Ministry of Hemp

Ministry of Hemp

America's leading advocate for hemp

Category: Hemp Products

How Hemp Fabric Is Made & Why It’s Better

Hemp fabric could be crucial to creating a more comfortable, more sustainable world. Hemp fabric is softer, stronger, resistant to odor, and protects the wearer from UV rays. It’s also better for the planet.

Hemp fabric could be crucial to creating a more comfortable, more sustainable world.

What would you do if we told you that you could buy a T-shirt that lasts longer, is cheaper, and harms the environment less than your average cotton T-shirt? You’d probably tell us that’s impossible, but you’d be wrong. So very wrong.

That’s because hemp clothing exists, and it has all of those advantages listed above and more.

WHAT MAKES HEMP FABRIC BETTER?

Hemp clothing has numerous advantages.
Patagonia's hemp "Fog Cutter" sweater is perfect for chilly fall days, an example of a durable but comfortable and fashionable hemp fabric.
Hemp fabric is deliciously soft on the skin, and is known for growing softer with each wear. It’s also naturally resistant to bacteria and provides natural UV protection. That means it protects your skin, and retains color better than other fabrics. As you can see, hemp fabric is quite practical. It literally prevents you from getting stinky, gets softer with more use, and is stronger and longer-lasting than cotton.

And it’s not only practical but stylish too. Hemp fashion is a real thing, and there are many companies that produce appealing hemp clothing. To name a few: Hemp Horizon, iLoveBad, and Patagonia’s hemp clothing collection. These companies are producing awesome clothing; clothing that makes us want to drop hundreds of dollars on sweaters and underwear. Just look at Patagonia’s Fog Cutter Sweater, it’s perfect for Michigan’s chilly fall weather.

Style isn’t the biggest upside of hemp, though. The biggest advantage of hemp fabric is its production methods and hemp’s environmental impact (or lack thereof).

HOW DO YOU MAKE HEMP FABRIC?

The production of the clothes that we use everyday aren’t something most people think about. Clothes are simply things that we buy and wear. Most of us aren’t aware of the hyper-complex supply chain systems needed to bring that simple cotton t-shirt to our local Walmart. That sentiment is true of all fabrics, including hemp.

Let’s take a quick dive into how hemp textiles are produced.

A dense field of green bamboo-like industrial hemp stalks grows tall in the summer sunshine. Industrial hemp can be harvested for thousands of uses including hemp fabric.

A dense field of green bamboo-like industrial hemp stalks grows tall in the summer sunshine. Industrial hemp can be harvested for thousands of uses.

Recreator, another hemp brand we love, outlined how hemp fabric is produced:

  1. Cultivation
  2. Harvesting
  3. Retting (The process whereby naturally occurring bacteria and fungi, or chemicals, break down the pectins that bind the hemp fibers to be released. Common techniques consist of soaking in water, or laying on the ground and letting dew do the ‘retting’)
  4. Breaking
  5. Scutching (Beating stems, which separates the desired fibers from the hemp’s woody core)
  6. Hackling (combing of the stems to remove unwanted particles)
  7. Roving (improves strength)
  8. Spinning (can be wet and dry spun)

Recreator explains in more detail, but it’s a labor intensive process. Modern day production methods of hemp are closely related to the traditional methods but done in a much more efficient manner, with the invention of more effective modern equipment. The core principles stand: grow hemp, break it down, separate the fibers, and then spin into a textile.

HOW HEMP FABRIC COMPARES TO OTHER NATURAL FABRICS

How does hemp production compare to other textiles?

Cotton: Cotton is grown in fields, like hemp, and is harvested by cotton harvesters, those big machines that can harvest cotton at a super-human rate. Then, like hemp, cotton is put through a “ginning” process, in which the fibers are separated from the seeds. The fibers are put through multiple processes that further refine them, like scutching, hackling and roving. Once the cotton is ready, it is spun into fabric.

Wool: This material is easier to process, as it takes less steps to reach its final product. One needs to harvest the wool, then process it via techniques called ‘carding’ and ‘combing’ that smooths and refines the wool, and then weave or knit it into the fabric. Although easier to process,  cattle farming creates its own carbon foot print and a great deal of waste. Not only do you have to use energy and water to process wool, but you have to feed, clean, and maintain the sheep. Sheep who produce methane-dense waste and require more resources to survive than a plant.

Folded hemp fabric and hemp rope and string sit in a wooden box, on a wooden table.

Right now, most hemp products in the U.S., including hemp fabric, are imported from China, increasing cost and carbon footprint. That could change with total hemp legalization.

Right now, most hemp products in the U.S., especially outside of CBD oil, are made from imported hemp. This increases both the carbon footprint, or environmental cost of making hemp products, and the final cost that you, the consumer, pay to buy them. We hope that some of this changes as hemp is fully legalized in the U.S. in the near future.

HEMP IS A SUPER PLANT & FABRIC IS JUST THE BEGINNING

While hemp is harvested and processed similarly to other fabrics, its main advantage is through the hemp plant itself.

Hemp uses about 5% the amount of water it takes to grow cotton and can often be rain-fed. Hemp can grow in almost all soil conditions, and unlike cotton (which depletes the soil of nutrients) hemp’s deep-reaching roots preserve the topsoil and subsoil. Hemp grows densely as well, leaving no room for weeds and competing plants and is less vulnerable to insects, which means little to no use of pesticides. Lastly, hemp grows extremely fast, only needing 120-days to be ready for harvest. We’ve compared hemp and cotton before, and while not everyone agrees, we think hemp is the winner.

Don’t forget that we’re only talking about the stalk of the hemp plant, which is the part used to make hemp fabric. The leaves and seeds are used to make hemp oil, hemp fuel, and other products that each have their own benefits.

We’ve come again to a conclusion that we’ve come to many times before: hemp is a super-plant. From its practical uses to environmental sustainability, the hemp plant comes out on top, out-performing all competitors.

