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Vaping CBD 101: A Simple Introduction To Vaping With CBD

For many people with chronic pain or other conditions treated with CBD, vaping provides convenient and quick relief. With so many different types of vapes and CBD available, , getting started can be a daunting task for inexperienced vapers. This guide will get you started.

Vaping CBD is one of the easiest methods available to consume this beneficial supplement.

For many people with chronic pain or other conditions treated with CBD, vaping provides convenient and quick relief. However, getting started can be a daunting task for inexperienced vapers. With so many different types of vapes and CBD available, is that disposable pen vape at the headshop down the street really the best option? Probably not.

Many stores take advantage of new vapers’ lack of knowledge, selling them over priced equipment or, worse, a product that will make them sick. To avoid feeling cheated out of your hard-earned money or getting sick, it is important to acquire a basic understanding of vaping and the components involved before making your first purchase.

WHY IS VAPING CBD POPULAR?

Many users describe an almost instantaneous effect when they first vape CBD.

Vaping CBD offers immediate relief for some users, but are there health risks?

A woman exhales a cloud of vapor after using an electronic cigarette. Vaping CBD is increasingly popular because many users report feeling its effects more quickly than with other methods of taking CBD oil.

Edible forms can take more than 30 minutes to digest and enter the user’s bloodstream. For people using CBD to treat seizures, chronic pain, anxiety or other similar ailments, waiting 30 minutes isn’t always an option.

Vaping also allows users the ability to remain discrete and consume CBD in public. With a tank or a vape pen, a dose is never further away than your pants.

AN INTRODUCTION TO VAPING CBD: KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT

Not every vape is the same, but they all have four basic components: a battery, a heating element (also known as an atomizer), a mouthpiece and a chamber to hold the material to be vaped. The heating element vaporizes whatever material it comes in contact with in the chamber and the user inhales the vapor through the mouthpiece.

From here there are two distinct styles of vapes that we are concerned with for vaping CBD.

The first type is the pen-style vape used for concentrates. It consists of a chamber with a metal heating coil in the bottom that vaporizes concentrated CBD isolate placed directly on the coils. The problem with vape pens is that the coil must be replaced periodically when it burns out and each one costs upwards of $20.

What’s more, as the heating coil slowly breaks down and oxidizes through repeated use, metal nanoparticles can potentially become aerosolized in the vapor being inhaled. Coil life can be extended by only using pure CBD isolates in the pen. Flavor additives and impure CBD leaves residue on the coil and speeds up oxidation. We will go into that further in a later section.

The second style of vape is the kind that produces the famous billowing clouds associated with vaping. These are known as “tank style” vapes. Tanks require e-liquid, a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavorings and CBD. The heating coil inside is filled or wrapped with cotton, nylon or silica wick to absorb the e-liquid into the coils.

When it comes to tank style vapes, there are yet another two variations: disposable and refillable. Disposable vapes (also known as “cartomizers” because they use prefilled, disposable cartridges) tend to be made with cheaper materials and are of questionable quality. If used improperly, the coil and wick can burn up, leaving the entire system useless. Users add their own e-liquid to refillable vapes and the heating coils are replaceable on some.

For tobacco smokers, a refillable tank is the most common style of vape; however, for someone who has never smoked, a refillable pen style vape that uses CBD concentrates instead of e-liquid is the best option. These are typically sold as all-in-one kits and replacement atomizers can be purchased online. It allows the user to control what materials are used in the vape and what chemicals are consumed.

a collection of parts for Vaping CBD

All vaporizers have four basic components: a battery, a heating element (also known as an atomizer), a mouthpiece and a chamber or tank to hold the material to be vaped.

The main drawback to using CBD e-liquid over pure concentrates is that the maximum dissolution rate of CBD in e-liquid is about 33mg/ml without the addition of polyethylene glycol, alcohols or other harsh chemicals. This means that to achieve a typical dose of 10mg to 30mg of CBD, nearly 1ml of e-liquid must be consumed in one sitting. To put that into perspective, a small disposable pen style vape has about 1ml to 2ml of e-liquid. This potentially exposes the user to unnecessary risk from metal contaminants and other chemicals. It would take about 20 puffs of e-liquid to achieve the same dose as one puff off a concentrate pen.

There are also more complex, rebuildable vapes for advanced users who want to control every aspect of the vape hardware. However, these require a higher level of knowledge than the average user possesses or is willing to invest.

With disposable vapes, users have little control over the metal used in the coil, flavors used in the e-liquid, the quality of the CBD or the base chemicals used in the e-liquid.

POTENTIAL HEALTH CONCERNS IN CBD VAPES

A small percentage of users are allergic or later develop allergies to some of the chemicals and materials used in vapes. Some studies found negligible amounts of metal particulate and other dangerous contaminants, such as lead and cadmium, in commercially available vapes. That is why it is so important to be informed before pursuing vaping, to avoid any potential allergens or contaminants. As technologies and regulations continue to evolve, these risks will become better understood and easier to mitigate.

COULD METALS POSE A HEALTH RISK WHEN VAPING CBD?

With pen-style, concentrate vapes, the main material of concern is the heating coil. These are typically made from titanium, stainless steel, Kanthal (an alloy of iron, chromium and aluminum), nickel-chromium alloy or pure nickel wire. Most commercially available vapes use Kanthal, grade 1 titanium or stainless steel.

A study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that “overall exposure to metals from electronic cigarette use is not expected to be of significant health concern for smokers switching to electronic cigarette use, but is an unnecessary source of exposure for never-smokers.”

While the levels of metals measured in the aerosolized vapors were well below recommended exposure levels, vapers are still consuming metal nanoparticles that they wouldn’t otherwise be consuming. Because there are so many different vape manufacturers around the world, it is important to research what materials are in the vape you plan to purchase and buy it from a reputable source. There is a large market for knock-off vape hardware manufactured from inferior materials.

The study states that choosing a vape made from stainless steel and borosilicate glass could eliminate certain contaminants. The materials used in vapes are typically listed online and on the box. Using a vape with cotton or quartz wick and a titanium, stainless steel or Kanthal heating coil is probably the safest option. With nickel compounds designated as carcinogens and 10%-20% of the population sensitive to nickel, nickel and nickel-chromium coils should be avoided entirely.

As metal wire is heated and cooled repeatedly, an outer layer of metal oxide forms around the wire and prevents further oxidation. When liquid comes in contact with the coils, the oxidized layer of metal nanoparticles can contaminate vapor and travel into the user’s lungs. If this is a major concern for you as a user and you want to eliminate these contaminants entirely, skip ahead to the section on alternatives to vaping. If you still intend to vape, you should know a little bit more about oxidation and wire.

The main oxide on titanium wire is titanium dioxide, a compound commonly used in beauty products and shown to cause DNA damage in mice. Kanthal and stainless steel wire both produce chromium oxides and ions, but the carcinogenic chromium ion, chromium VI, wasn’t found in aerosolized vapor.

It is important to realize that many vapes are marketed as having quartz or ceramic heating elements. This is the case in some new vapes, but many still have exposed wire wrapped around a ceramic or quartz core. Vapes like this are still going to leech metal contaminants into the inhaled vapor.

POTENTIAL ALLERGENS IN CBD E-JUICE

The main two chemicals in CBD e-liquid are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Users with sensitivities to either of these chemicals will notice sinus irritation, nausea or a headache upon use. Individuals with more severe allergies can break out in hives, develop swelling or have difficulty breathing. Lucky for us, both chemicals are so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that it would be nearly impossible to not realize you have an allergy to one of them before you started vaping.

Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are common ingredients in smoke machine vapor, cosmetics, hair products, food, drinks, cigarettes, medicine and many more products. Vegetable glycerin allergy is very rare and is more likely caused by an allergy to the plant oil the vegetable glycerin was derived from. Propylene glycol allergies on the other hand are much more common, but entirely avoidable.

Pure vegetable glycerin liquids are available, but because vegetable glycerin is such a viscous compound, it doesn’t readily absorb into the wicking of most vapes. Pure vegetable glycerin juice requires advanced equipment called a rebuildable atomizer, or RBA, which is outside the scope of this introduction. As well, pure vegetable glycerin is difficult to use with CBD because it tends to precipitate out of the liquid into crystals. Polyethylene glycol can be added to the vegetable glycerin to allow more CBD to dissolve into the liquid; however, it is extremely bitter and harsh.

ALTERNATIVES TO VAPING CBD

While this article is mainly concerned with vaping and making it as safe as possible for new users, there are many alternative methods for consuming CBD that don’t involve as much fanfare. If quick relief is a concern, high-CBD hemp strains can be smoked or concentrated CBD isolates can be vaporized out of a more traditional water pipe. The disadvantage to this is it is impossible to do in public without looking like an illicit drug user.

vaping CBD in a cafeA man exhales vapor after using a tank-style vaporizer while using a laptop. Preliminary research suggests vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, but may still present some health risks, especially for nonsmokers who are considering vaping CBD.

A man exhales vapor after using a tank-style vaporizer while using a laptop. Preliminary research suggests vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, but may still present some health risks, especially for nonsmokers who are considering vaping CBD.

Through a process known as dabbing, a quartz dish is attached to the stem of a glass water pipe and heated up usually with a blowtorch or heating coil. CBD isolate is placed in the quartz dish and vaporized for the user to inhale. This form of consumption is vastly healthier, as the only chemical that the CBD vapor can be contaminated with is water. Quartz is and inert and durable material.

For users who don’t mind waiting or in need of external relief, edibles, capsules and topical creams provide a great alternative to smoking or vaporizing. What’s so great about CBD is the ease in which it can be added to almost anything that people consume.

IS VAPING CBD WORTH THE HEALTH RISKS?

While there may be some health concerns for non-smokers interested in vaping CBD, the exposure to some contaminants is less compared to traditional forms of smoking. Short-term and mid-term studies on the health effects of vaping show no significant side effects in smokers.

Whether or not vaping is right for you, CBD is always an option. With the information laid out here, you should be able to make a more informed and safe decision about how to consume your CBD. It is important to continue doing more research. Read reviews, watch YouTube videos, read Reddit posts, join a Facebook group and search for more information about whatever product you are interested in before you buy it. Chances are someone else already laid out everything you need to know about any given product. And, if you can’t find any information on a product, that is a huge red flag! Don’t buy it!

Until more studies into the long-term effects of vaping are completed and regulations catch up with new technology, it is probably best for non-smokers to avoid vaping entirely. The technology is too new to say definitively that it is safe, especially for sensitive individuals and those with compromised immune systems.

 

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Exploring CBD To Treat Chronic Pain And Sports Injuries

After a spinal injury sidelined Adam Kemp’s basketball career, he learned the value of a remarkable natural supplement: CBD oil. Adam explains why CBD is becoming a vital part of sports medicine and many athletes daily routines.

I believe that cannabidiol (CBD) products are not only useful, but vital for athletes.

Having played professional basketball in Europe for the past 4 years, and playing basketball and other sports my entire life, I feel like my story is important for understanding the role of CBD in sports medicine to manage chronic pain, inflammation, and mental stress.

As many people already clearly know, athletes deal with chronic pain, anxiety, and stress daily. Personally, I have been using CBD products for about four months now, and my results have been amazing!

Would you like to learn about why I think cannabidiol is the future of sports medicine? Just read the rest of this article …

WHY DID I BEGIN USING CBD PRODUCTS?

Although I had learned a bit about cannabidiol in the past, I didn’t begin using it myself until October of 2017.

As a professional basketball player, dealing with injuries and pain is a simple occupational hazard.

CBD in sports medicine: CBD can treat injuries from basketball

A basketball player prepares to throw the ball. CBD oil can help ease the inflammation of injuries, chronic pain issues and other health problems associated with sports.

This past September though, I suffered a spinal compression fracture which ended my season pre-maturely. I like to believe that everything happens for a reason though, because if I had not had this injury I might not have ever discovered how beneficial cannabidiol products are for myself and other athletes.

I started using CBD for pain relief as soon as I came back home from Europe (I was playing in Bulgaria).  While I was in Bulgaria, I had been administered a “cycle” of corticosteroid injections for my back, as well as daily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. After just a couple of weeks of being treated with this medication regiment, my body was already starting to wear down.

These type of injections and medicines can be effective for reducing pain and inflammation, but the side effects are horrible! The injections made my body sweaty and jittery, and they kept me up all night. The NSAIDs were wearing my stomach and digestive system out by the day, and the pain relief wasn’t even very effective overall.

After trying to survive by using these medications for about a month, I can confidently say I would never want another athlete, or person in general, to have to use this type of “medicine.”

CBD IN SPORTS MEDICINE: RELIEF OF CHRONIC PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

If there was ever an occupation that made you predisposed to dealing with chronic pain and inflammation in the body, professional sports is certainly that.

Cannabidiol is especially important for athletes at this time because 2018 is the first year in which it has been off the World Anti-Doping Agency Banned Substance list. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the standard for drug testing for athletes throughout the world, and having them remove CBD from their banned substance list is a huge step for athletes.

Dealing with chronic pain impacts your quality of life, as well as your ability to perform at your job. For an athlete, CBD is the natural answer to dealing with many challenges that your body is going to face each year.Studies have shown the ability of CBD to reduce inflammation and help treat arthritis, which plagues many athletes as they get older.

Furthermore, there have been widespread anecdotal reports of the anti-inflammatory power of CBD. Inflammation in joints and muscles is the cause of most chronic pain for athletes, which is why using a natural anti-inflammatory product is so effective.

Without even talking about dealing with the stress and anxiety of competing in sports at a high-level, it is clear that CBD is a wonderful product for athletes to use!

HOW DO I USE CBD IN MY OWN LIFE?

Since beginning to use CBD products about four months ago, I have been steadily using different “forms” of CBD and different amounts of CBD per day.

In general, I have developed a routine for CBD use which has allowed me to live happy and (relatively) pain free even with this spinal compression fracture in my back.

Adam Kemp in Detroit

Adam plays basketball in Detroit.

One aspect which is unique about CBD is that every person will need a different dosage of CBD to get the full benefits. The routine that I talk about below works for me but it took me a few months of learning my own body to figure out. Your body could need similar amounts of CBD per day, or it could be totally different!

My routine is to wake up with one CBD capsule, normally ranging from 25mg to 50mg for my first dose of the day.

I drink this first capsule immediately upon waking, and I can begin to feel the pain relief and calming sensation that CBD provides within about 15 to 30 minutes normally. I start every day with this amount of CBD, and a warm cup of tea. If I can tell my back is feeling a bit “creaky” on certain days, I will also put a few drops of a CBD oil tincture in to my morning tea.

