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Hemp Oil Truck Stop Helps Drive Specialized SA Industry

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Truck drivers are increasingly using hemp oil capsules to relieve the aches and pains of long trips, as the state’s cannabis market diversifies with the launch of new local products for humans and animals.

Omega-rich hemp oil capsules are among the most sought after products now manufactured by South Australia’s only major cannabis processor, Good Country Hemp in Bordertown.

The business owner, Mick Andersen, said hemp and seed oil are particularly useful in treating arthritis and joint problems, providing similar health benefits to fish oil.

Andersen said the work, which began in mid-2018, now has capsules stored in pharmacies “and also in places like truck stops” where drivers in pain after driving long hours look for them.

Hemp is now successfully grown throughout the state, and 25 cannabis cultivations and two processing licenses were issued after the first was granted by the Department of Industries and Primary Resources in 2018.

Andersen said sales are increasing as products are improved around the health benefits and garnered more appreciation from consumers, with new products regularly appearing online.

Andersen, who is a board member of the Australian Hemp Council, said his company sold hemp protein powder, omega-rich hemp seeds, and hemp oil capsules along with cold-pressed hemp oil that has proven popular in salad dressings, via online and retail sales. outlets.

Andersen got his start with his wife Linda and last year won the SA Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Award in the Emerging Business category.

Continuing to work on better use of hemp, Andersens has also created a range of pet food for dogs, horses, and chickens using by-products from their own processing facility.

Hemp supplements for horses, dog treats and Pure chicken rolled hemp seeds are among the new products being stocked In feed stores, pet food stores and supermarkets.

“Our market is definitely growing over time,” Andersen said.

“Four years ago, I didn’t know a single thing about cannabis, we worked on it over time and now it’s a full-time job and our engineering job is done.”

Nationally, the Cannabis Industry Council drives policies that increase productivity with a particular focus on increasing global competitiveness to ensure the long-term sustainability of a profitable industry.

In South Australia, the Primary Industries and Territories Department oversaw four rounds of industrial cultivation experiments designed to determine the best selection of crop varieties.

Research into use and attitudes toward hemp products was also explored by the Center for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide a few years ago.

It showed that the industry was struggling with consumers’ poor understanding of the industry and that few bought cannabis products.

Hemp Industry Council Chairman Tim Schmidt has been visiting states across the country to explore future opportunities, with the group’s latest news release saying that one of them currently being explored is a fiber processing facility in South Australia.

“By taking advantage of grain crop residues, the goal is to improve farmers’ returns as well as provide products to an emerging market in fiber and elements (part of the cannabis stem),” its latest news release said.

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