FAQ’s

Hemp Information

Where can we buy your prod­ucts?
Our prod­ucts are dis­trib­uted nation­al­ly through our online store and you can order here. We are rolling out across the coun­try in many spe­cial­ty gro­cery stores. We rec­om­mend con­tact­ing your local gro­cery store before­hand for the most up-to-date infor­ma­tion about the par­tic­u­lar prod­ucts they cur­rent­ly have in stock. If your local gro­cer doesn’t car­ry our prod­ucts, drop us a line and let us know where you want to see us and ask your gro­cery store to add us to their offer­ing.

 

Inter­est­ed in car­ry­ing Vic­to­ry Hemp Foods prod­ucts?
If you are a retail­er inter­est­ed in car­ry­ing our prod­ucts or would like more infor­ma­tion on whole­sale and food­ser­vice options you need to be a busi­ness with a resale cer­tifi­cate.

You may apply via our ‘Whole­sale Inquiry Form’ oth­er­wise shoot up and email at order@hemp.mattcarlsen.com

We advise that Hemp Oil be kept in the refrig­er­at­ed sec­tion of your store. Hemp Seeds, Hemp Pro­tein, and Hemp Flour do not need to be refrig­er­at­ed, but a cool, dry dark envi­ron­ment is best.

 

How long do Hemp Seeds last after I open the pack­et?
At least 12 months from man­u­fac­ture. You will find a best-before date print­ed on the back of all our seed pack­ets. If you want to extend their life even fur­ther, store them in an air-tight con­tain­er in the refrig­er­a­tor.

 

Can I freeze Hemp Seeds?
Yes, the seeds are suit­able for freez­ing. In fact it will extend their shelf life well beyond the usu­al 12 months.

 

Do Hemp Seeds con­tain Iodine?
Yes, hemp seeds do con­tain nat­ur­al Iodine, approx­i­mate­ly 17mcg per serve; about 3 times as much as you would get from the same amount of navy beans or 6 times as much as you would get from the same amount of pota­to, both of which are sources of Iodine. The #1 source of Iodine is dried sea­weed. An equiv­a­lent amount of Wakame (Japan­ese word for Sea­weed) for exam­ple con­tains about 2000µg of Iodine.

The Nation­al Insti­tute of Health rec­om­mends dai­ly intake for Iodine to be 150mcg Iodine is not only impor­tant for prop­er Thy­roid func­tion it is believed to pre­vent your body from absorb­ing radioac­tive Iodine from nuclear con­t­a­m­i­na­tion such as the Fukushi­ma nuclear dis­as­ter in Japan.

 

Do I need to soak Hemp Seeds?
There is real­ly no need to soak hemp seeds, they are already soft and digestible — super easy to use.

 

Are your prod­ucts irra­di­at­ed?
No. Part of the process involves ensur­ing that our prod­ucts are NOT irra­di­at­ed at any time dur­ing trans­porta­tion, pro­cess­ing or at any oth­er time under any cir­cum­stance. You are get­ting the best hemp food prod­ucts pos­si­ble.

 

Are your prod­ucts ‘Raw’? What tem­per­a­tures are they exposed to?
All of our hemp seeds are har­vest­ed either by machine or by hand. Those har­vest­ed by machine are cut at the stalk and stripped of their seeds. No heat used there. They are then stored in bags and put on clean­ing machines which con­sist of vibra­to­ry screens and cool air blow­ing. Again, no heat there. We receive the clean seeds in bulk packs and from there the seeds are pressed into oil, Dehulled or milled into flour and then fur­ther into pro­tein.

  • Our hulling process is pure­ly mechan­i­cal and the tem­per­a­ture does not exceed 77 degrees Fahren­heit.
  • Our milling process uses a pro­pri­etary tech­nol­o­gy we devel­oped our­selves. It is air-cooled to ensure our pro­tein does not exceed 104 degrees Fahren­heit for more than a few sec­onds. The rest of the time the prod­uct is processed at 68 degrees Fahren­heit.
  • Our oil press is a true cold-press which reach­es no more than 113 degrees Fahren­heit for a few sec­onds before being rapid­ly cooled.

Dur­ing the entire process — from farm to pack­ag­ing and in between, all process­es are car­ried out in a tem­per­a­ture con­trolled envi­ron­ment — below 70 degrees Cel­sius for the pro­cess­ing room, and around 50 degrees Fahren­heit for stor­age and trans­port — until the prod­uct leaves for con­sumers or dis­trib­u­tors (dis­trib­u­tors receive our prod­uct in refrig­er­at­ed trans­port).

 

Are your prod­ucts high in sug­ar, fruc­tose or glu­cose?
Our Hemp Seeds, Oil and Pro­tein Pow­der all con­tain less than 1g of sug­ar (fruc­tose or glu­cose) per 100g. In oth­er words, less than 1%. Noth­ing is added — all nat­ur­al.

 

Can I / should I sprout Hemp Seeds?
Hemp is one of the only seeds that does not need sprout­ing to become enzy­mat­i­cal­ly active. Also, the seeds that we sell have had the germ sep­a­rat­ed from them so will not grow into a plant if you attempt to sprout them or plant them in the ground.

