Thursday, March 30, 2017

Would You Build Your House from Hemp?

By Patrick Byrne

The hemp plant’s versatility is underappreciated even by many who enjoy its many beneficial uses. For example, did you know you can construct buildings from hempcrete, a mix of hemp cores and lime?

Hemp cores bind well with lime, a property unique among all natural fibers. The resulting composite is a lightweight material weighing about one seventh the weight of concrete. Because its density is so low, hempcrete alone can’t be used as a structural element, only as insulating infill. Wood framing is most commonly used to support vertical loads for buildings insulated with hempcrete, and some hempcrete buildings in Europe rise to ten stories.

Hempcrete us an unusually environmentally friendly building material. The hemp byproduct needed for one square meter of hempcrete absorbs approximately 165kg of carbon. In addition, leftover hempcrete from a building site can simply be tilled into the soil. It’s also less brittle than concrete, and as a result hempcrete buildings can be constructed without expansion joints, making hempcrete buildings easier to design and construct.

Hempcrete is an ancient technology, and its earliest known application dates to a 6th century bridge abutment in France. As more American states are re-legalizing industrial hemp production, we bet it won’t be long until hempcrete buildings become widespread again. Especially combined with advances in 3D-printing technology that can build houses in 24 hours for around $10,000, hemp’s potential as a construction material is enormous.

With the right policies and politicians, America could solve its affordable housing problem with the hemp plant. Supporting hemp businesses is one step you can take to accelerate a future where this versatile crop can be used to its full benefit. So visit our online store today!

Industrial hemp farm coming to Douglas County

By Amy Alonzo

Positively Green Organics LLC has applied to grown industrial hemp in Douglas County. The Las Vegas-based company currently farms hemp in the Pahrump area.
Although Douglas County residents overwhelmingly shot down Question 2 on the November ballot, a similar form of green is soon coming to Carson Valley.

Las Vegas-based Positively Green Organics LLC in late December was approved by the Nevada Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp on a 50-acre site in northwest Douglas County.

"The number one mistake people [make] is they think CBD (cannabidiol oil) people are out getting high and growing marijuana," Positively Green co-owner Jason Taylor said in a phone interview. "You can roll up all 50 acres of our field and smoke it and not get high. You'll just go to the hospital with a headache."

The Nevada Department of Agriculture describes industrial hemp as "derived from the plant Cannabis sativa L and is among the same species as marijuana. It contains a low concentration of the psychoactive constituent known as tetrahydrocannabino, which means it cannot be used as a drug. The hemp plant is limited for use in textiles, fiber, forage, cosmetics, etc."

Industrial hemp has a THC concentration of no more than .3 percent on a dry weight basis.

Last year Positively Green farmed industrial hemp on a 4-acre plot outside of Pahrump, Taylor said. This year the company plans to expand to about 60 acres outside Pahrump, in addition to its site in Douglas County.

He said he found the Genoa-area property, located off Chula Vista Lane, on a planned trip to Tahoe.

"I saw the land and fell in love with it," he said. "The soil was some of the best I've ever seen."

Taylor said he first became interested in growing industrial hemp to help his wife recover from injuries she sustained in a vehicle accident. He found that cannabidiol oil, derived from industrial hemp, helped her. CBD hemp oil is made from plants with low levels of THC and does not cause a user to feel "high."

"I'm not a get-high kind of guy," he said. "For me it was a personal mission to try to help my wife."

Taylor is anticipating a May 10 planting date at the Genoa property. He is planting the varietal "Cherry Wine," which has a 120-day growing cycle and should be ready for harvest around the end of August or early September, he said.

The hemp will be dried and sold to end-manufacturers. Any extraction of CBD from the plant would happen outside Douglas County, he said.

"I'm not here to get people excited or get people angry," he said.

