Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Heavenly Helper Hemp for Hounds
By Dionne Payn
Source: HempLifestyleMagazine

Anndrea Hermann picks another round of the Coolest Hemp products.
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greener world.  


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Alternatives for getting omega 3

By Barbi Lazarus
Source: thestar.com

Re: Studies tout mind-food connection, March 24
As a fan of the You Docs, column, I was disappointed to see readers misled to think that one must consume fish in order to obtain sufficient amounts of omega 3 fatty acids.
The You Docs offered only supplement capsules as alternatives to fish. Yet, omega 3 fatty acids are abundant in flax seeds and oil, hemp seeds and oil, and walnuts. These alternative sources not only offer up ever-important omega fats, they also provide other nutrients such as fibre and protein, without the harmful effects of fish such as mercury and other toxins, or cruelty to animals.
It’d be great to see a follow up edition to this column providing readers with a more well-rounded explanation of plant-based food sources for healthy nutrition.
Barbi Lazarus, Toronto

The Garden Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Source: modernsalon.com

OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. 

Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. Ultra-saturated in color, Lip Tar contains an unprecedented amount of pigment. 

OCC Lip Tar is 100 percent Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and is also free of parabens and other harsh preservatives. 

Contains Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E.



Source: closetsdaily.com

Thermopal introduces Decor-Hanffaser decorative hemp fiberboard as a direct-coated melamine resin board. 
The hemp fiberboards use hemp fiber shives, which occur during the processing of a hemp plant and make the core material lighter than standard boards, says the company. 
Hemp matures in just 100 days and every kg of hemp absorbs up to 4 kg CO2 from the air, according to the company. One cubic meter of hemp fiber board weighs approximately 480 kg. 
Thermopal lightweight boards made of hemp shives are tool-friendly, can safely be screwed anywhere on the surface, and process as easily as chipboard using the same fittings used on traditional wood materials. 
The sustainable lightweight board is available in over 300 decors and various textures in 2600 x 2020 mm and 3200 x 2050 mm, and in the thicknesses of 19 mm and 20.6 mm. 
High Seas Trading Co., HighSeas.com, is the North American distributor for Thermopal.

(321) 784-9155.    Thermopal.com.

House of hemp? Pushing cannabis as a construction material

by Jeffrey Head
Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com
Hempcrete house Push Design

Woody Harrelson championed the environmental benefits of hemp. Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein incorporated it into their collections. Now a company promoting hemp as the eco-building material of the moment said it wants to build California's first hemp house.
Knapp's Castle siteHemp Technologies said it wants to use hemp-based materials to construct a 500-square-foot structure at the ruins of Knapp's Castle near Santa Barbara. The castle, completed in 1920, was built for Union Carbide founder George Owen Knapp but destroyed by wildfire in 1940. Since then, all that has remained on the property are the sandstone blocks outlining the once-grand estate.
The principal material for the project is Hempcrete, made of the woody internal stem of the Cannabis sativa plant, which is processed into chips and mixed with a lime-based binder. That concoction is then sprayed on, poured into slabs or formed into blocks like concrete to create the shell of a building. Interior surfaces are plastered, and exterior surfaces are stuccoed.
“The walls are to be framed and earthquake-braced internally with lumber,” said Greg Flavall, Hemp Technologies' co-founder, who added that “hemp is very close in cellulosic value to wood.” The material helps to keep structures warm in winter and cool in summer, he said.
Other advantages, advocates have said, beyond the fact that the plant can be grown with little water and few pesticides: Hemp is resistant to fire damage and termites. Although air does not pass through the walls, moisture naturally dries out, and mold or dry rot are not problems. David Madera, who co-founded Asheville, N.C.-based Hemp Technologies with Flavall, credited the walls' lime content, which needs carbon dioxide to harden.
The lime will pull carbon dioxide from the environment after the home is built “because the lime wants to go back to being a rock,” Madera said. “That means the wall is going to get harder and harder over time.”
Flavall said the Knapp's Castle structure “will lock in about 12 tons of carbon dioxide that would otherwise have escaped into the atmosphere when the hemp cellulose decays in the field.”
That is, if the structure is completed. A Santa Barbara County official said a project has been submitted for planning approval but still needs to pass most stages of the permitting process. A house, outbuilding or any other structure would have to be deemed appropriate for the site, and any unconventional materials would have to be declared safe.
Madera, who declined to disclose the identity of his firm's California client, said Hemp Technologies has consulted on three Hempcrete houses in North Carolina, where the material was treated as an alternative form of insulation.
Although hemp contains only trace elements of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, hemp is still derived from a cannabis plant. State and federal laws do not make a distinction between varieties of cannabis used for clothing or building materials and varieties used for more psychoactive purposes, so producing hemp is prohibited. Importing hemp, however, is legal, and various companies are pushing forward with hemp building products too.
CannabricHemp Traders in L.A. distributes Hemp Board, a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) made from the same woody material that goes into Hempcrete. Hemp Board President Lawrence Serbin said his MDF is a sustainable alternative for doors, cabinets and shelves.
Spanish architect Monika Brümmer has developedCannabric and Cannapanel, which, as the names suggest, are cannabis-based building blocks and wall panels. She has completed several residential projects in her country, where the products met construction standards.
-- Jeffrey Head
Hempcrete house 2 Push Design
One of three Hempcrete houses in North Carolina designed by Push Design with Hemp Technologies providing hemp materials and serving as consultants.
Photos, from top: Another Hempcrete house in North Carolina. Credit: Push Design. The site of Knapp's Castle in Santa Barbara County. Credit: Pfly / Wikipedia Commons

