Hemp Update
Nov19

Hemp Update

You may recall last spring when the DEA seized a shipment of hemp seed bound for a research project.  Here's the harvest end of the story.   Hemp is grown in more than 30 nations, led by China. Even though it couldn’t be grown in the U.S., sales of hemp products, such as oilseeds and fiber, reached $581 million last year, up 24 percent from a year earlier, said the Hemp Industries Association, a trade group. “I see hemp’s future...

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Missouri To Grow Hemp for MMJ
Oct29

Missouri To Grow Hemp for MMJ

Some encouraging news from the nation's heartland.  Cannabis is being invited back into the house everywhere.   Cannabis growers of a different stripe can begin submitting applications to the Missouri government next month for licenses to cultivate hemp. Missouri is one of several states that passed legislation this year permitting the cultivation and use of high-CBD, low-THC cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy. On Nov. 3, the...

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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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