Weed Without The High? Scientists Just Grew THC-Free Cannabis

By Chuck Ludley

Scientists in Western New York just developed and grew a new, fully THC-free cannabis strain. While that might not sound like fun if you are looking to get high, researchers said it could be an important development for the medical cannabis and hemp industries.
Advancements in Medicinal Cannabis

Scientists in Western New York just developed and grew a new, fully THC-free cannabis strain. While that might not sound like fun if you are looking to get high, researchers said it could be an important development for the medical cannabis and hemp industries.
Weed Minus The THC

The new strain was created by Canadian researchers at biotech company 22nd Century, along with scientists at Anandia Labs. Together, they discovered a new strain of cannabis that contains zero THC. According to scientists working on the project, the strain looks, smells, and even tastes like regular cannabis.

The only difference is the THC. Without the THC, you won’t be able to get high from these plants. That does not mean they are worthless.

In fact, these new plants could be really helpful precisely because they don’t have any THC.

Under current law, cannabis with a certain level of THC is considered a Schedule I illegal drug. But if plants don’t have enough THC in them to be psychoactive, then they are legal. For example, CBD products.

This THC-free cannabis strain takes advantage of this distinction. By doing so, it could be a new solution for many in the cannabis industry, and especially for medical marijuana and industrial hemp.
A Step Forward For Medical Marijuana

THC-free weed could be incredibly helpful to the medical marijuana industry.

Without all that THC, researchers can now focus on isolating and exploring other cannabinoids to see what medical qualities they might have to offer.

“There are hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and a lot of them have never really been tested,” says researcher Paul Rushton.

“So by creating, through our technology, different combinations of these compounds we can have new sources for potentially very many new and exciting medicines.”

Working with low-THC strains is already common in the medical marijuana industry. In fact, many companies that produce CBD products derive the cannabinoid from hemp plants.

They extract CBD from plants that already have low levels of THC. This allows them to create medical marijuana products without getting in trouble for working with illegal cannabis plants.

Rushton’s new THC-free weed strain gives medical marijuana companies and researchers more options. Not only does it provide new methods for isolating and manipulating individual cannabinoids. It also gives them an entirely new strain to work with.

This means that they can now work with CBD that comes from plants with an entirely different makeup of genetics and cannabinoids.
THC-Free Cannabis For The Hemp Industry

The hemp industry is another one that, like medical marijuana, has stayed alive by working with low-THC plants.

Hemp is a subspecies of cannabis. It naturally has low levels of THC, but Mother Nature is tricky.

If hemp plants happen to produce too much THC, growers can be forced to destroy the entire crop.

This THC-free weed strain solves the problem. By growing this strain, they will never have to worry about crops accidentally producing too much THC.
The Final Hit

Most people are into weed because they like to get high. But the cannabis plant has much more to offer.

This new THC-free cannabis strain is a step forward primarily because it provides a way for companies and scientists to access all the other chemicals produced by cannabis plants. And that could pave the way for new research, new discoveries, and new products.

Virginia bill passes allowing individuals to grow hemp

By Andrea Lannom

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Licensed individuals would be able to lawfully grow hemp under a bill passed Tuesday by the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, explained that House Bill 2453 would expand the list of people who are currently allowed to grow hemp to individuals who have satisfied the application process.
He said right now, only the state Department of Agriculture and higher education institutions are authorized to grow hemp in West Virginia.
“It's been the victim of some mischaracterization,” Shott said. “It appears most of the problem is its similarity to marijuana. It's a different breed of cannabis. The key is that the THC content of industrial hemp is very low. It's about 0.2 to 0.3 percent compared to 3 to 15 percent in marijuana. Basically, you can smoke all the hemp you want and the worst that can happen is you get a headache.”
Shott said hemp has been classified as marijuana but is grown all over the world as an industrial product used in clothing, biofuels, plastic composites and health foods.
“My suggestion is we look at it further to loosen restriction further,” Shott said. “This offers an enormous opportunity for commercial activity in our area.”
Earlier this year, Kentucky began to expand growth of industrial hemp, approving 209 applicants to grow the roughly 12,800 acres of the plant. The state is one of seven to approve both research and commercial programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
At least 30 states have passed legislation relating to industrial hemp farming, 16 have legalized commercial production and 20 have passed laws allowing research and pilot programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Earlier this month, Pennsylvania approved 16 growing and research projects for the plant.
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Delegate Justin Marcum, D-Mingo, said the bill would be good to diversify the economy, especially in southern West Virginia, mentioning the possibility of growing hemp on post mine sites.
Delegate Carol Miller, R-Cabell, also spoke in favor of the bill.
“The agriculture committee has worked for years to expand whatever business that we can in our state,” Miller said. “This has been very, very successful in the state of Kentucky. I'm very glad to have this bill.”
All 98 members present voted for the bill.
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Industrial Hemp Offers Cheaper Alternative For Battery Power.


