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@victoryhempfoods.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.