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Greek Health Crusader Is Arrested For Ordering Hemp Protein

Posted Jul 21 2008 10:16am

On Wednesday morning July 16th, Anna Korakaki went to her local post

office in Athens, Greece to pick up her latest health product order

from Navitas Naturals, a health food company based in the USA. Anna

had previously received shipments from Navitas which included raw

cacao from Ecuador, maca from Peru, goji berries from Tibet, and other

high-quality nutritious foods. Moments after accepting her package

Anna was immediately intercepted by 4 police officers, thrown on the

hood of a police car and brutally handcuffed. Police then ransacked

her apartment and after finding nothing suspicious or illegal, took

Anna to a police station for further interrogation. Anna was then

forced to spend the night in an Athens jail cell. The reason for Anna

Korakaki’s arrest was that she had received 4.5 kilos of hemp protein

(a ’super-food’ made from powdered hemp seeds). which she had ordered

for the express purpose of making healthy smoothies. The order had a

value of 57 Euros (US$89), and represented but one of hundreds of hemp

products available worldwide in health food stores, super-markets and

via the Internet.

Hemp comes from the plant of the botanical name Cannabis Sativa. The

difference between marijuana and hemp is the appearance and the

respective amounts of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Strains of

Cannabis Sativa that are approved for industrial hemp use (such as

rope and clothing) and hemp foods contain only minute amounts of this

psychoactive compound, whereas marijuana and hashish (’narcotics’)

contain high amounts of THC. Hemp seeds are considered by leading

researchers and medical doctors to be one of the most nutritious food

sources on the planet. Hemp seed contain 33 percent pure digestible

protein, and are rich in iron and vitamin E, as well as omega-3 and

omega-6 fatty acids.

Hemp products are commonly found in health-food stores and

supermarkets in the USA, Canada and Europe including Greece. Hemp is

sold as a whole seed, a powder, as nut butter, as oil and salad

dressings, and is sprouted for inclusion in healthy breads. Hemp is

also used to make organic breakfast cereals, and is increasingly

popular as a non-dairy milk (similar to rice, soy and almond milks),

and as a non-dairy ice cream. Hemp is the highest source of essential

fatty acids in the plant kingdom. Of the three million plus edible

plants that grow on Earth, no other single plant source can compare

with the nutritional value of hemp seeds. Both the complete protein

and the essential oils contained in hemp seeds are in ideal ratios for

human nutrition. Hemp protein contains all 21 known amino acids,

including the 8 essential amino acids that adult bodies are unable to

produce. It is rich in vitamin E, iron, and contains 33% protein. This

means that per serving, hemp contains more protein than meat, fish,

chicken and cheese.

Unfortunately, paranoia from the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ has

sometimes implicated non-psychoactive industrial hemp varieties of

cannabis with psychoactive marijuana varieties. The Greek court

system, for instance, finds it difficult to define the difference

between hemp food and marijuana. Tests of the Navitas Hemp Protein

Powder by chemists at Greek Customs claim to have located trace

particles of THC. According to Greek law this renders the hemp protein

Anna received as an equivalent to marijuana. This has lead to Anna

being charged with four criminal counts of drug possession. As a

result, Anna could face prison if the court system cannot be convinced

that the hemp food that she received is a valid, and universally

legal, form of nutrition. According to Oprah Winfrey-consultant and

best selling author Dr. Andrew Weil: “There is absolutely no health

concern about trace amounts of THC in hemp foods.”

It is well established that the seeds harvested from industrial hemp

Cannabis Sativa, such as are grown in Canada and throughout the EU can

contain low levels of THC. These levels are typically in the parts per

million (ppm). In the USA, hemp foods are legal to sell and there is

currently no legal limit on the THC content. In Canada and Europe

regulations limit the concentration of THC in hemp seed oil and other

food products to less than 10 parts per million.

The hemp protein that Anna Korakaki ordered is made from 100% ground

hemp seed, grown and processed in Canada by Hemp Oil Canada Inc. and

distributed by Navitas Naturals in the USA. In a statement from Hemp

Oil Canada Inc. its president Shawn Crew writes, “From the seed

harvested, we are regulated to produce products which must contain

less than 10 ppm (as the Canadian legal limit). According to the

official Health Canada testing protocol for THC, the limit of

detection is 4 ppm. So any analysis result falling under 4 ppm is

reported as none detected. We are pleased to report that not a single

analysis of our products has ever produced a result over 4 ppm and

therefore it is stated and reported as none detected.”  Because of

this fact and that the nutritional information listed for the product

declared no THC levels, Anna felt certain that hemp protein was legal

in Greece.

The day of Anna Korakaki’s arrest, her friends went to a local health

food store in Athens to purchase a loaf of sprouted hemp bread

(meaning that whole hemp seeds had been imported to Greece, then

sprouted and ground for baking). The bread was brought before the

judge to demonstrate that hemp foods are available in Greece, which

seemed to shock the judge, but made no difference to his thinking

towards Anna’s parole. Anna is now required to go to her local police

station once per month, identify her self and register by signature –

until such time as her decisive day in court –which, given the

typical speed with which Greek justice is served, could be as much as

two years away.

It stands to reason that even if someone were to eat an entire 4.5

kilos bag of hemp protein, they would not experience any effects, or

an altered state of consciousness, from the THC– perhaps just a

bloated stomach. Anna’s story is so amazing in its absurdity that all

the media in Greece are following it.

Anna Korakaki is the cofounder of Super Foods Greece, a company that

provides educational seminars and super-foods in Greece. She

introduced raw food nutrition and super-foods to the nation of Greece.

Anna travels the world educating people on nutrition and advising them

on nutritional cleansing and natural healing, specializing in deep

detoxification and cellular rejuvenation. She is a certified massage

therapist and certified yoga instructor.

PLEASE post this story in your home country–in any and all media, and

please send us the links or clippings.

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