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Hippie Butter Review | Hemp Seed Butters

During the past week, we had the opportunity to try Hippie Butter’s Hemp Seed Butter products. Hippie Butter offers two different types of seed butter: The Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter…

During the past week, we had the opportunity to try Hippie Butter’s Hemp Seed Butter products. Hippie Butter offers two different types of seed butter: The Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter (original flavor) and The Cacao Hemp Seed Butter (chocolate flavor). So we’ll break this review down for each of those products.

Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Butter Products

Hippie Butter’s Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter and Cacao Hemp Seed Butter

The Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter

PRESENTATION & TEXTURE

Honestly, when I first opened the bottle, I wasn’t sure what to think. The content was green with a consistency similar to that of peanut butter. It wasn’t the most appealing color to be honest. As their website puts it, the Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter is “the finely ground and pressed form of the Hemp Seed. It has a green tinge to it due to its healthy chlorophyll content.”

TASTE

The gourmet hemp butter has a very natural taste that you will find strangely addicting. Since its just a grounded version of hemp seeds, the unique nutty flavor of hemp seeds is even more accented. It might taste a bit “different” or “too unique” at first, but this taste really grows on you. If you want to add some sweetness to this nutty flavor, I found adding some honey or cinnamon to be really effective.

The Cacao Hemp Seed Butter


Hippie Butter's Cacao Hemp Butter
PRESENTATION & TEXTURE

The Cacao Hemp Butter definitely has a more appealing look than the Gourmet – as you would assume since it is chocolate flavored. The butter is reddish brown with white hulled hemp seeds visible throughout. The consistency is a bit harder than the Gourmet hemp butter. After putting it in the refrigerator, the butter got a bit harder, so it didn’t really “spread” on my toast. But, honestly, it wasn’t too hard using a knife to get the butter out of the jar.

TASTE

Hippie Butter really did an amazing job on the flavor of the Cacao Hemp Butter. With a dark chocolate and nutty taste, the Cacao Hemp Butter really makes you crave more. The chocolate isn’t too sweet, as the nutty flavor counterbalances the sweetness. So the sweetness will never feel like you had “too much”. Since it is chocolate flavored, there was no need for me to add anything else to the butter. Honestly, it’s like a much healthier version of a Nutella.

WAYS TO EAT THE HEMP SEED BUTTERS


Spreading Cacao Hemp Butter on Apples

Spreading Gourmet Hemp Butter on Bread

I tried out the hemp seed butters in several different ways for the next couple days. I toasted some bread and made myself a hemp seed butter sandwich, cut up some apples and dipped them in the hemp butter, and I also just grabbed a spoon and ate a spoonful of it as a snack. I’m sure there’s plenty of other ways you could eat it as a snack – spreading it across some crackers, mixing it with your smoothie, etc.

Personally, for the Gourmet Hemp Seed Butter, I enjoyed spreading it on my apples the most. The sweetness of an apple really blended well with the nutty flavor of the original hemp seed flavor. For the Cacao Hemp Butter, I loved spreading it on a toast and enjoying it as a late night snack. It really satisfies all your “sweet tooth” cravings at night, and is a much healthier alternative!

NUTRITION


Gourmet Hemp Butter Nutrition Facts
What I really LOVED about the hemp butters was the dietary effects that I noticed in the past few weeks that I’ve been eating them. As Hippie Butter describes on their website, hemp seed butters “offer virtually perfect nutrition”. It packs 11g of protein per serving while also packing the exact proportion of amino acids found in other sources of protein such as milk, eggs, meat, and soy. Setting these descriptive language aside, what I noticed most is how long hemp seed butter keeps you full for. After adding hemp seed butter to my breakfast (by either spreading it on my toast or apple), I’ve noticed that I don’t get hungry as quickly. I can last until lunch without having a snack. I also have felt a lot more energized throughout the day after adding hemp seed butter to my diet.

CONCLUSION

For those who are on the fence of trying any hemp seed products, I would recommend trying out Hippie Butter’s Hemp Seed Butters. They’re a great way to add hemp seeds to your diet and for you to fall in love with hemp! Below is my final summary of their hemp seed butter products:


Hippie Buter Hemp Seed Butter Review Graph





The Ministry of Hemp team personally reviews unique hemp brands and their products to share the benefits and interesting aspects of the application of hemp. We share our honest thoughts and opinions, with the goal to help guide your next hemp purchase.

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Hemp offers sustainable solutions to our earth-killing practices

With global warming causing more droughts and weather irregularities across the globe, hemp offers a viable long-term sustainable solution to replace many of our current earth-damaging practices Hemp, the non-psychoactive…

With global warming causing more droughts and weather irregularities across the globe, hemp offers a viable long-term sustainable solution to replace many of our current earth-damaging practices


hemp farming offers sustainable solutions

Hemp, the non-psychoactive strains of the Cannabis family, was once one of the most ubiquitous plants in the world. First found around 8,000 BCE in central Asia, hemp spread across multiple continents through the ages and was a fundamental part of the agricultural revolution. Throughout several civilizations, hemp was used for food, textiles, oil, and industrial purposes. Yet, after getting confused with marijuana in the 1900s, hemp was soon outlawed and forgotten. Many of its benefits were lost in the modern world.

