Monday, November 20, 2017

Bud best kept far from hemp: A tale of 2 green plants


Garry Meier, president of Hemp Production Services, says hemp differs dramatically from marijuana when it comes to production and handling methods.

Garry Meier says hemp and marijuana can’t co-exist efficiently in the same field

If you’re under the impression that marijuana and hemp are grown the same way, Garry Meier wants to put that notion to rest.
A recent report released by Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy about legalizing and regulating marijuana suggested Saskatchewan hemp farmers could help facilitate a successful marijuana industry if they choose to cross over. 
“Whoever wrote that report doesn’t have a clue about the difference between hemp for food production and cannabis for food production — which is hemp — and cannabis for the other uses, which we currently call marijuana,” said Meier, a long-time Saskatchewan hemp farmer and president of Hemp Production Services.
Medical marijuana and hempHemp plants, left, and marijuana plants may be of the same species, but the two are very different when it comes to cultivation, argues farmer Garry Meier. (CBC News)

The report states: “Saskatchewan currently has a strong industry in hemp production, which will facilitate the development of a thriving production industry for adult-usage cannabis.”
According to the government, there were 400 industrial hemp commercial licences in Saskatchewan in 2015, more than any other province.
Licensed Industrial hemp numbers
2015 numbers indicate Saskatchewan lead the country in licensed industrial hemp producers. (Government of Saskatchewan)

Green rivalry

While the report also recognized pot production licences and regulations are separate from hemp, Meier doesn’t agree with the notion of a farming transition.
“The same genus and species are as similar as popcorn … and sweet corn for cows,” he said, adding although the two may look the same in terms of genus and species, the way they are harvested and handled is completely different.
Industrial hemp has been used mainly in the food and fibre industry for the last 20 years, according to Meier. When you add in the THC element found in marijuana, it’s a whole different ball game.

“If you’re a marijuana grower you want to be as far as you can be from a hemp grower because the hemp load will contaminate your bud,” he said, explaining that to have both co-exist in the same field is biologically impossible.

Bay candidate says industrial hemp should replace plastics


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INDEPENDENT candidate for Hervey Bay Jannean Dean has a bold plan to phase out plastics and replace them with industrial hemp.
Ms Dean has called for support on a plastic litter reduction plan to "find solutions for single-use plastics" and to introduce a levy on waste going to landfill "to stop the 100,000s of tonnes of waste being dumped in Queensland from NSW".
She said big supermarket chains should be looking at alternatives to plastic bags.
"I believe we could replace everything plastic and create jobs, jobs and more jobs, and help clean up our waterways, flora and fauna," Ms Dean said. "Not to mention drastically reducing landfill waste, which again costs millions of taxpayer dollars."
Ms Dean also proposed replacing plastics with industrial hemp, saying it would help create better farming conditions.
"By 2050 there will be nine billion people in the world that need feeding, so replacing those nutrients lost in the soil, industrial hemp is the hero so nutritious crops can be constant," she said.
"Industrial hemp requires the same security as any other business."

The surprising health and environmental benefits of hemp

By Alessandra Felice

Humble hemp isn’t just for making rope, as Alessandra Felice discovers…

health benefits of hemp

Hemp is a beautiful and nutritious plant originating in China and Central Asia and spread to the Mediterranean and Europe. The Chinese used hemp for clothing and paper while Europeans were using it for food and textiles, so it has always had numerous purposes.
Hemp, or cannabis sativa, is not to be confused with the cannabis plants that serve as sources of the drug marijuana and the drug preparation hashish. Although all three products contain THC, a compound that produces psychoactive effects in humans, the variety of cannabis cultivated for hemp has only small amounts of it compared to the ones grown for the other end products.
Hemp seeds are found in the top of the plant and are made up of approximately 25% protein, 35% oil, 29% dietary fibre, along with a mix of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Shelled hemp seeds, also called hemp hearts, can be eaten raw and you’ll see them sprinkled on salads, porridge, yoghurts and chia puddings or blended in smoothies. The seeds and flowers are also used in organic body care and other nutraceuticals, while the fibres and stalks are used in clothing, paper, biofuel, plastics and construction materials.