New safety approval provides more markets for hemp products

By Angela Brown

Alphonsus Utioh, product development manager, right, and product development consultants, 
Dagmara Head, left, and Janice Meseyton, centre, show some items made with hemp 
at the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie ...Staff photo by Angela Brown

Hemp Oil Canada Inc., which is based in Manitoba, announced this week that it is the first in the world to gain international food safety accreditation for hemp food.

"This is good news for Hemp Oil Canada and the hemp industry as a whole," said Alphonsus Utioh, product development manager with Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie, "because it would allow this company to be able to access more markets for companies that require hemp suppliers with this accreditation."

The FDC makes a number of hemp products itself and encourages the promotion for the hemp industry.

"The Food Development Centre has worked with the hemp industry for quite some time now," said Utioh. "We have worked with the industry to produce the various products."

The Food Development Centre is currently using hemp product in the development of muesli cereal mix, which will be coming out into the market sometime in the future.

As well, the FDC has been using hemp for the development of its nutrition bars.

"Hemp is known for its Omega-3 and Omega-6 — for the Essential Fatty Acids," said Utioh. "The hemp protein also has high digestibility value." Utioh explained with Hemp Oil Canada receiving International food safety accreditation it will encourage more companies to develop product with hemp. "The accreditation is to recognize food safety worldwide," he said. "It allows this company to access a world market using this accreditation."

While many companies already use hemp for products they develop, with Hemp Oil Canada receiving the accreditation it will mean there will be more opportunities for food developers to market their hemp food product to international markets.
"It is a recognized food-safety world-wide," said Utioh. "So it allows this company to access a world market using this accreditation. This is another benefit to Hemp Oil Canada, in the sense that they have this accreditation and it ensures their commitment to provide safe and high quality hemp food products."

Workers at 10 LA medical marijuana dispensaries unionize

By Shirley Jahad
Source: scpr.org

Union members Iila Tiare Alii, Delphine Pregnon, Aryn Adams and Adam Daniels 
stand with the new logo for the Medical Cannabis and Hemp Workers division of the UFCW.

Some local medical marijuana workers are unionizing. The head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor says the union may help cut through the legal smoke surrounding the dispensaries.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has created a new unit called the Cannabis and Hemp Workers division. Workers at 10 medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. have joined.
Rick Icaza, who heads the LA County Federation of Labor, says the union label provides a certain validity.
"We want consumers to understand they can go to legitimate operations and safely have access to what they need," Icaza says. "We’re going to negotiate good health and welfare and hopefully a pension, and make it a profession rather than thinking people are getting crack from some crack house."

The whole issue of medical marijuana has been in a thicket of legal weeds. Federal law bans the dispensaries. A voter-approved state law allows them.
Locally, the L.A. City Council has spent years grappling to regulate and zone the shops. Now the city attorney is moving to ban the shops entirely, while allowing patients to grow their own at home. In the meantime, advocates say, in actuality, more than a thousand dispensaries are up and running.

