When we tire of cooking up inaccurate, sensationalist headlines, some of us at The Echo like to nibble on Puremelt Chocolate Lounge vegan paleo cookies from their Stuart Street shop in Mullumbimby. As of today they are legally being produced with hemp oil instead of sunflower oil. Gradually, the heart-shaped cookies with the new ingredient will spread through their other stockists such as Santos, Pighouse Flicks, Green Coast Café in Ballina, the espresso bar in Ocean Shores and Pachamamas in Melbourne. Hemp foods, known for their high nutritional value but containing no THC, are finally legal for human consumption in Australia. Apparently, you don’t get high on them, not that we’d notice. And we’re not changing the headline.
Sarah and the heart-shaped cookies at Puremelt Chocolate
– photo by Cristina Sharratt