Nutritious properties

Hemp is a plant full of nutritious properties that we can benefit from just by daily including these little seeds into our diet. Hemp seeds contain high levels of vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene and are a rich source of plant based protein, minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium and fibre. Plus hemp has been found to have an ideal ratio and balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with the reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, lowering blood pressure, protecting the nervous system from damage and contributing to lower systemic inflammation. Omega-6 fatty acids, that are usually considered pro-inflammatory, still have some beneficial functions, as they’re involved in skin and hair growth, bone health, brain function and metabolism.
One of the most well-known properties of hemp seeds is that they are a great source of plant based protein (2-3 tablespoon, provide about 11 grams) and they contain all the essential amino acids that aren’t produced in the body and need to be obtained from diet.
The surprising health and environmental benefits of hemp
Complete protein sources are quite rare among plants (another is quinoa), so it’s no wonder hemp protein powder is a top choice for plant proteins along with pea and rice.
Whole hemp seeds are also a good source of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre is a source of nutrients for the beneficial digestive bacteria and contribute to stabilise blood sugar levels, while insoluble fibre helps food and waste pass through the gut. Hemp hearts though contain little fibre, as it’s mainly present in the outer shell, so maybe include both shelled and unshelled in your daily eats.
These seeds are so versatile and you can use them in so many different ways. Unshelled ones are perfect to add to granolas, yoghurt or porridge for a bit of crunch. Shelled seeds are great to add to creamy dressings instead of nuts, to raw hummus dips or you can turn them into hemp seed butter to eat by the spoonful or dollop on your smoothie bowl. Mix in some cacao or carob powder, cinnamon, vanilla or lucuma powder to give a touch of sweetness and taste to your butter.
You could also use hemp protein in post workout smoothies or homemade protein bars and truffles, as well as mix hemp flour into baked goods like cookies and muffins.
Just like nuts such as almonds, you can use these seeds to make hemp milk. Simply blend 2-3 cups of water (depending how thick you want your milk) with 1 cup of shelled hemp seeds, add a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla and you have a super creamy plant milk. Use it for smoothies, hot drinks or to dip your favourite cookies in! If you prefer it sweeter, blend in a date or a touch of maple syrup and, just like hemp seed butter, you can add spices, cacao or other superfoods you love.
Hemp oil can be drizzled on salads, soups or blended into dressing to give a nutty taste to your dishes, and you’ll also find it in skincare products. It is considered to be the optimum requirement for healthy skin due to the fact that it contains all of the 21 known amino acids and offers the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of omega-6 linoleic to omega-3 alpha-linolenic essential fatty acids. In addition, hemp seed oil is also rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids like gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and oleic acid, which can help to reduce the symptoms of atopic dermatitis along with providing a good supply of antioxidants, nutrients such as vitamin E and beta-carotene, essential for skin structure and health.
The surprising health and environmental benefits of hemp

Medicinal usage

The omega 3s have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that contribute to the reduction in symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as acne or dermatitis and hemp oil is indicated to decrease skin dryness and alleviate itching and irritation.
You may have heard of medicinal uses of CBD hemp oil, which is derived from a natural botanical concentrate that is high in the compound cannabidiol, CBD. CBD is the second most common compound in hemp after THC, but it’s not psychoactive. Even though more research needs to be done on its effects, some studies report benefits in reducing stress and anxiety states and improving sleep in cases of insomnia. CBD oil may also reduce the inflammation that can make neurodegenerative symptoms worse and its effect on brain receptors may also help manage pain in conditions such as arthritis, muscle and chronic pain. Hopefully, more medical studies will come out to prove its beneficial uses for various ailments.
The surprising health and environmental benefits of hemp
Recent years have also seen a rise in hemp clothing and the use of hemp in the fashion industry. And there are quite a few good reasons why. Hemp is highly sustainable, as it grows well in a variety of soil conditions, making the use of fertilisers and pesticides unnecessary. Hemp production has minimal contribution to the greenhouse effect and it’s basically a carbon neutral product, because it naturally absorbs CO2 as it grows, balancing out any gasses released during fabric production.

In addition, the absence of chemicals and pesticides during its growth makes it a non-irritable fabric, ideal for wearing close to the skin. We’ll definitely see more of this amazing sustainable plant on the market, probably in places we wouldn’t expect it.

She grew a multimillion dollar beef brand. Can she do it for Kentucky hemp?