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Hemp Beer Goes Nationwide: New Belgium Launches The Hemperor (VIDEO)

Last month, we got to attend a special tasting of a unique new hemp beer, and talk to part of the team behind its creation. “We finally brought together hemp and hops,” said Steve Navas, brand activation manager for New Belgium, when describing The Hemperor.

Last month, we got to try a unique new hemp beer and talk to part of the team behind it.

“We finally brought together hemp and hops,” said Steve Navas, brand activation manager for New Belgium Brewing.

The private bar in downtown Austin where the tasting took place was filled with the incredible smell of The Hemperor hemp pale ale. As we spoke with Navas, the sounds of local bluegrass band Steel Betty tickled our ears.

Over the past few months, New Belgium has traveled the USA sharing their new hemp beer, The Hemperor.

Over the past few months, New Belgium has traveled the U.S. sharing their new hemp beer, The Hemperor. (New Belgium Brewing)

“We’re one of the first breweries to be able to nationally roll out a beer like this,” Navas told us. “This is two years in the making.”

As for The Hemperor? We thought it was delicious. Here’s how we described this hemp beer in our official Hemperor review:

Wow! Powerful green hemp aroma from this pale ale. The hemp adds a nutty, smooth flavor that balances out the hops, especially in comparison to most IPAs. This beer is sweet with a very mild bitter aftertaste.

You can also feel good about your purchase, because one dollar from every bottle sold goes to support hemp legalization. Keep an eye out for The Hemperor at a store near you.

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Hemp Blankets Can Drastically Change Your Life for the Better

Daniel Ong of iLoveBad started learning about hemp after suffering from night sweats. That led him on a journey to rediscover hemp’s promise and, eventually, the creation of organic hemp blankets, socks, and underwear.

My journey to creating organic hemp blankets began with a bad night’s sleep.

In late Winter of 2010, I suffered from mysterious sleep sweating which woke me up every hour of the night. Extremely uncomfortable & sweaty, I would disgustingly peel off the blanket to dry myself. Moments later, the sweat would dry and the winter chills would resume. This process of sweating, waking, taking the blanket off and putting it back on repeated for well over a week.

Then one day while chattin’ with my mom in her bedroom, I noticed she was using the exact same blanket. In that moment I had an epiphany: the blanket could have been the reason for my sweating. I asked her if she had been sweating abnormally in her sleep as I had. To my confirmation, she’d exclaimed, “Oh my God! How’d You know?!”

After Daniel Ong suffered from night sweats, he and his wife began creating organic hemp blankets and, soon after, other hemp clothes seen here.

After suffering from night sweats, Daniel Ong discovered that synthetic fabrics might be to blame. He and his wife began researching alternatives, leading creation of organic hemp blankets and later other hemp clothes too.

It was that moment that led to the creation of iLoveBad, but for us it’s always been about more than making hemp clothing or a comfortable blanket. We believe hemp can make people’s lives better, as we discovered when we researched hemp blankets.

UNDERSTANDING SLEEP SWEATING & SYNTHETIC FIBER BLANKETS

Beginning that day, my wife and I began researching as much as we could about this night sweating problem.

With just a few hours of google searches, we realized that intense sleep sweating, otherwise known as Hyperhidrosis, was somewhat of a worldwide epidemic that seemed to have no clear answer.  Further, we discovered the blankets we were sweating under was the cause of the sweating because it was made from synthetic fibers (Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic, etc) that are known to be non-breathable, which means that those fibers keep oxygen from entering our bodies through our skin (our body’s largest organ), causing our bodies to suffocate & overheat.

If you own a microfiber couch or a car seat, you can detect the sweating against your skin. Over time, I believe that prolonged exposure to these fabrics causes our bodies to suffer. Even though our bodies are magical in their ability to restore balance, this sweating is extremely counter-productive. Sleep is supposed to restore our bodies, but instead they work overtime!

Realizing all this, we immediately sought for a blanket made with natural fibers. Surprisingly, there were very few options to choose from. Granted, it was 2010 when this was taking place prior to the organic/natural living craze that had swept the world. The blankets we had seen were either too small, too thin, or not soft enough. The only one that came close to what we were looking for cost about $500!

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CREATING OUR OWN HEMP BLANKETS

So instead of purchasing something to get by, we decided to make one ourselves. That decision led us to the re-discovery of hemp, a forgotten weed-like plant that was once the staple of American agriculture.

Because of hemp’s renewability (grows rapidly like weeds), versatility (can be used for so many different applications), and environmental benefits (in that it doesn’t require a lot of water to grow as well as pesticides to ward off bugs), it was an easy fiber choice for us to go with.  We then found a local fabric vendor in LA along with a seamstress to help us design & sew the blanket.

We spent about $200 to complete the project and the results were beautiful. Our blanket feels incredibly soft, being that it’s fleece, and magically stopped my mysterious sleep sweating!

We loved it so much that we had to make more for friends and family. The growing excitement over our organic hemp blankets eventually evolved into a business that now includes undies, tees & socks. All our products are comfortable, but they also bring awareness to the incredibly dynamic hemp fiber as well as the many benefits of natural living in general.

WHY HEMP MATTERS: IT’S MORE THAN JUST HEMP BLANKETS & SOCKS

There were a lot of reasons why we could’ve gone with hemp as a business and every single one of those reasons would validate its use.

However, the one aspect that really motivated us to go with hemp was the fact that it was erroneously labeled as a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hemp was banned banned as a crop by the United States Government for nearly a hundred years, until 2014.

Further, the U.S. government used propaganda to demonize this harmless plant. The goal of all this was to coerce our society to believe that all forms of cannabis, including hemp, will get you high and do really scary things. Ironically, the government still allowed hemp imports, leading many thousands of dollars to flow overseas annually.

A young child holds a hemp leaf. A deliberate campaign of misinformation led to the demonization of cannabis in all its forms, including industrial hemp.

We’ve all been misled at some point in our lives and though it’s not cool, it is what it is. This situation however really bums us out because it reminds us of how unaware & gullible we can be as a society and as individuals. Being unaware doesn’t have to be unhealthy but this lack of awareness led us to judge, criminalize (unjust imprisonment), and destroy the lives of so many people & groups associated with it over the years.

