All about hemp

All about hemp

Hemp and its derivatives are more popular than ever. After flaxseed, then chia seed, it’s the big comeback of hemp! Focus on this little seed with multiple uses!

A little history

Hemp is a plant that has been cultivated for several centuries all over the world. However, because of its psychoactive THC content and the lack of knowledge about its real effects, its production was banned especially in North America in the 1930s. In 1998, following several studies showing that hemp contains very low THC, Canada has decided to allow the cultivation and exploitation of industrial hemp in a controlled manner. Hemp has since attracted significant interest in the agricultural and processing sectors in Canada. It is a plant that adapts well to different regions of Canada, including Quebec, especially thanks to its short growth cycle. In addition, hemp can repel several weeds and requires very little irrigation. This is in part what has led to an increase in industrial hemp production in Canada.

Hemp VS cannabis

Hemp and cannabis are part of the Cannabaceae family. Although these two plants come from the same species, they do not produce the same effect. Their big difference is their delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, which is responsible for the psychotropic effects. Hemp has only a very low THC content (

All about hemp

Food hemp is found in many forms such as oil, seeds and flour. Many other food products made from hemp, such as granola cereals or tender bars, are available on the market. So far, few studies have looked at the benefits of hemp in the diet since its cultivation has long been prohibited. However, more and more researchers are interested because hemp is rich in omega 6 and omega 3, which are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are among the protective factors against cardiovascular disease, especially when consumed in proportions of omega 6 / omega 3 of 4 to 1. Currently, Western diets tend to show a ratio of 15: 1, which is not is not favorable to health.

All about hemp

To integrate hemp at his food

Hemp-based food products have a pleasant taste similar to that of nuts. Here are some ways to integrate them into your daily life:

  • Hemp oil can replace olive oil in the preparation of your salad dressings.
  • Hemp seeds can be added to salads, smoothies, yogurts or soups to add a touch of crunch.
  • Hemp flour can partially replace all-purpose flour in your favorite dessert / muffin / cookie recipes.

All about hemp

Where to get it?

Hemp is increasingly accessible to the public. It can be found in several grocery stores and several local companies also offer points of sale. La Feuille Verte is a good example since it is a Quebec company specializing in the cultivation, processing and marketing of Quebec hemp. After the success of their Maison d’Herbes café-boutique in Drummondville, the concept is expanding with new branches that will open in Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Lévis and Coaticook. Food, health drinks, clothing, body care and animal products are part of the range offered. To learn more, visit

  • Thanks to Jessica Drolet, nutrition intern, for her invaluable collaboration.
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