By Janet Patton

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Laura’s Hemp Chocolates products including dark chocolate wafers, dark chocolate bark and dark chocolate truffles. They are for sale in Kroger regionally and online at

Laura Freeman, who founded Laura’s Lean Beef, has a new mission: She’s saving the planet and Eastern Kentucky with hemp chocolate and moonshine.
That might sound like impossibly ambitious except Freeman has already succeeded in one hide-bound industry: she turned her small family cattle operation into a multimillion-dollar brand of antibiotic-free and hormone-free beef sold in supermarkets everywhere.
But when she started Laura’s Lean Beef in 1985, it was an anomaly in a sector dominated by factory farming.
Freeman sold her business in 2007-08, following a serious riding accident that required months of rehabilitation. She also sold her cow herd and moved to Martha’s Vineyard, which she thought would be paradise.
“I couldn’t stand it,” she said. “It was a bunch of pontificating people who think they are smarter than us.”
She had participated in the Donella Meadows fellowship program focused on sustainability. Afterward, fellows were to go back to their homes and work on climate change, she said. “Everybody else went back to California or Europe and I came back to Kentucky.”
Laura Ann Freeman has launched Laura’s Hemp Chocolates from her Mount Folly Farm in Winchester. Freeman has partnered with Ruth Hunt Candies to produce organic hemp chocolate with healthy ingredients.

She worked on turning her Mount Folly Farm into a carbon “sink” or absorber. Her daughter, Alice Johnson, had already succeeded in having the farm certified organic.
And Freeman began looking for ways to develop the regional economy. She started growing hemp and needed to figure out what to do with it locally.
She hit upon chocolate and began fiddling around with recipes.
“I had interns making it,” she said. “And we sold it at farmers markets.”
Eventually, she went to Larry Kezele at Ruth Hunt Candies in Mount Sterling.
“I said, let’s make some hemp chocolate,” she said. “And we came up with wafer, truffles and the bark.”
Now, Laura’s Hemp Chocolates has landed at Kroger. But that’s probably as far as they will go in terms of wholesale distribution, Freeman said. And she expects the chocolates to only be distributed regionally.
A tin of dark chocolate bark made with organic hemp seed and cranberries at Mount Folly Farm in Winchester.
“The attempt is to keep it very local,” she said. They will sell through Laura’s Mercantile online and at a store on the farm and in businesses in the area, “so we’re developing the local economy.”
Next she will turn her attention to the other things she’s been growing on the farm: heritage grains.
She’s already selling cornmeal ground by Weisenberger Mill.
This spring Freeman plans to start a distillery, Wildcat Willy’s, in a building she’s purchased in downtown Winchester.
“I trademarked ‘The Moonshine Trail,’” Freeman said. The idea is to grow heritage grains such as Bloody Butcher, Hickory King and Aztec Blue corn, plus wheat and rye on the farm, distill it into moonshine and eventually age it, too.
And she’ll offer tours of the farm and the distillery to promote agritourism.
“The idea is to get other distilleries involved, and I’m aiming east. My charge is to revive the Appalachian economy,” Freeman said. “There’s something to the revival of small agriculture … I’m looking at this for the rest of my life. This is where I’m going to spend my time and my resources.”
At her Laura’s Mercantile shop at the farm, Laura Freeman sells chocolates made with hemp grown at Mount Folly, plus other items such as cornmeal made from her heritage grains. Soon she plans to open a distillery in Winchester.
At her Laura’s Mercantile shop at the farm, Laura Freeman sells chocolates made with hemp grown at Mount Folly, plus other items such as cornmeal made from her heritage grains. Soon she plans to open a distillery in Winchester. Alex Slitz

Friday, November 17, 2017

These Three Kings of Cannabis are Going Into Business Together

By Ricardo Baca

It's being called ‘the largest global cannabis partnership to date.’

Two of legal marijuana’s largest corporations are joining forces with a legendary cannabis genetics outfit, creating an unprecedented joint venture that will sell some of pot’s most recognizable brands throughout Canada, eventually selling in international markets.

The deal’s individual players, who are among the industry’s most noteworthy, are calling the partnership “the largest global cannabis partnership to date.”

The players are Ontario-based Canopy Growth, considered the world’s largest cannabis company, with a market cap of $3.8 billion; Colorado-based Organa Brands, the U.S.’s most ubiquitous marijuana brand, thanks to its flagship OpenVape products; and Netherlands-based Green House along with its sister brand Strain Hunters, known for their influential genetics, popular consumption clubs, and globetrotting documentaries.

