Specific Product FAQ
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the hemp foods and ingredients we produce here at Hemp Oil Canada.
• Does Hemp Oil Canada offer retail size products?
• What are the difference between hulled hemp seed, toasted hemp seed and sterilized hemp seed?
• Why can’t I buy raw whole seed?
• What is considered a raw ingredient?
• Are the hemp protein powders and flours heated/cooked?
• What is the difference between Certified Organic and Natural?
• What is the difference in how Natural and Certified Organic products are farmed?
• Why do you have both Natural and Certified Organic?
• What is the shelf life of Hemp Oil Canada products?
• Do I need to refrigerate Hemp Oil Canada products?
• Do Hemp Oil Canada’s products contain any known allergens?
• Does Hemp Oil Canada irradiate its products?
• Are Hemp Oil Canada’s products gluten free?
• Where do I find the amino acid profile for your hemp protein powders?
• Why is there a variance in green colour in hemp seed oil? Is an extreme colour a problem?
• Is hemp seed oil virgin or extra virgin?
• What is refined hemp seed oil? Why did Hemp Oil Canada discontinue refined hemp seed oil?
Specific Product Answers
Does Hemp Oil Canada offer retail size products?
No, our products are sold only to manufacturers, bulk wholesalers, distributors and businesses. We do not sell to the final consumer.
What are the difference between hulled hemp seed, toasted hemp seed and sterilized hemp seed?
Hulled hemp seeds – also known as hemp hearts and hemp nuts – are raw whole hemp seeds that have had the outer shell removed. Hulled hemp seed hearts have a higher overall percentage of protein and are much sweeter and nuttier in flavour than the whole hemp seed. No heat has been applied so hulled hemp is a raw food.
Toasted hemp seeds are whole seeds with the shell intact that are heated to create a crunchy, nutty flavoured toasted seed with the fibre intact.
Sterilized hemp seeds are also whole seeds with the shell intact that are more lightly heated and are softer than toasted hemp seeds.
Why can’t I buy raw whole seed?
As per Health Canada regulations, all hemp seeds sold must be non-viable. We do this in two ways either removing the shell or heating the whole seed.
What is considered a raw ingredient?
The definition of “Raw” varies depending on where you gather your information. In general, in order to be considered as a raw ingredient, the product cannot be heated to temperatures above 100°F – 117°F (38°C – 48°C).
Our hemp seed oil, hulled hemp seeds and hemp powders & flour are all considered raw products.
Are the hemp protein powders and flours heated/cooked?
During the process mechanical friction will naturally cause heat. The powders and flour will reach temperatures ranging from 28 to 38 °C.
What is the difference between Certified Organic and Natural?
Certified Organic denotes products made from seed that has been grown on certified organic land, and produced according to strict uniform standards that are verified by a government-designated organization. In North America, to receive organic certification farmland has to have been free from chemicals for a minimum of three years. For manufacturers, certification also includes inspections of processing facilities and detailed report keeping. Hemp Oil Canada’s organic products are certified by Pro-Cert and are in alignment with the USDA, EU, JAS (Japanese) specifications.
Natural denotes products that are grown using conventional farming techniques and have NOT been genetically modified. Hemp Oil Canada’s natural hemp products are pesticide and herbicide free.
What is the difference in how Natural and Certified Organic products are farmed?
Organic hemp foods are required to be certified organic by an accredited certifying body. Pro-Cert Canada Inc. organic certification prohibits the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, which includes herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Hemp Oil Canada’s organic products are certified by Pro-Cert and are in alignment with the USDA, EU, JAS (Japanese) specifications.
Organic food is defined as the product of a farming system, which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, genetically modified seed and livestock feed additives. Instead, the agricultural system relies on crop rotation, organically certified crop inputs like certified composted animal manure and biological pest control for optimum production.
Conventional producers can utilize the principle of both organic and conventional production systems to produce our Natural hemp products. Unlike certified organic production, conventional producers have greater choice and control in selecting the appropriate fertilizer source and application rates.
Why do you sell both Natural and Certified Organic?
As with most things, people like having a choice. Hemp Oil Canada proudly offers Natural and Certified Organic hemp food products in a variety of sizes to give you a choice.
What is the shelf life of Hemp Oil Canada products?
We guarantee our products to stay fresh for a shelf life of 14 months, unopened. Once opened, we recommend consuming the product within 3-6 months for optimal freshness and quality. However there is no reason to stop consuming the product if it still smells and tastes fresh. Our products have been known to taste and smell fresh for over 2 years when stored correctly.