I bring this up not to be sour but rather to remind our collective society to reserve our judgement about everything. Chances are, we really don’t understand them to begin with. We often fear that in which we don’t understand (especially drugs like Marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA, and LSD); we all know this.

When you think about it, you’ll easily deduct that fear is the root cause of our insecurities. Fear leads to our anxieties, depressions, and a host of psychological disorders. Likewise, it inevitably stunts creativity! By reserving our judgement about the unknown and perhaps even embracing them as a creation of a higher being, I believe this will drastically mitigate our fear and subsequently dispel the anxieties that comes with it. Again, there are so many reasons to champion hemp back to its glory days and we’re all about them.

But because the most common mental illness in our society is anxiety, we also care to promote the ideology and mental benefits that comes with supporting hemp.

NATURAL FIBERS & ORGANIC HEMP BLANKETS HELP YOU REST

To sum it all up, blankets made of synthetic fibers (such as Polyester, Nylon and Acrylic) are non-breathable.  This blocks our skin from the necessary oxygen it breathes in. Blankets made of natural fibers such as hemp, organic cotton, wool, silk and so forth are more breathable. Naturall fibers allow our bodies to effectively collect the oxygen it requires.

Supporting hemp teaches us about the idea of reserving judgement and fear towards the unknown, like hemp and even other currently illegal substances. We honestly believe that this conscious effort will raise awareness for unconditional acceptance and love for all (the good and the bad), reducing anxiety and inspiring limitless creativities within us all.

Working together, we can all meet our daily hurdles en route to manifesting our highest aspirations.

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Hemp Packaging Offers Sustainable Alternatives To Paper & Plastic (VIDEO)

Every industry is struggling with the growing problem of waste. Both medical and recreational dispensaries depend on plastic and foil containers which are used once, then thrown away. We met with two pioneering companies creating sustainable hemp-based alternatives.

Hemp packaging could be a solution to the problem of disposable, single-use paper and plastic.

“The statistics are in: every second … a half acre of trees are cut down,” said Matthew Glyer of Hemp.Press. “7.5 bllion trees for paper alone is not sustainable.”

Every industry is struggling with the growing problem of waste. The legal cannabis industry is no exception. Both medical and recreational dispensaries depend on plastic and foil containers which are used once, then thrown away. For the most part, these materials are not biodegradable. Single-use paper packaging is also commonplace in the industry.

While hemp plastic is still being perfected, companies like Sana Packaging are already creating composites from hemp and corn. Sana Packaging’s products are created using hemp hurd, the fibrous woody core of agricultural hemp, then combined with corn to create composite bioplastic.

Hemp packaging can be part of reducing dependence on single-use, unsustainable packaging.

A Sana Packaging tube designed for use in the legal cannabis industry. This “doob tube” is made from a combination of hemp and corn. Hemp packaging can be part of reducing dependence on single-use, unsustainable packaging.

Working with domestically-sourced materials also ensures the sustainability of their products.

“Our hemp is sourced here domestically in Kentucky, processed in North Dakota and we manufacture in Minnesota and Arizona,” said Ron Basak-Smith of Sana Packaging. “All American made, all American supply chain.”

Hemp.Press also targets the cannabis industry with products that replace boxes or display cards made from trees with hemp paper.

The companies are also involved in lobbying to change cannabis laws. Currently, most states with legal medical or recreational marijuana programs prohibit the re-use of packaging at cannabis dispensaries. If those laws changed, consumers would be able to bring their hemp packaging back to the dispensary to be refilled with fresh flower, extract, or pre-rolled cannabis joints.

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Teaching Kids About Hemp With Callie Cannabis & Friends (VIDEO)

Two innovative parenting guides make teaching kids about hemp and cannabis simple. Watch our interview with Juliette Benz and Kris Morwood, the co-authors behind Callie Cannabis and Hana Hemp, two books that include everything from hemp history to safety tips.

Two innovative parenting guides make teaching kids about hemp and cannabis simple.

Juliette Benz and Kris Morwood created Callie Cannabis and Hana Hemp to help with this complicated topic. Blair Barbour, an internationally recognized artist, joined the team on “Hana Hemp.” Each book focuses on a different aspect of the cannabis plant from a child-friendly perspective.

We met Benz and Morwood at the NoCo Hemp Expo where they offered a hemp arts and crafts area. Young visitors and the young at heart had a blast making bracelets and other simple jewelry from hemp.

These books are designed to replace years of fear, stigma and misinformation about cannabis. “Callie Cannabis” helps parents explain the overall benefits of cannabis and how it can be used. “Hana Hemp” focuses on teaching kids about hemp and its ancient history. The books gently address the war on drugs by helping kids understand why some people still fear cannabis. Callie also offers some safety tips for keeping cannabis and hemp edibles in the home but out of reach of kids.

Hana Hemp and her friend Callie Cannabis help parents teaching kids about hemp and cannabis.

Hana Hemp and her friend Callie Cannabis help parents teach kids about hemp and cannabis. In this illustration, Hana Hemp inspects a hemp plant. (Callie and Friends)

Morris Beagle, co-founder of the NoCo Hemp Expo, is also a fan of Callie and Hana.

“Kids need to be taught the truth about cannabis/hemp from an early age,” Beagle said. “The truth is cannabis is the best plant ever.”

Don’t miss our other coverage of NoCo Hemp Expo, including a jetpack launch!

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Jetpack Included: Hemp CBD Protein Powder Lifts Off At NoCo Hemp Expo

On April 7 at the NoCo Hemp Expo, former pro-basketball player Will Carr teamed up with Apollo Flight Labs to mark the launch of Willpower Products new CBD-infused protein powder in a big way. One thing we learned: jetpacks are loud!

Why launch a jetpack at a hemp expo? More like: why not?

On April 7 at the NoCo Hemp Expo, former pro-basketball player Will Carr teamed up with Apollo Flight Labs to mark the launch of Willpower Products new CBD-infused protein powder in a big way. While undeniably flashy, the jetpack stunt drew a huge crowd out of the Ranch Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. One thing we learned: jetpacks are loud!