Industrial Hemp has a variety of uses. It can be used to make hempcrete, insulation and other building materials, it can be turned into biofuels, and it can be used to make paper without the need to cut down trees and more. It is also renewable because it grows fast enough to be replaced quickly instead of the generations it takes to regrow a forest. While when some think of hemp, they think of marijuana, industrial hemp doesn’t contain THC so it doesn’t get you high, but it does have all these uses and more. In fact, it may be a promising new supercapacitor on par with graphene at a fraction of cost.

After industrial hemp is processed for whatever material or product it is being used for, the stalks of the plant are leftover as waste, and that is where Professor David Mitlin has discovered a possible use as a supercapacitor for batteries. By heating the leftover material to cook away most of the fiber, a carbon cellulose layer is left behind. His research indicates that this layer of material can then work almost identical to graphene, at least as far as its supercapacitor abilities is concerned, which would make it an ideal component for batteries but at a fraction of the cost of graphene. If it pans out, we could have yet another amazing use for hemp that would help take our current battery technology to the next level.

Binghamton University to research industrial hemp

By Lindsey Riback


ALBANY -- Binghamton University will now join three other state colleges in conducting research on industrial hemp, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
Both Binghamton and SUNY Sullivan were authorized this week to participate in the state’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot program, in which universities and private farms can grow and research hemp as an agricultural commodity. The program was launched in January 2016.
“Expanding New York’s industrial hemp pilot program will create a synergy of growth between some of this state’s top-notch colleges, universities and private farms and encourage more growers to explore the potential economic opportunities associated with this crop,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Binghamton’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will use the permit to research cannabidiol, which has shown to have medical benefits. It is partnering with Nanticoke Gardens in Endicott.
"Binghamton University is excited to explore hemp-related research that aims to create medicines and products that improve the lives of New Yorkers,” Gloria Meredith, the school's founding dean, said in a statement. “This area of research has great potential.”
SUNY Sullivan will research the effects of growing practices on hemp cultivation as well as the key properties of cannabidiol.
The two schools are joining join Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Morrisville State College in the program. Over the past year, Cornell has researched seeding equipment, and Morrisville has researched potential uses of hemp.
The permits are issued by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, which is responsible for monitoring the recipients to ensure the research being conducted within the areas of harvesting, manufacturing and marketing.
Legislation proposed in January by the governor would expand the pilot program by lifting the limit of 10 universities and farms permitted to conduct hemp research. The department is currently reviewing applications for the six permits that remain available.
“I always envisioned industrial hemp as a major agricultural and manufacturing opportunity for New York and the Southern Tier in particular; these new research permits are a major step in that direction,” Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, said in a statement.
According to Cuomo’s office, the hemp industry generated roughly $573 million in sales in 2015, and the seed and stalk can be used to produce clothing, building materials, fuel, paper, and other consumer products.

West Virginia passes commercial hemp bill


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Licensed farmers can now grow hemp commercially in West Virginia after the House unanimously passed HB2453 Tuesday.
Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D-Alum Creek) and Delegate Jim Butler (R-Henderson) introduced the bill on Feb. 15.  Under the new law, any person with a license can plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, and buy industrial hemp. To obtain a license, the individual must go through the Department of Agriculture and meet statutory requirements.
State legislatures have recently taken action to promote industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. In the 2014 farm bill, Congress allowed state ag departments to license the growing of industrial hemp for research purposes.With the change in federal law, at least 20 states have passed laws creating industrial hemp research or pilot programs. Virginia currently has research programs underway at Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and James Madison University.
West Virginia joins Colorado, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, California, and Vermont that have ignored the federal “research only purposes” and legalized industrial hemp production within their state borders anyway.