Following this, I normally head to do my physical therapy for the day.  I love CBD in the morning before training because I am also a firm believer in the power of intermittent fasting for overall health. Using CBD before intermittent fasting helps me to have some additional natural energy, and it does not “break” my body’s fasted state.

After I am done with my training for the day, I normally only use one more CBD capsule in the evening, a couple hours before I head to bed.

Along with this though, two times during each day my wife will apply a topical CBD relief product on my back, and any other muscles that are particularly sore that day. We both use CBD topicals twice per day, and it is especially effective for the issue with my back.

Although there is no conclusive proof at this time, CBD has been shown to be effective for reversing osteoporosis, and even helping to heal fractures!

Due to this, I have been making sure to use both orally ingestible CBD and CBD topicals.

It has worked wonders for me, and many other people have experienced similar benefits as well.

SHOULD DOCTORS USE CBD IN SPORTS MEDICINE?

Without having conclusive medical proof of the benefits of CBD products, it is obviously difficult to make any bold claims about who should and who shouldn’t use cannabidiol.

However, from my own personal experience, I believe CBD is one of the best medical treatments possible for athletes.

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A doctor examines an athlete’s ankle. CBD in sports medicine is now a serious option thanks to changes in global drug policy by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

If you would like to learn more about myself and my own journey with CBD, you can check out my website!

This has been a great few months for CBD since it has been officially removed from the WADA Banned Substance List, and the World Health Organization declared it safe for use as well.

I recommend wider use of CBD in sports medicine because it can neutralize inflammation-based issues such as muscle pain and tendonitis, relieve the chronic physical pain that sports can induce, and help athletes to manage stress and anxiety from needing to perform at a prominent level every single day.

There are certainly tons of other benefits of CBD, and as more research comes out it will be great to have a further understanding of how best CBD can be used to help athletes and everyone else.

At this point in time, I still rely on it to manage my ongoing back pain and help me live a pain-free life!

 

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Hempcrete Homes Are Sustainable, Durable, And Healthier To Live in

Did you know there’s a building material that’s durable, sustainable, healthier for the occupants and even carbon negative?It’s called hempcrete, a composite made from fibers of the industrial hemp plant mixed with lime.

Did you know there’s a building material that’s durable, sustainable, healthier for the occupants and even carbon negative?

It’s called hempcrete, a composite made from fibers of the industrial hemp plant mixed with lime.

The United States is perfectly positioned for a hempcrete building boom. Interest in green building is growing as people seek out sustainable, low-cost alternatives to traditional buildings made from petrochemicals or dwindling natural resources like wood. At the same time, the stigma around hemp is disappearing as more learn about the plant’s benefits. Hempcrete has unique health benefits and, because it enables low cost, modular design, it could even be a part of the solution to America’s affordable housing crisis.

“It’s just an awesome material,” declared Greg Flavall, CEO of Hemp Technologies, a leading builder of hempcrete homes. “I’ve never seen anything like it and we have studied other materials like flax, corn stalks, linseed oil stalks, even wood, and hemp wins by far hands down.”

A pair of hands holding dried, shredded hemp shivs, which look a bit like wood chips. They are ready to be mixed with lime and water and formed into blocks.

In 2009, Hemp Technologies oversaw the first permitted hemp home build in North America, in North Carolina. However, hemp’s uncertain legal status sent Flavall to New Zealand, where the crop was legal to grow for use in building materials. He’s traveled the world helping create hempcrete structures ever since, working on everything from jungle cabanas to wine tasting rooms. Now that hemp is becoming popular in the U.S., demand for his services is skyrocketing here too.

We recently caught up with Flavall to learn more about why hempcrete is better than other green building materials, and to hear about one of his most recent projects, a home retrofit which could soon be part of an upcoming TV show on hempcrete homes.

HEMPCRETE IS HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE AND AFFORDABLE TOO

Agricultural hemp is the close cousin of psychoactive cannabis or “marijuana” (the plant people consume to get high). While marijuana is prized for its flowery tops, hemp is grown for its tall, fibrous, leafy stalks which are a little bit similar to bamboo. Hempcrete is made from hemp shivs, which are the fibrous, woody core of those stalks, also known as the hurd. The shivs are chopped up into chips, which are mixed with water and a lime binder to form concrete-like stone slabs that have a pleasant, earthy appearance that many people find appealing.

Hemp is a more sustainable option than many other commonly grown crops, because it requires very few pesticides and can easily be grown in very dense plots. But the benefits don’t stop there, especially when it comes to hempcrete homes.

“We have seen, anecdotally, reductions in healthcare cost and absenteeism because of living in a hemp building,” Flavall said.

Like many aspects of hemp science, more research will be needed to prove how significant a health benefit hempcrete can have for its occupants, but Flavall’s claims make sense when you consider the many documented beneficial characteristics of the material. Much like the original hemp plant, hempcrete is known to be extremely pest resistant. It’s also extremely durable and fire resistant, which is especially important when Flavall builds in environments like New Zealand, where both rain and seismic tremors are extremely frequent.

“Hempcrete works so extremely well. It dries out, it continues to breathe, and it makes the indoor quality of living phenomenal.”

A close up of the surface of a hempcrete wall. The woody texture of the hemp shivs is still visible in the finished product, which many homebuilders find appealing. (Photo: Flickr / Jnzi’s Photos, CC-BY Creative Commons license)

As hempcrete dries, it absorbs the carbon dioxide produced by the occupants and grows harder, essentially turning to stone. Not only does this make the building stronger, but it makes hempcrete into a carbon-negative building material by leaving less of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere than is produced by building with it. Even in this form, hempcrete remains “breathable” — homes remain rain proof but permeable to gases and moisture are less prone to mold and better for the overall health of their occupants.

According to Flavall’s calculations, hempcrete buildings in the U.S. remain carbon neutral even though most of the hemp used in current building projects must be imported from overseas. It’s also a surprisingly affordable option: he said it meets or beats other common building materials in up-front costs when used properly, in addition to incredible savings on heating and cooling costs over the lifetime of the building.

“At the end of the day when you turn the key to move into your new home you’re at the same price as regular construction,” Flavall said.

MAKING FRIENDS WITH HEMPCRETE: HEMP HOME RETROFIT BECAME A ‘RELATIONSHIP BUILDER’ FOR PETERSEN FAMILY

“Our hempcrete project began with a passion for natural building,” Stacey Petersen told us.

Greg Flavall (left) with Stacey Petersen holding a wheelbarrow, during the hempcrete retrofit of the Petersen’s home in Missouri. Building with hempcrete was so easy, everyone could help out. (Photo: Facebook / HT Global Hemp House Build TV Series, used with permission).

After other sustainable building fans tipped her off to their work, Greg Flavall and Hemp Technologies led a major hempcrete retrofit of the Petersen family’s home, located in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, in December 2017.

The simplicity of working with hempcrete allowed everyone, even family friends, to participate in the building process.

“It’s not rocket science to build like this and it really brings people together,” Petersen recalled. “It was a relationship builder on top of having our house insulated with hempcrete.”

Stacey’s husband, Jon Petersen, is the Pastor of Ministries at Desperation Church In Liberty, Missouri, and their embrace of the hemp is another sign that the stigma around this misunderstood crop is disappearing. Not only are they already planning their next hemp project using leftover supplies (“a greenhouse or a mother-in-law cottage,” Petersen told us), but they also use CBD oil, an extract of industrial hemp, to ease symptoms of severe epilepsy in their 10-year old son, Jeriah.

