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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.

hemp vs marijuana comparison table

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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