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The Hemp hat includes-
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  • Black Snapback
  • Black SideStrap for Pencils
  • Organic Hemp Fabric


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NoCo Hemp Expo Is Center of the Hemp Universe This Weekend

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Loveland, CO -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/28/2017 --This Friday and Saturday NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., brings together speakers, exhibitors, and an audience from around the globe to learn about the latest research, production advances and applications in the industrial hemp industry. The event, with B2B industry focus Friday, March 31 and consumer focus on Saturday, April 1, is at The Ranch Events Complex, off I-25 in Loveland, Colorado. 

"There's no place on the planet for those interested in the hemp industry where they can go to learn more and to get connected," said NoCo Hemp Expo Founder Morris Beegle. "From policy makers and legislators, to big cultivators and processors, to the most creative product manufacturers, to the leaders in research, you'll find them under one roof in Loveland this week."

Just last week, Beegle noted, sponsor and presenter Botanical Genetics, announced new industrial hemp plants with zero tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive constituent in cannabis. "Heavy-handed federal regulations have focused undue attention – some say paranoia – on trace amounts of THC in hemp," said Beegle. "This important breakthrough is the latest step in taking away this misguided concern and relieving the handicap that has prevented the U.S. hemp industry from reaching its full potential as an economic engine, job creator, and global leader."

Choose from a variety of demonstrations, presentations and panels, including keynotes by John Roulac, founder and CEO of hemp superfood producer Nutiva; Shaun Crew, founder and president of Hemp Oil Canada; hemp farmer, author, and evangelist Doug FineJason Freeman, organic and fair supply chain specialist; Bob Hoban, managing partner of the Hoban Law Group; and former CIA Director James Woolsey, keynote speaker of the sold out Hemp Summit taking place on Friday.

Products and services on display made from or incorporating hemp include clothing and apparel; foods; body care; botanical extracts; nutraceuticals; bio-plastics; building materials; paper, and more.

Hemp machinery, processing, and service providers attending include those involved with decortication; extraction; planting and harvesting; seed dehulling and oil pressing; irrigation; soil nutrient management; lab testing; genetics; seeds; legal services; distribution; greenhouses; farm consulting; and nano technologies.

NoCo Hemp Expo 4 is presented by CBDRx who are launching their new consumer brand, Functional Remedies. The Let's Talk Hemp Stage is presented by The Hemp Road Trip. Friday's Hemp Summit Room is presented by Cannopy Corporation. Saturday's Hemp Summit Room is presented by Industrial Hemp Research Foundation, this year's non-profit beneficiary. And The Pathway to Freedom Party is presented by Botanical Genetics.

For tickets to the Expo and access to the full range of programming during Friday's Industry Day and Saturday's public events, visit

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp
WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. 

Learn more at, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Can Hemp Plastics Help the World?

By Julie Godard

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Yes. Yes, they can. I can’t believe this, but up until a few days ago, I had never heard of hemp plastic! Have you heard of it? What have you heard, and when did you first hear it? I was so excited about the prospect of a plastic material that wouldn’t end up clogging up our waterways and hurting plants, animals, and the planet that I had to delve into the research right away. Here’s what I found out.

What Is Hemp Plastic?

Technically, it’s not the plastic you’re familiar with – and that’s the best part. This plastic is made from hemp fiber material that can act just like traditional plastic in most ways. In one important way, hemp plastic is nothing like traditional, polymer-based plastics: it biodegrades, quickly. (In case you don’t know, petroleum plastic water bottles take 450-1000 years to biodegrade.) As Hemp Plastic notes, “conventional plastic is not biodegradable,” and it’s also not an infinite resource – oil is required to make plastic, further depleting the planet’s natural resources that could be used for other things. The high cellulose content in hemp makes it tough enough to be made into a plastic – since hemp grows so much faster than trees and produces four times as much cellulose fiber, it is also sustainable.

What is Hemp Plastic Already Being Used For?