A growing body of research suggests CBD oil helps kids with epilepsy, and that’s been true for Jeriah as well. While not a miracle cure — he still suffers from severe seizures that sometimes land him in the hospita l– the supplement seems to reduce the number of seizures. Perhaps even more importantly, Stacey Petersen believes it helped the family wean Jeriah off a potentially dangerous medication which was actually making his symptoms worse.

‘There’s one kid in Colorado who’s been trying to wean this drug for a year and a half, it’s so intense, and we were able to do it in about 2 months.”

The Petersens are continuing to use CBD as Jeriah explores other forms of treatment, and his illness also inspired their interest in hempcrete. Since Jeriah uses a wheelchair, the Petersens swapped their previous multi-story home for single-story 1960s house of about 2300 square feet.

“My son, obviously he has a lot of challenges so we need healthiest living environment possible for him,” Stacey Petersen said when I asked her about the appeal of hempcrete.

But she also told us she loves that hempcrete is fire and termite resistant, and requires very little upkeep. “Anything to make my life more simple I’m all about that!”

HEMPCRETE HOMES ON TV AND HEMPCRETE AFFORDABLE HOUSING: LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE

The retrofit of the Petersen’s new home was filmed for a prospective new TV series, “HT Global Hemp House Build,” currently being developed in a partnership between Flavall and Diana Oliver of Thunderbird Productions, producer of the Hempsters documentary series. The show is currently seeking sponsors, but they’ve already filmed multiple episodes including the one featuring the Petersens which will be cleverly titled “The Hempster and the Pastor.”

Poster for the upcoming TV show, “HT Global Hemp House Build TV Series,” from Hemp Technologies and Thunderbird Film & Entertainment Co..

Flavall and Oliver worked together on a pilot episode in 2011, along with Ervin Dargon of Mingo Video, but the sudden death of Flavall’s business partner, Dave Madera, from cancer, cut the initial phase of the project short. The first episode is dedicated to Madera.

Last year, with Flavall once again building with hempcrete in the U.S., they decided to revive the show.

Oliver told us, “It’s a homeowners dream to lessen their carbon footprint and build a beautiful house to last generations that is mold, pest and fire retardant.”

The timing for a show like this seems perfect to Flavall, who said interest in hemp and hempcrete is booming. Even though he’s been legally building with hempcrete in the U.S. and elsewhere for almost a decade, he credits the current rising interest to the spread of marijuana legalization.

“I’m a Baby Boomer and I’m seeing a lot of those Baby Boomers coming back to me and saying ‘I guess now that it’s legal to smoke it’s legal to build with it.’”

Next, Flavall hopes to help tackle the affordable housing crisis in the U.S. by building add-on units to existing homes, made from hempcrete. “We have a lot of interest from people who have the ability to build an addition or retrofit their garage or put up a detached ‘granny flat.’”

Hemp can help “bring their mom and dad home, or bring the kids home, whichever it is, and create additional space with low impact.”

Between the growth of green building, and widespread interest in “tiny homes,” Flavall believes hempcrete has a big future in the United States.

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Using Hemp CBD Oil To Treat Our Dogs

With more than a half a dozen states having now fully legalized cannabis (both hemp & marijuana) and with 19 more medically legalized states, the momentum for full cannabis legalization…

With more than a half a dozen states having now fully legalized cannabis (both hemp & marijuana) and with 19 more medically legalized states, the momentum for full cannabis legalization is accelerating in the United States. Among the many benefits that cannabis legalization would bring, one that is not mentioned as often is the prospect of using cannabis to treat our pets. Many dog owners and veterinarians have already come out vouching for the healing properties of CBD oil, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

The use cases and benefits of CBD oil for humans have started to become widely known through various peer-reviewed studies. Among others, CBD oil has been recommended to help with conditions such as anxiety, addiction, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, seizures, and more!
 

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As we get to know more about the effects of CBD for mankind, we find ourselves naturally asking: Could CBD help our canine companions? Scientifically, dogs (and most mammals) have a similar anatomy to humans. Studies in the last decade have shown that the endocannabinoid system can be found in most mammals. Considering that CBD works directly with this nervous system, we can confidently conclude that CBD will have some sort of influence on our dogs. But how?

CAN CBD HELP OUR DOGS?

Early research and anecdotal testimonials show that CBD has helped pets in many different ways. Here’s a preliminary list of various conditions that CBD has been found to help treat (and/or cure):

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Appetite
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Deteriorating Quality of Life
  • Digestive Issues
  • Fatty Tumors
  • Glaucoma
  • Homeostasis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Joint & Mobility Issues
  • Phobias (Fireworks, Thunderstorm)
  • Seizures
  • Skin Problems

In more general terms, feedback from pet owners show that CBD can be used to soothe your dogs. Some particular examples are during situations such as separation anxiety, thunderstorm fears, social anxiety, and long-distance traveling.

One of the biggest use cases that veterinarians are coming to find are with joint pains that dogs tend to suffer as they get older. Hemp CBD has been found “useful in treating acute ailments like sprains and strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks, and even during post-operative care to reduce swelling, pain, and stiffness.”

More than anything, the most promising aspect of using CBD is the fact that it could help your dog get off synthetic drugs, which typically has many short and long-term side effects. Even if it can’t fully replace the conventional drugs, hemp oil could possibly help you lower the doses that the dog has to take.

HOW CBD WORKS FOR OUR DOGS- THE CANINE’S ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

Research on how cannabinoids (including CBD) affect the human body has shown that they mainly interact with our endocannabinoid system, a nervous system that exists throughout our body.

This endocannabinoid system, also called ECS, has now been found to exist in all vertebrates, including mammals. Animals such as dogs were specifically found to share almost 70% biological homology with humans. Thus, it can be cautiously concluded that CBD interacts in a similar way in canines as it does in humans. Similar to how CBD interacts with receptors in our ECS, cannabinoids bind to receptors within the dog’s body. One study in particular found that the CBD “binds to these receptors for a longer duration [in dogs], and evokes long-lasting therapeutic response without causing toxic effects.”

 

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USING HEMP CBD OIL FOR DOGS- HOW AND HOW MUCH?

 

hemp cbd oil can help treat many dog conditions

The most widely known method of administering CBD oil to your pets is through tinctures. Using the tincture, you can put a few drops of CBD into dog’s mouth directly. However, since that could get messy quite quickly, you could just drop the oil into the dog’s food or treats.

Since hemp CBD is now legally sold in all 50 states, you can find many brands selling CBD products meant for pets online. It’s important to note that Hemp CBD is different from Cannabis CBD. Hemp CBD contains no THC and is therefore completely non-psychoactive. Cannabis CBD typically has a mix of CBD and THC, which makes it psychoactive. Cannabis CBD can only be found in licensed dispensaries in states that have legalized marijuana. (Giving your dog THC could potentially have negative side effects, including marijuana poisoning.)

When it comes to dosage, figuring out the right amount to give your dog can be the hardest thing. Dosing recommendations are hard to come by for humans as well. The general advice is that it will take trial and error before you find the appropriate dose that works for you (or your dog). Start at a small dosage and gradually increase depending on the effects (or reactions) you see from your pet.

