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Hemp ice cream turns heads

Posted on January 24, 2005

Guelph, Ontario — Christina Anderman sheepishly admits she has been experimenting with hemp-based ice cream since 1997 — one year before the federal government made it legal once again for Canadian farmers to grow hemp. “I used seeds imported from Asia,” she said. “It got a lot easier in 1998 when Canadian farmers were allowed to grow hemp.”

Now Christina and husband Robbie buy directly from Ontario farmers, often stopping by to check on crops on their way to various trade shows to promote their Cool Hemp ice cream and other products.

The Andermans were among the more than 130 exhibitors at last weekend’s 24th annual Organic Agriculture Conference and Organic Expo at the University of Guelph, and were also among the busiest.

Christina Anderman acknowledged the idea of making ice cream from hemp naturally attracts a lot of attention, particularly among the predominantly young crowd that wandered about two floors of displays in the University Centre.

“Some people wonder whether you can get high from eating it, but of course you can’t.”

Commercially grown hemp does not contain THC, the chief intoxicant in marijuana.

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