Popular Mechanics published an article back in 1941 with findings that hemp “can be used to produce more than 25,000 products”. In several other countries, hemp has continued to be used for food, textiles, and even in construction to build houses that are more energy efficient than regular buildings.


popular mechanics hemp billion dollar crop

Hemp can help our Farmers and the Planet

The best part of hemp is that its applications are completely eco-friendly and sustainable.

Farmers can actually restore the health of their farmland by planting hemp as it eliminates the need to use agrochemicals such as herbicides or pesticides. Since hemp grows so densely and its roots are so deep, it kills off weeds naturally.

Planting hemp can offer an alternative solution to many of our current practices that are damaging this planet. With a growing cycle of only 4–6 months, hemp is a more sustainable option than trees for paper. Anything you can make out of fossil fuel, you can make out of hemp. This includes energy, plastic, or any other petroleum based products.


hemp's diverse applications

Hemp has too many applications for us to ignore, especially as we fight an uphill battle against climate change. Bringing hemp back could be key to our sustainability efforts in preserving our soil and natural resources. Developing different applications of hemp and spreading it to the mainstream will help increase the supply of hemp and jumpstart a shift to a healthier society.

It’s time for us to take another look at hemp

We encourage you to learn more about the benefits and uses of hemp by getting involved with hemp events in your city. This is a fantastic way to meet hemp enthusiasts in your community, while helping to grow hemp awareness.

You can also support the hemp movement by writing to your legislators. Ask them to support the Industrial Hemp Farming Act to legalize hemp allow our farmers to grow this crop. Zev Paiss, the founder of the National Hemp Association, claims “The Industrial Hemp Farming Act could be the largest jobs bill that Congress can pass in 2016”.

Help us get the American agriculture back on track.

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Hippie Butter is bringing back honest & healthy food

With a motto of “Make it a Hippie Day!”, Hippie Butter’s mission is to offer customers healthy foods and to work to leave a healthier planet for our future generations….

With a motto of “Make it a Hippie Day!”, Hippie Butter’s mission is to offer customers healthy foods and to work to leave a healthier planet for our future generations.

Ministry of Hemp sits down with Brad Ervin, founder and Chief Hemp Officer of Hippie Butter – a food company offering hemp products ranging from hemp seed bars, protein, to even hemp coffee!

hippie butter logo photo

We got the opportunity to chat with Brad to learn more about what got him so passionate about hemp and what makes consumers so addicted to Hippie Butter products.

Tell me a little bit about where you’re from and about the hemp community there?

Brad Ervin: I live the bucolic life on 5 acres in Kauffman County, Texas. We ARE the hemp community out here. We’re Hippie-Buttering practically 24/7 around these parts. Early mornings start with a pot of Hemp Seed Coffee as we yawn, stretch, feed the chickens, donkeys, dogs, cats, fish and tackle overnight emails.

We drink Hemp Seed Protein Powder smoothies while we connect with more than 500,000 folks through social media – FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Linkedin. We take time for lunch and meditation. The rest of the day, evening and late night is spent working on our website, writing blogs, answering phone calls, taking orders, creating content and advertising graphics with lots of breaks for walking and playing with our dogs. No wonder we’re so happy!

Oh, yeah, I forgot to add that we do it all without having to wear a business suit, tie or pantyhose. (My wife, Melete, added the pantyhose part). Um, now it sounds like we don’t wear clothes. I meant to say that we get to dress comfortably as we go about work, which adds to our hempy happiness factor.

What’s your background before Hippie Butter? Why are you so passionate about hemp?

BE: I’m a former chef, 25-year rock ‘n’ roll sound engineer and now the Chief Hemp Officer of Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Products. As I toured the world with artists like George Strait, Bette Midler, Paul McCartney, and many others, I discovered the “superfood,” hemp seeds.


hippie butter founder brad ervin

During a tour in Canada, I became sick and exhausted from too many long hours and bad food, which is so common in the entertainment industry, and I stopped for a snack at a convenience store that happened to carry hemp seeds. When I tried some, I fell in love with the nutty, crunchy taste, and started eating a handful a day. It wasn’t long before I was feeling more energized, less stressed, and had a heightened sense of well-being.

Hemp seeds were too good to keep to myself, so I took some home to share with my wife, Melete, who is a thyroid patient. She also found that hemp seeds made her feel better, by increasing her energy and sense of well-being! She passed them along to her friends and before we knew it, people were clamoring for my hemp seeds–I couldn’t keep up with the demand!

“There should be a company that makes a wide variety of high-quality hemp seed products in America!”

When I started buying hemp seeds by the case, the problem I ran into was finding a U.S. company that actually carried them. Finding quality hemp seeds was next to impossible, so I thought to myself, ‘There should be a company that makes a wide variety of high-quality hemp seed products in America!’ My wife agreed and that was the “lightbulb” moment five years ago which prompted us to launch Hippie Butter!

What’s your vision and mission?

Our motto, “Make it a Hippie Day!”

  1. We never forget our root passion: HEMP!
  2. We adhere to our mission statement – “To develop, process, package, promote and deliver a growing line of delicious, nutritious, organic gourmet hemp seed foods, beverages, skin care/hair care and CBD products for people who live a natural lifestyle, love healthy foods and work to leave a healthy planet for future generations.”

How do you best describe Hippie Butter as a brand? If you could describe the essence of it, what would it be?

