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Interview: Tegan Scates – Founder of ‘High on Hemp’ and ‘MaMilk’

 

In all new and growing industries, having young voices championing and leading the charge is necessary to help both build industry credibility and help educate the masses – Tegan Scates is on such a mission. Founder of ‘High on Hemp’ and ‘MaMilk’, Tegan dedicates her time to helping spread word about the incredibly diverse cannabis plant and managing her various start-ups. In this interview we asked Tegan about her background, her views on the current hemp scene, and about her exciting start-ups. Enjoy!

Read below:

Please tell us a bit about yourself, who is Tegan Scates?

The Queen of all things green! Anyone who knows me would say I’m passionate about my work, I rarely clock off. Not only do I spend my days trying to find new ways to live more sustainability but I also love encouraging others to do the same. I love what I do but in my downtime I spend my days exploring documentaries, whipping up baked goods in the kitchen and unwinding with my loved ones.

How did you become involved in the hemp scene?

I was introduced to the industry by a hemp farmer. My prior lifestyle consisted of mass amounts of fast fashion, chemical-infused products and an overall lack of appreciate for the world in which we live in. Cannabis became a gateway for me to learn more about the bigger issue at hand – sustainability.

How would you describe the current hemp scene in Australia?

Growing faster, day by day. A year on since legalisation we are only know seeing truly innovative products hitting the shops for consumers to try. Hemp is not only being incorporated into the foods we eat but the homes we build, the clothes we wear and the beauty products we use. I’m incredibly excited to see what the future holds as more infrastructure is put in place for us to grow this industry in Australia.

You are the founder of ‘High on Hemp’, please tell us about this platform and your intentions for starting it?

High on Hemp’s main goal is to raise awareness of the cannabis plant and define ways in which it can be used in our daily lives. When we started most people associated hemp with tide died t-shirts and smoking objects, we wanted to bring class back into the industry by showcasing hemp products in their truest form. Nearly two years on from our launch the business has evolved into not only a brand advocacy platform but a full service marketing & advertising agency for the cannabis sector. We work directly with our client partners to execute marketing campaigns and to raise brand awareness.

“Hemp is not only being incorporated into the foods we eat but the homes we build, the clothes we wear and the beauty products we use. I’m incredibly excited to see what the future holds as more infrastructure is put in place for us to grow this industry in Australia.”

What are the most common misconceptions you find when explaining hemp to the everyday consumer?

I can easily say that the most common misconception is the benefits of hemp due to its closely associated cousin. To be honest we can’t blame people for that either. We are really only seeing a push in education now. We are still learning everyday about the power of cannabis and what it holds for not only us but for our environment. We are taking a step in the right direction with mass media covering the ins and outs of what is happening around the globe.

You have recently launched the amazing looking MaMilk, a hemp milk company. What are the benefits of hemp milk, and where do you see hemp milks niche in the dairy-free milk market?

Thank you so much. This project has been in the works for a long time and we are so excited to bring it to market. We wanted to make sure we had a solid supply chain and that consumers were ready for a product like this, timing is everything!

The alternative milk industry has been rapidly expanding in Australia over the past couple of years as more consumers are opting for plant-based lifestyles. Hemp milk contains calcium, protein, essential vitamins plus the added benefits of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids in the ideal 1:3 ratio. This milk is made for everyone and it comes with the same familiar wholesome feeling that we have become accustom too.

 

Where did the name ‘MaMilk’ arise from?

“Ma” means hemp in Chinese! Hemp has been instilled in their culture for thousands of years and we wanted to shine the light on that in our branding.

You are launching with two varieties of hemp-milk, do you intend to expand MaMilks range of milks/products in future?

We sure are, without giving too much away our next flavours will include almonds & coconut. They are just as delicious as they sound, trust me!

“We are still learning everyday about the power of cannabis and what it holds for not only us but for our environment.”

Where do you see the hemp industry heading in the next few years?

The possibilities are endless. The CBD market will be the next big wave. We are already working with products which use hemp extracted whole-plant cannabinoid formulations. We just need to remain patient and work with the legislation which is currently in place. We don’t need anything slowing us down!

Where can people find out more about your various projects?