The best way to store hemp food products is in a cool, dry, dark place. Heat, sunlight and humidity can cause rancidity and spoilage, so ideally the fridge or freezer is best. Our cold-pressed hemp seed oil is high in unsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids) which means that it is very easily oxidized and can go rancid if stored incorrectly. Once you notice any rancid smells, it is time to buy new product.
Do I need to refrigerate Hemp Oil Canada products?
For maximum freshness, opened hemp products and ingredients should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sun light.
For the final consumer, we recommend hemp oil to be refrigerated before and after opening to protect hemp’s precious omegas.
To extend the freshness of Hemp Oil Canada’s hemp protein powders, it is recommended to store products in the fridge once opened.
Do Hemp Oil Canada’s products contain any known allergens?
There are no known allergens found in hemp foods and Hemp Oil Canada’s products are made at a hemp-dedicated, allergen-free facility.
If your diet lacks in fibre, consuming toasted or protein powder may take your body a bit of time to get used to this increase in fibre.
Does Hemp Oil Canada irradiate its products?
No, none of Hemp Oil Canada’s products are irradiated. Food safety and quality is Hemp Oil Canada’s top priority. In our manufacturing we implement many tools, protocols, and tests to ensure safe and high quality products but irradiation is not one of them.
Hemp Oil Canada was the first hemp food processing facility in the world to obtain a third party FSSC 22000: GFSI accreditation for our Food Safety and Quality Program. In addition, our facility operates within a HACCP program under the GFSI accreditation.
Today we are accredited under the BRC Standard with a “AA” grade .
Are Hemp Oil Canada’s products gluten free?
Hemp seed is naturally gluten-free however cross-contamination can occur at the field level during handling, transportation and storage. Hemp Oil Canada conducts regular gluten testing on seed lots for quality assurance at a gluten content limit of <20ppm which is the acceptable threshold by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Canada for a gluten-free claim.
Where do I find the amino acid profile for your hemp protein powders?
Please reach out to your Ingredient Specialist or Customer Care Representative for more detailed specification information.
Why is there a variance in green colour in hemp seed oil? Is an extreme colour a problem?
Rest assured that a lighter or darker green colour is still characteristic of high quality oil.
Hemp seed oil is cold pressed and with this processing technique much of the chlorophyll from the raw hemp seed makes its way to the oil. High quality hemp seed oil can range in colour from light to dark green in colour depending on the seed itself. The maturity of the seeds at harvest can also lead to variation in the deepness of the green in the oil.
Is hemp seed oil virgin or extra virgin?
The term “virgin” is not commonly used in the hemp oil processing world, but in the olive oil processing world it is used to identify standard grades of olive oil. The standards are set forth by either the International Olive Council (IOC) or by the U.S. Standards for Grades of olive oil and olive-pomace oil set by the USDA.
The term virgin olive refers to oils obtained from the fruit of the olive tree solely by mechanical or other physical means under conditions, particularly thermal conditions, that do not lead to alterations in the oil, and which have not undergone any treatment other than washing, decantation, centrifugation and filtration.
Virgin olive oils are subdivided into extra virgin or virgin under the IOC standards as:
(i) Extra virgin olive oil: virgin olive oil which has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 0.8%
(ii) Virgin olive oil: virgin olive oil which has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 2%
(iii) Ordinary virgin olive oil: virgin olive oil which has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 3.3%
If we were to borrow the definition of virgin from the IOC and USDA, we could categorize hemp seed oil as virgin and extra-virgin as well. Hemp seed oil is cold-pressed by solely mechanical means, this ensures that it does not lead to alteration in the oil and has not undergone any treatment other than filtration. Our specification for hemp seed oil has a Free Fatty Acid (FFA) (expressed as oleic acid) of less than 2%, meeting the above “virgin” standard. The majority of our oils average at 0.2% FFA which would classify it as extra virgin.
What is refined hemp seed oil? Why did Hemp Oil Canada discontinue refined hemp seed oil?
Refined hemp seed oil has been bleached, deodorized and degummed and is not for human consumption. It is most commonly used in the cosmetic industry.
After extensive review of our products, we have noted that demand for fresh, green cosmetic ingredients such as our food-grade hemp seed oil has been increasing while the demand for refined hemp seed oil has been steadily decreasing. As a result, we have chosen to discontinue this product.