BE:Our products are Superfoods for Super Families and you can think of our brand as Happy. We do think of ourselves as the Happy Hippies of Hippie Butter and our logo IS a smiling, Hemp Seed whom we call, “Hempie” – she’s totally groovy!

We love what we do, we love connecting with our friends and customers through social media, events and festivals. We hope that our commitment to healthy, happy people and hempy foods comes through in our social interactions and hemp seed products.

Out of the many products Hippie Butter offer, your dietary products such as hemp bars, hemp seed butter, and hemp coffee seem to be truly unique. How have customers taken to it?

“They love our hemp products because they’re non-GMO, THC-free, herbicide/pesticide-free, non processed and are the perfect alternatives for dairy, nut and flour”

BE: Once consumers try our free hemp seed samples, they’re immediately sold on how delicious hemp seed products are so it’s an easy transition for them to jump into our unique hemp seed food products. Moms are really our biggest proponents and customers; they love our hemp seed products because they’re non-GMO, THC-free, herbicide/pesticide-free, non processed and are the perfect alternatives for dairy, nut and flour.

Our Hemp Seed and Cacao Butter is the real mind-blower for our customers. Most people write and call us to say they eat it straight out of the jar. So do we.


hippie butter hemp seed butter

With hemp being such an amazing plant, why aren’t more companies and consumers aware of it? What are some of the biggest roadblocks and misconceptions?

BE: Our biggest roadblock is that most people don’t know about the plethora of benefits that the Hemp Plant offers. We combat this by teaching people that hemp seeds are delicious, healthy and legal. That’s why our main focus is on hemp education.

Hippie Butter’s multiple-platform, interactive website, and social media showcase educational, historical, and nutritional information about hemp seeds, as well as easy, step-by-step cooking videos that demonstrate methods to incorporate the healthy, nutty goodness of hemp seeds into your favorite family recipes. We also offer free hemp seed food samples so consumers can “try before they buy” (at www.freehempseedsamples.com.)


 

What’s the best part about being an entrepreneur in the hemp industry for you?

We love meeting people and seeing their excitement when we tell them about the greatness of the hemp plant.

BE: Our early successes came in the formation of personal relationships with Hemp Industry experts. I was fortunate to have several phone conversations with the phenomenal Jack Herer – author of the most influential book of my life, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.”


Jack was an enthusiastic mentor who gave us our “reason to be” along with the inspiration and confidence to continue following our Hemp Seed Dreams. Jack encouraged us to meet more of the “movers & shakers” in the hemp community who became our friends, mentors and educators: we truly found our “tribe.” These early successes keep us steadfast.

Have there been any obstacles along the way that have taught you valuable lessons? Any that you’d like to share?

BE: Stay away from the temptation of inexpensive Chinese hemp products! ALL of our hemp seed products have ALWAYS come from hemp fields grown in North America. We are working directly with Colorado and Kentucky hemp farmers planning future hemp products. America, yeah!

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

BE: Hippie Butter embraces Jeff Hunter’s” Evolutionary Business” philosophy, which he so eloquently defines as:

“the new socially responsible business… in the process of re-examining basic assumptions about mission, vision and values and distributing ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions throughout the business culture to support this new way of being and operating. It is the reintegration of spirit and matter, of business and compassion, of head and heart, of conscious management and the feminine archetype in business and of a sense of love and play along with the mandate of making a profit so that these activities can thrive.”

–Jeff Hutner, The Birth of Evolutionary Business

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Brad, this was truly informative and I love the work you’re doing with Hippie Butter. I’m looking forward to seeing what new hemp products you develop!

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Building Green Houses Through Hemp – Tiny Hemp Houses

Ministry of Hemp sits down with John Patterson, educational director at Hemp Solutions and founder of Tiny Hemp Houses to learn about building green through hemp Tiny Hemp Houses is…

Ministry of Hemp sits down with John Patterson, educational director at Hemp Solutions and founder of Tiny Hemp Houses to learn about building green through hemp

John Patterson Hemp

Tiny Hemp Houses is changing the game in how we build houses.

Rather than using the dry walls, synthetic paint, and other hazardous materials, John Patterson uses a mixture of hemp, called hempcrete, which is completely natural and sustainable. To help raise awareness of what hemp can do for us in construction and industrial applications, Tiny Hemp Houses offers hemp building classes and education opportunities on hempcrete to the general public.

This week, we got the opportunity to chat with John to learn about his passion for hemp and to get an overview on hempcrete and its benefits.

Hi John, thanks for taking the time. To kick it off, could you share your background and your role in the hemp community today?

John Patterson: I’ve been a carpenter most of my life and have always looked for better ways to build houses. I especially was always looking to try to build more eco-friendly and “green” – but I had a hard time finding a commodity that was actually green and compatible for construction.

That was almost 4–5 years ago. I then started doing online research and looked at various ingredients like straws. That’s when I came across a hemp building class and jumped at the opportunity. I haven’t turned back since. After learning how it works, I started running hemp workshops, helped people build hemp houses, and also educated them on hempcrete.

hemp house

Six months ago, I even joined up with Hemp Solutions as an Education Director.

How did you first get introduced to hemp and what inspired your passion for it?