The collaboration will operate through Canopy Growth’s federally licensed Agripharm facility in Creemore, Ontario, with Canopy Growth issuing shares to Green House and Organa Brands in exchange for exclusive licenses in Canada for proprietary technology, genetics and intellectual property.

“These individual businesses each bring an interesting combination of experience, brands and entry points into the sector,” Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton told Joint Ventures this week. “It’s almost as if we’re making a rope with these different threads, and it feels like another industry first when you look at what we’re trying to do with this collaboration—since we’re bringing this level of expertise and experience and wrapping it all into a fully compliant, Health Canada-certified building.”

The deal also includes the exclusive distribution of all Organa Brands and Green House products via Canopy Growth’s national channels—and the opportunity for international growth, since Canada’s federally legal market can export cannabis products to countries that allow the importing of marijuana.

“These groups, we’re are all entering into a partnership to explore the world,” Peter Miller, Agripharm’s CEO who comes to this position through his work with Green House and Strain Hunters, said. “There’s an ambition to work together globally, similar to how we’re working together in Canada.”

Added Organa Brands co-founder Jeremy Heidel: “This is a true collaboration, providing an international home base for all three of us. To have a foundation in Canada and collaborate around the world in other federally regulated markets—with these three companies working together worldwide—is very much what we’re going for. And to have created this kind of reach overnight is just amazing.”

Organa Brands already sells its OpenVape, Bakked, Magic Buzz, and District Edibles products in eleven U.S. states and Jamaica, and Heidel confirmed that his team has been actively looking to expand to Germany, Switzerland and other European countries. This deal may very well expedite that process for Organa Brands.

“Canada is the largest federally legal adult-use market at the moment with upwards of 36 million people, but when you think about how much headroom there is, we’ve barely scratched the surface,” Heidel added. “Especially since we’ll be working together with Canopy Growth and Green House, the rest of the world is our oyster.”

While Canopy Growth and Organa Brands are among North America’s largest marijuana businesses, Green House and its notable founder Arjan Roskam are the industry veterans of the group.

The first Green House Coffee Shop opened in Amsterdam in 1985, and three other 420-friendly locations followed in the Dutch cas did a consumption-friendly Strain Hunters Club in Barcelona. Green House genetics, including world-famous strains White Widow and Super Lemon Haze, have won more than 40 Cannabis Cups, and the group’s plant-centered Strain Hunters documentaries have more than 150 million views.

“Our brands have been in the market for 32 years,” Billy Levy, managing partner at Green House Brands North America, said. “We believe brands will be an important part of how this industry grows. And once this opportunity came up to bring the Green House brand to the North American market, we knew we had something special.”

For consumers, the three-way deal will introduce some of marijuana’s biggest brands to Canadian stores. As the country’s marijuana market transitions from medical to recreational in the coming year, Agripharm will sell Green House strains and seeds, Strain Hunters-branded products, and cannabis concentrates and edibles made by Organa Brands.

That said, one of the hurdles facing the new joint venture is Canada’s current ban on concentrates and edibles. But Canopy Growth’s Linton is confident the country will start allowing the production and sale of extracts and edibles by late-2018 or 2019.

“There will be a bunch of pressure to allow that to happen and a bunch of valid reasons that it will happen,” Linton said, pointing toward consumer demand for such products and the Canadian government’s desire to manage the country’s black market. “I think there is enough demand from enough sources that we’re going to see it happen.”

In many ways, these entrepreneurs feel as if they were destined to ink this partnership. For Heidel, his first legal cannabis purchase was in a Green House Coffee Shop in Amsterdam in 2003, and he later bought one of Roskam’s “King of Cannabis” DVDs—something that blew his mind as a kid growing up in prohibitionist Georgia.

Linton has admired both Green House and Organa Brands from afar for years. But perhaps the most striking alignment centers on the Agripharm facility itself—which was originally built by Miller and Levy, who sold it to Mettrum Health Corp. and later left Mettrum to explore other opportunities—which ultimately lead to a friendship and then partnership with Green House, just as their old Mettrum facility was acquired by Canopy Growth, which is now opening up the Agripharm facility to its new partners, including Miller and Levy.

“We put the first shovels in the ground to form Mettrum Health,” said Miller. “So this has really come full circle for us.”