 

Do you ship your Hemp Oil refrig­er­at­ed?
No, cur­rent­ly we do not believe this (con­sid­er­ably high addi­tion­al expense that you would have to pay) is nec­es­sary and here’s why:
For 20 years we have worked with var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers and lab­o­ra­to­ries and the ques­tion of whether ship­ping oil unre­frig­er­at­ed dur­ing sum­mer results in dam­age to the oil has been put to the test. Here’s what we found; while it is true that heat, air and light all pose a chal­lenge to fresh­ness, when you restrict the oil’s expo­sure to air and light, it is much more tol­er­ant of mod­er­ate lev­els of heat for at least a few days and prob­a­bly longer.

Here’s some­thing else to con­sid­er — Hemp plants grow out­doors in the fresh air, exposed to heat and light from the sun — all at the same time. In sum­mer the seeds may spend day after day, week after week in tem­per­a­tures up to or even above 104 degrees and yet the oils stay fresh and vital. How so? It is because the seed coats and pods pro­tect the oil inside the seeds from com­ing into con­tact with air or light. Anoth­er rea­son is that Hemp oil con­tains a lot of Vit­a­min E which pre­vents oils from being oxi­dized. Under these con­di­tions of high Vit­a­min E with lit­tle to no air or light — the oils remain per­fect­ly fresh and vital, undam­aged by the sur­round­ing heat.

 

How we pro­tect your oil?
Unlike some seed press­es, we use a true cold-press­ing tech­nique, so the oil comes out cool, goes through our veg­an fil­tra­tion sys­tem (I bet you didn’t know many seed oils have been fil­tered with ani­mal parts) and then goes straight into dark glass bot­tles that are flushed with cold nitro­gen to expel all the oxy­gen as the bot­tle is sealed. It then goes into our cold room; no heat, no air, no light.

So up until the time you take it home and open the lid the oil has nev­er been exposed to heat while in the pres­ence of light or oxy­gen and has nev­er been exposed to high heat. Most of its time is spent in the absence of all three — heat, light and oxy­gen. What you hold in your hands is as fresh and vital as the oil con­tained inside a seed out in the field.

How do I see the direc­tions for use and nutri­tion­al con­tent of your prod­ucts?
On each indi­vid­ual prod­uct page there is a pic­ture of the nutri­tion­al label that will give the nutri­tion­al pro­file of that prod­uct accord­ing the rec­om­mend­ed serv­ing size.

 

How does Hemp Oil Com­pare to Fish Oil?
Please see the Omega 3 sec­tion of our web­site for a detailed com­par­i­son.

 

Is your Hemp Pro­tein Pow­der a pro­tein “iso­late”?
Strict­ly speak­ing a pro­tein ‘iso­late’ is some­thing that has been chem­i­cal­ly treat­ed to remove the car­bo­hy­drate con­tent thus “iso­lat­ing” the pro­tein com­po­nent. This is how Soy, Pea, Whey and Rice pro­tein is made. Whole Rice ordi­nar­i­ly con­tains a very small amount of pro­tein — about 2%. In order to get Rice “Pro­tein” which is around 80% pro­tein they use enzymes to sep­a­rate the car­bo­hy­drate from the pro­tein. The orig­i­nal inten­tion was not to pro­duce pro­tein but to pro­duce con­cen­trat­ed rice syrup which is basi­cal­ly 100% sug­ar. You see this sweet­en­er sold in health food shops and it is used in man­u­fac­tur­ing var­i­ous prod­ucts. The pro­tein is the left­over byprod­uct.

The prob­lem with that iso­late is that it is no longer a ‘whole food’ — food that has had nec­es­sary diges­tive com­po­nents removed is not nec­es­sar­i­ly good for you. It is dif­fi­cult for your body to digest and may even cause harm.

Nei­ther Rice, Soy, Pea or Whey pro­teins are whole foods — they are all true “iso­lates” that have had the pro­tein com­po­nent chem­i­cal­ly sep­a­rat­ed from the remain­der of the food. Hemp is dif­fer­ent. In 100g of hemp seeds you get approx­i­mate­ly:

  • 33g of pro­tein
  • 50g of oil
  • 5g of fiber
  • 1g of sug­ar

The remain­ing 11g con­sists of vit­a­mins, min­er­als and water. When you press a hemp seeds to oil it is no dif­fer­ent than tak­ing a grape and squeez­ing it between your fin­gers to remove the juice. The shriv­eled grape left in your fin­gers is still a whole food that con­tains the orig­i­nal vit­a­mins, min­er­als and enzymes nec­es­sary for diges­tion, only some of the water and sug­ar is now gone (drib­bling down your arm). If you were able to squeeze all 50g of oil out of the 100g of seeds, there would be 50g of dry seed “cake” remain­ing. That 50g of seed cake still con­tains the orig­i­nal 33g of pro­tein along with the orig­i­nal vit­a­mins, min­er­als and enzymes. 33g in 50g means the seed cake would be 66% pro­tein. There are cur­rent­ly no (nat­ur­al, non-chem­i­cal) seed press­es capa­ble of remov­ing 100% of the oil. After our seeds have had as much oil as pos­si­ble squeezed out of them the dry cake is sift­ed to sep­a­rate a small amount of fiber leav­ing only the fine pow­der — that pow­der is approx­i­mate­ly 50% pro­tein — with all the orig­i­nal vit­a­mins, min­er­als and enzymes still intact along with most of the fiber. It is a whole food that is easy to digest.