JP: My earliest memory of hemp was back when I was 8 years old. My uncle had a 5 acre farm, where there was a small batch of hemp field. I can recall this because there’s a picture of me near that field. I loved going out there as it was a taste of farm life for us.

But one day, we got to my uncle’s farm and there were like 9 cop cars. They were burning the hemp field. They claimed that it was marijuana, but I knew even at that young age that it wasn’t a drug that was growing on the farm.

This left a lasting impression on me and I think that’s why I got so interested when I learned about that hemp building class. Before then, I never knew that you could use hemp for construction or anything like that.

“We really need to stop digging for resources and start growing them above ground.”

My passion for hemp continues to grow because of its potential. The building material industry is huge and applications of hemp are growing. For example, at Hemp Solutions, we are developing a water filtration system with hemp.

There are so many things that the world needs and we really need to stop digging for resources and start growing them above ground.

Hempcrete is still a foreign concept for the general public – could you provide us an overview of what it is and how it works?

“Hempcrete can be a sustainable replacement for dry walls, insulation, exterior boardings, house wraps, and paint.”

JP: Hempcrete, unlike what its name implies, is actually not a replacement for concrete.

Hempcrete is the mix of the inner part of the hemp plant – called “hurd” – and a lime based binder. It is used for thermal wall system and can be a sustainable replacement for dry walls, insulation, exterior boardings, house wraps, and paint.

Hempcrete

So how it actually works is when you’re building a house, you still have to use concrete to lay the foundation and build up the framework. But then, with hemp lime binding, you wrap the frame with our mix and it creates a wall that replaces all the other components that I mentioned before.

What’s great about hempcrete is that you can use it for your floor, wall, and even your ceiling. It works great as a thermal insulator and allows you to live in a healthy environment.

Do you think that the US is behind other industrialized countries in hemp research and development? How do you see that affecting us?

JP: Most definitely – Europe has been using hemp and lime based binders for at least 20 years. It’s now a much more accepted material over there and they’ve done a lot of testing. They make hundreds of buildings a year whereas the United States has only built about ten structures total.

But I don’t think that should discourage us. We can catch up because there’s proof of concept and things we can borrow from Europe. I’ve been invited to teach hemp building classes in Poland and many cities in the United States. Hemp building experts from around the globe are willing to teach us what they’ve learned in the hemp industry. Europeans are realizing that hemp will soon take off in the US – and they know that when US gets interested in something, a lot of demand and innovation occurs.

Among different hemp applications, what makes most sense for the US to develop?

JP: Some hemp strains grow better in certain areas compared to others. If you’re harvesting for seed, Canada is a good climate for that. Southern climates are better for the stalks. Colorado seems to be doing well growing hemp for CBD applications.

The United States is a big place, so I think we can focus on different applications for different regions. It’ll also be up to where the demand comes from. The market will create the demand for the farmers. We have to form the market for more farmers to grow hemp and for more processors to be put in place to process the hemp.

Before we have a market, there’s no reason for the farmers to grow it.

“It’ll be up to the ingenuity of the people in the industry to utilize hemp- how can industrial hemp be good replacements for currently used components?”

Where I think the opportunities lay in the US is by growing good stalk strain and hurd. But it’ll be up to the ingenuity of the people in the industry to utilize these supplies – how can industrial hemp be good replacements for currently used components?

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

JP: When you look at the NoCo Hemp Expo, you can tell how much the landscape has changed in the three years its been around. Just by observing the venue and professionalism, you can tell how much the industry has grown.

It was much smaller in the first year – it was hosted at a large bar. Last year, we saw many new companies displaying about hemp. This year – year 3 – there were bigger companies, more investments, fancier brochures and better marketing. You can tell that more people are noticing hemp. Real businesspeople and farmers are taking hemp seriously.

More investors are interested in hemp, are more aware of it, and are making decisions to put money into hemp. In previous years, they might have been said “What a great idea, but can I make any money with it?”

Now, they are actually seeing the numbers coming out of Canada, Europe, and even Colorado.

How do you see the hemp industry continuing to change in the near future? What is your biggest concern?

JP: It does hamper the enthusiasm since hemp is not federally legalized. We need the national movement. If we drag our feet too long and over-regulate, people won’t be interested in hemp.

When the government states it as a drug, people will be turned off. Until the ban is lifted, we’ll only have small cottage farmers growing hemp. The big guys won’t get in it until they see more momentum. People don’t want to lose their farms and go to jail.

I agree that the timeline of deregulation is probably the biggest risk for hemp’s future in the US. But on the flip side, what excites you the most?

JP: I’m extremely excited that we’ve had the momentum that we’ve had. With all the attention we’re gaining, it’ll soon be like trying to stop a freight train . I’m excited to see the positive movement continuing to grow to help lift the federal ban.

I also am excited for the higher tech applications of hemp. I expect to see more usage in transportation, like bodies of cars. As I mentioned before, we are looking into a water filtration system – using hemp as a way to filter water using bio based technologies.

It’s exciting how many companies and industries are already interested in the use of hemp even before it’s legalized. The people are ready for it. People need to be pissed off that we’ve been lied to about one of the most useful plants in the world.

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

“We want to educate people towards a more bio-based economy and let people know what is really affecting their health – what they eat, where they live, and even their communities.”

