Wednesday, May 31, 2017

10 Potential Uses For Hemp Paper


Today, over 90% of the world’s paper is made from wood pulp. Why we continue to use wood to produce paper, however, is slightly perplexing. Trees contain relatively low cellulose and need to be heavily processed in order to create a decent final product. Hemp, on the other hand, provides a much more reliable, stable, and cheaper alternative.


Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant which is specifically grown for a variety of industrial purposes. It technically belongs to the same plant species as cannabis sativa, which is used to produce marijuana.
However, hemp boasts a different biochemical makeup and contains lower concentrations of THC, the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana, and higher concentrations of other cannabinoids, like CBD, which is often praised for its medical potential.
Hemp is an extremely versatile and fast growing plant, and can be used to make clothing, textiles, plastics, paint, biofuel, food, and paper. Hemp paper is produced in a much similar way to regular paper, but uses pulp from hemp plants rather than trees. These fibers are boiled, beaten, or shredded into tiny fibers. They are then processed to make a pulp, which is then spread into sheets, pressed, and dried to make paper.


Hemp is a much more suitable plant for the production of paper, as it contains much higher percentages of cellulose. Cellulose is what gives plants their structure, and the higher a plant’s cellulose content, the more suitable it is for paper production as less chemicals are needed to strip it down.
Hemp plants can contain up to 85% cellulose, while trees generally only contain up to 30% cellulose and require a lot of handling in order to be stripped down prior to being processed into paper.
In fact, up until the mid 1800s, hemp was the primary material used to make paper. The United States Declaration of Independence was even written on hemp paper! It was also used by the Chinese in roughly 100 AD to make the first true paper. Today, over 90% of the world’s paper is made from wood, and hemp paper is only used for a few niche uses.
Below are some of the way hemp paper can be used:


In Europe, the primary use for hemp paper is to create rolling papers. Because of its unique characteristics, hemp is able to add strength and resilience to especially thin papers, making it ideal for the production of rolling papers, which should be thin but relatively resistant.
By using hemp, rolling paper producers are able to create especially thin papers that are still resistant enough to be handled and transported around in pockets, bags, etc.


While hemp paper is nowhere near as popular as it was a few centuries ago, it is still used to produce stationary, only in much smaller numbers. In fact, up to 10 or 15 years ago, both smaller and larger paper produces manufactured paper with hemp content which was available even through big stationery suppliers like Staples.
Today, hemp stationary is still produced by some paper manufacturers like Living Tree Paper and Greenfield Paper Company.


While hemp may not be so popular in the production of regular stationary paper, it is still used to make a variety of art papers. For example, hemp papers make for very soft yet durable canvases, which many artists love especially when created posters and prints designed to withstand the test of time. Hemp art paper is usually sold off-white and unprimed. Rembrandt and Van Gogh used to paint on hemp canvas.


Paper made from tree pulp isn’t ideal for archiving, where documents may need to be stored and preserved for very long periods of time. Hemp paper, on the other hand, preserves itself extremely well. Due to their low acidity and lignin levels, tree papers are known to turn yellow and brittle, while hemp papers is well known to withstand the test of time (literally).


Bible’s are traditionally printed using hemp paper. In fact, the Gutenberg Bible, the first major publication to be printed on moveable type, was made of hemp paper. Today, only 48 copies of this historic document are known to exist across the world. Not surprisingly, the copies are in extremely good condition.


Tea bags need to be porous yet hold up when wet. Again, regular paper won’t live up to these conditions, which is why regular tea bags are usually made from blends containing both wood and hemp fibers, as well as plastic polymers. However, some manufacturers produce reusable tea bags made from hemp which are extremely easy to clean and refill.


Bank notes need to be extremely durable, as they undergo a lot of handling and folding. Hemp has traditionally been used to strengthen paper bank notes. Today, most countries are experimenting with the incorporation of plastic or partly plastic notes. However, most of the money printed in the US through the 1900s contained hemp.


Like tea bags, filters need to be porous and hold up in et conditions, regardless of whether they’re used for coffee, oil, or even vacuum cleaners. Not only is hemp ideal both porous and resistant in wet conditions, but it is also known to provide better filtration than other filters, such as those made from polymers or metal.


Hemp is commonly blended with other types of paper, such as wood, to make for a stronger, more resilient product. As we saw earlier, blends containing hemp are commonly used to make stationery, art paper, bank notes, and filters.


