Hemp was made official as a food

Last Wednesday, November 29, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries published resolution 31/2023, published in the Official Gazette, which adds hemp as food to the Argentine Food Code (CAA). Specifically hemp seeds that now make up the category of "edible seeds."

This resolution establishes and authorizes the use of food products, characterizing hemp seeds as healthy, clean and well preserved, derived from many other cultivars of Cannabis Sativa L. together and that do not express more than 1% of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC)

This invaluable legislative advance is the achievement of an organized society dedicated to exploring and promoting the use of plants for the benefit and health of the entire nation. Essentially, this is a form of expansion and accession to Law 27669, which created the regulatory framework for the development of the medicinal hemp and industrial hemp industries (voted in 2022).

It is worth remembering that in Argentina there was a great time when hemp was used for productive traction, so using the benefits offered by this plant is not new. So, understanding that hemp seeds are recognized and considered as nutritional support is a very successful step.

Hemp as food in times of malnutrition

hemp as food

There are several reasons why it is important for people to view hemp as food as a beneficial option for the environment and society, rather than as a bad omen or a drug.

While Medicines Law No. 27.350 (promulgated in 2017) highlights the medicinal potential of cannabis flower resin (commonly known as “medicinal oil"), it is also important to pay attention to the benefits, benefits and culinary uses of the seeds.

To be precise, hemp seed, grain or seed was formerly called 'hemp' (hemps in plural) when they were used to produce and prepare various types of everyday food products. The high quality and quantity of proteins, fiber, omegas, essential amino acids, micro and macronutrients; added to the fact that it is free of gluten, allergens and cannabinoids (it lacks psychoactivity). All these aspects make this gastronomic alternative unique, irreplaceable and with great potential.

All these aspects make this culinary alternative of plant origin is unique and irreplaceable, with the potential and capacity to alleviate the terrible problems we face in the territory, such as malnutrition to achieve zero hunger - one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in the agenda of the General Assembly of the United Nations until 2030-

On the other hand, in addition to the industrialization of hemp, there is also a reevaluation of the economic sector by launching products on the market but improving quality and efficiency.

Success requires the intervention of different public/private sectors, different productive forces and pluralism in the principles of those who bet on the rebirth of hemp as food.

Publication of hemp as food recipe book

In this sense, we share a review of a book intended to enrich the discussion on the hemp diet:

Basic kitchen.
Easy to prepare.
A practical guide to popular and traditional recipes, but with special additions to prepare cannabis products.

The book includes an introduction, prologue and 10 educational recipes with menu tips/ingredients/procedures that are already part of the regional gastronomic culture. This is a version of traditional dishes with the addition of hemp seed products, such as flour, oil, protein and shelled seeds, which add protein and nutritional value.

The book is ready and available electronically.

Incorporating hemp into cooking has never been easier.

The cannabis sector has great expectations and enthusiasm that this fact be linked to the circular economy, regional ventures and family farming.


With information of: Cane Recipes