There’s more to Carr’s offering than just a flying gimmick, however. In our interview, he explains why his new ReGen protein powder is the perfect choice for athletes and anyone who lives a fit, active lifestyle. Carr also explains how he discovered the benefits of CBD oil first hand after an injury:

Last August, I had my first encounter with CBD. I had turf toe, and I’d been taking ibuprofen for two weeks and it wasn’t helping. I took CBD and within 30 minutes my toe didn’t hurt anymore and I was like, “What in the world is this? Why have I never heard of this before?”

Stay tuned: we’ll be sharing our experiences with Willpower’s CBD protein powder and more from NoCo Hemp Expo in the coming weeks.

Apollo Flight Labs jetpack branded with the Willpower Products logo takes off at NoCo Hemp Expo

A jetpack takes flight at the NoCo Hemp Expo to mark the launch of Willpower Protein Powder. (Backstage Flash)

Jetpack footage courtesy of Backstage Flash. Video produced by AJ Film

 

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CBD Honey Brings Sweet Relaxation To Your Recipes & Herbal Tea

CBD honey, sweet, rich in flavor and packed with natural healing benefits, is the ultimate upgrade to your night time tea. Our review team loved Colorado Hemp Honey by the spoonful, but it can also be added to recipes.

CBD honey, sweet, rich in flavor and packed with natural healing benefits, is the ultimate upgrade to your night time tea.

A warm cup of herbal tea before bed is one of the most soothing ways to end your day, and we recently discovered that a spoonful of CBD honey from Colorado Hemp Honey makes this into a powerful sleep aid. Made from high quality ingredients and third-party lab tested for purity, this product is a great way to add the benefits of CBD and honey to your diet. Colorado Hemp Honey is available in four delicious flavors and can be used almost any way you use honey.

CBD honey from Colorado Hemp Honey is available in both unflavored and flavored varieties.

A trio of jars of Colorado Hemp Honey. Ginger Soothe which was reviewed for this article. CBD honey from Colorado Hemp Honey is available in both unflavored and flavored varieties.

We discovered this delicious CBD honey at the 2018 Hemp and Garden Show in Austin, Texas, and it quickly became a favorite ingredient in our kitchen. Read on to find out more about the origins of Colorado Hemp Honey and see our complete review of this unique product.

SUSTAINABLE HONEY & NON-GMO PESTICIDE FREE HEMP MAKE COLORADO HEMP HONEY A WINNER

Colorado Hemp Honey is produced by Frangiosa Farms, which has nearly 100 hives in the Denver, Colorado area.

According to their website, the company invests profits in efforts to promote beekeeping and sustainability, which is especially important given falling bee populations around the world. “Frangiosa Farms is focused on natural, sustainable beekeeping practices that consider the long term effects of maintaining healthy bee colonies.”

Their products are made from raw, largely unprocessed honey so it can be enjoyed in its purest form. Whole plant hemp extract, produced from Colorado grown, Non-GMO and pesticide free industrial hemp, is the final ingredient in this delicious CBD honey. Whole plant, or full spectrum, extract means all the terpenes and other beneficial trace ingredients in the hemp remain.

Every product is clearly labeled with the total amount of CBD oil inside. While third-party lab testing results were available for all of Colorado Hemp Honey’s products at the Hemp and Garden Show, they aren’t on the website. We hope the company will provide them online soon. In the meantime, we recommend consumers contact the company to see the lab results.

CBD HONEY SWEETENS THE NATURAL BENEFITS OF FULL SPECTRUM HEMP EXTRACT

Scientific evidence and consumer reports alike suggest that CBD oil can relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions, from chronic pain to epilepsy. While the medicinal benefits of honey are harder to prove, its nutritional content is well documented.

“Besides having minerals, vitamins and important enzymes, honey is a natural, healthy energy booster,” notes an article from the Michigan State University Extension. While it’s probably true that honey is slower to absorb into the system than refined sugar, diabetics should still avoid consuming too much.

CBD honey combines the delicious sweetness of honey with the benefits of full spectrum hemp extract.

Rich golden honey is poured from over a spoon so that it drips into a shallow bowl. CBD honey combines the delicious sweetness of honey with the benefits of full spectrum hemp extract.

Our review team tried the Ginger Soothe flavor of Colorado Hemp Honey. The flavor of ginger is warm and strong but not overpowering. This CBD honey is great by the spoonful, but we frequently added it to our herbal teas before bed. Colorado Hemp Honey also offers tangerine, lemon and an unflavored variety.

Consumers should try just a teaspoon at first, because Colorado Hemp Honey is effective and potent. This CBD honey was especially helpful at promoting a restful sleep in a warm drink. Like other forms of CBD oil, it eased symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation.

Though we didn’t try cooking with it, Colorado Hemp Honey can be used in almost any recipe, from the sweetener in pancakes to the glaze on chicken wings. We were advised that CBD honey should not be blended, which is unfortunate as otherwise we’d love to use it in our post-workout smoothies, along with our favorite hemp protein powder.

We wholeheartedly recommend Colorado Hemp Honey’s “Ginger Soothe,” and we bet the other flavors are just as delicious.

 

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Texas Winery Offers Unique Hemp Oil-Infused Wines | Texas Hemp Wine

It’s a product years in the making, but Americans in 37 states can now try hemp-infused wine, the creation of Texas-based TVM Wines. For the wine’s creators, the product is about more than just capitalizing on an increasingly “hip” ingredient.

You can wear hemp fashion, put hemp seeds on your oatmeal, even write on hemp paper, so why not sip some hemp wine?

It’s a product years in the making, but Americans in 37 states can now try hemp-infused wine, the creation of Texas-based TVM Wines.

TVM’s new hemp wines are actually wine cocktails, infused with flavors like “rum and Coke” and “Texas tea,” and graced with playful names like “Forbidden,” “Covert” and “Taboo” that invite drinkers to take part in something secretive and daring. However, for the wine’s creators, the product is about more than just capitalizing on an increasingly “hip” ingredient: they’re believers in the benefits of hemp too.