Finally, hemp paper may be ideal for use in hygiene products such as diapers. The fact that hemp is highly tear and break resistant makes it ideal for producing durable hygiene products. Plus, the fact that it is hypo-allergenic minimize the chance of irritation to sensitive parts of the body.

Boulder’s Hemp History Fair

Hemp Event

Boulder Location - Wed, Jun 7th 12-2pm

The 8th Annual Hemp History Week is June 5-11, 2017. Together with grassroots organizers, farmers, producers, and advocates from all walks of life we will change Federal policy on hemp in the U.S. while raising awareness about the benefits of hemp products.
Alfalfa’s carries a variety of innovative hemp foods and wellness products in our stores. Come to our Hemp History Fair on Wednesday at the Boulder store to test our hemp products and see what the HEMP everyone is talking about!

Where Did The Word 'Marijuana' Come From?

By Melisa Sherrard

Where Did The Word 'Marijuana' Come From?

If you're hoping for a solid, easy answer about where the word “marijuana” comes from, you're going to be a little let down because the word's origins still remain a bit of a mystery. Variously spelled as "marihuana," "mariguana," and “marihuano," this word for cannabis (and more specifically the plant's resinous flowers) has a complicated history that has led some to forgo its use to avoid racial or derogatory implications. 

There's no doubt that the status of “marijuana” as a universal synonym for cannabis stems from its introduction to American English by Mexicans immigrating to the United States in the early 1900s, but we're still not sure how the word came to be in Central and South America. There are several theories, ranging from the adoption of a foreign word that happened hundreds of years ago to the possibility that it's simply a more recent blending of the names María and Juana - Spanish versions of Mary and Jane. Here we discuss some of the most plausible possibilities for where the word “marijuana” really comes from.
1. The term may originate from a native South or Central American word (perhaps from the Nahuatl or Quechua ethnic groups) that was adopted by Europeans and incorporated as a word for cannabis in the Mexican Spanish language. However, scientists generally agree that cannabis wasn't present in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans, so an indigenous word specific to the plant seems unlikely.

2. A per-Columbian Spanish word (perhaps “mejorana” which means “marjoram”) may be the name's origin, as Spanish explorers introduced hemp plants to South America in the 16th century. However, the Spanish word for industrial hemp is “cáñamo,” and this is not what Central and South Americans call intoxicating cannabis flowers.

3. Some suggest that Chinese traders brought cannabis, which they called “ma ren hua” (meaning “hemp seed flower”), to the Americas, where both the plant and name were adopted. Interestingly, cannabis is sometimes called “Chinese oregano” throughout Central America.
Until evidence of cannabis' use in the Americas before the arrival of foreigners is found or linguists make some new discovery, we are left to speculate about where the word “marijuana” really comes from.

Let's Talk Hemp Hawaii - Conference & Expo June 10 in Hilo

Hemp Event

The Hawaii Industrial Hemp program builds momentum heading into summer

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Loveland, CO -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/31/2017 -- The 8th annual Hemp History Week runs from June 5-11 nationwide with over 150 events taking place across the United States. On June 10, the inaugural Hawaii Hemp Conference will convene at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel for a full day of the #LetsTalkHemp Speaker and Panel Series and a mini-expo featuring a wide assortment of industrial, nutritional, and nutraceutical products made from industrial hemp.

Let's Talk Hemp Hawaii brings together an expert group of individuals advocating and playing a role in the national and local hemp movements. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, Mike Gabbard, Russell E. Ruderman and Cynthia Thielen will all contribute to the conference programming. Local farmers, entrepreneurs and educators include Vincent Mina, Prof. Qing X. Li, Lelle, Bobby Pahia, Steve Sakala, James Simpliciana, Greg Smith, Gabriel Howearth, Drake Weinert and Reverend Kalikolehua Kanaele. Mainlanders making the trip feature keynote host Doug Fine, WAFBA event producer Morris Beegle, CBDRx and Functional Remedies ambassador Preston Whitfield, and Rick Trojan, captain of The Hemp Road Trip. Also speaking are PureHemp Technology founder Ed Lehrburger, Dani Billings from Nature's Root, James Novak from Hemp Solutions, Janel Ralph from Palmetto Harmony, Margaret McKenzie from Salt Creek Hemp Company, and Bill Billings from Colorado Hemp Project. A complete conference schedule and speaker listing can be found at:

Doug Fine, hemp farmer, best-selling author of Hemp Bound and First Legal Harvest, recently said "the return of hemp is proving to be a pivotal moment in humanity's food security and climate change mitigation project: this conference exists to help Hawaii come on board. Imagine Hawaii making its own auto parts, batteries and road components — all from island-grown bio-materials like hemp. We'll talk about how to take this from dream to reality." Other realities to be covered include legislative and regulatory hurdles; how to farm hemp in Hawaii; planting, harvesting and processing equipment needed to succeed; seeds, clones and genetics compatible with a tropical climate; and the myriad of product possibilities that can come from a crop which will restore and replenish Hawaii's soil and waterways.