One thing to remember is that once you give your dog a dose, it may take a couple hours before you notice any effects from your dog. If you believe your dog is not feeling any effects after a few hours, increase the dosage slightly later in the day or wait until the next day to try a slightly higher dose.

WHAT PET OWNERS ARE SAYING (TESTIMONIALS)

“Miles has been going to the beach, he’s been running, he’s being himself.”

 

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Although CBD oil has yet to be approved by many veterinarians or the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), many dog owners have taken the initiative to try this alternative method for their dogs. Here’s a few snippets of what they have to say:

  • “My dog has cancer and is almost 14. The only option was chemo but we decided that we don’t want him to go through that. Instead we are giving him CBD oil drops. He’s hopping away everyday and I’m glad we gave him ‘extra’ life”
  • “My dog has had severe storm anxiety all his life. We have difficulty keeping his weight up because he vomits so much when he is anxious. The oil helps him sleep and helps him to be able to eat without vomiting.”

One article reports, “Though initially hesitant about giving her pet an unapproved drug, Denise figured where’s the harm? Miles has terminal cancer and would die soon. ‘I wasn’t that worried. I was actually pretty excited, because it has been used with human cancer patients for pain and nausea,’ Denise said. Since then, in the last couple of weeks, ‘Miles has been going to the beach, he’s been running, he’s being himself.'”

A survey conducted by American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) show that 61.8% to 95% of the surveyed pet owners have endorsed the health benefits of CBD infused products, rating it from ‘moderate to excellent’.

VETS STILL AGAINST CBD & CANNABIS. WHY?

There is still a predominant view among veterinarians that marijuana [cannabis] is only a toxic plant

 

Even with all the positive spotlight that CBD is getting to treat our pets, many vets and experts are still cautious of endorsing and using this plant and its extracts. From the reports and surveys conducted, their resistance seems to stem from two main factors:

1. Legitimate negative side effects caused by owners who use THC infused extracts (marijuana)
2. Lack of awareness in non-psychoactive cannabinoids

The first point is a legitimate concern for vets. Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in states such as Colorado, some veterinarians have indeed seen an increase in cases where dogs suffer from marijuana poisoning. If pets consume a large amount of psychoactive cannabis (THC), this can cause a dog to suffer seizures, go into a coma, or die. What makes it worse is that there is no specific antidote for THC poisoning. This requires the dogs to take multiple other drugs, which further complicates the situation.

using hemp cbd oil on dogs

The bigger issue here though is the social stigma that still exists around cannabis. There is still a “predominant view among veterinarians that marijuana [cannabis] is only a toxic plant”. Many vets are not even aware that different strains of cannabis exist, especially those that are non-psychoactive like CBD.

On the other hand, one could also wonder if there’s a different, external factor that might be contributing to the resistance in the veterinarian profession. The market for pet medication is a multi-billion dollar industry. The Federal Trade Commission reports that retail sales of pet medication was $7.6 billion in 2013 and is expected to hit $10.2 billion by 2018.

When there’s so much money on the line, one has to wonder if there’s something other than pure lack of awareness that’s pushing the resistance to cannabis.

 

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Exploring the Endocannabinoid System and CBD

When scientists set out to study the effects that cannabis has on the brain, they made an exciting discovery. They discovered a system within the human body that had previously…

When scientists set out to study the effects that cannabis has on the brain, they made an exciting discovery. They discovered a system within the human body that had previously been relatively unknown. It became known as the Endocannabinoid System, taking its name both from the term cannabis and its active ingredients, cannabinoids.

WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?

what is the endocannabinoid system and how does it work

But what exactly is the endocannabinoid system? There’s a lot of science-y stuff, so we’ll try and break it down into layman’s terms.

At its most basic, the endocannabinoid system is a communications system in the brain and other parts of our body. As you could imagine, this system affects many important functions. It has an impact on how one moves, feels, and reacts. It also reacts in response to the presence of cannabinoid compounds like CBD or THC.

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HOW DOES ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM WORK?

The endocannabinoid system essentially works like the nervous system but in reverse. In the nervous system, a “message” – in the form of a type of chemical called a neurotransmitter – is released from the neurons in our brains and attaches to specific receptors on a nearby neuron. The second neuron then kicks into gear and passes the message along. These neurotransmitter chemicals are responsible for a great deal of physical and mental activities.

In the endocannabinoid system, that process is reversed. Instead of originating in the brain and traveling down through the body, cannabinoids go in the other direction. It moves up to the neurons to attach to cannabinoid receptors there. Once there, the cannabinoids are able to control what happens the next time the neurons activate. They effectively limit the amount of different neurotransmitters that a neuron can send, causing many changes in the body and mind.

THE IMPACT OF ENDOCANNABINOIDS & PHYTOCANNABINOIDS ON OUR BODY

CBD and cannabinoids

What makes the system an “endo”-cannabinoid system is that our bodies naturally produce neurotransmitters that are similar to CBD and other cannabinoids. Compounds we get from cannabis are called “phyto”- cannabinoids, as they come from a plant source.

A comparable analogy is how our bodies produce endorphins that are chemically similar to opiates but are much weaker. Similarly, the general consensus is that although our body creates its own endocannabinoids, it’s not as strong as phytocannabinoids. Thus, when we use cannabis, we’re creating a stronger response to something our bodies are naturally creating. This is why phytocannabinoids such as CBD is considered to have such promising medicial benefits.

 

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WHAT DO CANNABINOID RECEPTORS DO FOR YOU?

Cannabinoid receptors were once thought to be located just within the brain. However, recent studies show that they exist throughout our bodies. In fact, results show them to be more numerous than any other receptor system. Two main cannabinoid receptors have been identified thus far: CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the nervous system, connective tissue, gonads, glands, and organs. CB2 receptors are located in the immune system and its associated structures.

As you might imagine, such prevalence means that cannabinoids have a significant impact on health.

THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM FUNCTIONALITY

Put in lay terms, it keeps your internal systems in a stable condition that is necessary for survival and general well-being.

Right now, experts are of the opinion that the endocannabinoid system’s overall function is to regulate homeostasis. Put in lay terms, it keeps your internal systems in a stable condition that is necessary for survival and general well-being.

When you think about it, a disease is simply a disruption of stable internal systems. The disruption causes those systems to become unstable, leading our immune system to break down. Thus, the continued study of the endocannabinoid system is intrinsic to unlocking the full medical applications of cannabis use.

Current research suggests that the study of this system will be useful in the fight against cancer. But cancer is just the tip of the iceberg. Evidence indicates that the endocannabinoid system may very well be the therapeutic target for a wide range of disorders. This includes HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, glaucoma, epilepsy, PTSD, and a host of other chronic, debilitating conditions.

So, there you have it. We tried to make it as easy to understand as possible, but the truth is that researchers are still continuing to make discoveries about this system. We only discovered its existence back in 1992, and further discoveries about it has led scientists to reveal the medical benefits of cannabis and start the wave of cannabis legalization that has happened across the country. We’re sure that there is more to discover about this unique system and how it affects our lives and our bodies.

 

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It’s Time To Separate Hemp From Marijuana

It’s time to end the stigma around the the world’s most useful plant. Hemp is not marijuana. In fact, before the 20th century, the distinction between the two was quite…

It’s time to end the stigma around the the world’s most useful plant.

Hemp is not marijuana. In fact, before the 20th century, the distinction between the two was quite clear. Hemp was widely used for purposes of food, clothing, and paper. During times of war, hemp was even considered an essential resource, as it was the source of the strongest ropes and sails.