Hemp plastic is a bio-based plastic and composite, technically, and it is already being used by the automotive industry, the packaging industry, and the construction industry – to the tune of 500,000 tons per year, including the European Union. Hemp plastics can be five times as stiff and strong as traditional polypropylene plastic, and it will not damage screws or molds like glass fibers in many car parts do. (Hemp plastics have been used since 1941, when Henry Ford used it for car doors and fenders). Traditional glass fiber car parts are also health hazards, whereas hemp plastic is not. In 1997, researchers created a 25% hemp plastic product called “high fly”; today at Hemp Plastics you can buy plastic boxes, plastic bags, plastic PVC pipes, keyrings, bowls, digeridoos, DVD cases, door handles, and plastic molds. Since hemp plastic can’t be made transparent at the present time, they can’t make a clear film out of it to place the ubiquitous Saran Wrap. Lego is even looking into hemp plastics, according to The Sun Times.The Lotus Eco Elise, created in 2008, uses hemp and other eco-friendly products.

How Can Hemp Plastic Help the World?

Hemp can prevent the extensive cutting down of trees, and we can substitute hemp plastics for many of the things we use fiberglass, wood, and traditional plastic for. Hemp grows many, many time faster than trees, it’s a low-water crop compared to wheat, its sustainable, and it biodegrades much faster. Hemp seed has been recommended in nutritional supplements, and may reduce your risk for heart attacks. Hemp doesn’t need pesticides or fertilizers, and is much less damaging to the environment than the typical corn crop. Hemp seed has been called “nutritionally complete” and the plants can also restores depleted soils in farming fields. Hemp can be used so universally, it’s a wonder we ever made it illegal in the first place.

Where Can You Get Hemp Plastic?

Right now, most hemp plastic must be bought in bulk, although Hemp Plastics will make a mold if you pay for it (it’s not cheap). At Hemp Plastics, you can buy raw hemp materials that you can use in a factory for injection molding – It is scratch-resistant, fireproof, UV proof, biodegradable, and compostable, which you certainly can’t say for traditional plastic. Hemp Plastics also has hemp bowls, hemp keyrings, and a 100% hemp box that can be sealed with a sustainable cork top. High fly is a hemp frisbee (but they are not made anymore), and DVD cases are also available from the company, made of hemp. In Australia, Zeoform makes hemp plastic that can be used in injection molding and blown molding for making buttons, drinking straws, home furniture, and Frisbees. Look for more products in the future – and I’ll keep you posted right here.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hemp bills would move crop into mainstream

By Mateusz Perkowski

Bills proposed in Oregon would create a commodity commission and seed certification process for hemp.

EO MEDIA GROUP - Hemp grows in a field in Oregon in this 2016 file photo. Under House Bill 2372, Oregon's hemp industry would join 23 other crop, livestock and seafood sectors to have a state commission aimed at promoting and researching a commodity through fees raised from producers.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Hemp grows in a field in Oregon in this 2016 file photo. Under House Bill 2372, Oregon's hemp industry would join 23 other crop, livestock and seafood sectors to have a state commission aimed at promoting and researching a commodity through fees raised from producers.

SALEM — Hemp would be brought further into the mainstream of Oregon agriculture under two bills that create a commodity commission and seed certification process for the crop.
"Industrial hemp has a huge potential in Oregon, we just need a few tweaks to help move it forward," said Matt Cyrus, who grows hemp in Deschutes County, during a March 28 legislative hearing.
Under House Bill 2372, Oregon's hemp industry would join 23 other crop, livestock and seafood sectors to have a state commission aimed at promoting and researching a commodity through fees raised from producers.
Breeders of new hemp varieties could also get the purity of their seeds certified under House Bill 2371, similarly to other crop species, through a system overseen by Oregon State University.
"It's truly about a certified seed, one we know Oregon can count on," said Jerry Norton, a hemp grower.
To comply with federal provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill that allow hemp research, HB 2371 would also create a hemp pilot program at OSU, among other changes to Oregon hemp statutes.
Commercial hemp production is illegal under federal drug laws that lump hemp, a form of cannabis, in the same category as its psychoactive cousin, marijuana.
Aligning Oregon's hemp laws with the 2014 Farm Bill provisions will likely ease financial transactions for hemp growers, since many banks are otherwise leery of dealing with the crop, Cyrus said.
"The banks are looking for specific language in statute," he said.
If there's ever a change in federal law regarding cannabis, Oregon's seed certification process would let hemp breeders patent their varieties, said Jay Noller, head of OSU's crop and soil science department.
Because cannabis is illegal under federal law hemp varieties can't be protected, he said.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has authorized Noller to import high-quality hemp seeds from Canada and elsewhere.
At this point, though, foreign companies are reluctant to export hemp seed into Oregon due to a provision in state law allowing growers to save and plant it, he said.
Under HB 2371, that provision would be struck from Oregon law, hopefully opening the way for new hemp genetics to enter the state, Noller said.
Oregon's hemp statutes are already setting an example for other states and the proposed changes will let growers "get off the airstrip and into the air," said Norton.
"We feel that hemp in Oregon is going to be the new crop of the decade, if not the century," he said.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cannabis Energy Drink Review - Does This Beverage Really Work?