Tickets for the Let's Talk Hemp Hawaii Speaker and Panel Series are on sale with an additional $50 off ALOHA code discount until Wednesday June 7. The mini-expo will feature products and services from over 20 companies, both Hawaiian and from the mainland, takes place is the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lobby, and is free to the public. There's something for everyone who has an interest in learning more about what industrial hemp is, what it is not, and what it can do to make the world a better place.

Hawaii Hemp Conference is produced by Colorado Hemp Company and presented by Functional Remedies, where hemp science meets true health to create a superior cannabinoid oil and a more vibrant you. Additional sponsors and partners include Nature's Root, Hemp Solutions, Hoban Law Group, Colorado Hemp Project, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Farmers Union United, Hemp Business Journal, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp History Week, Source Hemp, and Lelle Vie.

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

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Hemp seed truck stopped

By Kevin Mertz

LIMESTONEVILLE — The planting of the area’s first industrial hemp seeds in more than a generation was postponed on Tuesday after the truck delivering the seeds was unable to cross into the United States from Canada.
Adam Thompson, co-owner of Pennsylvania Hemp, had scheduled a media event for Tuesday morning at Ziegler Farms in Limestone Township, Montour County. The event was canceled after the seeds were not delivered to the farm as anticipated.
As part of the approval process of transporting the seeds across the boarder, he said the Drug Enforcement Agency and Health Canada had to approve the shipment. It was then directed to cross into the United States at a certain crossing.
Thompson said the truck driver went to a different border crossing. As a result, the seeds were put in storage in Montreal.
Thompson expected the seeds to arrive this week, and tentatively scheduled another media event for Friday.
According to Thompson, the Ziegler family farm will grow five acres of hemp that will then be processed at Thompson’s mill, Penn’s Best Mill Company, in Montoursville.
The company will immediately place oil from the hemp into the its cooking oil products, which are sold at Wegmans.
The seed cake portion of the plant will go to a Lancaster-based company called Hempzels. That company, according to Thompson, makes hemp-based pretzels out of flower.
The door for hemp production in Pennsylvania was opened in 2015 when Thompson said Senate Bill 50, a hemp bill, was introduced.
House Bill 967 was soon introduced in the House of Representatives.
Thompson said hemp was not permitted to be planted or processed in Pennsylvania for over 80 years.
“There was an extensive amount of lobbying and education that went on in Harrisburg,” Thompson said. “Both (bills) passed unanimously. We have full support from our legislative body for hemp.”
The hemp bill was signed into law in July by Gov. Tom Wolf, Thompson said.
“From that point forward, the piece of legislation was passed off to the Department of Agriculture for them to craft the guidance in which this would exist under, the parameters under which research would take place,” Thompson said.
Pennsylvania Hemp is considered a research firm and Thompson said it must make regular reports to the Department of Agriculture outlining its findings.
The Ziegler farm is the only entity Pennsylvania Hemp is working with in growing the product.
“The Department of Agriculture put a cap on the amount of hemp to be grown, which is five acres,” Thompson explained.
He said there are multiple uses for hemp plants, including food, clothing, shelter and medicine.
“The food that comes out of (hemp plants) is a very nutritional seed,” Thompson said. “The oil that comes out of that... is very healthy.”
He said the oil from the plant can be used in paints. Clothing can also be made out of hemp, as well as building blocks.
“The USDA estimates that, in 1937, there were about 25,000 industrial uses for (hemp),” Thompson said.
He said there’s a common misconception that growing hemp plants is the same as growing marijuana.
“If I’m doing a demo in Wegmans and say ‘would you like to try hemp seed oil?’ they say ‘is this going to get me high?’” Thompson said.
“When we were lobbying, the majority of people we spoke with had no clue,” he continued. “People assume they’re related. That’s a misconception. It’s a big hurdle that we, as an industry, had to overcome. The general population still doesn’t understand what it is.”