Medical marijuana producer is state Senate candidate

By Milan Simonich
Source: alamogordonews.com

SANTA FE -- The state Department of Health keeps secret the names of the 25 providers it has licensed to sell medical marijuana, but one of them has put himself smack in the public eye.
He is Charles "Blacke" Rountree, owner of the marijuana company GrassRoots Rx. In addition to being a provider of medical marijuana, he is a candidate for the New Mexico State Senate.
Rountree, 53, does not mention his marijuana business on his campaign website. But he writes in detail about his support for a bill that would make it legal to grow Santhica and other hemp varieties that are free of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
"The parachute that saved George Bush Senior's life in World War II was made with hemp. The land in New Mexico will support hemp farming. Every part of the hemp plant has a useful purpose, such as nutritional products, food, insulation, textiles and bio-fuel," Rountree wrote on his campaign site.
A hemp bill that Rountree favored died this year in a committee of the House of Representatives.
Rountree, a Democrat, is running in Senate District 4, which includes parts of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan counties.
He has two opponents in the June primary election. They are the incumbent, Democratic Sen. George Munoz, and Genevieve Jackson. Jackson is a McKinley County commissioner; Munoz is a contractor from Gallup.
Of himself, Rountree says: "I am not a politician nor am I politically correct."
But Rountree, of Pinehill in Cibola County, has a wide-ranging campaign platform.
He wants to pay teachers more and create programs to improve health care and job opportunities for returning military veterans. He pledges to be an advocate for human rights and an opponent of illegal immigration.
New Mexico is one of three states that issues driver's licenses or driving privilege cards to illegal immigrants.
Munoz, like all but one of the 28 Democrats in the state Senate, voted this year to maintain but tighten the licensing law to eliminate fraud. A bill to repeal the driver's license law failed in the Senate.
Rountree lived previously in Illinois. An electronic check of court records showed that he filed three times for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in the Northern District of Illinois. The filings were between 2000 and 2002.
In a Cibola County court last year, he filed to legally change his name from Charles Edward Rountree to Charles Blacke Rountree.
His listing on a website for businesspeople identifies him as Blacke Rountree and describes his occupation as alternative medicine. But for his candidate filing this week, he listed himself as Charles E. Rountree.
Paul Livingston is an attorney who represents people trying to obtain medical marijuana licenses in New Mexico. Livingston knows Rountree, and says he was not eager to be identified as a marijuana provider who also is a candidate for state office.
Rountree, reached by phone this week, said he did not have time to talk at the time. Further attempts to interview him were not successful, each person missing the other with more phone calls.
A spokesman for the state Department of Health said state regulations protect the identity of all 25 providers in the medical marijuana program. The department declined to furnish a list of the licensed suppliers or confirm who was on it.
Nobody except the 4,310 patients cleared to use marijuana to help control pain need know who the suppliers are, the department spokesman said.

Farmers push hemp

Source: themercury.com.au

TASMANIAN farmers' push for action on industrial hemp production has won support from all three parties in State Parliament.
Opposition spokesman for primary industries, Jeremy Rockliff, has joined with State Government colleagues to set out a pathway for farmers to open up opportunities for industrial hemp.
The move has tripartite support, with the Greens, Labor and Liberals keen to reform and encourage the industrial hemp industry.
Mr Rockliff said there was strong demand for renewable and recyclable fibre products.
"Today, industrial hemp is cultivated in Canada," he said. "It is a versatile product and has hundreds of current applications."
Mr Rockliff said he wanted quick action on reforms. He said the House of Assembly's Environment, Resources and Development Standing Committee now had terms of reference to investigate industrial hemp. The committee will advertise for submissions.
"The move with the committee is to stop excuses, look at the hurdles and reasons why the state can't progress the industry," Mr Rockliff said.
"We want to take industrial hemp from a fledgling industry to a broader industry to create options.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hemp Oil Canada Inc. first in world to achieve international food safety accreditation for hemp foods

by mySteinbach.ca
Source: mysteinbach.ca

Hemp Oil Canada Inc. (HOCI) is the first hemp food processing facility in the world to achieve Food Safety System Certification 22000 accreditation for its food safety and quality program.
“Attaining this accreditation further demonstrates our company’s commitment to provide safe and the highest-quality hemp food products and ingredients to the mainstream,” says Shaun Crew, President of HOCI.
FSSC 22000:2011 is a globally recognized food safety and quality standard under the Global Food Safety Initiative.
“This achievement required a strong commitment from everyone at Hemp Oil Canada for the company to attain accreditation under the Global Food Safety Initiative,” says Victor Lu, HOCI Food Safety Program Manager.
“Food safety and quality has always been our priority. To become a FSSC 22000:2011 certified facility was the next logical step,” says Sacha Roth-Masson, Food Quality Program Manager.
This third-party accreditation encompasses good manufacturing processes (GMPs), hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) systems and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, signifying that the manufacturing process meets globally recognized food safety and quality assurance standards.
“I want to congratulate Hemp Oil Canada Inc. for achieving this internationally recognized food safety accreditation,” said Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade for Manitoba. “They have worked hard with Manitoba Trade and Investment to increase their sales around the world, and I’m confident this new designation will make a difference.”
HOCI is Canada’s largest bulk wholesale supplier and private label co-packer of hemp food products and ingredients. Hemp Oil Canada is committed to providing the “Perfectly Balanced Goodness” of hemp.
“Manitoba food processors, like Hemp Oil Canada Inc., are leaders when it comes to food safety and quality,” said Ron Kostyshyn, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives. “The accreditation will help bring this innovative Manitoba product to even more markets.”
For more information on HOCI hemp food products and ingredients, call 1-800-BUY-HEMP or emailinfo@hempoilcan.com.