“We really truly want to help people,” declared Elease Hill, vice president of sales and marketing at TVM Wines.

Each glass of hemp wine contains a full serving of hemp oil, and while Hill stops short of making any health claims about drinking the wine, there’s ample scientific evidence that hemp oil itself can provide real benefits to consumers. If Hill had her way, the wines would also include CBD oil, an extract of hemp that can offer relief to symptoms of numerous conditions from arthritis to chronic pain. However, her efforts to develop CBD-infused wine, which has already become a best-selling product in Europe were thwarted by government regulations and the ongoing war on drugs, and it took months of struggle and negotiation to even bring her hemp wines to market.

two bottles of TVM hemp wine posed outdoors

Two bottles of TVM Hemp Wines, in “Fantasy” and “Covert” flavors, are artfully posed outdoors. TVM’s Elease Hill spent months negotiating with the government in order to successfully bring hemp wine to market.

“Until the government gets off their high horse and leaves hemp alone we can’t do anything with CBD,” Hill said, with obvious frustration in her voice, when we spoke to her by phone last month.

DEA, TTB, AND THE STRUGGLE TO BRING HEMP WINE TO MARKET

Friends of the family-owned winery first suggested the idea of a hemp wine “about two years ago,” according to Hill, but her father, TVM’s chairman Ron Mittelstedt, was initially resistant due to hemp’s uncertain legal nature and lingering stigma.

The idea lingered, and soon after Hill’s sister Beth began to research hemp’s benefits. Hill herself also discovered that CBD could treat her Attention Deficit Disorder more effectively than pharmaceutical drugs. Armed with both first-hand experience and knowledge of Spain’s “Cannavine,” they were able to change their father’s opinion and began the long process of developing a new product — only to discover that there were seemingly miles of red tape in their way.

Hemp was once a staple American cash crop, and in regular use for its medicinal benefits, until it was made illegal alongside its close cousin, marijuana, in the early 20th-century. The 2014 Farm Bill legalized hemp growing in the U.S. again for “research purposes” (including market research), allowing each state to set rules around the growth of low-THC industrial hemp. Legal experts believe the farm bill, along with other legislation and legal precedents, mean that hemp-based products are fully legal in the United States.

However, the Drug Enforcement Administration continues to insist that CBD is fully illegal, and other government agencies have followed their lead.

Obama signs 2014 Farm Bill

Pres. Barack Obama signs the 2014 Farm Bill, which relegalized hemp growing in the U.S. Despite this and other legal precedents, government agencies continue to resist the sale of legal hemp products like CBD-infused hemp wine.

“When the DEA came out and said CBD is a Schedule I drug, the TTB, the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade Board, they were not going to approve any alcohol products that contain CBD unless it was in trace amounts,” Hill explained.

Without TTB approval, TVM’s products wouldn’t be assigned a “COLA number,” a crucial designation required for national distribution of alcoholic products. She soon discovered that the agency had an absurd definition of what constitutes a trace amount. At one point, the TTB rejected an earlier formula because they claimed it contained 700 parts per million of CBD, a miniscule measurement far below what could cause any effect.

Even after after agreeing to use hemp oil, rather than CBD oil, Hill still had to push for final approval. One additional challenging factor? Hemp-infused products are rare: most similar products are merely flavored with it rather than containing substantial amounts of actual hemp. One exception, which helped Hill make her case to the TTB, is Colorado High Vodka, which is actually distilled from hemp plants.

After almost two years of work, the TTB agreed to grant TVM Hemp Wines a cola number late last year. “We finally got approval actually one day before my birthday on the formulas, which is December 1st.”

The agency approved the labels later that month, and the first hemp wines went on sale in Texas stores in January.

REDUCING THE STIGMA AROUND CANNABIS, ONE GLASS OF HEMP WINE AT A TIME

The names of the hemp wines, from “Forbidden” to “Fantasy,” hint at the way cannabis has faced misunderstandings, mistrust, and persecution under the war on drugs. Hill’s struggle to receive government approval for the products, shows that the stigma around this plant is still alive even as legal barriers theoretically fall away. The early response to her wines, on the other hand, is a sign that everyday people are excited about hemp, rather than afraid of it.

sock monkey with TVM hemp wine

A red sock monkey (don’t worry, he’s over 21!) enjoys the sweet taste of TVM’s “Forbidden” hemp wine cocktail. Consumers’ excitement over hemp wine shows the stigma around cannabis is disappearing.

“It wasn’t even on the shelves for 20 minutes and someone bought two bottles,” Hill said.

TVM’s hemp wines are already for sale — and selling fast — in several stores in Texas, with more coming soon. For the rest of us, curious hemp enthusiasts in 37 states can order the products from TVM’s page on Vinoshipper.com.

Hill isn’t done making hemp products, but she’s hoping Congress will clear up the legal confusion around hemp first. Efforts like the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which would have fully legalized hemp and hemp products from coast to coast, have stalled in Congress so far, but advocates are hopeful that support for total legalization is growing rapidly.

“I need these bills to pass through so we can create a traditional, dry red wine with the CBD infused.”

We can’t wait to try it!

 

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Give The Gift Of Hemp This Holiday Season – 2017 Holiday Hemp Gift Guide

The holidays are fast approaching and you’ve still got gifts to buy. It’s a familiar situation, but this year we’ve got a new solution: give the gift of hemp. Since…

The holidays are fast approaching and you’ve still got gifts to buy.

It’s a familiar situation, but this year we’ve got a new solution: give the gift of hemp.

Since you’re already on our website, you might know that hemp is an almost miraculous plant that can be turned into nutritious food, versatile and durable textiles and fabrics, even paper and plastic. Another product made from hemp, the supplement known as CBD oil, has improved the lives of thousands of people through its natural benefits. Although it’s remarkably sustainable and healthy, a lot of people still don’t know about hemp — which we think makes it a perfect holiday gift that will surprise and delight your friends and loved ones.