Com­pare that with the oth­er pro­tein pow­ders men­tioned above that con­tain no fiber, no enzymes, lit­tle if any vit­a­mins and are high in sodi­um — it is a recipe for water-reten­tion, bloat­ing and indi­ges­tion. Not to men­tion the aller­gies that those pro­tein sources are prone to with more than 90% of the world’s soy being genet­i­cal­ly mod­i­fied.

Our Hemp Seeds and Pro­tein Pow­der not only con­tain zero sodi­um, they are also a good source of potas­si­um which is impor­tant for a nor­mal water-bal­ance. You won't retain water, get bloat­ed or get indi­ges­tion and in thou­sands of years of hemp con­sump­tion, there have nev­er been any report­ed cas­es of peo­ple being aller­gic to Hemp.  That being said as more and more peo­ple con­sume hemp foods we'll have to wait and see if inci­dents of aller­gies or more com­mon­ly “intol­er­ance” to hemp foods arise giv­en the larg­er sub­set of con­sumers.

 

Where do your Hemp Seeds come from?
Our seeds may come from more than one source. Here’s why…
We grow hemp seeds here in Ken­tucky, and will use them first when­ev­er pos­si­ble. Our next stop is Cana­da where food grade hemp has been grown for over 20 years. We will always choose to buy hemp seeds from Ken­tucky and as reg­u­la­tions per­mit for addi­tion­al acreage and farm­ers become more pro­fi­cient in their cul­ti­va­tion tech­niques we won't have to look any fur­ther than our US bor­der.

Of course, our goal is to grow and process as much local­ly as pos­si­ble. We are always open to talk­ing with new farm­ers. If you grow hemp and want to sell them to us then please con­tact us here.

 

What dif­fer­en­ti­ates Hemp Flour from Hemp Pro­tein Pow­der?
When whole hemp seeds (includ­ing the shell) are first pressed to squeeze out the oil, the crushed seeds that remain are ground up into hemp flour. Some of the hemp flour is then ground more fine­ly and passed through fil­ters which sep­a­rate away some of the fiber. The result­ing pow­der is much fin­er and high­er in pro­tein con­tent. This is hemp pro­tein pow­der.

The hemp flour is used as a gluten free sub­sti­tute (often around 30%) for reg­u­lar wheat flour in bak­ing where­as the fine hemp pro­tein pow­der is what is used for mak­ing high pro­tein smooth­ies.

 

Are your prod­ucts 100% THC free?
All our prod­ucts con­tain less than 0.00% THC. Hemp Seeds may be regard­ed as “THC free” because if there is any THC present the lev­el is so small and so close to zero that it often falls below the lev­el that most sci­en­tif­ic instru­ments can detect.
What does this mean for you? No mat­ter how much you use, it will not result in a pos­i­tive test for THC. It is cer­tain­ly impos­si­ble to get ‘high’ from eat­ing Hemp Seed prod­ucts.

 

Does your Hemp Oil help relieve pain?
As is dis­cussed in anoth­er FAQ on this page, our Hemp Oil is made from Hemp Seeds, not hemp leaves or flow­ers there­fore con­tains lit­tle to no Cannabi­noids like CBD (Cannabid­i­ol) or THC (Tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol) which are known to be strong pain reliev­ers. Also, as we are not physi­cians so we can­not com­ment on the anti-inflam­ma­to­ry prop­er­ties of Omega 3, 6 and GLA present in high amounts in hemp seed oil. Please con­sult your physi­cian for advice.

 

How do Hemp Seeds get turned into oth­er prod­ucts?
When peo­ple say ‘Hemp Seeds’ what they should be refer­ring to is the whole hemp seed as it is found on the plant. On the plant the whole seed con­sists of a soft nut with germ (the part that sprouts into a new Hemp plant) and a crunchy out­er shell. After har­vest­ing from the plant the seeds are cleaned to remove any plant debris and are then de-hulled to remove the crunchy out­er shell and sep­a­rate the germ from the nut. The remain­ing soft gold­en nut is referred to as ‘hulled hemp seed’ or ‘de-hulled hemp seed’, ‘hemp nut’ or ‘hemp heart’. To pro­duce hemp oil, cleaned whole seeds under­go the cold-press­ing. What’s left after the oil is pressed out is a dry seed ‘cake’. This seed cake is ground into pow­der. Fur­ther care­ful pro­cess­ing of this pow­der yields hemp pro­tein pow­der.

 

Do Hemp Foods Con­tain Sal­i­cy­lates?
In trace amounts, yes.