JP: Our education mission is not only to un-do what was done to hemp, but to enlighten people to all of the great uses that we can develop to change the way we live. We have a lot of work to do still. When I travel to places outside of Colorado, a lot of places are unaware of hemp’s many uses and what it can do for their local economy.

My goal is to let people know they have options for their resources – industrial hemp is one of them. We want to educate people towards a more bio-based economy and let people know what is really affecting their health – what they eat, where they live (homes) and their communities.

Thanks for all your great insights today. Are there any final comments you’d like to leave behind with our readers?

JP: I would encourage everyone to learn more about how hemp building works and the impact that it could make in our community. I have a hemp building workshop coming up in May that I’d like to share with everyone. Check out the flyer and come learn more about hemp building!


Hempcrete information flyer John Patterson

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How SuperEgo is Making Hemp A Lifestyle

SuperEgo is making hemp cool again. When Tommie Lark founded Superego, his mission was simple: Let’s change the standard of clothing to hemp. With hemp being more durable and breathable…

SuperEgo is making hemp cool again.

When Tommie Lark founded Superego, his mission was simple: Let’s change the standard of clothing to hemp. With hemp being more durable and breathable than cotton, hemp apparel offers a real, sustainable solution to the environmental damages caused by cotton.

As for Superego, their goal is to be more than a hemp t-shirt company. They are using hemp at the core to promote sustainability as a lifestyle

Ministry of Hemp sat down with Tommie to learn more about SuperEgo’s mission and the global movement of “Cut From A Different Cloth” (#CFADC)


superego founders

Tell me a bit about where you’re from?

I was born and raised in Massachusetts, but decided to go to a Liberal Arts college in Connecticut. It was there we got the idea behind SuperEgo.

Wesleyan University is a very liberal college and it definitely influenced our thinking. My two other friends and I really started talking about how we wanted to start a brand that was different. We wanted to get into entertainment, music, or fashion – and with a twist that could differentiate us.

How do you best describe SuperEgo as a brand? If you could describe the essence of it, what would it be?

Superego is a lifestyle brand building a culture of sustainable living through quality hemp products and multimedia. We want to make hemp the new standard as we expand our catalog. We plan to expand our product portfolio to other lifestyle products.


Superego brand

What’s the story behind SuperEgo?

 

“At the core, we’re trying to change the standard of t-shirts through these hemp shirts.”

 

After realizing how sustainable hemp is and how many different applications there are, we wanted to find a way to introduce hemp to urban areas. We wanted to inform people on hemp’s benefits and sustainability without coming off too educational. We also wanted to get rid of its negative stigma with marijuana.

That was when we came across a unique organic hemp blend textile at the Hempest. So we started making our own shirts and built a community around the slogan “Cut From A Different Cloth” (#CFADC). We invited creative millennials around the world that resonated with being #CFADC to join our movement.

We’re trying to disrupt the fashion industry by showing people our products are different. We not only have our own products, but we also work with people on content and designs. For example, we work with creative designers to release their designs through our hemp shirts.

Through the years, we have been able to develop a community, activists, and thought leaders around this movement. At the core, we’re trying to change the standard of t-shirts through these hemp shirts. We are changing the very fabric of reality.

Central to SuperEgo is its #CFADC movement, could you explain the background of the movement and how customers have taken to it?


CFADC movement
Our co-founders all have pretty creative minds – one’s a musician and we were all psychology majors. We came up with the slogan together and started using the hashtag #CFADC in our marketing to grow the curiosity of our audience. We added the hashtag in our graphics and pictures, and people started to ask “what does CFADC stand for?”

For us, #CFADC is not just clothing, it is a way to represent a lifestyle for everything from tech, multimedia, to fashion.

On average there are about 50–60 people unique users using the phrase “Cut from a different cloth” on twitter every day around the world.

How did you get introduced to hemp? Why are you so passionate about hemp?

I originally found out about it from marijuana. We came across its counterpart (hemp) and found that you can make t-shirts with it. So we dug deeper and found that there’s actually over 25,000 applications of hemp.

So we just started asking ourselves, “Why are we not making stuff with hemp anymore?”

You mentioned that you learned about hemp first through marijuana. Now that you’re the owner of a hemp business, what do you think about hemp’s association with marijuana?

 

“We need to educate people on the uses and benefits of this crop to show that there’s a clear difference between the two plants”

 

I think marijuana has a stigma that has caused the negative association to hemp. People say they can’t tell the difference between the two plants.

What we’ve done is to try to distance ourselves because the reason hemp was banned in this country in the first place was because they were associated and confused with one another.

We need to educate people on the uses and benefits of this crop to show that there’s a clear difference between the two plants

How has the hemp industry changed since you guys have been in it?

SuperEgo started in 2010, so we’ve been around for about 6 years now. We were one of the first brands to launch a hemp product for the younger generation back then. Since then, the biggest thing we’ve noticed is the political movements. It’s growing quickly – states have started legalizing it and farmers are starting to actually plant this crop.

What’s been really cool is that we anticipated this and it’s been amazing see it actually happening and hemp being more commercialized.

What has been the best part about being an entrepreneur, especially in the hemp industry?

Being an entreprenuer is great is because you’re your own boss. You have to have self-discipline but you know you’re creating value for other people and you get rewarded for it. You know you’re making a difference.

Specifically in the hemp industry, the plant is getting more commercialized, so this is helping with our growth. There is unlimited things we can do with this crop the more we educate everyone else about this plant.