Hemp research gets underway

By Dee Shore

Prospective growers have lots of questions about growing hemp in N.C. 

This year, North Carolina will have its first hemp crop in decades, and NC State research and extension work will help shape the crop's future here. (Courtesy of NC State University)

RALEIGH — When it comes to growing hemp in North Carolina, prospective growers have lots of questions. And now that NC State University scientists and extension specialists have secured seeds, they’ll soon begin experiments designed to yield answers.
NC State will begin planting the crop this week at several research stations across the state. The goal, said crop scientist Keith Edmisten, will be to answer a wide range of basic questions – from when to plant, how to plant, which varieties do best, which pests affect the crop here, how much fertilizer to use and how to harvest and dry it.
The researchers will be comparing their results to those obtained by researchers at N.C. A&T State University and by farmers throughout the state. To grow hemp legally, farmers have to conduct research in one of 11 areas spelled out by the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission and then report their results to the universities.

Creating a Research Baseline

The research is important, Edmisten said. North Carolina was once a leading hemp-producing state. But the crop hasn’t been grown here for decades, because it was outlawed. (Hemp comes from the same plant species as marijuana, but what makes hemp different is its low levels of tetrahydrocannabinoids, the primary psychoactive constituents of marijuana. By law, hemp must have a THC level of 0.3 percent or less.)
“There’s very little we actually know about growing hemp in North Carolina,” Edmisten said. “So we have lots of questions to answer. Some of the research goals are agronomic, and some of them are economic, in terms of production costs versus what they are able to sell it for.”
The growing season is getting off to a later start than agronomists had hoped, Edmisten said, because of legal questions about obtaining seeds. The state’s attorney general recently gave the hemp commission the green light to license farmers who wanted to order seeds from other states, and this was the last hurdle the university faced in starting their research program.
Other key NC State scientists involved with the testing include Angela Post, a small grain specialist; Lindsey Thiessen, a plant pathologist; and Jeanine Davis, a horticultural scientist based at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River.

Growers Across the State Show Interest

Edmisten said growers in all parts of the state have expressed interest in the crop. Growers in the east and piedmont regions are generally looking to grow the crop for its fiber and its seeds. Meanwhile, growers in the mountains tend to be interested in growing it for compounds called cannabinoids, which have been associated with health benefits.
To gather results that will be helpful to producers statewide, Edmisten and his colleagues will be conducting their studies at several agricultural research stations. That will allow them to see how the crop performs in different soil types and in different climates.
They’ll be testing six varieties from Canada and two from Europe. “Planting dates may vary by variety, and we expect some varieties will be more suited to fiber versus seed production,” Edmisten said.
As NC State and N.C. A&T State work to build their knowledge of hemp production and marketing, Edmisten encourages farmers who are growing hemp this year to proceed with caution.

‘Don’t Risk Your Farms’

“We have encouraged growers not to risk their farms on this – plant a little bit, experiment with it, and see how to grow it and how it fits into your operation,” he said.
Right now, he added, “there’s some misinformation out there that it doesn’t have pests and that it doesn’t require fertilizers, but a couple of us have been to Kentucky and to Canada, where it’s been legal to grow for about 20 years. We looked at hemp farms and hemp research, and we saw that it does respond to fertilizer and it does have pest problems.” Among those pest problems is the disease sclerotinia, which also affects peanuts and soybeans.
To counter the misinformation, NC State Extension has developed an online portal with links to trusted sources of information about industrial hemp production.
“Hemp is not a super crop,” Edmisten concluded, “but it is an intriguing alternate crop for growers that they can use to manage risk and to expand their rotation options.”

6 Fascinating Hemp Facts That Every Hemp Enthusiast Must Know

By greenroads World

Hemp cultivation can be dated back to thousand of centuries. The current stir surrounding this cannabis species can be considered as resurfacing or the new birth of the plant. However, hemp and marijuana never left us entirely, only the legal matters made it unacquirable. 

The benefits of hemp oil, CBD edibles, ointments, and other hemp infused products have been proven through various studies. The only facts that we know about hemp and CBD are that they are produced industrially today, have no THC, and have innumerable health benefits.

But do you know that there are some amazing facts associated with hemp that links us to its history quite interestingly? We have assembled 6 such facts on hemps to present quite a good read for all the hemp enthusiasts!

Let's get started!

