Hemp – not cannabis

Posted: 08/04/2012 in Big Food, Big Pharma, ONE planet
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Hemp is not cannabis, I never knew that. Because they are not the same the reason for making the growing of hemp cannot be its use as a recreational drug. Here are hemp facts from Green Living

“The word ‘hemp’ for many people still conjures up images primarily related to the mood altering drug, Marijuana.

While Cannabis Sativa is certainly used extensively for medicinal, illicit and ‘recreational’ purposes as marijuana, industrial hemp is a different strain containing very little of the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. You simply cannot get high on industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp is an extraordinarily useful plant that can provide more environmentally friendly food, fiber, fuel, medicinal and building products.

Hemp is incredibly robust to the point in some places it is invasive and is considered a noxious weed. Some varieties are very hardy and able to thrive in saline and heavily degraded soils. It’s these characteristics that make it a great candidate to replace pesticide and herbicide dependent crops such as cotton. Hemp is also a water miser and can be processed into useful products with little energy and without requiring toxic chemicals.

Here’s some other fast facts about hemp

Hempseed has high levels of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, essential fatty acids and trace elements.

Hempseed oil comprises nearly a third of the seeds’ weight; making it a viable source for cooking oil, lighting and bio-fuel.

Hempseed oil is also beneficial as a body care product and can be made into soaps, conditioners and lotions.

The stalk provides an incredibly strong, durable and rot resistant fiber that’s been used in the shipping industry for centuries. As hemp can grow over ten feet tall, the long fibers are perfect for rope.

The short fibers of the stalk can be used in textiles as a replacement or blender fiber for cotton.

The core of the stalk can be used to make paper and organic plastics.

The woody core, known as hurds, can be mixed with lime, sand, plaster and cement to create a very strong concrete or building bricks.

The core fiber can also be utilized in producing a fiberboard that is twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard.

The stalk can also be used to make methanol and ethanol

Hemp can be planted as a crop for restoring the fertility of fields in the process of stock rotation.

Given its fast growth, hemp may also be useful in carbon sequestration – taking carbon out of the air and putting it back into the earth.

Hemp is a great insulation material that can be applied in the wall cavaties and roof spaces of houses as a replacement for fiberglass batts.

The flowers and leaves are used to make medicines for treating many ailments such as glaucoma and cancer sufferers can be prescribed it to ease pain.” I couldn’t find the book referred to in the rest of the article.

Hemp and cannabis are different and hemp is very useful. So when the Thrive Exposed guy, Myles, says:-

“A small group control the world because the most superior resource on earth (Hemp) is illegal.”

My blog response was “I love a good conspiracy but isn’t this a bit much?” Look at the above, look what can be done with hemp – that cannot be patented, and look at how many products hemp would compete with Proctor and Gamble. I can see Myles’ frustration, still not sure about his Thrive crit.

So I investigated hemp illegality. Now Thailand is famous for its drug laws so it is not a good measure on drug issues – I believe people can get what they want but sentences are severe. But what about hemp? It is illegal, although there are legal outlets.

From a business site:-

Due to the legal and regulatory environment in Thailand at this time, Industrial Hemp is allowed to be grown by Hill Tribes only. In most cases Hill Tribe villages have small plots (1-2Ha) of total land for cultivation of hemp resulting in low volume and high costs. Be prepared to pay more for Hemp raw materials in Thailand because of the logistics involved.

Thai Hemp Industries (THI) concentrates effort on Kenaf (Deccan Hemp, Hibiscus Cannbinus L.) which offers a suitable alternative to Industrial Hemp raw materials and legal for all farmers in Thailand to cultivate and benefit from.

Now the King has sanctioned a project involving hemp, this project is called “The Mon Ngo Royal Project Development Center” from this page. Thai people love their king, and to get royal seal of approval is very important here – and hemp has it even though in general it is illegal to grow it. Here is a group of Thai women who make hemp products.

Hemp is apparently part of the Hmong tradition so they are allowed to grow it and it has a tourist outlet. Here is a clip of what the Hmong people do.

And here is where hemp is allowed to be grown throughout the world..

And the law represents the 1% first, so far Myles you’re on the button.

Here is a 5 minute-clip I got from Forbidden Knowledge TV, showing the different uses of hemp. Growing hemp has been legalised in the UK, and you can see the benefits:-

Hemp in the car is useful as fibre-glass is being questioned. And here is some more info on hemp as fuel.

Myles, it is quite clear to me that your claim for the hemp plant is valid. It has many uses and could definitely benefit people if the law allowed its growth – as in the UK.

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