How about challenges? Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs who are looking to enter this industry?

Being in the hemp industry, access to this unique fabric was pretty hard to get consistently, in terms of quality and quantity. So this has been a struggle for us. But now we have a more secure supply that we are using as the demand grows. This will help us scale in the US now.

We want to eventually be a “Made in the US” company – which is impossible to do now – while providing an affordable product for popular culture.

The negative stigma with hemp has been the biggest challenge and risk for being in this industry.


superego hemp shirt

Thank you for your time today Tommie. I’m excited to see the #CFADC movement continue to grow!

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Hemp Helps is Building a Hemp Marketplace

When Andy started Hemp Helps, his goal was to create a different kind of company – one that helps make a difference in the world. With that in mind, Andy…

When Andy started Hemp Helps, his goal was to create a different kind of company – one that helps make a difference in the world.

With that in mind, Andy created a platform for hemp – a place where people could come to learn more about hemp as well as shop for variety of hemp products ranging from food items to even hemp pet products.

As a Low-Profit Limited Liability company, Hemp Helps is a hybrid of a non-profit and for-profit organization. As its main social cause, they work with Trees for the Future to help plant trees and to reserve the trend of deforestation.

Hemp Helps Founders
I had the opportunity to chat with Andy to talk about his vision and how he plans to impact the hemp industry.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and what made you get into the hemp industry?

Andy Zarycki: I came over to the United States from Poland when I was 3 years old. I have lived in Chicago all my life and now live in the suburbs. Ever since high school, I had a knack for numbers. This made me puruse accounting for a profession. But I always wanted to have my own business and had an entrepreneurial mindset – I think it might come from the fact that my parents owned their own business.

I was always interested in cannabis as I was around people who were in to medical/recreational marijuana. But when I really started getting interested in it was when I started looking into hemp. As I did more research, I realized there was something missing in the hemp movement. So that made me start Hemp Helps.

How you first learn about hemp?

AZ: In my junior year of high school, I had a speech class. For one my speeches, I had to do my own research on a certain topic and present on it. So I first thought about doing it on marijuana and why it should be a serious medical option in our society. But my teacher said that was a very cliche topic. So I looked into it further to see how I could put a spin on it, and that’s when I ran into hemp. So I pitched the idea to my teacher that I would present on hemp and all its potential industrial uses. She really loved that idea.

Why are you so passionate about hemp?

“I don’t think hemp is the  one-and-only solution, but hemp can be part of the solution to fight climate change.”

AZ: I consider myself an environmentalist that really cares about the planet. I am conscientious about nature and have even started recycling programs in my old office jobs. I also realize that there needs to be a solution to help the world be more sustainable. So in this effort, I think hemp is a great option to help the world.

I don’t think hemp is the  one-and-only solution, but hemp can be part of the solution.

I also think there were political and corrupt reasons why hemp was banned in the first place in the 1900s and I really want to be able to fight to bring hemp back. I believe if more people are buying and demanding hemp, it’ll offer more growth in the hemp industry.

Tell me about Hemp Helps. What’s the backstory on how it came about?

AZ: When I started researching hemp, I realized there was a gap in the movement – there wasn’t anything that promoted hemp to be used in people’s everyday lives. So I was hanging out with a friend of mine at his house one day and I started to pitch this idea to him. Our vision was to focus on two areas:

  1. To get people to use hemp in their everyday lives
  2. Educate people on why hemp is so great for people and for the planet

He was completely sold and we started the company there that night. I had come up with the name “Hemp Helps” ahead of time, so we bought the domain name and designed our logo by drawing an “h” that looks like a smiley face.

Hemp Helps logo
That was 3 years ago, so we’ve been around since then.

One of the movements I love about Hemp Helps is your partnership with Trees for the Future. Can you give us some background on how that came about? How have customers taken to it?

AZ: For our non-profit side, we were brainstorming on how we could help the environment. We thought about just donating to a hemp organization, but I wanted to make a direct impact.

Trees for the Future
We came up with the idea that we could help plant trees. So we looked around and found Trees for the Future. The great thing about them is that they not only plant trees, but they also plant other vegetations that help communities become self-sustainable. They also offer educational programs by going to communities and educating people on how to plant and maintain trees.

What’s the best part about being an entrepreneur in the hemp industry for you?

 

“What’s exciting about being a startup in the hemp industry is the fact that it’s just the beginning for this plant. There’s so much potential”

 

Being an entrepreneur is the ability to come up with something in your head and then making it a reality. Watching that vision grow from the beginning to what it is now has been the best part for me.

What’s exciting about being a startup in the hemp industry is the fact that it’s just the beginning for this plant. We don’t know where this industry will go, and to me that means there’s so much potential.

What has been the biggest challenges?

The fact that it is not fully legal in the United States. Because it is illegal, there is still a big taboo and stigma around it.

In this environment, the biggest challenge for me has been that it is not fully scalable yet. Up till now, I have been juggling a full-time job while also investing time and money into Hemp Helps.

Have there been any obstacles along the way that have taught you valuable lessons? Any that you’d like to share?

The biggest lesson for me was that if you want to do something, do a test run first. When we started Hemp Helps, we wanted to launch our own product. So we started off with hemp shirts. After getting so caught up in the sales and marketing of those products, I realized this was taking me away from my original vision and goals.

