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Colorado: Hemp Food Hotbed

From the Hemp Food Association: “Colorado not only pioneered the CBD industry in 2014, but it has also long been active in making hemp foods. Its historical importance to the hemp food movement helped create the first billion-dollar and widest-diffused segment, 90% of Canadian hemp, the seed for food use. Since becoming “legal” to the … Continue reading "Colorado: Hemp Food Hotbed" ...
Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude

Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude

Moving a certified cultivar just one degree south can change the characteristics it was certified to express. Now imagine a Polish variety in Texas, 10° south Harbin in the north is the hemp growing region of China: ...
“Mariguana” and “Rosa Maria” in the 1846 Mexican Pharmacopeia

“Mariguana” and “Rosa Maria” in the 1846 Mexican Pharmacopeia

The term “Marijuana” has been in the Mexican Pharmacopeia since at least 1846, including its variations “Mariguana” and “Marihuana”, referring to the genus Cannabis in a language in which both J and G are pronounced as H, as well as “Rosa Maria” for Cannabis Indica. Could “Red Mary” refer to the reddish tint of some … Continue reading "“Mariguana” and “Rosa Maria” in the 1846 Mexican Pharmacopeia" ...

Market Trends and Regulations for Industrial Hemp in the European Union

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, Global Agricultural Information Network released a report in August on hemp in the E.U. “Hemp demand and production is growing worldwide. This report reviews the regulatory framework and major consumption trends for hemp in the European Union.” Download the report at: https://apps.fas.usda.gov/newgainapi/api/Report/DownloadReportByFileName?fileName=Market%20Trends%20and%20Regulations%20for%20Industrial%20Hemp%20in%20the%20European%20Union_Brussels%20USEU_European%20Union_E42022-0052.pdf (might have to first Right-click the link then Save … Continue reading "Market Trends and Regulations for Industrial Hemp in the European Union" ...
China Hemp Import Requirements

China Hemp Import Requirements

Considering exporting hemp to China? Although it’s a bit like “coals to Newcastle,” here’s what you need to know. This report was prepared by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, Global Agricultural Information Network last year: Date:  September 22, 2021Report Number: CH2021-0113Report Name: China’s Hemp and Hemp Products Import Policies Report Highlights:While hemp has been grown in … Continue reading "China Hemp Import Requirements" ...

11 Useful Resources for Hemp Companies

The following are some useful links to 11 very good resources for Hemp companies. Some are quite long and detailed, a few hundred pages. The State of Minnesota published a great manual on hemp, with quite a bit on food: Building an Industrial Hemp Industry In Minnesota“With the interest in industrial hemp growing both nationally … Continue reading "11 Useful Resources for Hemp Companies" ...

Biofuels Starve Humans

Many point to hemp’s potential as a fuel, despite it being an energy net-loss when made into diesel. I never understood the attraction to using a highly nutritious polyunsaturated oil costing as much as $60/gallon to put in peoples’ cars instead of their stomachs. But in this age of food insecurity it makes even less … Continue reading "Biofuels Starve Humans" ...

Biden’s Biotech E.O. Could Help Hemp

Hemp grain has a place in President Biden’s recent Executive Order to leverage biotech to create “alternative sources of food,” among other things, providing federal funding to do so. We still don’t really have the grain cultivars we need, such as those with higher yields but shorter height, high oleic acid, or higher lysine. While … Continue reading "Biden’s Biotech E.O. Could Help Hemp" ...
“Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet”

“Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet”

“Regenesis” is a new book from The Guardian reporter George Monbiot that is a damning indictment of the impact of meat-raising on land use efficiency, output per acre, wildlife, and carbon and green house gas (GHG) load. He called organic pasture-fed beef and lamb the “most damaging farm products.” It also takes regenerative meat, and … Continue reading "“Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet”" ...
Hempire Hemp Shoes to Ukraine Army