Yet, all of that changed in the 1930s. Political winds shifted against cannabis and somehow hemp got grouped into the mix. Reviewing why this happened, we come to learn that confusion between the two plants was intentionally contrived by our industry and political leaders at the time. Sadly, their corrupt motives led to an innocent plant’s slow demise and prohibition that still continues today.

BRIEF HISTORY OF HEMP AND MARIJUANA

Although hemp has been part of human history for over 10,000 years, it started getting controversially mixed up with its psychoactive cousin in the early 1900s. With synthetic plastic, tree paper, and petroleum oil industries growing in popularity, political winds turned against hemp.

The origin of this controversy in the US can be traced back to 1930, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) was founded. Originally, the Bureau focused its attention on opium and cocaine, dismissing any concerns about cannabis. However, by 1932, attention soon turned to cannabis and the FBN commissioner launched a 5 year crusade to pass a bill that would restrict both marijuana and hemp.


Harry Anslinger fought to prohibit hemp

Harry Anslinger

Nobody can be sure why Harry Anslinger, the FBN commissioner, was fighting so obsessively against cannabis (nor why he included hemp, instead of just marijuana, in the bill). Psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”) was relatively obscure in the public eye and hemp was still a domestic crop at the time. It’s hard to even find any records of public issues regarding marijuana, so much so that when Anslinger was trying to generate public sympathy around this bill, the FBN often received letters stating “Your article was the first time I ever heard of marihuana”.

Considering the public sentiment at the time, we can assume that marijuana (and the larger cannabis family) was not even remotely a national or public concern. What we do know is that Anslinger was the nephew-in-law to Secretary of Treasure Andrew Mellon, a banker who was financing the growing petro-chemical dynasty of the Du Ponts. It was later to be found that Mellon had personally created Ansligner’s position.

Eventually, Anslinger prevailed in his crusade. His continued lobbying efforts led to the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937, which levied taxes on all cannabis including hemp.

marihuana tax act of 1937

This raised plenty of protests at the time. The National Oil Seed Institute pointed out “The seed of [hemp] is used in all the Oriental nations and also in a part of Russia as food. It is grown in their fields and used as oatmeals. Millions of people everyday are using hemp seed as food. They have been doing that for many generations, especially in periods of famine.” Farmers, hemp paper companies, hemp chemical corporations all raised their objections of the heavy tax that would cripple their company and industry. Yet, to no avail, the bill was passed by fall of 1937.

Hemp’s misfortunes didn’t end there. The full out prohibition of hemp finally came in 1970, when president Richard Nixon declared “War on Drugs”. Somehow, hemp ended up getting included as a Schedule 1 Drug – they claimed it as dangerous as heroin and LSD!

WHY HEMP IS STILL CONFUSED WITH MARIJUANA TODAY

Nobody can deny that the popularity and demand of marijuana is exponentially bigger than hemp as of today. Marijuana organizations such as NORML are much bigger and better organized than that any of the hemp organizations. So as the movement for marijuana legalization grew, hemp activists tended to tag along. In a sense, this also facilitated in opening doors for hemp.

But this also came with a side effect. The general public continued to perceive hemp as the same thing as marijuana – or just as some bastard child of psychoactive cannabis.

To make matters worse, many cannabis groups also started to use the term “hemp” in their brand names and marketing. Let’s take two of the biggest cannabis festivals in the US: Seattle’s HempFest and San Francisco’s HempCon Festival.

hemp festivals in the US that are actually marijuana focused

Both these festivals are geared mainly towards medical, psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”). So when the general public sees the billboards for these events or reads a promotional ad online, it’s easy for them to think “Hemp = Marijuana”. So in the eyes of the general public, where marijuana still carries a negative stigma, hemp is one and the same.

HOW HEMP AND MARIJUANA ARE DIFFERENT

hemp vs marijuana

hemp vs marijuana

The distinction between hemp and marijuana can be made in multiple ways. At the end of the day, all these reasons show that hemp cannot be grown with or near marijuana, nor can it be used in similar ways.

  • Chemical makeup

  • The main difference between the two is in its chemical composition, specifically in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical responsible marijuana’s psychological effects.

    An average batch of marijuana contains anywhere from 5–20% THC content. Some premium marijuana can have up to 25-30% THC. Hemp, on the other hand, has a max THC level of 0.3%, essentially making it impossible to feel any psychoactive effect or get a “high”. This threshold is heavily regulated in countries that allow the cultivation and production of hemp. Hemp also typically has high cannabidiol (CBD) content that acts as THC’s antagonist, essentially making the minimal amount of THC useless.

  • Cultivation Environment

  • The environment in which hemp and marijuana are grown is strikingly different. Hemp is grown closely together (as close as 4 inches apart) and are typically grown in large multi-acre plots. It can also grow in variety of climates and its growth cycle is 108-120 days.

    Unlike hemp, marijuana requires a carefully controlled, warm, and humid atmosphere for proper growth. Its growth cycle only 60-90 days. Medical cannabis also cannot be grown too close to each other. They are typically grown 6 feet apart.

    If, somehow, marijuana grows among (or close to) a hemp field, the hemp’s pollen would immediately ruin the marijuana crop, diluting marijuana’s psychoactivity.

  • Applications & Benefits

  • In its application, hemp and marijuana serve completely different purposes. Marijuana, as it is widely known, is used for medicinal or recreational purposes. Hemp is used in variety of other applications that marijuana couldn’t possibly be used in. These include healthy food, beauty skin products, clothing, paper, and other everyday products. Overall, hemp is known to have over 25,000 possible applications.

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HEMP IS NOT MARIJUANA: IT’S TIME TO DISTINGUISH THE TWO

People may agree or disagree with the stance that hemp is clearly different from marijuana. However, one fact that we can all agree on is that it is ludicrous that hemp was prohibited in the first place – a completely non-psychoactive plant being categorized in the same group as ecstasy and heroin.

But sadly, it has. What’s done is done.

We can’t change the past, but we can definitely change the future. We can help realize all of hemp’s full potential in the modern world by rebranding it for the useful plant that it is.

Hemp’s reputation has been stained and the negative stigma that surrounds “cannabis” will take many years (or even generations) to disappear. I hold nothing against marijuana, and strongly believe that its full legalization will come in the near future. However, by distancing hemp from marijuana and by having marijuana brands stop using “hemp” in their marketing, we will be able to revive hemp in the public eye for all its useful everyday or industrial applications.

And who knows, maybe that will help the negative stigma around marijuana to disappear quicker too.

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How Hemp Today is giving a voice to the global hemp industries

  Ministry of Hemp talks with Kehrt Reyher, founder of Hemp Today, the leading hemp media company based out of Poland. Hemp Today is taking the lead role of being…

 

Ministry of Hemp talks with Kehrt Reyher, founder of Hemp Today, the leading hemp media company based out of Poland.

Hemp Today is taking the lead role of being the voice of the global hemp industries – covering the global hemp movement as it gets legalized and grows in countries all over the world. In our interview, Kehrt provides us an overview of the European hemp industry, discusses why they felt the need to start Hemp Today, and envisions hemp’s potential in the global market.


Hemp Today Media Company

Hi Kehrt, thanks again for being with us. We’re excited to get a chance to learn about the European hemp landscape, as many of us are based out of the US and are still learning a lot about this plant.

