Hemp Industry Gets Green Light in Region; Mayor Supports Growing Project on North Burnett Grain Farms

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MR Hall intends to sell the food products overseas while the company, Industrial Hemp Australia, waits for the right to sell in this country.

After 12 years of cultivating different plants, researchers at the Bundaberg-based centre have invented a test that quickly shows hemp that contains the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC is the compound in the plant that makes people intoxicated.

Mr Hall said the company has varieties of hemp with almost no THC in them at all, because researchers were able to cull the plants with the chemical compound in them before they go through a breeding cycle.

"We will have zero THC content in any of the products so there's no risk of contamination," he said.

The researcher said it is this break-through that will go a long way to getting hemp-based food approved in Australia.

Mr Hall said the health benefits of the products included high levels of omega three, six and nine, which is good for blood circulation.

Hemp oil is low in saturated fat but high in unsaturated fat.

"And unlike gluten and lactose, hemp has no allergies identified with the protein," Mr Hall said. …