Hempire Hemp Shoes to Ukraine Army

Hempire, a hemp company in Ukraine, is supporting the army and supplying them with real hemp shoes. These shoes are super-light and comfortable and protect feet from sweating. To inquire about products, click: https://hempire.tech/products or call +380 50 312 3491. ...
Most Complete Book on Hemp Textiles Ever

Most Complete Book on Hemp Textiles Ever

I expect this book will become The Bible of traditional hemp textiles found in many cultures across the globe. “Git Skoglund is a Swedish textile researcher and journalist, who has studied the Cannabis plant and its many useful products since the early 1990s. Her primary focus is hemp textiles made by traditional cultures, and her … Continue reading "Most Complete Book on Hemp Textiles Ever" ...

95% CBD + 5% THC Treats Autism

Cannabinoids as a potential treatment for Autism (studies used 20:1 ratio of CBD:THC). Read the study at: https://www.imrpress.com/journal/FBE/14/1/10.31083/j.fbe1401001/htm#b193 ...

Canopyright™: CYA for Breeders

Before giving your prized genetics to Cornell or OSU or Phylos or USDA, get a genomic test and register it with Canopyright. Any Cannabis type, marijuana or hemp. You want to keep honest people honest but if they or their predecessor stumble, you want protection from theft of your IP. Otherwise these seed bank collections … Continue reading "Canopyright™: CYA for Breeders" ...
Variability in Antinutritional compounds in Hempseed meal of Italian and French varieties

Variability in Antinutritional compounds in Hempseed meal of Italian and French varieties

“AbstractThe use of hempseed flours in the animal diets may be limited by the presence of antinutritive compounds. The content of phytic acid, condensed tannins, trypsin inhibitors, cyanogenic glycosides and saponins was evaluated in hempseed meal of three italian varieties (dioecious) and three french varieties (monoecious) of Cannabis sativa L. The analysis of variance showed … Continue reading "Variability in Antinutritional compounds in Hempseed meal of Italian and French varieties" ...

The effects of germination on the composition and functional properties of hemp seed protein isolate

Sprouting the hempseed then using the protein fraction from it makes a functional protein ingredient for meat alternatives and perhaps frozen desserts: “The effects of germination on the composition and functional properties of hemp seed protein isolate AbstractThe effects of germination on the functional properties of hemp seed protein isolates was evaluated in this study. … Continue reading "The effects of germination on the composition and functional properties of hemp seed protein isolate" ...
Separate from the Dunning-Kruger Pack

Separate from the Dunning-Kruger Pack

I’ve noticed that some people would rather spend $100,000 to do it wrong themselves than $10,000 to learn how to do it right from an expert. But the beginning stage is where the right consultant can add the most value. Especially because if you’re on the wrong path, the longer you go, the more attached … Continue reading "Separate from the Dunning-Kruger Pack" ...
USDA allocates $550 million for projects for underserved producers

USDA allocates $550 million for projects for underserved producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is allocating up to $550 million to support projects that enable underserved producers to access land, capital, and markets, and train the next, diverse generation of agricultural professionals. These investments are made through funding provided in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Section 1006, as amended by Section 22007 of … Continue reading "USDA allocates $550 million for projects for underserved producers" ...

Hemp Protein Best at Remediating Toxic “forever chemicals.”

“Abstract Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a group of environmentally persistent, man-made chemicals used in many industrial products and everyday consumer items. Of the plant proteins trialled, those of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) were found to be far superior for PFAS removal than the next best protein, soy. The use of hemp plant proteins … Continue reading "Hemp Protein Best at Remediating Toxic “forever chemicals.”" ...

Tax and Regulate Like Food

While consumable hemp and marijuana are required to be tested before sale, guess what isn’t? Food! And it’s killing people every year. Here’s just the latest example:https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/08/poopy-lettuce-at-wendys-still-prime-suspect-in-outbreak-that-just-doubled/?amp=1 ...
Whitewashing Hemp’s Failure

Whitewashing Hemp’s Failure

The following story reveals what happens when you take a company’s statements at face value, with no due diligence. It states that the hemp industry has matured, despite crashing hard for years now: Lies have been the main marketing tool of many hemp companies, from “fake it til you make it” to pump & dump … Continue reading "Whitewashing Hemp’s Failure" ...