We’ve already written about the dozens of hemp products available today. A variety of traditional gifts are now made from hemp, from winter coats to stocking stuffers like skin care products and even shirts and underwear. For our holiday hemp gift guide, we found the best holiday deals to share with you from some of our favorite brands, including coupons and other special deals only available in December.

Everyone on your list is sure to appreciate the gift of hemp — and we think you should buy a little something for yourself, too. Just don’t wait too long: time is running out if you need to get your hemp gifts before Christmas.

 

MINISTRY OF HEMP’S FAVORITE HEMP DEALS OF 2017

 

Hemp Fashion & Apparel: Jungmaven

Jungmaven Holiday hemp gift dealsGet 30% off Jungmaven’s basic or original tees, and 30% off socks starting on 12/10/2017.

Like the best hemp brands, Jungmaven aren’t just selling hemp but are passionate about bringing hemp to everyone. Their goal is to dress the world in a hemp t-shirt by the year 2020, and this deal will get them closer!

  • What’s the deal? 30 percent off Jungmaven’s original and basic style t-shirts, or 30 percent off hemp socks.
  • How do I get it? This deal is only available for 48 hours starting on Sunday, December 10. Use the coupon code HOLIDAY30.

Hemp Oil Supplements: Populum

Populum holiday hemp oil gift set

Get deep discounts (25-33%) on some of Populum’s most popular CBD products.

We’re on the record about our love for Populum, thanks to the reliable quality and delicious orange flavor of their CBD oil. Recently, they’ve expanded their offerings to include a topical hemp rub and even a product for pets.

  • What’s the deal? Two gift bundles are available from Populum, including hemp CBD oil, Zen Pets hemp oil, and Cold Therapy Hemp Rub, so pick the products that you or your loved one will enjoy most.
  • How do I get it? Order the The Populum Essentials Set (25 percent off the normal price) or the The Populum Deluxe Set (33 percent off!) before Monday, December 18

The CBDistillery

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Try a sampling of The CBDistillery’s most popular offerings with their holiday gift set.

Our friends at The CBDistillery recently helped us explore the science of using CBD for depression. This massive gift set is perfect for a CBD enthusiast or a newcomer that wants to explore a variety of products.

  • What’s the deal? Get CBD soft gels, CBD tincture, CBD isolate powder, and CBD topical salve for over $40 off the normal price, plus you get a CBDistillery Crystals sticker.
  • How do I get it? Order the holiday gift set from The CBDistillery before Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

Zion Medicinals

Get 30% off your first order from Zion Medicinals.

Zion Medicinals began after founder Brian Caruso discovered that CBD eased his wife’s painful Lyme Disease symptoms. Their products use a unique “spagyric” extraction method.

  • What’s the deal? Get 30 percent off your first order from Zion Medicinals.
  • How do I get it? Use the code MOH30 at checkout on orders placed before January 31, 2018.

Hemp Food: Hippie Butter

1200x600 Chocolate and Coffee Web GustavGet hemp seed coffee, hemp seed chocolate and a free Hippie Butter backpack.

We’ve written about Hippie Butter’s delicious hemp seed spreads, but this innovative company offers so much more. A hot cup of hemp coffee and some rich hemp seed chocolate sounds like a perfect treat after opening your presents.

  • What’s the deal? Get hemp seed coffee and a dark chocolate hemp seed bar for $39.99, which is $10.00 off the normal price. Wrapping is simple because you also get a free Hippie Butter Gift bag.
  • How do I get it? Order the gift set from Hippie Butter before supplies run out.

Ergogenics Nutrition

EG Holiday Sale 2017 Graphic MoHempGet 20% off all Ergogenics Nutrition products if you order before 12/17/2017.

It’s always a little extra difficult to stay in shape in the winter, which is why Ergogenics Nutrition products would be perfect for the athlete or gym rat in your life. Their products are full of plant-based goodness like hemp, a near-perfect protein.

  • What’s the deal? Get 20 percent off everything in the Ergogenics Nutrition store.
  • How do I get it? Order before Sunday, December 17 and use the coupon code HOLIDAY20 at checkout.

Hemp Kettle Tea

Hemp Kettle Tea Night TeaGet a “Night Blend Tea Kit” with orders over $75 from Hemp Kettle Tea.

After a day of throwing snow balls, singing carols, or just hiding from the cold by the fireplace, we love a hot cup of tea. Hemp Kettle Tea offers delicious herbs, teas and spices blended with hemp seeds.

  • What’s the deal? Get a free “Night Blend Tea Kit” plus free shipping. The kit includes 1 ounce of Night Blend tea, a reusable tea bag, a cannabis tea recipe and a sticker.
  • How do I get it? Order at least $75 from Hemp Kettle Tea before Friday, December 15 and enter code MINISTRY OF HEMP GIFT 2017 in the comments during checkout.

Hemp Aromatherapy: Kushed Candles

Get 20% off the whole Kushed store on Friday and Saturday.

Kushed hopes to “bring harmony to your world through the powerful sense of smell” and the wonders of cannabis essential oil. Kushed Candles make great gifts and are also a great way to create a relaxing atmosphere in your home during the winter.

  • What’s the deal? Get 20 percent off everything in the Kushed online store.
  • How do I get it? Use coupon code ELF17 on orders placed on Friday, December 8 or Saturday, December 9.

CBD for Pets: Nature’s Pet Herbals

Natures Pet BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALNature’s Pet Herbals is offering a free CBD spray of your choice if you order treats or oil.

More and more pet owners depend on CBD oil to ease their furry friends’ pain, discomfort or anxiety. Nature’s Pet Herbals offers CBD oil, CBD-infused treats and CBD sprays that are specially formulated for pets. Their Black Friday special continues until the New Year.

  • What’s the deal? Buy treats or oil and get a free spray.
  • How do I get it? Order Pet CBD oil or CBD pet treats before 2018 and you’ll get your choice of spray free at checkout.