So since then, I wanted to get back to my core value. So now, I always ask myself: how are we going to provide products or services that align with our core value?

Andy, this was awesome. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us.

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Hemp vs Cotton: How Cotton is killing the earth

Cotton has become the de facto source for materials ranging from apparel, bags, sheets, towels, and pretty much most other household fabric. Approximately half of all textiles are made of…

Cotton has become the de facto source for materials ranging from apparel, bags, sheets, towels, and pretty much most other household fabric. Approximately half of all textiles are made of cotton.

Yet, we don’t hear much about the impact cotton makes to our environment.


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Here are some quick facts:

  • Cotton is the largest user of water among all agricultural commodities
  • It can take 2,700 liters to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt
  • Cotton cultivation severely degrades soil quality. In the past 70 years, cotton production has depleted and degraded the soil in many areas
  • Cotton farming uses 25% of the world’s pesticides and consumes 7% of all fertilizers
  • Runoff of pesticides, fertilizers, and minerals from cotton fields contaminates rivers, lakes, wetlands, and underground aquifers
  • These pollutants affect biodiversity and have caused species extinction throughout the world

Considering this reality,the World Wild Life contends that current cotton production methods are environmentally unsustainable — ultimately undermining the industry’s ability to maintain future production.

So what can we do about it?

It’s unlikely that we’ll stop wearing cotton shirts tomorrow. We can’t just start boycotting cotton products – what would we wear if it wasn’t for cotton? Yet, we can start building the foundation that could provide us with an alternative to cotton. Yes, we probably won’t ever be able to “get rid of” cotton, but we can at least reduce its production level to a sustainable amount. And what better alternative is there than hemp.

“I believe that hemp is going to be the fiber of choice in both the home furnishing and fashion industries” – Calvin Klein

Hemp offers us a viable, affordable, and sustainable option to moving away from cotton:

  • Hemp uses 50% less water than cotton to produce
  • It does not require any agrochemicals such as pesticides or fertilizers
  • Hemp actually helps improve soil condition and stabilization thanks to its long, fast-growing taproots
  • Hemp’s wide climatic adaptation and fast-growing foot-long roots allow it to thrive in drought-damaged soil
  • Hemp offers 8X the tensile strength and 4X the durability of cotton

When more consumers, textile manufacturers, and apparel brands become aware of hemp, it will become a viable alternative to cotton. Many pioneers of the clothing industry have already predicted this, including Calvin Klein saying, “I believe that hemp is going to be the fiber of choice in both the home furnishing and fashion industries”.

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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.

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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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Hemp Essential Oil, the Queen of Essential Oils

People often confuse hemp essential oil with hemp oil. Although both oils come from the same plant, they are in fact very different. So, let’s clarify the difference. WHAT IS…

Hemp Essential Oil

People often confuse hemp essential oil with hemp oil. Although both oils come from the same plant, they are in fact very different.

So, let’s clarify the difference.

WHAT IS HEMP ESSENTIAL OIL?

Hemp seed oil comes from the seed, whereas essential oil comes from the upper leaves and flowers of the hemp plant

Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of hemp plant. The seeds are cold-pressed to produce an oil that is nutty and green in flavor. It’s commonly known as nature’s most nutritionally balanced oil.

Hemp essential oil, also known as cannabis essential oil, comes from the upper leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. The leaves and flowers are then steam distilled to capture the pure essence of the plant. Pale yellow to light green in color with a a highly concentrated therapeutic aroma. It takes over fifty pounds to make 1 ounce of hemp essential oil. It is also one of the most expensive oils in the world – and contains no THC or CBD.

HISTORY OF HEMP ESSENTIAL OIL

Hemp essential oil is not just a new fad. In fact it has been revered throughout history. But where did essential oils come from and who used them?

A deep connection and understanding between man and the earth was formed as early as the hunter-gatherer era. Realizing the effects that plants had on the body, hunter-gatherers learned that some plants brought on stupor, some lifted the spirit, others purged and, of course, some nourished the body.

Soon it became essential for the well-being of man to capture the aroma of plants to promote overall health. Not only on the physical level, but on an emotional and spiritual level as well.

Hemp’s essential oil was well known for its therapeutic abilities, helping to release stress and relax the body.

Leaves, bark, roots and other aromatic portions of botanicals were pressed, ground or soaked into fat. This infused the plants’ healing and therapeutic properties into the oil. This ultimately created chemical compounds that could be stored and used at will. There is even evidence of a crude steam distillation apparatus dating back as early as 300 B.C., as man began to fine tune the extraction process.

Traders would regularly travel long distances to bring these treasured aromatic oils to their homeland.

USING ESSENTIAL OIL FOR STRESS AND RELAXATION

Hemp, man’s oldest cultivated crop, was well known for its essential oil aroma and therapeutic abilities on the central nervous system. It was a key in helping to release stress and relax the body. Its warm, sweet scent played a part in Biblical times, being used as an ingredient in the holy anointing oil that also included myrrh, cassia, sweet cinnamon and olive oil.

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The Egyptians also used hemp and other essential oils for medicinal and spiritual purposes. The wealthiest Egyptians were afforded the extravagance of lavishing perfumed oils on their body. The Greeks and Romans enjoyed these precious oils in their luxurious baths as well.