How CBD is Actually Legal Today

This is something I’ve advocated for years: hempseed oil can legally contain Schedule 1 controlled substances as long as they are natural and unavoidably present, including THC and CBD. With hemp’s natural 20:1 CBD:THC ratio, 0.3% THC could result in 6% CBD. Legally. While the story below is regarding England, even in the US FDA … Continue reading "How CBD is Actually Legal Today" ...
Use New Type 3s in E.U., Here’s Why…

Use New Type 3s in E.U., Here’s Why…

Use of approved EU varieties is technically just to get CAP subsidies but those are only for fibre anyway. While they do provide an affirmative defense if a local cop comes calling, that’s nothing a few blue tags and certificates lying around can’t fix. As long as it’s <0.4% total THC (0.39 = 0.3) next … Continue reading "Use New Type 3s in E.U., Here’s Why" ...

Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Twice…

The New Normal, it appears, is to tell heads of state and bureaucrats about hemp, and make wild unlikely promises in order to get it legal especially in sub- and tropical nations, but also US states. One even said “industrial hemp is medicinal but marijuana is recreational” when legalizing hemp at a latitude not historically … Continue reading "Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Twice" ...

Science is Lazy, Not Stoners

While the big grant money is in seeking to find harms in teens consuming cannabinoids the better science is in figuring out how 50-year stoners cope, people in their 60s and beyond. Although previous studies revealed poor short-term memory from Cannabis, it’s not so much for older stoners, absent brain disease. The myth is of … Continue reading "Science is Lazy, Not Stoners" ...

Hemp in the 2023 Farm Bill

In the 2023 Farm Bill, besides addressing hemp cannabinoids and the “Value The Seed” proposal, I suggest the following. The first uses the UN’s definition of hemp, and is practical because the high CBD content makes the THC not be a diversion threat, and allows true testing of delta-9 THC content as Congress intended. The … Continue reading "Hemp in the 2023 Farm Bill" ...
FDA’s “Cannabis Derived Products Data Acceleration Plan”

FDA’s “Cannabis Derived Products Data Acceleration Plan”

Cannabis Derived Products Data Acceleration Plan by FDA Exploring Novel Data Sources to Help Inform Cannabis Derived Product Safety and Quality Gaps. October 2021. Click here to read more, including free download: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/cannabis-derived-products-data-acceleration-plan ...

Stoners Have Better Covid Outcomes

“Conclusions: This retrospective cohort study suggests that active cannabis users hospitalized with COVID-19 had better clinical outcomes compared with non-users, including decreased need for ICU admission or mechanical ventilation.” Read the study at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35932069/ ...

Gourmet Hemp Foods

From Gourmet Hemp Foods, maker of hempseed-based sauces: “According to Rye Matthews, a Kentucky Hemp Farmer, “There hasn’t been enough education and experience on the consumer side to understand that hemp is also a food and these products exist and taste great.” For example, sales of hemp milk are projected to reach $454 million but … Continue reading "Gourmet Hemp Foods" ...

Hemp Protein to Afghanistan

Founding Hemp Food Association member (1998) Hempzels® is helping bakers in Afghanistan improve the nutrition of their bread with hemp protein powder (presscake) made in Pennsylvania. Much like on the hemp fiber side where the hurd was lost or discarded until a commercial use for it was found (paper) around 1919, until about 20 years … Continue reading "Hemp Protein to Afghanistan" ...

Pot Bill Hurts Hemp Foods

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA) was released by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). It includes provisions for hemp, namely reducing max THC in products such as foods from 3,000 ppm to 10 ppm, harmonizing it down to Canada’s. This has been a goal of the ASTM D37 … Continue reading "Pot Bill Hurts Hemp Foods" ...

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