Hemp Soap & More: Dr. Bronner’s

Try six different Dr. Bronner’s soaps with this great sampler set.

Ministry of Hemp loves Dr. Bronner’s and not just because their soap labels give us something to read in the shower. The family of the original Dr. Bronner have turned their company into a powerful voice for hemp, the environment and renewable energy.

  • What’s the deal? Get six types of Dr. Bronner’s soap including Cherry Blossom and Green Tea, two scents normally unavailable in the U.S.
  • How do I get it? Order the Pure Castile Soap Sampler Pack while supplies last.

Hemp Skincare: It’s All Buttah

Buttah Hemp oil and butter 1Get 20% off any hemp product from It’s All Buttah Handcrafted Skincare.

It’s All Buttah Handcrafted Skincare, specializes in creating luxurious small batch products from the finest ingredients, including lots of hemp. “In a society where, bigger, faster and shinier is the goal … it feels good to be small and unique.”

  • What’s the deal? Get 20 percent off any hemp product from It’s All Buttah.
  • How do I get it? Use the coupon code HEMPHAPPY on your holiday orders.

Fiddler’s Elbow Grease

Fiddlers Elbow Grease AdventGet three weeks of advent deals from Fiddler’s Elbow Grease.

Sian Phillips’ discovered the healing benefits of hemp balm after after fibromyalgia, a debilitating chronic pain condition, put the brakes on her musical career. The UK-based Fiddler’s Elbow Grease is offering three weeks of great deals on some of their most popular products.

 

  • What’s the deal? Three weeks of great deals on Fiddler’s Elbow Grease products.
  • How do I get it? Get all the details and place your order on the Advent Sale page.

Chronic Remedies

Chronic RemediesGet $10 off Chronic Remedies CBD Body Butter & CBD Face Moisturizer bundle.

Chronic Remedies’ hemp-based skin care products are sold locally in some head shops, but they’re also offering a great online special during the holiday season.

  • What’s the deal? Get Chronic Remedies’ CBD Body Butter and CBD Face Moisturizer for $75 when you order both together ($10 off the normal price).
  • How do I get it? Send an email to chronic.remedies.cbd@gmail.com to place your order.
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2017 Top Hemp & CBD Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

If you’re anything like us — that is, dedicated hemp and CBD oil enthusiasts — you want to spread your love of this miracle plant to all your friends and loved ones….

If you’re anything like us — that is, dedicated hemp and CBD oil enthusiasts — you want to spread your love of this miracle plant to all your friends and loved ones.

Whatever holiday you’re celebrating, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals offer the perfect chance to help your family feel their best with CBD goodies, and put lots of hemp food and fashion in their lives. We think you should also pick up a little something for yourself, too!

Even if you’re new to hemp, Black Friday is a perfect chance to dip your toe in the water without spending a lot of money. Hemp is sustainable and ecologically friendly, and hemp-based products can nourish the body inside and out.

You may already have heard about the healing benefits of CBD oil, which is becoming a favorite supplement for thousands of people. In addition to its much-touted potential to help epilepsy sufferers, there’s also scientific evidence it can help ease conditions from chronic pain to anxiety.

We reached out to some of the top hemp and CBD brands to find out their best deals and share them with you at Ministry of Hemp. But hurry, most of these deals are only good through Monday, while others might be for an even more limited time!  

Skip the chaos of Black Friday shopping in stores and make it a Hempy Holidays online with these great deals:

THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY DEALS FOR HEMP PRODUCTS

1. Dr. Bronners Soap

Dr Bronners Hemp Soap Cyber MondayDr. Bronners is offering Cyber Monday deal to support the homeless.

 

We’re big fans of Dr. Bronner’s, from the infamous soap labels with their colorful but inspiring message of universal oneness, to the company’s commitment to hemp and a sustainable future. It’s no surprise that they’re giving back with their one-day Cyber Monday sale by donating 100 percent of the proceeds to nonprofits that support the homeless.

  • What’s the deal: 20 percent off sitewide on Cyber Monday.
  • How do I get it: Just shop at Dr. Bronner’s on Cyber Monday (11/27/2017).

2. Populum Premium Hemp CBD Oil

Populum Hemp CBD Oil Black Friday PromotionPopulum is offering a Buy One, Get One free coupon on their CBD oil tincture.

 

We’ve rated Populum as one of our top CBD brands; we love the delicious orange flavor and the reliable quality of their tinctures. Populum is offering a buy one, get one free deal on their U.S.-grown CBD oil tinctures from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

  • What’s the deal: Buy any one of their CBD tinctures & get another one completely free.
  • How do I get it: Order two tinctures from Populum from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/24/17-11/27/17) and use the coupon code BOGOFREE at checkout to get 100% off the second bottle.

3. Hippie Butter Hemp Foods

1200x600 Chocolate and Coffee Web GustavHippie Butter offers a free backpack with orders of $10 or more this weekend.

 

Best known for their delicious gourmet hemp seed butter, Hippie Butter also offers hemp seed coffee, chocolate bars, and even skincare products. We love this giveaway because a free backpack makes wrapping your hemp gifts easy.

  • What’s the deal: Get a free Hippie Butter backpack.
  • How do I get it: Just order at least 10 dollars of merchandise, no coupon code needed. Watch the Hippie Butter website for additional upcoming holiday deals.

4. Jungmaven Hemp Clothing

Jungmaven Hemp Black Friday DealAll of Jungmaven’s shirts will be 20% off this weekend.

 

Hemp is a more sustainable replacement for cotton and other fabrics, and Jungmaven wants to dress the world in hemp shirts. Their shirts are made from 100 percent hemp in a variety of styles sure to please someone on your list.

  • What’s the deal: Get 20 percent off Jungmaven products, sitewide.
  • How do I get it: Use the coupon code which will be available on the Jungmaven website between Black Friday (11/24/2017) and Cyber Monday (11/27/2017).

5. Ananda Hemp CBD Oil

Ananda Hemp Black FridayGet 30% off Ananda Hemp’s 450mg SpectrumGels this weekend.

