Hemp Goes to College in Illinois
Sep08

Hemp Goes to College in Illinois

In Illinois, hemp is celebrating its' new image by going back to college.   [Illinois] Democrat Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation into law last week authorizing state universities to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The measure, House Bill 5085, mandates the state Department of Agriculture to adopt rules so that higher education facilities can develop pilot programs involving the cultivation of cannabis plants...

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HMJ Classics:  Hemp & Henry Ford
Jul20

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 . . . 1. 250 miles north of Chicago, IL, at a place called Iron Mountain, Ford Motor Company has a...

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HMJ Classics:  Hemp in 10,000 – 8,000 BCE
Jul13

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 useful plant. Humanity finds an ally. 3. A trace of hemp fabric from around 8,000 BCE...

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HMJ Classics:  Hemp & Cats & Dogs (India, 1899)
Jul06

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 for the time. “. . . show symptoms in from three-quarters of an hour to an hour and a half. In the preliminary stage cats...

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HMJ Classics:  Hemp’s Place as Medicine
Jun29

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 also used to manage pain in surgical operations. 2. In [Hindu] Indian medicine the ancient text, the...

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Connecticut Embracing Hemp
Jun25

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 Development to evaluate the feasibility of legalizing the...

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