To start off, could you tell us about your role in the hemp community today?


Kehrt Reyher, founder of HempToday
KR: We’re based out of Poland, but I work with partners all over the world to cover the global landscape. We’re covering and promoting industrial hemp exclusively in the B2B sphere. We report on cannabis but only when it affects the industrial hemp markets. We endeavor to organize all the information out there about hemp, which is quite scattered and all over the place. We noticed that nobody was really doing this for the industry. Moreover we began to quantify the global hemp markets, identifying the players and reaching out to them to form a global network of relationships and support.

Many of us in the US are not familiar with the hemp landscape in Europe. Can you give us an overview of the hemp industry in Europe? (regulations, markets, etc)

KR: It’s generally legal to grow hemp around Europe, and EU regulations do address it; there are even farm-oriented EU support programs for hemp. Of course, the bureaucrats could always help improve the situation, so there are regulatory challenges when you get into such things as THC levels, rules around CBD in the medical sphere, and so on. So there are challenges.

But the markets — for foods, CBD-based products, health and beauty products, textiles and building materials — are growing. The market has suffered its ups and downs but generally keeps moving forward. There are great in-country organizations supporting hemp and, of course, the European Industrial Hemp Association which in turn pulls all those groups together from across the continent and, really, from around the world.

Fifty countries were represented at the EIHA international conference earlier this month.

Some people are curious why hemp hasn’t taken off in Europe, especially if it’s as healthy & beneficial as many claim it to be. What are your thoughts on this?

KR: Well, I’d say it’s already taken off. Just look at food. It’s in mainstream grocery stores in several countries and is even being advertised on the radio in Germany. Consumers in almost all European countries are looking for healthier food alternatives — hemp fits perfectly in this case. So food is really front and center now as far as hemp is concerned. There are great European hemp food companies such as Hempoint in Czechia and Hempro and Hanf-Zeit in Germany. And there are lots of others operating in various niches, even if they’re only importing to local markets — they’re helping to raise awareness at the consumer level and driving demand. These are truly pioneering firms, and their time has arrived. EIHA indicators from earlier this year show that hemp foods will really come on strong in Europe in the next two years.

From HempToday’s perspective, we see the anecdotal evidence of this. I mean a lot of anecdotal evidence. Anyway, food is where hemp can really earn a place in the broader public consciousness — and that’s key to it taking off not only in the food sector but in other sectors as well.

Of course, we’re also big promoters of hemp building and insulation. Again, as people look for more healthy lifestyles, hemp as a construction material is absolutely perfect. It’s as green as green-buildings can get.

The medical stuff will advance. The companies and organizations working in this area are world-class and highly determined to see the industry follow the right path. They’re all socially conscientious firms and individuals. This is really the most exciting part of this end of the business. Plus the stakes — like for CBD — are extremely high, as can be the profits. Europe’s a leader in all of this. In some sense HempToday’s mission is to underscore the advancements and show the world what’s out there in all regions of the world. Hemp has just not yet been promoted properly.

From what you’ve noticed, what type of benefits have you seen hemp bring to your country (or continent)?

KR: We’re based in Poland, which is historically a hemp-growing nation. We see localized hemp growing and processing as having the possibility to give decent returns to small farmers. This is already happening in parts of France and Germany, where hemp interests cooperate up and down the value chain to share costs and benefits, keeping it as best they can in a Community Supported Agriculture scheme where final products are sold as close to their original source as possible.

Hemp fits in perfect in this sense too, if you think about all the things you can do with it, all the products you can create — from soap to houses and many, many things in between. Hemp is attracting interesting farmer entrepreneurs all across Europe. They’re creating clever products and expanding the hemp markets, but most of all they’re creating demand, economic activity and jobs.

You cover the global landscape for hemp, what type of trends have you noticed around the world in regards to this plant?

 

“The promise is unparalleled comparing to any other plant nature gives us”

 

KR: Mostly I notice a trend toward legalization, and herculean efforts in some cases to establish a reasonable regulatory framework for the hemp industry. The forces that have long been fighting for both cannabis and hemp are extremely well organized these days and the message is getting through that neither cannabis nor hemp is bad for you and that, quite the opposite, the promise is unparalleled comparing to any other plant nature gives us.

 

International Hemp Building Association's project in UK

International Hemp Building Association’s hemp project in UK

 

It may not be a trend, but there are absolutely amazing projects going on in hemp building such as Steve Allin’s (International Hemp Building Association) projects to rebuild with hemp after the earthquakes in Nepal and Haiti, and Monica Brummer’s project (Cannabric, Granada) to use shiv from naturally occurring cannabis that grows in Morocco’s High Central Rif to rebuild traditional farming homesteads which are architectural treasures as well. In Morocco, they’re also trying to cut down on the drug trade by working to legalize both marijuana and hemp for use in medical treatments. Getting the laws to support cannabis in all its forms is really happening. And it will cascade worldwide once the USA removes cannabis from the Schedule I drug list, where it never should have been in the first place. Market-wise, as I mentioned before, and in the coming next few years, hemp food will see a good strong upward curve.

What are your thoughts on the future of hemp in the US? What potential do you see?

KR: In many parts of the world, hemp is seen as a chicken-or-egg proposition. This isn’t so in the United States, where the market is already estimated at more than $500 million — even though there’s really no domestic farming to speak of. So that’s all based on imports but it’s the demand indicator that makes it all so fascinating. That’s due to a lot of people who have been promoting hemp for a long time both in official policy circles and in the marketplace, to the consumers. Hemp marketing is reaching a fever pitch in the USA, which we can always count on for world-leading market-to-consumer communication.

Meanwhile the science is really advanced in the USA as a lot of universities are now probing the material for a variety of uses, working on seed science, and so forth. We’re definitely predicting a boom in North America once hemp is fully legalized. It’s getting incredible play in the media even down to the smallest small-town newspapers and local TV and radio stations — especially in the traditional farming states. In short, hemp will be huge in the USA — and that will have a domino effect all around the world in a lot of ways.

What is HempToday’s big project at the moment? What are you guys working on?

KR: We just released our first-ever print edition, in conjunction with our partner the European Industrial Hemp Association, for their annual conference. We enjoyed the advertising support of about 25 leading global hemp firms from as many as 12 countries all around the world.

In July we’ll produce our first annual Big Hemp Yearbook with regional reports from around the globe; as many statistics as we can track down; specific buy/sell offers and a lot of profiles and features of leading international hemp players.


The Big Hemp Year Book by Hemp Today
One of our other hemp projects is To Grow A Village, a local economic development initiative also under our foundation in which we’re working with local government and local farmers right here in our little parish in Poland. Our goal is to build a truly sustainable local economic model based entirely on the hemp crop. We’ve partnered with Stokvel Collective, a group of great South African eco farmers, and Hempoint from Czechia. They’re both food producers but they help to enable farmers and smoothe the way for them getting into hemp.

 

“Our goal is to build a truly sustainable local economic model based entirely on the hemp crop”

 

What kind of benefits do you hope to see from these projects?

KR: The Yearbook is one of our foundation’s “retail” media products where we’re trading information for cash income which helps cover the cost of research, newsgathering and production. We’re feeling strong demand and great support. We’re able to produce great information products at a reasonable cost as more and more companies participate by buying subscriptions, advertising, and the communications services we offer in our media hub — where we boost our customers’ marketplace presence by working in collaboration with other great firms all over the world.