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By Summer Banks

Cannabis Energy Drink Review
Don’t laugh, but well over 50% of diet products simply don’t work. So what about Cannabis Energy Drink? We took it upon ourselves to create an in-depth review, focusing closely on the ingredients, side effects, scientific studies and customer service quality. Then we scrutinized all sorts of user comments posted on the web. Finally we compacted all the facts and details to give you the info you need.

What You Need To Know

To start, Cannabis Energy Drink is a canned beverage that is made in the Netherlands. The ingredients are hemp seed extract, B vitamins, caffeine, taurine, water and sugar. It is sold in several parts of the world, including the United States, parts of Africa and Asia, Mexico, the UK and Spain. This product claims to improve concentration, reduce fatigue, increase alertness and assist with “normal” mental performance. It can be consumed at any time, especially when you need a boost or pick-me-up.
From what we gathered online, Cannabis Energy Drink was released in 2013. This beverage provides some vitamins and does not contain any illegal substances. Also, no preservatives are used, but read on…

High Cost – “Yikes?”

The first thing that comes up with products like Cannabis Energy Drink ingredients is the price. “Although it is not mentioned on the official website, we discovered it sells for about $6 per can. When you compare this to others like Red Bull, which goes for around $2.50, you see the problem.” says our Research Editor.
One customer commented, “I’m definitely not impressed. I feel like I spent $6 on one can of Red Bull.”
According to another person, “This stuff is wayyy too high priced for what it is!”

Lack of Real Results – “Nothing Happens”

From what we can tell, there is no solid evidence or research that supports the claims made about Cannabis Energy Drink and you can see that when you read through buyer reviews. In fact, one customer said, “I get a much better buzz from my cup of coffee.”
“Not as good as Red Bull and Monster for energy. Just gimmicky,” said another user.
The research we’ve done has shown if there is some particular aspect of an energy drink or supplement that is especially bothersome (high price, no real results, too many side effects) the likelihood of success for the long run is minimal. Therefore if Cannabis Energy Drink does cost too much and fails to work well for numerous people, this could be quite problematic.

The Science – “Clinical Backing?”

Here at DietSpotlight, we like to see documented clinical studies that support the energy drink or supplement and how it works. Sadly there is no published research provided on the company website to support Cannabis Energy Drink and the claims it makes. Therefore we at DietSpotlight are not sure that dieters will see the benefit.

The Bottom Line – Does Cannabis Energy Drink Work?

Why don’t we take a minute to go back through what we’ve learned? While it’s always nice to see a new product emerge, we do not feel comfortable recommending Cannabis Energy Drink for boosting stamina and increasing overall energy levels. First of all, there is no real research provided to support this beverage. Secondly, it is seriously over-priced in comparison to others on the market. You should also note that some customers have complained about it not working very well.

Monday, March 27, 2017

In Switzerland, Low THC Cannabis Is Big Money

By Chris Roberts

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In Switzerland, strains with low psychoactive effects are all the rage.