I’m bursting at the seams to tell you more about some of the projects we are working on. Hint – We are currently designing the first cannabis related billboard in Australia (crazy!). Follow high on hemps journey at @highonhemp or www.highonhemp.com.au and MaMilk at @mamilkco.

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Hemp Banana Bread Recipe

 

by Tegan Scates of ‘High on Hemp’

Better Bolognese

There’s nothing like a warm slice of delicious banana bread to help warm the soul during the colder months. This Hemp Banana Bread recipe by High on Hemp founder Tegan Scates is super easy and sure to impress, give it a whirl!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of milk of your choice
  • 2 large mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup of Australia Primary hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • (optional) – Decorate with banana slices, drizzled honey and hemp seeds

Method

  1. PREHEAT your oven to 160° F fan-forced.
  2. COMBINE all ingredients into a mixing blow.
  3. MIX until combined.
  4. SPOON batter into a lined loaf tin.
  5. DECORATE with banana slice, honey and hemp seeds before placing in the oven.
  6. BAKE for 1 hour or until cooked through – test with a skewer first before removing from the oven.
  7. COOL completely before removing from the tin.
  8. SERVE alone or with coconut ice-cream.

High on Hemp

High on Hemp was established with one goal in mind, to educate and raise awareness of sustainability, and how hemp can change the way we live and the environment we live in. Founder Tegan Scates started her hemp journey in 2014, striving to use her diverse skill set to help play a key role in educating Australians on the burgeoning hemp industry. Please check out the High on Hemp Website, or High on Hemp Instagram page to learn more.

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Seeded loaf with Hemp Seeds

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder)
  • 1 tsp. fine grain sea salt (add ½ tsp. if using coarse salt)
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Method

    1. Mix all dry ingredients in a silicon loaf pan, stir well. Whisk maple syrup, oil and water together in a measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and the dough becomes thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough softens). Smooth out the top with the back of a spatula. Let the dough sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day/overnight. To make sure the dough is ready, it should retain its shape when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it.
    2. Preheat oven to 175C.
    3. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes. The bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing.
    4. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days (If you can make it last that long!). Freezes well too – slice before freezing for quick and easy toast!
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Hemp Seed Oil and its Incredible Skin Benefits

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is no one trick pony; it has rightly earned the title of “the most balanced seed oil”. Proclaimed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom, hemp seed oil provides a huge array of skin benefits with very little downside. Hemp seed oil has proven to be a great treatment for many pesky skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis, showing very little evidence of irritability for those with sensitive skin. In terms of natural skin care, hemp seed oils unique combination of healthy fats, antioxidants and antibacterial properties puts it in a league of its own.

 

THE HEAVYWEIGHT OF SEED OILS

Hemp seed oil is cold pressed from the seed of the hemp plant, a tall seedy and fibrous variety of Cannabis. The oil is dark to clear light green in colour due to the large amounts of chlorophyll found in the hemp plant. The plants used for the extractions are specifically cultivated to have near zero amounts of the psychoactive substances associated with Cannabis, specifically THC. Not to be confused with cannabis oil, hemp seed oil is perfectly legal across the globe and has been utilised in cosmetics for hundreds of years.

 

WHY YOUR SKIN LOVES HEMP SEED OIL

Optimum Essential Fatty Acids Ratio

Essential fatty acids are the building blocks of healthy cells, making them a vital part of any healthy aging regimen. Studies have determined a 3:1 ratio of omega 6 (linoleic acid) to omega 3 (alpha-linoleic acid) essential fatty acids (EFA) to be the optimum requirement for human health. No other single plant source contains the oils essential to life in such a perfect ratio for human health and vigour than hemp seed oil.

Western diets are commonly very unbalanced, displaying a ratio of around 10:1. This high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in our modern diet likely plays a role in the occurrence of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and rosacea. Increasing intake of omega-3 fatty acids have shown to decrease inflammation, and may help reduce the risk of pesky skin conditions by preventing hyperkeratinisation of sebaceous follicles (skin blockages).