1.Hemp was once known as "the billion dollar crop"
Hemp was one of the most salable crops of the 20th century. Considered to be the biggest cash crop in the USA, hemp was first crop to enter the list of billion dollar sale. It was the first crop cultivated in mid 19th century when Kentucky was alone the producer of around 40,000 tons. The sales only saw a rise making it a billion dollar crop in 1938.

2.This amazing crop can solve our environmental issues
"Hemp for Victory- A Global Warming Solution" is written by Richard Davis where he discusses the benefits of cultivating hemp over other crops. This book reports that "hemp is the most productive of all natural fibres producing almost twice as much as fibre as cotton and six times as much fibre per hectare as flax." It can be considered as an alternative for energy resource which has minimum carbon emissions helping solve our global warming issues.

3.80% of fabrics were made using hemp until 1820s
Cotton fabric was first introduced to the world in 1820s and has remained one of the most preferred material even today. But, until then 80% of clothes, textiles, and fabrics were tailored from hemp fabric. The good news is that there are brands who have introduced hemp fabrics today.

4.There are no records suggesting any side effects of hemp consumption
The products made from hemp such as CBD tea, or as many say organic CBD hemp tea, CBD oil, CBD edibles, etc. are widely accepted by the people. The most satisfactory thing about these products is that there is no single side effect recorded unlike the conventional medications.

5.Do you know who owned one of the very first hemp processed paper mills?
Benjamin Franklin! Yes, he was among the very first few persons owning a paper mill that used hemp for the production. He was not the only one of the founding fathers involved in hemp production, mains like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were also involved in growing hemp.

6.Henry Ford made "the car grown from the soil" possible
Well, the father of motors, Henry Ford used hemp in the making of his Model-T which was then called as the car grown from the soil. Do you know why? Well the plastic panels used in the car were made of hemp whose strength was 10 times that of steel. Yes, you read that right! And not only that, this eco car was built to run on hemp gasoline!

Don't you think that those were the times when the world seemed more progressive? These innovators made the most of the nature, and here we are, stuck with legalities even for using this miraculous plant for our own health! Well, now that we have said enough in hemp's existence, it may become a lot more easy to buy hemp infused products!

Can Hemp Oil Be Your Dog’s Best Medicine?



Hemp oil is quickly becoming one of the most popular supplements out there.
The interesting fact is that it is also used as a supplement for pets… especially dogs and cats.
But before we go into that, let’s take a step back and cover the basics…

What Is Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is the product made from a plant called “Cannabis sativa”, also known as “marijuana”. However, this does not mean that it has psychoactive properties or that it can get you high.
You see,the plant “Cannabis sativa” has different parts and you get different results when you consume those parts. Some parts have lower quantities of THC, the biochemical substance that induces the “high” associated with consuming marijuana. Other parts have higher concentration of THC, hence it is used for “getting high”.

What Kind Of Hemp Oil Do You Need?

Hemp oil in a health-related context can be presented in two ways – either as a hemp seed oil or as a CBD hemp oil.
Hemp seed oil is a nutritional oil made from hemp seeds, one of the most nourishing super-foods on the planet. It packs a lot of healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals and micro-elements. It is also great for your skin and for improving digestion, lowering inflammation and has other health benefits as well.
Although it is very healthy to use in everyday life, hemp seed oil is not a “medicine” per se as it has low concentrations of CBD, the biochemical substance that is responsible for triggering healthy responses in our bodies.
CBD hemp oil, on the other hand, is much richer in CBD (as the name suggests) and its uses are more medicinal rather than nutritional. Studies have shown that CBD hemp oil is effective in treating many chronic health issues, from cancer to diabetes, neurological and psychiatric disorders, chronic pain and many more.

Is CBD Hemp Oil Good For Your Dog?

