Hemp History

1999: HempNut, Inc. Banner Ads for Hemp Food

1999: HempNut, Inc. Banner Ads for Hemp Food

Back in 1999 websites were fairly static, before embedded videos and Flash. Many still had excruciatingly slow dial-up connections to the internet, so file size had to be small. Some of us remember waiting hours to download one small image, and we still thought it was the coolest thing. Thus the only practical way to … Continue reading "1999: HempNut, Inc. Banner Ads for Hemp Food" ...
Richard Rose’s Years at Hemp Industries Association (HIA)

Richard Rose’s Years at Hemp Industries Association (HIA)

Few know my history helping turn the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) into a credible trade group. I hold it accountable today because I feel a responsibility to keep it on the straight and narrow, like I did years ago. My work driving the interest in food was the first for it, skeptical from the start … Continue reading "Richard Rose’s Years at Hemp Industries Association (HIA)" ...
2000: Tofu Tsar

2000: Tofu Tsar

2000: Tofu Tsar. Northern California Bohemian, Nov 22, by Paula Harris. OUR OWN LOCAL tofu tsar, Richard Rose, is a guy we can thank for popularizing tofu, somehow making the bland pallid gunk suitable (hey, even desirable) for the American palate. He’s also founder and president of the Rella Good Cheese Co. and HempNut Inc. … Continue reading "2000: Tofu Tsar" ...
1980-2020: Richard Rose Industry Firsts

1980-2020: Richard Rose Industry Firsts

Vegan and Soyfoods FirstsVegan restaurant in California (1980)Vegan egg-nog (1981)Tofu merchandised in a box (1985)Tofu frozen dessert powdered mixes (1985)Tofu ice cream exported to Japan (1986)Food & Beverage Marketing “Leading Innovator of 1986” (1986)Organic vegan cream cheese (1994)Introduced 80+ vegan and soyfoods (1980-1994): Brightsong Tofu, Marinated Tofu, Vege-Herb Tofu, Soymilk, Tofu Creamie, Tofu Salad Dressing, … Continue reading "1980-2020: Richard Rose Industry Firsts" ...
2002: DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion

2002: DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion

DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion. Natural Foods Merchandiser, March 2002, p. 18, 20, by Mitchell Clute. On Oct. 9, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a clarification of the Controlled Substances Act of 1972 stating that hemp foods containing any detectable levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, will henceforth be considered illegal … Continue reading "2002: DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion" ...
2001: DEA Threatens Hemp Industry

2001: DEA Threatens Hemp Industry

DEA Threatens Hemp Industry. Vitamin Retailer, December 2001, by Lisa Schofield. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued new interim rules stating that any hemp product that “causes THC to enter the human body” may not be manufactured, sold or consumed in the United States. These rules, which were published in the October 9 issue … Continue reading "2001: DEA Threatens Hemp Industry" ...
1995: Hemp As Food

1995: Hemp As Food

Hemp As Food. SHARE Guide, Nov/Dec 1995, by Richard Rose. Care, Handling, and Preparation of Hemp Seeds It is taught that Buddha ate one hemp seed a day for three years in his ascetic period. If hemp seed was good enough for Buddha, it should be good enough for us. But how, and in what … Continue reading "1995: Hemp As Food" ...
1998: Hemp Association Guides Budding Industry

1998: Hemp Association Guides Budding Industry

In the early days of hemp foods we had unique issues, from calming consumer fears about THC and drug tests to social legitimization of the emerging segment. Hempsters back then were into fiber, long before CBD, and skeptical that hemp could ever be a commercial food ingredient. So I started the HFA to help other … Continue reading "1998: Hemp Association Guides Budding Industry" ...
1996: Shaking its Seedy Past

1996: Shaking its Seedy Past

Shaking its seedy past. Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jan 29 1996, by Ted Appel. Subhead: Industrial-grade hemp generating business surge It’s no pipe dream: Hemp, the clean-and sober cousin of marijuana, is becoming big business. Again.  Used for centuries to make ropes and paper, hemp is starting to shake its seedy reputation in the United … Continue reading "1996: Shaking its Seedy Past" ...
1999: Switzerland Allows Sale of Marijuana Labeled As Hemp

1999: Switzerland Allows Sale of Marijuana Labeled As Hemp

In the ’90s Switzerland allowed the open sale of “sachets” of locally-grown outdoor marijuana, and the sky didn’t fall, stoned zombies didn’t roam the streets, and no one become a junkie overnight. They had a definition of hemp defined by end-use, not % THC. Since they were sachets for fragrance in your armoire, they were … Continue reading "1999: Switzerland Allows Sale of Marijuana Labeled As Hemp" ...
2001: From Cheese to Seeds

