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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"...

Hemp Biochar Improves Soil

“Overall, the results indicate that HR and HB will have beneficial effects on soil health and productivity, therefore potentially improving soil’s resilience to changing climate.” Read the study at: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0264620...

ODS: a Model for FDA Office of Cannabis?

The Office of Dietary Supplements, part of the National Institutes of Health, is the lead federal government entity addressing the scientific exploration of dietary supplements. ODS is located in the NIH Office of the Director in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives in Bethesda, MD. ODS was established by Congress as part … Continue reading "ODS: a Model for FDA Office of Cannabis?"...
Hemp Food: 3x Better at CO2 Than Hempcrete

Hemp Food: 3x Better at CO2 Than Hempcrete

“The report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that, for each dollar, investment in improving and scaling up the production of meat and dairy alternatives resulted in three times more greenhouse gas reductions compared with investment in green cement technology, seven times more than green buildings and 11 times more than zero-emission cars. Project … Continue reading "Hemp Food: 3x Better at CO2 Than Hempcrete"...
Hemp Textiles OG: Barbara Filippone

Hemp Textiles OG: Barbara Filippone

From EnviroTextiles about the hemp textiles OG, Barbara Filippone: “June is Hemp History Month, and we celebrate one of the greatest natural fiber experts in the world. Barbara Filippone was a famous fashion designer working with natural fibers in India back in the 1980’s. Her infamous multimillion dollar design on launch was the “Godey skirt” … Continue reading "Hemp Textiles OG: Barbara Filippone"...
10 ppm Max THC an Int’l Trade Violation?

10 ppm Max THC an Int’l Trade Violation?

At 10 ppm max THC for hemp foods while the US is at 3,000 ppm, has Canada established an illegal non-tariff trade barrier in violation of USMCA (née NAFTA) and other international trade treaties? Especially since it appears Health Canada enforces it only on imports? And the same for the E.U. and its new 3.75/10 … Continue reading "10 ppm Max THC an Int’l Trade Violation?"...

Fiber Wars: The Twenties and the Rise of Chemurgy

June is Hemp History Month. Fiber Wars Chapter 6 The Twenties and the Rise of Chemurgy “The cause celebre of the Chemurgy Movement was ethanol fuels made from the fermentation of grain. In his analysis of the their initial interaction, David Wright described the reception of the chemurgists by the USDA as enthusiastic. But heavy … Continue reading "Fiber Wars: The Twenties and the Rise of Chemurgy"...

DEA Destroys Billions in CBD

June is Hemp History Month. Around 98% of the Cannabis that DEA has eradicated before 2014 was been hemp, “ditchweed,” over 5 Billion plants. That loss of germplasm has been costly: Kentucky and Colorado farmers had to import hemp seed to plant. And the CBD that desperate parents can’t get for their child? It’s in … Continue reading "DEA Destroys Billions in CBD"...
The Original “Hemp Hearts”

The Original “Hemp Hearts”

June is Hemp History Month. You’ve heard of “Hemp Hearts,” but did you know it’s not a generic term but rather a brand name stolen from the original Hemp Hearts company, owned by Roger Snow in Alberta, Canada? Many of the same people appropriating his trademark first turned their sights to my Hemp Nut, calling … Continue reading "The Original “Hemp Hearts”"...

Court: “Hemp Flowers Not Novel Food”

Big news: Polish Court rules that hemp flowers are NOT a novel food, and have a history of consumption: “this plant () has a history of use and does not constitute a novel food () the undoubted evidence presented by the party in the context of the procedure in question showed a history of consumption … Continue reading "Court: “Hemp Flowers Not Novel Food”"...

“Humphrey Ploughjogger”

June is Hemp History Month. “Humphrey Ploughjogger” was a pseudonym or nom de plume of founding father John Adams, the second U.S. President. The Humphrey Ploughjogger letters are in an American tradition of humor that arises from illiterate phonetic spelling and rustic dialect, and that is meant to cover an undertone of serious purpose. From … Continue reading "“Humphrey Ploughjogger”"...

EIHA: Future Goals?

As they are based in Brussels itself (the “Washington DC of the European Union”), and have a professional staff used to doing this for other industries, here are my suggestions for the European Industrial Hemp Association’s continued service to members: Lobby for the Common Agriculture Program (CAP) to include subsidies for hemp seed and flower … Continue reading "EIHA: Future Goals?"...

Shrooms Aren’t Weed

If I were 30, 40 years younger I’d develop a microdose product using a non-Scheduled psychedelic myco and get it into national distribution with clever marketing. It is time. It’s not always about heroic doses when it comes to psychedelics. There might be bigger money in a say 50 mg psilocybin product taken a couple … Continue reading "Shrooms Aren’t Weed"...