Neutrality has its benefits. For Switzerland, it meant staying out of wars and staying off of Risk boards. It also means a booming legal marijuana trade — but not like the cafe culture in Amsterdam, and nothing like dab culture in Colorado or California.
In the mean, clean streets of Bern, customers are loading up on tens of millions of dollars’ worth of low-THC cannabis, according to Reuters. What we’d call hemp — or worse — is proving exceedingly popular, and is turning into big business.
It was almost very different. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union. This means EU-wide prohibitions on cannabis don’t apply. This nearly led to the country becoming the first nation in Europe to enjoy legalized recreational cannabis, before Swiss leaders bowed to pressure from the United Nations — which Switzerland joined in the early 2000s — and conformed to a 1961 treaty outlawing a host of narcotics, including marijuana.
But the cannabis sativa plant isn’t marijuana if it has low THC. Then, it’s hemp. In Switzerland, it’s been perfectly legal to cultivate, buy and sell, and consume cannabis with 1 percent THC or lower since 2011.
Who cares, you might ask yourself. Maybe it took six years for the Swiss to figure out this was a big deal, or maybe it took that long for cultivators to figure out how to grow top-shelf strains without the familiar pop. It could also be the fault of the Swiss government, which last year informed the few hemp shops in business at that time that it was time to pay taxes on their weed — which alerted the rest of the country to the fact that, hey, low-THC weed is legal.
Whatever the reason for the delay, there are now 140 licensed retailers selling low-THC cannabis in Switzerland, according to Reuters. (Just last year, there were only a “handful.”) And these retailers are expected to sell $100 million worth of low-THC cannabis this year. And that is but a sober, low-ball estimate.
One of the biggest growers and retailers is KannaSwiss. The firm has grown from five employees to 20, and recently showed Reuters around a grow room with 3,000 plants. Smoking their stuff feels like “drinking a couple glasses of wine,” or “a body high, but your mind is completely clear,” as company boss Corso Serra di Cassano described it.
It’s not quite perfect, as Swiss police will confiscate marijuana discovered on the street, with the excuse that they can’t tell whether it’s the legal kind or if it has high THC. It all goes to show that human beings will buy weed, and lots of it, in whatever form it’s available — mind-warping, zombie-creating synthetic, a mild Swiss buzz, or big globs of mind-bending dabs. Which would you prefer?
TELL US, do you enjoy strains with lower THC profiles?

This Little Van is Making a Huge Difference in the Fight to Regulate Hemp like Any Other Crop