2001: From Cheese to Seeds

A HempNut Store and Café franchise prototype was just one of the many casualties of the unfortunate suit by the fiber- and retail-based Hemp Industries Association (HIA) suing DEA for legalizing 96% of the hemp industry (no max THC). That killed the hemp food market for years, and almost took Canadian hemp with it. Flush … Continue reading "2001: From Cheese to Seeds" ...
2000: Rosebud (High Times Interview)

2000: Rosebud (High Times Interview)

Rosebud. High Times Interview. High Times, April 2000, photos and story by Dan Skye. Richard Rose was a sickly child until he discovered he was allergic to dairy products. Changing his diet changed his life. At 43, the California native is an energetic entrepreneur who built a small natural foods empire, The Rella Good Cheese … Continue reading "2000: Rosebud (High Times Interview)" ...
2001: DEA Legalizes Hemp Products, HIA Sues to Stop It

2001: DEA Legalizes Hemp Products, HIA Sues to Stop It

Hemp’s False Flag Event It was a perfect storm of fckery: a half-dozen lawyers smelling hundreds of thousands in billable hours, a recently-taken Vote Hemp wanting to foment upset via the victim narrative for donations, Bronner wanting to make a big splash, and stoners with no skin in the game suing DEA over hemp was … Continue reading "2001: DEA Legalizes Hemp Products, HIA Sues to Stop It" ...
Cannabis Marketing Best Practices

Cannabis Marketing Best Practices

Marketing Best Practice #1: I put an inch-and-a-half high neon green 7-finger marijuana leaf on a dark purple background and the word HEMP just as big on the shelf of thousands of supermarkets and natural food stores coast-to-coast in both the US and Canada as far back as 25 years ago. Even an Air Force … Continue reading "Cannabis Marketing Best Practices" ...
1999: First Online Hemp Store, “Finance Your Activism”

1999: First Online Hemp Store, “Finance Your Activism”

Starting in 1999 HempNut, Inc. had hemp’s first online food store, on Yahoo! Stores. It may have even been the first online hemp store of any kind. It was unique for the fact that if one bought a full case, they paid the wholesale price (one-half the retail price). That was by design, to encourage … Continue reading "1999: First Online Hemp Store, “Finance Your Activism”" ...
2004: Ninth Circuit says Hemp Suit “Gratuitous”

2004: Ninth Circuit says Hemp Suit “Gratuitous”

Starting in 2001 the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) killed the hemp foods market for 2.5 years, and almost took Canadian hemp down with it, for NOTHING, all over a lie. In a post-9/11 world, DEA wanted to concentrate on terrorism and was willing to explicitly legalize hemp products with any amount of THC, no maximum, … Continue reading "2004: Ninth Circuit says Hemp Suit “Gratuitous”" ...
1934: Henry Ford, Vegan Foods + Hemp Pioneer

1934: Henry Ford, Vegan Foods + Hemp Pioneer

As one who has processed tons of soybean into foods starting in the ’70s, and then the same for hempseed starting 25 years ago, I’m certain that if Henry Ford knew hempeed exceeded soybean in nutrition and flavor, he would have done all his food work with it instead of soya. Hempseed tastes way better, … Continue reading "1934: Henry Ford, Vegan Foods + Hemp Pioneer" ...
1994: Hemp Foods are pre-DSHEA, But Just Barely

1994: Hemp Foods are pre-DSHEA, But Just Barely

In 1994 I introduced the first perishable hemp food, HempRella cheese alternative. We were at Booth #1 in the foyer entrance of the huge ExpoEast natural food trade show in Baltimore. Coming down the escalator to enter it, you couldn’t help but notice us and our hemp leaf signs, we were <right there>. The booth … Continue reading "1994: Hemp Foods are pre-DSHEA, But Just Barely" ...

1915: Hempseed, the Original Animal Feed

USDA is demanding studies before admitting the obvious: Hempseed is the original animal feed. Ironic. In 1915 Hempseed was one of the grains used to develop modern animal feeds, and the idea of combining proteins to increase quality. Here are more Hemp citations found in academic literature that I commissioned in 1999 for my book … Continue reading "1915: Hempseed, the Original Animal Feed" ...

Obscure Historical Hemp References

Here are more Hemp citations found in academic literature that I commissioned in 1999 for my book The HempNut Health and Cookbook. The source was an agriculture database which is not online, with perhaps a million references. All were originally sourced by hand from libraries around the world for at least the past 45 years … Continue reading "Obscure Historical Hemp References" ...
2000: “Hey Dude! Hemp Food Is Here.” Better Homes and Gardens

2000: “Hey Dude! Hemp Food Is Here.” Better Homes and Gardens

Many mainstream publications wrote about my hemp foods decades ago. The bad puns were new and adorably part of it. What does Normalization of Cannabis look like? Like this: Better Homes and Gardens, that bastion of mainstream homemakers. Hey Dude! Hemp Food Is Here. Better Homes and Gardens, 2000. Chips, snack bars, and burgers made … Continue reading "2000: “Hey Dude! Hemp Food Is Here.” Better Homes and Gardens" ...

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