As CBD hemp oil is quickly raising in popularity, yet another interesting thing occurs – veterinary marijuana is being researched as well. Although there are no conclusive studies just yet in this direction, some people swear by CBD hemp oil for fantastic results for their pets’ healing.
CBD hemp oil’s popularity is raising so much that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has also begun lobbying for further research into the subject by the federal government. The organisation has even posted testimonials from pet owners using CBD on their website. Times are changing for the use of CBD – both for pet owners and their pets.
According to the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, marijuana toxicosis in animals increased alongside medical marijuana use in Colorado. Marijuana toxicosis happens when the psychoactive properties in marijuana cause anxiety, abnormal behavior, diarrhea, vomiting and other negative effects. In some rare cases, ingesting strong doses of marijuana has resulted in animal deaths.
In the same time, based on the available evidence (both anecdotal and otherwise), the side effects related to CBD treatments are both rare and mild.
A quick search online exposes a growing community of pet owners who have begun treating their aging and ailing pets with CBD hemp oil and many, if not most, are reporting extremely positive results.
According to the AVMA, CBD has been used to treat a variety of ailments in animals. This list includes many symptoms that humans also treat with CBD hemp oil themselves as well. Symptoms such as pain, inflammation, seizures, cancer and its associated issues, phobias, digestive issues and anxiety as well.
Other owners have reported treating their animals with CBD products to offer better palliative care. These owners report that their animals’ quality of life has vastly improved – gaining weight, energy and appetite, and even started wagging their tails and purring again.
One study has shown that 61.8% to 95% of owners approved CBD laced treats for health benefits in their pets.
CBD hemp oil can be useful with both chronic and acute diseases when it comes to dogs (and pets in general).
When it comes to chronic conditions, it can help with arthritis, weak immune systems, stress responses, aggression and digestive issues. There are also studies researching CBD hemp oil’s effects on Type 1 diabetes, organ diseases and cancer.
Veterinarians are also finding that CBD hemp oil can be useful in treating acute ailments like sprains and strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks and even in post-operative care to reduce swelling, pain and stiffness.
If your dog is taking conventional drugs for any of the above-mentioned conditions, CBD hemp oil may make it possible to use lower doses of the drugs to achieve therapeutic effects – hence avoiding potential side-effects as well.

Not All CBD Hemp Oils Are Equal

There are many companies trying to jump onto the “CBD hemp oil” train – including specialized CBD hemp oil for dogs and cats. However, it is critical for pet owners to understand where the CBD hemp oil is sourced from. That is because various degrees of radioactivity and toxicity is present in these crops and surely you want the best for your dog (and other pets). Try to avoid CBD sourced from Russia or China.
That is why it is extremely important to know where your CBD hemp oil is sourced from, and choose the best option for you and your dog.
It is useful to keep in mind that CBD hemp oil does not have any psychoactive properties so it will not get your pets “high”. Dogs and cats lack the ability to effectively metabolize THC, the psychoactive element in the cannabis plant.
It can be very dangerous to give your pet anything containing any psychoactive levels of THC, such as medical marijuana products now being sold in much of the United States. Remember to buy hemp products with THC concentrations under 0.03%!
Make sure that you also start from a low dosage and be patient – the results do not occur overnight!
CBD hemp oil might just be the miracle your dog is waiting for – offer him the best care he deserves.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017



Hemp Farmacy on Grace Street (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Hemp Farmacy is the first to import legal certified hemp seed into North Carolina for the first time in eighty years, according to a news release.
Hempleton Investment Group says it has been working for two years to establish interest in North Carolina hemp production and to meet all requirements in order to obtain an license from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to have hemp back in North Carolina. This is a historic moment for NC,” says Hempleton Investment Group owner Justin Hamilton. “This opportunity, which has exponential growth potential, will create a new rotation crop for farmers and create new jobs across the state from textile manufacturing to renewable energy.”
As an aggregator, Hempleton has helped form a growing cooperative of farmers throughout the state. Farmers in this cooperative who have received a permit number to grow hemp from the NC Dept. of Agriculture will receive and plant their seeds as soon as weather allows. Hempleton Investment Group is still seeking farmers who are interested in growing hemp.
The Hemp Farmacy first opened on Grace Street in downtown Wilmington. They recently announced the opening of a second store. 

Why did the ‘Hemp For Victory’ film disappear? How the US hid all evidence of the film after WWII

By Kit O'Connell

During World War II, hemp was so desperately needed by the Allies that the United States briefly reversed its stance on hemp and encouraged farmers to grow it. Afterwards, they tried to erase all records of the campaign.
Millions of people are rediscovering the benefits of hemp, both as a health remedy in CBD oil and a raw ingredient in dozens of hemp-based products. Far fewer are aware of hemp’s history in the U.S. as a cash crop, or the lengths that the government went to suppress that history.
One of the most remarkable examples is “Hemp For Victory,” an educational film produced by the USDA in 1942 that encouraged farmers to grow hemp. After the war, when growing hemp again became illegal again, the government hid the existence of the film for years until pro-cannabis activists forced them to bring it back into the light.
hemp for victory film
The story of “Hemp For Victory,” and indeed the facts laid out in the film itself, make it clear that hemp was once an essential part of American (and indeed, virtually all human) life, and could be once again if laws continue to change.


