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HMJ Classics: Hemp & Henry Ford

[Originally part of a series called "4 Fascinating Facts About Hemp"]   Love him or hate him — major player in world-wide industrialization, latter-day robber baron, Nazi sympathizer, rich as hell — Henry Ford understood the potential and the value of the industrial applications of the cannabis — hemp — plant. Back in the 1930′s […]

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HMJ Classics: Hemp in 10,000 – 8,000 BCE

[Originally part of a series called "4 Fascinating Facts About Hemp"] More on the ancient lineage of our favorite plant. 1. 10,000 BCE — industries using hemp fiber to manufacture textiles appear in China; more-or-less simultaneously 2. 10,000 BCE — industries using hemp fiber to manufacture textiles appear in several places in Eurasia. It’s a […]

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HMJ Classics: Hemp & Cats & Dogs (India, 1899)

[This was originally part of a series called "4 Fascinating Facts About Hemp"]   We’re going to color outside the lines for this one. This is from the British Medical Journal published in 1899. It is a report on giving dogs and cats “Indian hemp” “by mouth.” Medibles, I guess. This is serious medical research […]

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HMJ Classics: Hemp’s Place as Medicine

[Originally a part of the series "4 Fascinating Facts About Hemp"]   Healing is all in a day’s work for the hemp plant. 1. A Chinese compendium of herbal medicines, the Pen T’aso Kang Mu, was first published around 2800 BCE. Cannabis is recommended for treating constipation, gout, malaria, rheumatism and menstrual problems. It was […]

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Connecticut Embracing Hemp

Another state, Connecticut, is moving to embrace hemp.   Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy this week signed legislation, House Bill 5476, to study the feasibility of establishing a regulated commercial hemp industry. The measure calls on the three state agencies, The Department of Agriculture, the Department of Consumer Protection, and the Department of Economic and Community […]

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HMJ Classics: Hemp & Hinduism

[First posted as part of a series called "4 Fascinating Facts About Hemp"]   Cannabis is one of humanity’s oldest cultivated plants. Hinduism is one of humanity’s oldest religions. No surprise, they have a history together. 1. The Hindu scripture called the Rig Veda, which dates to around 1500 BCE [that's 3,500 years ago], states […]

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Oregon: 2 Streams, 1 Destination

There are two distinct re-legalization efforts underway in Oregon.   Two separate cannabis legalization campaigns in Oregon are making headlines this week – for opposite reasons. New Approach Oregon, which is spearheading a recreational legalization ballot measure, said on Monday it has gathered more than 100,000 signatures. The group has until July 3 to collect […]

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HMJ CLassics: Hemp & Shinto

Originally an installment in a series called “4 Fascinating Facts About Hemp.”   Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan. It has a rich mythology where hemp has an important role: 1. Hemp is used to purify and to drive out evil. Some version of “exorcism” — driving out evil — is addressed by all […]

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Kentucky Gets Its’ Hemp Seed

Here’s a happy turn in a story HMJ has been following.   State officials received 286 pounds of hemp seeds late last week after federal anti-drug officials signed off on plans enabling the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to cultivate the crop as part of a series of statewide research projects. The US Drug Enforcement Administration […]

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Hemp Making Headway

Got good news on the hemp front.   SOUTH CAROLINA: State legislators last week approved legislation reclassifying varieties of cannabis possessing minute quantities of THC as an industrial crop rather than a controlled substance. Senate Bill 839 states, “It is lawful for an individual to cultivate, produce, or otherwise grow industrial hemp in this State […]

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