 

Ananda Hemp’s products are grown in the old American tobacco country of Kentucky, where hemp is helping to revitalize American agriculture. Ananda Hemp’s founder John Ryan is also a big supporter of hemp legalization, which we love!

  • What’s the deal: Get 30 percent off Ananda Hemp’s popular 450mg SpectrumGels.
  • How do I get it: Order between Black Friday (11/24/2017) and Cyber Monday (11/27/2017) and use the coupon code HEMPBLACK at checkout.

6. Kushed Hemp Candles & Hemp Essential Oil

Kushed Candle Black FridayGet 10% off from Kushed Candles on Black Friday

 

Last year, Alison Joy, founded of Kushed, taught us about the wonders of hemp essential oil, the “queen of essential oils.” Kushed is still creating great smelling, relaxing products made from hemp and other fine natural ingredients. Look for some special holiday scents coming up, too!

  • What’s the deal: Get 10% off site wide!
  • How do I get it: Order from Kushed on Black Friday (11/24/2017) and use coupon code MINISTRYOFHEMP at checkout.

7. Nature’s Pet Herbals

Natures-Pet-BLACK-FRIDAY-DealNature’s Pet Herbals is offering a free CBD spray of your choice if you order treats or oil!

 

A growing number of pet owners are using CBD and Nature’s Pet Herbals offers CBD oil, CBD-infused treats and even CBD sprays for pets. Their holiday special, which lasts through the end of 2017, is a great way for you or a pet lover to try their products.

  • What’s the deal: Buy treats or oil and get a free spray.
  • How do I get it: Order Pet CBD oil or CBD pet treats by New Year’s Eve and you’ll get your choice of spray free at checkout.

8. Ergogenics Nutrition

Ergonomics Hemp Protein homepageMasonryHempErgogenics will offer 25% off their nutrition products this weekend.

 

Ergogenics Nutrition believes in supplying athletes with organic, clean ingredients in their sports supplements. Hemp and other superfoods are key ingredients in their products, and this could be a great way to keep your fitness goals through the winter.

  • What’s the deal: Get 25 percent off all Ergogenics products, sitewide.
  • How do I get it: Order from Ergogenics Nutrition between Black Friday (11/24/2017) and Cyber Monday (11/27/2017).

9. Cannabidiol Life

cannabidiol life cbd vape oil collectionGet 30% off CBD oil and vape oils from Cannabidiol Life.

 

Cannabidiol Life’s website offers some great information on the benefits of CBD, and we really enjoyed learning about CBD gummies from the site’s founder, Chris Visser, in September. Now, they’re offering great Black Friday deals on CBD oil and CBD vape oils.

  • What’s the deal? Get 30 percent off Cannabidiol Life CBD oil and CBD vape oil.
  • How do I get it? Order CBD oil or CBD vape oil between Black Friday (11/24/2017) and Cyber Monday (11/27/2017).

10. Rawganique

Rawganique Black FridaySave $10 – $20 on fine cotton, linen and hemp clothes from Rawganique.

 

Rawganique specializes in “no compromise” fashion made from organic hemp, cotton and linen fabrics. All their clothes are vegan and sustainably made. Take note, their special sale starts today and runs through Sunday.

  • What’s the deal? Get $10 off a a $150 order or $20 off a $300 order from Rawganique.
  • How do I get it? Use the coupon code ThanksUSA10150 for $10 off or ThanksUSA20300 for $20 off at checkout from Wednesday (11/22/2017) through Sunday (11/26/2017).

11. CBDistillery

CBDistillery-Black-FridayGet deep discounts on CBD products from The CBDistillery through Cyber Monday.

 

We love these unique CBD cooking tips from The CBDistillery — you’ll have to let us know if you try this kind of thing! They’re offering some great deals all through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and Cyber Monday.

12. Hoodlamb Hemp Apparel

Hoodlamb ParkaThe Hoodlamb hemp fashion collection will be on sale this weekend.

 

One of the earliest players in hemp fashion, Hoodlamb created the first winter jacket made from hemp. Their jackets, which make a perfect winter-weather gift, are made from a durable hemp/cotton outer shell, and feature a hemp-based water resistant treatment and Satifur vegan insulation.

  • What’s the deal: Varied discounts of up to 30 percent on the entire Hoodlamb collection.
  • How do I get it: Shop Hoodlamb between Black Friday (11/24/2017) and Cyber Monday (11/27/2017)

13. Zion Medicinals

Zion Medicinals CBDGet 20% off Zion Medicinals products through the end of November.

 

Brian Caruso, the founder of Zion Medicinals, first sought out CBD oil to ease the pain and suffering of his wife’s Lyme Disease symptoms. Now they offer CBD supplements for everyone! You’ve got until the end of November to take advantage of their special offer.

  • What’s the deal: 20 percent off everything in the Zion Medicinals store.
  • How do I get it: Use the coupon code MoH20 at checkout. Deal expires 11/30/2017.

14. Hemp Kettle Tea Company

Hemp Kettle TeaGet free shipping from Hemp Kettle Tea Company until January 31, 2018.

 

What’s better than a hot cup of tea on a cold day? A hot cup of tea blended with hemp seeds from Hemp Kettle Tea Company! Their free shipping deal continues through January, but be sure to order before December 10 if you need your tea before Christmas.

  • What’s the deal: Free shipping on all orders from Hemp Kettle Tea Company.
  • How do I get it: Just place your order online before January 31, 2018.

15. Fiddler’s Elbow Grease

Fiddlers Elbow Grease Black FridayGet discounts on some of the most popular products from Fiddler’s Elbow Grease.

 

Sian Phillips started created hemp products after fibromyalgia interfered with her career as a violinist. Ease your sore muscles after wrapping all those presents (or that after-dinner jam session) with some hemp balm from Fiddler’s Elbow Grease. This UK company ships internationally.

  • What’s the deal: Discounts on five of their most popular products.
  • How do I get it: Order from the “Black Cyber Sale” collection between Black Friday (11/24/2017) and Cyber Monday (11/27/2017).

 

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