, hemp’s use for clothing and other non-industry uses wasn’t possible as it was too course for comfort.
But now there’s increasing interest from consumers, as its superior strength and ability to wear-in and not wear out is second to none. Hemp is anti-microbial, UV resistant, naturally mold, mildew and rot resistant and breathable.
Processing hemp for fibre here in Australia is still in its infancy. But with changing consumer attitudes and an interest in ethical clothing and how they’re made – there’s a niche here that is open for business.
Building with hemp is an environmental solution to other building materials, fast growing and more product per tonne than forest timbers creating sustainable and recyclable building materials such as: concrete, composite wood alternatives and natural fibre insulation.
Hemp buildings are:
– Energy efficient with a high R-Value depending on wall thickness
– Termite, mould and pest resistant
– Excellent acoustic performance
– Breathable, healthy and carbon neutral
– Fire resistant
Hemp buildings use standard frames with hemp placed within formwork within the frame. The walls are lime rendered on the outside to protect from weather and finished as desired internally – although only breathable coatings are recommended internally and externally. As the walls dry they calcify and absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.
Using hemp alleviates the pressure on logging forests, reduces constructions impact on the environment, and reduces the reliance on petro-chemical products.
The humble hemp seed packs a punch of health benefits.
In medieval times, monks would eat hemp seed gruel every day. It was also used as a famine food during World War 2 for China, Australia and across Europe. Hemp seed is now regarded as a ‘superfood’, one of the highest plant-based protein sources, containing all essential amino acids, Omega 3, 6 &9 in the right ratio optimal for human uptake, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, D, E, calcium, magnesium, potassium and is easily digested, absorbed and utilised in the body. Pretty impressive considering it was peasant food for centuries!
When the seed is pressed for oil all the essential fatty acids go into the oil while the proteins and many nutrients are left in the meal. The high protein high fibre meal goes into many products like hemp protein powder and hemp flour.
Hemp is great for adding to breakfast cereals, salads, smoothies, toppings and baking or just enjoy straight.
It is not recommended to use hemp for high heat cooking as you lose the benefit of the fatty acids.
Since legislation has changed in Australia legalising it as a food source, an entire industry has began to grow to make available this super seed’s goodness. You may have seen supermarket isles increasingly populated with hemp products (sadly many inferior misleading products). So too have cafes and restaurants jumped on the health kick of hemp in their menus. The more the better we think, both for the health of individuals and for the success of the Australian industry.
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