Housing on a new, green high

By Simon Johanson
Source: smh.com.au

TWO eco-friendly houses are rising from the ground in suburban Melbourne built from a plant normally associated with 1960s hippie heaven: hemp.

In an Australian-mainland first, the walls of the semi-detached homes in trendy inner-city Northcote will be made from the cannabis-based building product Hempcrete, pioneered by a Queensland company for its carbon-neutral properties.
The eight-star green rated homes are the inspiration of two medical practitioners, a father and daughter team who will live side by side with their three generations in the one construction.

Along with the hemp walls, the architect-designed homes will have a solid rammed-earth dividing wall, double-glazed windows, underground water tanks and grey-water recycling, as well as solar panels for electricity, hot water and hydronic heating.

Michelle Leadston and her father, Bill, bought the large block in Northcote three years ago intent on building two sustainable homes for their families to live in.

''I've always said I'm going to look after my parents when they get old,'' she said. ''This was the most convenient option. The babysitter's next door. And it's not too close. There's a big wall in between.''

Both families wanted to share a common backyard and other design features such as lower, child-friendly windows and intimate, internal courtyards, said Dorit Przyborowski of Steffen Welsch Architects.

The internal walls will be lined with magnesium oxide boards instead of plaster.

The generational differences were also evident in the design. Michelle put more emphasis on child-friendly spaces, Bill on the living and dining areas, Ms Przyborowski said. If land was subdivided in future, both houses can be independent, she said.

Hemp from local farms will be delivered to the building site in shredded form, mixed with lime and compacted in formwork to make the exterior walls, using techniques similar to rammed earth construction. 'This is one of the first in Australia,'' the home's builder, Stuart Dunne, said. ''People have done bits and pieces but this is probably one of the largest projects to date.''

A drawback of using hemp was that it was labour intensive and therefore costly, he said. 

Sustainable architecture is not new to Bill Leadston. He built his present home in North Balwyn 30 years ago with north-facing orientation, slab heating and solar hot water.

Despite its obvious green benefits, Darebin Council opposed the new building's design forcing an appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Dr Leadston said.

''They virtually said, 'If you want it, you've got to go to VCAT','' he said.

Construction of both homes will cost $1.6 million and is expected to finish in November.

US could use hemp as sustainable resource

by Ethan Gaebel
Source: collegiatetimes.com

The petroleum industry is booming. The world thrives on plastic and is powered by gas. But oil is a finite resource — America will run out of it and will need to have something to replace it with before it is depleted. The country needs oil for more than powering cars. Petroleum is essential to creating plastic items, such as computer keys and plastic outlet covers. And there is a renewable way for the country to get all of the plastic society demands — while cleaning the air petroleum has dirtied with hemp.    

Hemp is a species of cannabis that does not contain any of the psychoactive chemicals that illicit species of cannabis contain, but its production was made illegal at the same time as marijuana.

But how is cannabis going to replace petroleum? It can be processed to make plastics. The Canadian company Motive Industries is testing a car that has a body made out of a bio-composite plastic made mostly from hemp. The car should be available for sale near the end of this year. 

Motive’s president even addressed the fact that the company is getting a leg up on America by telling the CBC, “it’s illegal to grow it in the United States, so it actually gives Canada a bit of a market advantage,” which is very true. While the Canadians get to perfect this bio-composite that can be grown in massive amounts, American engineers are left to work with petroleum plastic, which will eventually no longer be available. 

The best part about hemp plastic is, unlike petroleum, its bio-composite materials are biodegradable. BMW has is taking advantage of this by trying to find a way to make more recyclable cars using hemp plastic. In 2006, researchers found that 11.7 percent of total waste is plastic, meaning more than 10 percent of garbage in the world will never decompose. Sure, people can collect bottles and recycle them into benches, pretending they are solving the problem. But they can also just use hemp to make plastic and let the Earth recycle it.