During the 11th Century, steam distillation became common practice and essential oils were not only used for medicinal purposes throughout the world, but were also believed to help attain a higher frequency of spirituality.

By the 16th century, oils could be purchased at an “apothecary,” and many more essential oils were introduced for their healing properties.

Herbal medications and essential oils were still being used up until the Victorian Age, when they unfortunately were pushed to the side in favor of pharmaceutical drugs.

REVIVING HEMP ESSENTIAL OIL

We are bringing back Hemp, the Queen of essential oils and its earthy, peppery and faintly sweet scent

Recently however, we are bringing back the Queen of essential oils: the powerful aroma of hemp. Its earthy, peppery and faintly sweet scent is alluring and sensual; blending perfectly with other fragrances to perfect the art of aromatherapy.

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We invite you to discover a more relaxed balanced and peaceful way of being. Experience the incredible healing and therapeutic properties of hemp essential oil in our signature line of candles and essential oil blends.

 

ABOUT ALISON

Alison

Kushed founder, Alison Joy, began her love affair with candles in 2003, blending soy wax with essential oils from her kitchen in the one bedroom condo she shared with her seven year-old son. Her research led her to one of the more taboo essential oils, cannabis essential oil. It was here, in the combining of floral and other natural aromas with cannabis essential oil that she found the perfect prescription to relax her mind and soothe her soul.

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Adding Hemp to My Everyday Products

I’ve been on a hemp craze lately. After realizing how much I’m missing out by using conventional products (rather than hemp), I’ve decided to slowly introduce more hemp into my…

I’ve been on a hemp craze lately.

After realizing how much I’m missing out by using conventional products (rather than hemp), I’ve decided to slowly introduce more hemp into my daily life. That included adding hemp to my diet, skin care, and even clothing.

Here’s a summary of things I’ve changed so far:

Food

  • Hemp seed

Adding hemp seeds to a lot of my snacks has been revolutionary! I’ve been mixing hemp seeds with my yogurt and oatmeal. I also love sprinkling hemp seeds on my toast with honey. The key benefit I’ve noticed is that hemp helps me not get hungry as quickly – aka, reduces my craving of unhealthy snacks.

  • Hemp spread

 

Howdy Hemp spread

Howdy Hemp spread

I bought some hemp spread through Howdy Hemp at the local farmers market. Howdy Hemp offers two main types of spread: regular hemp seed butter & cacao hemp seed butter. I’ve been using them by spreading it on my toast or putting them on my sliced apples.

  • Hemp oil

Unrefined hemp oil is known for its nutritious content of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and a lot of other minerals. I decided to take hemp oil daily as a “supplement”. The nutty taste makes it hard to drink it straight, but it’s a delicious addition in my daily shakes or with my oatmeal.

  • Hemp bars

 

Howdy Hemp Bar

Hemp bar from Howdy Hemp

I bought some hemp bars through Howdy Hemp and Hippie Butter. Both their hemp bars are decent sizes and the best thing about it is that they keep you full for a lot longer than typical energy bars. Also a great substitute for a meal if you’re running late!

Skin

  • Hemp lotion

 

Hemp360 body care

Body products from Hemp360

I got a body care package from Hemp360 at the local farmers market. I out their sampler and a tub of Olive hemp lotion. The sampler included a variety of facial products. The greatest thing I’ve noticed about their lotion is that even with a small amount, you can apply generously. So this thing will probably last me a while.

  • Hemp shampoo

Using the bcBud hemp shampoo that I got off Amazon, and I’ve felt great so far. There’s not much else I can say other than to check out the Amazon reviews on how much people love this stuff.

  • Hemp body wash

 

Hemp Body Wash

Nature’s Gate Hemp Body Wash

We decided to try Nature’s Gate’s hemp body wash after reading reviews online. What I love most about this product is that there’s no artificial scent and I feel “clean” using the product. The body wash doesn’t smell nutty or anything like that, but I also don’t feel like I sprayed Old Spice all over my body.

  • Hemp facial cleanser

As part of Hemp360’s body care package, they had a hemp facial soap. I love the clean, natural scent when I’m using it on my face. It doesn’t just smell completely nutty, so don’t worry about your face smelling odd or anything.

Apparel / Accessories

  • Hemp shirt

 

SuperEgo Hemp Shirt

Hemp shirt from SuperEgo

Leading the movement of “Cut from a different cloth”, SuperEgo offered a uniquely designed hemp shirt that I tried out. Made with 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton, their shirt is silky smooth, durable, and feels like premium quality.

Thoughts & Results from using hemp daily

After 2–3 months of using hemp products, I have to admit I’m quite addicted to using hemp throughout my days. As a dietary supplement, hemp has helped me feel more energized. I feel less lethargic and I also noticed that it’s helped with my digestion problems.

I’ve noticed the biggest changes after using hemp body care products. My skin is the cleanest and smoothest it’s ever been (I’ve actually gotten compliments about my skin….which never happens). Overall, these hemp body products have given me more peace of mind as I know I’m applying natural oil on my skin

As for hemp apparel, I believe there’s a promising future for hemp clothes in the US and the SuperEgo shirt really attests to the quality of hemp fabric. I’m excited to see hemp’s adoption into the mainstream as more brands incorporate hemp into their products.

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