Open Call for Euro Food Innovators

“📣 BioeconomyVentures, developer of bioeconomic ecosystems, launches its first #OpenCall and is looking for 65 European innovators in the food sector, involving start-ups, spin-offs or SMEs. Are you developing solutions in the food sector? The “Future of Food” program is for you! More info 👇 ☝️ Applications will be open until 26 July 2022.“ Read … Continue reading "Open Call for Euro Food Innovators"...
AB45: Californians Dreamin’ & Screamin’

AB45: Californians Dreamin’ & Screamin’

California recently banned perishable hemp foods, despite a 28-year history of safety in that state. HempRella cheese alternative and Hempeh Burger were perishable foods introduced into international distribution in thousands of stores in 1994 by a Santa Rosa, California, company, Sharon’s Finest. It was even sold in the Travis AFB PX. Other products affected include … Continue reading "AB45: Californians Dreamin’ & Screamin’"...

Project Review Service

Since you only have one chance to pitch any particular investor, why not make the pitch as good as you can? I will review your project and make suggestions for improvement. Why me? This is why. Contact and tell me a little about your project (no secrets, just the public version) and if I think … Continue reading "Project Review Service"...

FDA’s Elegant CBD Solution

FDA is broken, with unelected bureaucrats unconstitutionally making new law by enforcing the Exclusionary Rule on CBD for the exact opposite of its intended use. Plus that whole lie about CBD not being marketed before GW’s application. There’s a reason CBD is but one of 20,000 unregistered NDIs, that’s just how badly FDA is broken. … Continue reading "FDA’s Elegant CBD Solution"...

USDA Hemp Grants

Ironic that there’s so little interest in improving the easiest segment in which most companies can pivot to hemp with, hemp’s first billion dollar segment, and 90% of Canadian hemp: seed as food. I guess we’ll just keep mimicking Canada“While the sheer scope of what we have yet to learn about industrial hemp might seem … Continue reading "USDA Hemp Grants"...

10 ppm Max THC an Int’l Trade Violation?

At 10 ppm max THC for hemp foods while the US is at 3,000, has Canada established an illegal non-tariff trade barrier in violation of USMCA (née NAFTA)? Especially since it appears Health Canada enforces it only on imports?...
Source of “Hemp = 4x More Fiber Than Trees”

Source of “Hemp = 4x More Fiber Than Trees”

Most of the hemp memes circulating are uncited so I investigate to see from whence they come, and thus their accuracy. That “hemp produces 300 gallons of oil and 8,000 pounds of seed per acre” one is the worst, it’s more like 35 gallons and 1,500 pounds if you’re lucky. I don’t ask for a … Continue reading "Source of “Hemp = 4x More Fiber Than Trees”"...

Food: Hemp’s Low-hanging Fruit for Success

With 25,000 possible products from hemp, which should you do first? CBD products require expensive extraction and packaging equipment and have regulatory issues, technically illegal to FDA. Fiber products need huge investment in infrastructure for an expensive product not yet approved for commercial building, or a $20 million investment if you want to make textiles. … Continue reading "Food: Hemp’s Low-hanging Fruit for Success"...

Animal Groups Clutch Pearls Over Hemp

Many don’t realize that in the early years the American Soybean Association hated us vegan food producers because we could turn scarcity into abundance, with our 16:1 net protein yield over meat. Opposing hempseed today, which has been fodder way longer than even rice or soya, would be right up their alley. Read more at: … Continue reading "Animal Groups Clutch Pearls Over Hemp"...

FDA Citizen’s Petition on CBD

The Natural Products Association has filed a citizen’s petition calling for FDA to either rule that CBD is a legal dietary ingredient or to make a rule allowing enforcement discretion on the substance. Read more at: https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Article/2022/02/22/npa-submits-citizen-s-petition-demanding-resolution-on-cbd-issue...
THC Varies By 8x in Hemp Tops

THC Varies By 8x in Hemp Tops

Did you know Cannabinoid levels in hemp tops can vary by 8x between the fan leaves and flowers? That’s why the test sample collection is so critical. USDA could achieve the practical effect of 1% max THC today, just by modifying the collection protocol...
Field Trials for Hempseed in Tasmania

Field Trials for Hempseed in Tasmania

Here is Cannabis scientist Robert C. Clarke discussing the 2018 field trials in Tasmania that I participated in. The plan was Rob would grow the hempseed and I would turn it into branded hemp foods and get it into people’s stomachs. The trial was 172 acres (70 ha) and 19 varieties. There are a few … Continue reading "Field Trials for Hempseed in Tasmania"...
Microdosing 20x Safer Than Cannabis

Microdosing 20x Safer Than Cannabis

Dr David Nutt is a drugs expert in England. His 2010 study “Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis” found that even heroic doses of psychedelics are safer than Cannabis, after accounting for 16 possible harms. For psychedelics those harms were “Drug-specific impairment of mental functioning” and “Family adversities.” But in today’s age … Continue reading "Microdosing 20x Safer Than Cannabis"...
Cannabinoid Facts Label

Cannabinoid Facts Label

This is one way to disclose Cannabinoid and Terpene content in a product, much like the FDA-mandated Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts already familiar to consumers. The advantage of this for the consumer is obvious, but how does it help the manufacturer? Because raw lab reports often reveal trade secrets. To the knowledgeable eye they … Continue reading "Cannabinoid Facts Label"...

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