To Grow A Village, as I said, is aimed at creating economic activity and all the benefits that come with it. Of course, we want to get into various forms of hemp processing so we’ll need the material our farmers would deliver, but we know we’ve got to prime the pump, in our case, from the middle.

But with hemp, the main benefit is working with and learning from leading practitioners based all around the world. I find people in hemp are always more than willing to share information, knowhow and resources with others in the industry and even newcomers. This will greatly speed up the industries’ development and expansion around the globe.

How can our fellow hemp advocates in the US help?

KR: Of course, as with any small operation, cash is always at a premium. So we offer premium media opportunities and products at a good value for price for companies looking to get global exposure. Next, most important, is we look for the right fit with people and companies who have experience at all levels of the hemp value chain — for advice, to develop exchange programs and work together on things like field equipment and processing solutions.

We’re active in barter and try to work with great companies based on their means and needs even if they’re tiny, with the goal of raising the water level for everyone. Finally, we work only with firms that have a strong ethic regarding sustainability and who give back to their communities and to the hemp industry in general.

This was very insightful – thank you for sharing the amazing progress that’s been made in Europe and the work you’re doing to lead the hemp movement. We look forward to checking out the The Big Hemp Yearbook next month!

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Zev Paiss – Founder of National Hemp Association

The National Hemp Association, founded in 2014, is dedicated to the re-birth of industrial hemp in America. Their mission is to help connect farmers, processors, manufactures, researchers, investors and policy…

The National Hemp Association, founded in 2014, is dedicated to the re-birth of industrial hemp in America. Their mission is to help connect farmers, processors, manufactures, researchers, investors and policy makers to accelerate the growth of this important industry in the US.

Zev Paiss profile

Zev Paiss

Zev is the Executive Director of NHA and was one of the core founders of the organization.

Hi, Zev. Thanks again for taking the time. I’ve been looking forward to learning more about your background and your work with NHA.

Zev Paiss: Thank you

What’s your background and how did you first learn about hemp?

ZP: I’ve been a sustainability educator and consultant for 30-35 years. I’ve worked in areas such as renewable energy, urban agriculture, alternative transportation, and healthy organic foods.

I first learned about hemp about 4-5 years ago, and was amazed at how it could provide a sustainable alternative for so many different products and industries. So when Colorado passed the bill that legalized hemp farming in 2012 (Colorado Amendment 64), I wanted to get involved in it.

I tracked down who was behind passing the legislation and found a loosely formed group of hemp experts. I then asked if they wanted form a formal association and offered to help form one since I had past experience working with various associations.

So in May 2014, we officially launched the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association, which was focused in Colorado. But after a couple months, we realized there was a vacuum at the national level, as we were getting calls and emails from all over the country. So we decided to take it a step further and changed our name to the National Hemp Association by the end of 2014.

National Hemp Association

What inspired your passion for hemp?

“I realized how many products could be made from hemp that weren’t being utilized today”

ZP: Before I really got into hemp, I was already aware of what it is and a couple of its applications. For example, I knew historically hemp was used for things such as rope, cordage, clothing. But, as I looked more into it, I realized how many products could be made from hemp that weren’t being utilized today. That’s when I realized I could get into this and help introduce this to many different industries.

What type of benefits do you see hemp bringing to our society?

“The Industrial Hemp Farming Act could be the largest jobs bill that Congress can pass in 2016”

ZP: When you look at other countries that have been using hemp for a while, hemp is just another crop that they can take advantage of and use in many different products. Canada is growing its hemp seeds and hemp oil products. China has used hemp fiber to build a textile industry. A lot of countries even use it internally as animal feed because it’s a great rotational crop and very nutritious for animals

Specifically in the US, hemp will provide more jobs for our farmers as a crop that’s profitable. Right now, many farmers are struggling to make money from traditional crops. Hemp will also help clean up our farmlands, as you don’t need to use pesticides or any other chemicals when planting hemp.

So when you look at these implications, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act could be the biggest bill that congress can pass to bring positive economical and environmental changes. This act will create jobs in multiple industries – from farming, manufacturing, to even retail.

There’s been articles recently mentioning how Tennessee farmers are giving up on hemp after giving it a try last year. What is your take on this?

There needs to be an understanding that we are still in a research and development phase with hemp. This crop was last harvested in the US back in mid 1900s, so there’s a lot of things we need to relearn. Farmers need to understand there is still a risk with planting hemp and we experienced this first-hand in Tennessee.

I’d say there were two main reasons why things didn’t turn out well in Tennessee. First is the delays caused by the DEA, which delayed the planting period by 1–2 months for the farmers.

Tennessee also experienced a ridiculous amount of rain last year. Hemp does not require a lot of water and that much water actually stunted the growth of the crop.

But if you look at other states like Kentucky or Colorado, they are increasing their cultivation this year and other states are starting to step in to pilot the crop as well.

How has the hemp landscape changed in the US while you’ve been involved?

ZP: It’s changed in several ways. One change is that there’s much higher activity at the state level and more people are pressuring state legislators to pass hemp laws. We’re going to hit more than 30 states that have passed some type of hemp law soon.

Although we’re not fully there yet, we’ve made steady progress at the federal level as well.

The other piece is on the research that’s going on. As more farmers plant hemp, there’s been more research to map the genome of various cultivars. People are researching what cultivar will grow best in Kentucky compared to Colorado, and comparing what grows well where.

There’s also research going on in the unexpected benefits of hemp, such as looking into its application in supercapacitors and as a replacement for graphene.

When you look at the retail side, there’s been a lot of hemp brands popping up. There are a huge number of very small companies entering this space and developing products in food, cosmetics, body products, apparel, etc. There’s a company here in Colorado called HempBox that sends samples of hemp products to consumers on a monthly basis. They have over 400 companies signed up to raise awareness of hemp brands.

Hemp-Box

HempBox delivers sample products to your door every month

 

How do you see hemp’s status continuing to change in the near future? What excites you most about hemp’s future?

“Anything you can make out of fossil fuel, you can make out of hemp”

ZP: I’m most excited about the potential use of industrial hemp as a replacement of fossil fuel. Anything you can make out of fossil fuel, you can make out of hemp. This includes energy, plastic, paper, and even construction materials like hempcrete and particle boards.

What is your biggest concern?

ZP: There’s always going to be a shadow hanging around hemp until it’s fully legalized at the federal level. Until we can pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, we’re going to have a lot of challenges moving forward because the DEA is going to continue to do what they do until we remove it from the Controlled Substances Act

What type of impact do you want to make for hemp? What type of legacy do you want to leave behind?

ZP: There’s 4 main goals that I have:

  1. To lead the passing of the legislation at the federal level
  2. Reenergize the farming community with a much more profitable crop
  3. Reduce dependence on fossil fuel
  4. Improve the health of America by promoting hemp products

If I can help achieve all this, I will die a happy man.

What kind of support do you need from the public to legalize hemp? How can normal citizens help?

ZP: Go to our website and write a letter to your legislator to ask them to please support the industrial hemp farming act. There is a campaign for Farmers to write letters too; they just need to customize the letter with their own details and ask that they be allowed to grow hemp.

The biggest help we can get is to donate to our federal campaign. It’s costing us over $20K dollars a month to support our Washington D.C. team and send hemp experts to testify before Congress.

Zev, this was truly insightful. Thank you for your time!

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