Building A Hemp House From Scratch


Hemp construction has become a popular trend in the cannabis industry and numerous hemp houses can be found in the UK, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Canada and some parts of the US. The materials commonly used are known as the Hempcrete, which have become one of the most popularly sought-after construction materials among the eco-friendly construction firms. They refer to them as the latest construction materials that are more sustainable for future generation.
Hemp is increasingly becoming a popular alternative for eco-friendly construction material, with numerous advantages including the exceptional moisture and temperature regulating elements, remarkably resistance to fire earthquake, and animal/insect infestations, soundproof, light, durable, easily recyclable, and environmentally friendly.
Hemp-plants are quick-growing and require few pesticides/fertilizers, hence making the process of creating construction materials to be simple and non-environmentally impacting. As many people start yearning for more options of owning a home, it’s not just about the sustainability factor but the desire to mingle with nature which many ready-built houses are not offering.
There are several factors one need to consider when building a hemp house:
  • The location (which will highly depend on the state laws, regulations, costs and availability of Hemp materials).
  • The budget (which covers the architectural fees, building materials, and the entire cost of construction).
  • Availability of Hemp and other construction materials (such as the Hemp-crete, timber, steel or concrete).
There are various construction companies or suppliers that specialize in Hemp houses, who should have almost all the materials you need for your house building or you can opt to mix the hempcrete materials yourself to cut down on the costs that may vary greatly depending on the availability and state laws.
As the cannabis industry continues to grow and hemp increases in popularity, the building costs are likely to reduce drastically and soon constructing hemp houses would become even more affordable in many countries worldwide. Hemp houses will turn our environment into a green and healthier one for everyone in the future.

Important Facts to Remember When Educating Someone on CBD Oil

By Spike Bowan

5 Important Facts to Remember When Educating Someone on CBD Oil

I am a huge advocate for the use of CBD Oil, if you haven't guessed, and I find that the following 5 items of information are the most pertinent when it comes to educating others in the benefits of CBD Oil use.

Firstly, it is important to remain calm when talking about CBD Oil. I have to admit, I sometimes get a little over zealous and can get carried away. Passionate, is the term my wife used i trying to pull back on the reins of a conversation we were having with a friend.
That being said, here are the 5 things to remember when it comes to helping educate others in regards to CBD Oil.
1- Correctly Define CBD Oil that is made from Industrial Hemp.
CBD Oil is not Marijuana. Legal CBD Oil, is made from the Industrial Hemp plant and contains little to no THC. Roughly around 0.03%. While both Hemp and Medical Cannabis come from a the Cannabis genus, they are two totally different things.
2- Hemp has a long history of importance in Human History.
There is significant archaeological evidence to show that hemp was a largely cultivated and valued commodity through out the ages. Not just for medicinal purposes, but also for textiles and trade. It's ability to be used to make rope, clothes, canvas for sales and tents, even to be made into paper has made hemp a very valuable resource throughout history. George Washington, 1st President of the United States, grew Industrial Hemp on his farm. There have even been findings of hemp in ancient Chinese tombs.
3- CBD Oil can Help Treat many different Ailments.
The anti-inflammatory properties, analgesic (pain management) and neuro-protective aspects of CBD Oil can help treat a myriad of ailments. Many advancements are being made with research in regards to what all it [CBD] can treat and the list is ever growing. Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Gout, Depression, PTSD, Fibro Myalgia, Arthritis, Acid Reflux, ADD/ADHD, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and much, much more.
4- CBD Oil is not a "Cure".
With countless thousands touting the praises of CBD Oil, it is not a cure by any means. What CBD Oil IS, is a non-addictive dietary suppliment that just happens to be very effective for many people. Anyone who claims that CBD Oil is the answer to all medical needs is either ill informed or trying to sell you something.
5- CBD Oil doesn't work for everyone.
There are those out there that would champion against CBD Oil and it's positive effects. It could be that they tried it and it didn't have the "miraculous effects" that everyone was singing about. It could just be that that persons body doesn't mesh with the CBD oil, regardless, I feel that these people are genuinely hurt because the CBD Oil didn't do what they expected it to. It happens. This points back to the beginning of the article when I said to remain calm when talking about CBD Oil. CBD Oil has become a bit of a tall tale in the past few months. Working "Miracles" and "Changing lives". I am sure that it has done amazing things for you, but it might not work so well for everyone. This is why it is important to have a clear and educated perspective when it comes to discussing CBD Oil.
With all that being said, it is important to also do your homework. Research, study, read our articles. It is a good starting off point and may help you, help someone else.
Stay Healthy!!!