Almost anything that can be made out of cotton or wood can be made out of hemp. A study done in conjunction with Washington State University found that hemp can be used to replace dry wall and wood paneling. These replacements were also found to have excellent thermal and sound insulating properties, as well as superior strength and flexibility versus their wooden counterparts.

It was even found that hemp could be used for support beams. Hemp-infused houses are simply superior structures. The price of materials would even be lower because one acre of hemp produces an amount of pulp (which is used to turn into pressed boards, particle boards and concrete construction materials) equal to the amount of pulp produced by 4.1 acres of trees. Paper can also be more efficiently produced by taking advantage of the vastly superior amount of pulp produced by hemp.

But alas, hemp is still illegal, and the U.S. cannot take advantage of all of these properties without paying a pretty penny to import hemp from Canada, China, England, France or one of the many other reasonable countries that have not outlawed a plant without psychoactive properties. In fact, the U.S. imports more hemp than any other country. So why is hemp illegal in the first place?

The U.S. government did not distinguish between the species of the cannabis plant — rather, it lumped hemp in with the psychoactive species of cannabis and made both illegal with one fell swoop. However, there are many who argue that the criminalization of marijuana was actually spurred on because of the hemp industry. This is based on the fact that several of the big pushers of The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 had large financial interests in the success of competitors of hemp, the timber and nylon industries in particular. Society may never know exactly why it was made illegal, but that does not mean legislation cannot be reversed.

The country’s success, back in time, was written in hemp. In 1773 and 1776, there were also hemp laws drafted in the colonies (by the colonies, not Britain). The difference between those laws and 20th century laws is that these were “must grow” laws stipulated all farmers must grow hemp because it was such a necessary commodity.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp farmers, and Ben Franklin founded the first paper mill in America, which used only hemp. So it is pretty easy to see why the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper.

Hemp has been found to have more than 25,000 applications — it is a plant of all trades. America has the ability to alleviate its dependence on environmentally detrimental oil sources and move toward a cleaner future with hemp.

It is time the nation stopped handing its money to greedy oil barons and started offering money to American farmers growing a clean crop that will benefit people in every industry. The engineers of this country deserve to have access to this diverse resource for the creations of tomorrow. Keeping hemp illegal is just slowing down progress.

H&M’s New Eco-Friendly Collection Is Already A Hit

by Danica Daniel 

H&M’s New Eco-Friendly Collection Is Already A Hit With Amanda Seyfried, Viola Davis, & Other Celebrities

Fashion with a conscience! Who knew? Apparently, H&M—and the Swedish retailer is ready to change the way you think about fashion.
Behold H&M’s exclusive 2012 Conscious Collection! Made from hemp, recycled polyester, and organic cotton, the collection proves you can boast a good fashion sense as well as a sense of responsibility to the planet. According to H&M’s website, “the collection showcases the diversity of what is now possible in greener fashion, with outfits in different styles reflecting the variety of today’s red carpet fashion.”
The Conscious Collection has already been a favorite of Hollywood’s hottest fashionistas on the red carpet. Amanda Seyfried wore the “blue tuxedo blazer and shorts” at a London film premiere of In Time, Oscar nominee Viola Davis was seen in the hot-pink sleeveless top and skirt at the Santa Barbara film festival, and Sex and the City alum Kristin Davis rocked the “apple green embroidered dress” to aVanity Fair event. My Week with Marilyn’s Michelle Williams strutted her stuff in an H&M custom-made “gold-draped organic cotton bodice with a satin-backed crepe trumpet skirt” at this year’s BAFTAs in London. “A top and skirt inspired by Michelle’s exclusive gown will be available in selected H&M stores” when the Exclusive Conscious collection is launched online only starting April 12th.

New Hampshire House OKs hemp farming

Source: boston.com

CONCORD, N.H.—The New Hampshire House is giving the nod to hemp farmers after passing a bill to protect industrial hemp from being tagged as an illicit drug.

The bill, which passed the House Wednesday without debate, would forbid industrial hemp, a botanical cousin to marijuana, from being listed as a controlled substance. It would only go into effect after the Drug Enforcement Agency certifies that at least two other New England states have adopted such legislation.

Supporters say hemp was once an important crop in the United States, but has not been grown in New Hampshire for decades. They say the plant has low levels of THC, a principal chemical in cannabis, than marijuana and can be used for a variety of non-illicit products.