Saturday, January 10, 2009
HEMP GETS BUSTED IN NORWAY
Just in from Eric Pollitt at Global Hemp: a Norwegian customer was denied his stash of hemp food sent from the US. Why? No, it was not THC, but rather edestin, a plant protein found in the seed. What they deemed objectionable about this one can only guess. Edestin, which takes its name from the Greek word edestos, which means edible, comprises 65% of the protein found in hemp seed. It is a highly stable, globulin type of protein, with a molecular weight of 310,000. pH is 5.8 - 7.8. It is soluble in dilute salt solution (2-10%), and readily changed by heat. And illegal in Norway.