Tea specialists Teabags T-Shop launched Hemp Iced Tea at Cabramatta and Canley Heights on Monday after the Australia Day weekend.
The tea was launched with five hemp iced-tea flavours – strawberry lime, watermelon, lychee, mango and cherry blossom.
Hemp was legalised as a food product in Australia in November. Don’t expect to get high. It is not a cannabis product.
The teas come in recyclable bottles.
“All products are brewed fresh, containing non-GMO, natural and organic ingredients and are vegan-friendly and gluten-free,” the company said.
“We started Hemp Iced Tea to address the growing need for a healthy alternative to mainstream beverages,” said founder and award-winning entrepreneur Le Ho.
“With the amazing health properties that hemp contains, consumers can enjoy all the benefits without sacrificing the flavour.”
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the legal, non-psychoactive compound found in hemp which has been proven to have health and medicinal benefits, Ho said.
“Hemp is increasingly being recognised for its incredible health properties, with high levels of omega-3 and omega-6, antioxidants, proteins, minerals and amino acids.
“Its beneficial qualities have been linked to anti-inflammation, anti-anxiety, anti-insomnia, pain management, decreased cholesterol, better cardiovascular health, weight management and other things.”
There are two Teabags T-Shop stores, on John Street at Cabramatta and also Canley Heights.
“Our passion for fresh, healthy and delicious beverages made Hemp Iced Tea a natural development,” Ho said.
“With Hemp Iced Tea, we aim to destigmatise hemp and introduce its plethora of health and medicinal benefits to the public. The best place to launch it was within the country's fastest growing economic hub – Western Sydney.”
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and councillor Dai Le were at the launch.
- 29/01/19: updated to reflect the publicist’s correction that this product is not “cannabis-infused” as originally described in the media release.