By Chloe Sommers


The industrial hemp industry is beginning to regain momentum after decades of prohibition. The ban on the plant is slowly being lifted, state-by-state, with pro-hemp legislation. But much work remains to be done, such as educating lawmakers across the nation on the benefits of growing industrial hemp.
Luckily, The Hemp Tour bus is once again up for the challenge with their 2017 American road trip.
For 2017, the Hemp Road Trip is planning on reaching 30 states in two months. Beginning in the South, the bus of advocates will trek up the coast to the Northeastern states, then across the Midwest, up to Montana and Washington, then back across Oregon, Northern California, through Utah and back home to its home base of Colorado.
“Get ready for another adventure in industry building!” says Rick Trojan, Founder at Hemp Road Trip, Co-owner at Colorado Cultivarsand board member at the Colorado Hemp Industries Association.
“We had a successful 2016 on the road,” says Trojan, “visiting 40 states and meeting thousands of common sense folks that understand the value of an agricultural crop like industrial hemp!”
It’s important for experts on the topic of industrial hemp to go to each state because they can speak to the individual benefits each state stands to gain.
In summary, hemp can provide raw material for a broad spectrum of uses, including:
  • Construction
  • Nutrition
  • Textiles
  • Therapeutic uses
For example, an industrial hemp farm can produce the raw material that can be made into a plastic-like material, and even the hard-outer shell of a plane or car. CBD oil is also made from industrial hemp.
Following the successful 2016 tour around the US, the group behind The Hemp Road Trip are trying to raise funds so they can continue to raise awareness about the power of hemp across the country.
You can help keep it going with a donation to the trip’s gofundme.
The 1937 ban on hemp
Some states, like Kentucky and Pennsylvania, used to be leaders in the hemp farming sector. However, since the  Marihuana Tax Act of 1937they have been forced to grow other crops, such as tobacco and cotton.
The Act places a tax on anyone dealing commercially in cannabis and hemp.
It’s been widely discussed that the passing of the Act was spearheaded by American businessmen who wanted to crush any competition to their budding agricultural efforts. The names of the men standing to benefit from what was the beginning of the ‘reefer madness’ era may sound familiar, as they are among the wealthiest American dynasties: Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst and the Du Pont family.
Per the 2017 Hemp Road Trip funding site, the Spring tour will cover 30 states, including states with NO hemp legislation. They’ll also be hosting events and activating people to engage their legislators and help bring an end to federal prohibition.
A list of the states currently without any hemp legislation:
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio
  • Montana
  • Idaho
“We need your support!” says their website for donations. “This is a BIG country and taking a bus and crew on the road is expensive. Please donate and help us stay on the road and continue this important journey!” The Hemp Road Trip also mentions that they greatly appreciate any donation, no matter how big or small.
2016 Wrap Up
While passing through Kansas on the 2016 tour, Trojan was approached by the local news team, KSNTIn an interview, he tells them, “Hemp, as a rotational crop, leaves the ground better than it found it…So it can increase the yields of tobacco 25 to 30 percent, increase yields of corn 6 to 8 percent.”
In 2016, America lent the following support toward progress for the hemp plant:
  • 10 new House sponsors
  • 6 new Senate sponsors
  • 7 new States legalized hemp (32 total)
  • 6 new States planting in 2017
  • USDA Certified Domestic Hemp Cultivation
  • Nearly 10,000 acres cultivated nationwide
  • Over 20,000 acres registered for 2017 season
“It is also a great alternative for farmers,” Trojan continues in his television interview. “They are tired of growing, from what I’ve heard from farmers in Iowa and Kansas and all over the country, they are tired of growing the same crops over and over.”
Hemp on The Hill
There are major efforts underway in Washington DC by lobbying and advocacy groups, on behalf of the nation’s industrial hemp industry. In February, the NoCo Hemp Expo brought the industrial hemp industry to The Hill for a conversation with Congressman Jared Poliswith co-hosts Congressmen MassieComerBlumenauer, and honorary co-host Senator Wyden.
It’s the largest hemp-centric event in America to date.
“We are honored to be part of this effort to educate our leaders and to do away with outdated and misinterpreted federal regulations governing industrial hemp,” says NoCo Hemp Expo Founder, Morris Beegle. “We value the efforts of Congressman Polis and his congressional colleagues to advocate for industrial hemp as the viable, sustainable, job-creating industry it can be.”
The NoCo Hemp Expo also served as a showcase of hemp products, as well as an opportunity for farmers to speak to the economic value it’s bringing on the local, state, and national levels.
It’s the goal of these pro-hemp organizations to convince lawmakers to place hemp under the Department of Agriculture. According to supporters, it should be regulated like cotton, wheat, soy, and corn. 

“Current federal prohibitions on industrial hemp stifle innovation and job growth, and hamstring efforts of agricultural and product development experts to diversify their efforts and compete on the global stage,” says Beegle.
The red tape involved really hampers the industry. “The entire hemp plant, including ALL parts, compounds and constituents, is a healthy, safe, environmentally beneficial, ag-crop with the potential to create thousands of domestic products, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and generate substantial revenue and tax proceeds.”

It’s not marijuana
Hemp has long been stigmatized by the misperception that it is the same as marijuana. “While it’s all cannabis, hemp is not marijuana, it has little to no THC, it is not psychoactive, it is not a drug, and has never qualified to be a Schedule 1 or any schedule on the Controlled Substances Act (CSA),” says Beegle.
He wants to differentiate hemp and cannabis in the minds of the consumers, and the federal agencies.
You can join in on the hemp journey by following them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. They’ll be posting pictures, videos, and status updates throughout the road trip.

“Let’s keep this bus rollin’, so that the message of this beneficial crop can spread throughout the country, and the United States can finally get #Back2OurRoots,” says Trojan.