Before cannabis and hemp were made illegal in the aftermath of alcohol prohibition, they were everyday parts of many people’s lives. Hemp was used to make products like cloth, rope, and sails from the moment the American colonies began, Early drafts of the Declaration of Independencewere written on hemp paper, though the final version still preserved today is written on parchment.
While smokable cannabis likely reached the United States in the early days of the 20th century (the common slang term “marijuana” reflects its likely origins as an import via Mexico), cannabis tinctures were widely used in medicine for at least a century beforehand, even available in many drug stores. For a brief moment, Turkish smoking parlors were all the rage in American high society.
Of course, all that changed with the beginning of the war on drugs. As alcohol prohibition ended, much of the same law enforcement apparatus that had targeted speakeasies and booze smuggling turned against cannabis in the 1930s. Even humble hemp was demonized for the cause of drug prohibition — until, that is, the U.S. military faced a wartime shortage decades later during World War II.


Long ago when these ancient Grecian temples were new, hemp was already old in the service of mankind. For thousands of years, even then, this plant had been grown for cordage and cloth in China and elsewhere in the East. For centuries prior to about 1850 all the ships that sailed the western seas were rigged with hempen rope and sails.
For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was indispensable. …
— From “Hemp For Victory”
“Hemp For Victory” is a fascinating film, not only because of its origins and the attempted cover-up, but for its contents as well. In 13 and a half minutes, the USDA offers a concise history and truth of hemp that’s been largely censored from textbooks. Hemp was a central part of human culture and even today hundreds of thousands of acres are legally grown worldwide.
It’s also remarkable that a government agency would flip flop on a core drug policy, going from banning to encouraging hemp, just about a decade after the war on drugs began.
As the film explains, “the culture of hemp in America declined,” though the cause had as much to do with drug prohibition as with the “cheaper imported fibers” the USDA blamed. In any case, under wartime conditions, imported hemp became dangerously scarce.
“Philippine and East Indian sources of hemp [are] in the hands of the Japanese, and shipment of jute from India curtailed,” explains “Hemp For Victory.”
Efforts to encourage hemp growing were already underway:
In 1942, patriotic farmers at the government’s request planted 36,000 acres of seed hemp, an increase of several thousand percent. The goal for 1943 is 50,000 acres of seed hemp.
After the war came to a close, imported hemp became available again, and “Hemp For Victory” was buried in the government vaults.


Today, you can find “Hemp For Victory” in the U.S. National Archives, under record number “1682.” But sometime after the film’s release and the end of the war, it’s existence had been scrubbed from government records, including the archives. The USDA had even asked college libraries to remove the film from their holdings.
After decades in obscurity, in 1989 a number of cannabis activists, including the famous hemp expert Jack Herer, discovered or were given copies of “Hemp For Victory” on VHS. Despite the film’s obvious government origins, inquiries to government agencies, from the USDA to the Library of Congress, came up empty handed. Here’s a typical response from one government official, as quoted in “The Great Book Of Hemp“:
We contacted the Washington, DC office of the Department of Agriculture and also the Federal Audio Center and have been unable to locate any film with the title “Hemp for Victory” that was produced by any department of the federal government.
Herer attempted to find the film at the National Archives to no avail, but in May 1990, a hemp researcher named John Birrenbach received a different answer from another archivist, who successfully discovered both reels of the original film. For a fee, Birrenbach received an official government videocassette copy of the film, finally definitively proving that it was a real USDA film. The cover of the original VHS box can be seen on Birrenbach’s website, The Institute For Cannabis.


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Unearthing “Hemp For Victory,” and the other strides made by pro-cannabis activists like Herer and Birrenbach, have helped modern Americans rediscover hemp’s great potential.
Today, most hemp is still imported from overseas. This can sometimes cause issues with quality and purity of CBD extracts and other hemp products. At the same time, high quality organic sources are available, and hemp is once again being grown in the U.S. thanks to progress toward legalization.
Despite continued threats from the U.S. government, over half the U.S. plus the District of Columbia have passed laws loosening restrictions on cannabis, and pilot hemp growing programs continue under regulations outlined in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Domestic hemp farmers once contributed to victory for the U.S. and its allies in World War II. Someday soon, hemp’s tremendous potential could once again represent victory for all the earth’s people.