The essential oils, linoleic (LA) and linolenic (LNA) acid are responsible for the luster in your skin, hair and eyes. LA and LNA are involved in transferring oxygen from the air in the lungs to every cell in the body.  In skin care, linoleic acid helps provide healing support, moisturising and anti-inflammatory support. It also helps keep the skin soft and supple, while allowing the skin to absorb other active ingredients such as antioxidants. The oil pressed from hemp seed contains 55-60% linoleic acid, and 18-25% linolenic acid, making it one of the best natural sources available.

 

Complete Amino Acid Profile

Hemp seed oil uniquely contains all of the 21 known amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein which play a crucial role in almost all biological processes. A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue are made up of amino acids. Amino acids carry out many important bodily functions including giving cells their structure and are essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue.

Naturally Antibacterial and Antifungal

The use of antioxidants in a skin care regimen is vital in both preventing and repairing age related damage, and helping protect the skin against the harmful action of free radicals. Hemp seed oil contains an adequate supply of antioxidants including Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene; two compounds that help maintain healthy skin. Regular application of hemp seed oil has proven to be beneficial as a natural moisturiser, as well as helpful for conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. A study carried out in Finland showed reduced itching and dryness when patients with atopic dermatitis applied hemp seed oil.

Comedogenic rating of 0!

The Comedogenic rating (CR) of an oil is a measure of how likely it is to block skin pores. A “Comedo” is an acne lesion – a hard blockage caused by excess sebum in a pore.

No two oils are the same; they are all composed differently which influences their likeliness to block pores. For those with sensitive skin prone to breaking out, it is important to try and steer clear of oils with high comedogenic ratings (4-5), these include oils such as coconut oil, flax seed oil and palm oil.

Hemp seed is one of the very few oils to have a CR of 0, yes zero. Simply put, hemp seed oil will not block your pores and is a very safe oil to try with your skin.

(Click here for an extensive list of oils and their comedogenic ratings)

Natural UV Protectant

Hemp seed oil has shown absorbance in the UV-B and UV-C ranges with an SPF rating of 6, demonstrating potential use as a low broad band spectrum UV protectant. Because the plant is capable of developing its own UVR protection (like other plants do), its extracts form a natural protection from the sun. Importantly, hemp seed oil helps deflect some of the UV rays without affecting the very important absorption of vitamin D, which is important as vitamin D plays a vital role in the human body.

Note: Although UV protection from the sun is important for the skin, hemp seed oil alone is not sufficient to eliminate skin damage caused from the harshness of the sun.

 

RECAP- THE LOW DOWN ON HEMP SEED OIL

  1. Ideal 3:1 ratio of omega 6 (linoleic acid) to omega 3 (alpha-linoleic acid) essential fatty acids for health and vigour.
  2. High content of Linoleic Acid (55-60%).
  3. Rich in Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  4. Naturally Antibacterial and Antifungal.
  5. Comedogenic rating of 0!
  6. Low broadband spectrum UV protectant (SPF 6).

 

Works Cited

 

  1. Chen, H. J. (2010). Analytical characterization of Hempseed (seed of Cannabis sativa L.) oil from eight regions in China. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 7(2), 117-129
  2. Callaway, J. (2004). Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview. Euphytica, 65-72.
  3. Theobald, J. L. (2006). The health effects of dietary unsaturated fatty acids. British Nutrition Foundation, 178-224.
  4. Rodrigues HG, V. M. (2012). Oral Administration of Oleic or Linoleic Acid Accelerates the Inflammatory Phase of Wound Healing. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 208-215.
  5. Da Porto C, D. D. (2015). Potential oil yield, fatty acid composition, and oxidation stability of the hempseed oil from four Cannabis sativa L. cultivars. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 1-10.
  6. S. Montserrat-de la Paz, F. M.-A.-G.-A. (2014). Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) Seed Oil: Analytical and Phytochemical Characterization of the Unsaponifiable Fraction. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 1105–1110.
  7. Callaway J, S. U. (2005). Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis. The Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 87-94.
  8. Jeong M, C. J. (2014). Hempseed oil induces reactive oxygen species- and C/EBP homologous protein-mediated apoptosis in MH7A human rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast-like synovial cells. Journal of Ethnopharmocology, 745-752.
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