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Hemp – Cannabis sativa and indica

Key Health Actions: Anti-stress, relaxant, psychotropic (indica buds), appetite stimulant, pain relief, antioxidant, cell renewal (See the links below for more detail). Key nutrient profile includes Protein, Essential Fatty Acids, Fiber, CarbohydratesVitamins and Minerals

Excerpt: Hemp, or Cannabis (sativa or indica), is an annual plant in the Cannabaceae  family. Humans have cultivated this herb throughout recorded history as a source of industrial fiber, seed oil, and food. Humans have long used parts of the plant as a medicine and spiritual tool. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use…more on Hemp-Cannabis

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Canadian Organic Hemp Farm (cannabis sativa)

Introduction (See below for a film covering 1st ever USA hemp convention in Santa Cruz):

Some of the world’s longest living people, such as in Bama, use hemp as a main staple in their diet. The hemp grown in Bama does not have psychoactive properties like its better known cousin Cannabis Indica in the US.

Hemp is very healthy and not harmful. Hemp is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and the essential fatty acids needed by every cell in the body.Hemp is a superfood with perhaps the best amino acid protein building clock array of any plant except spirulina.

Humans have long used parts of the plant as a medicine and spiritual tool. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use. Hemp is adept at soaking up nutrients from the earth – vitamins such as B vitamins, minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc, as well as offering around 30% protein and excellent fiber.

Click on the links below for interesting detailed information:

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Wild Hemp Cannabis Indica Plants (location classified)

Discussion:

Its seed or nut, chiefly used as caged-bird feed, is a valuable source of protein. The flowers (and to a lesser extent the leaves, stems, and seeds) contain psychoactive and physiologically active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are consumed for recreational, medicinal, and spiritual purposes. When so used, preparations of flowers (marijuana) and leaves and preparations derived from resinous extract (hashish) are consumed by smoking, vaporizing and oral ingestion. Historically, tinctures, teas, and ointments have also been common preparations.

Hemp seeds are 20% protein by weight (full array of essential amino acids), have excellent omega 3 to omega 6 ration, have high concentrations of vitamin e, and many other valuable nutrients.

According to Purdue University’s Center for New Crops and Plant Products, the cannabis sativa seed-nut is reported to contain up to 33% protein, 40% good fats and carbohydrates and 18% fiber plus a wide array of vitamins and minerals. They also cite a 1962 study by Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk that confirm anti-viral and anti-cancer characteristics of the plant.

Hemp – Cannabis FAQs on Common Misunderstandings:

Botanically, the genus Cannabis is composed of several variants. Although there has been a long-standing debate among taxonomists about how to classify these variants into species, applied plant breeders generally embrace a biochemical method to classify variants along utilitarian lines. Cannabis is the only plant genus that contains the unique class of molecular compounds called cannabinoids. Many cannabinoids have been identified, but two preponderate: THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient of Cannabis, and CBD, which is an anti-psychoactive ingredient. One type of Cannabis is high in the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, and low in the anti-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD. This type is popularly known as marijuana. Another type is high in CBD and low in THC. Variants of this type are called Industrial Hemp. In the United States, the debate about the relationship between hemp and marijuana has been diminished by the dissemination of many statements that have little scientific support. This report examines in detail ten of the most pervasive and pernicious of these myths.

Myth: United States law has always treated hemp and marijuana the same.

Reality: The history of federal drug laws clearly shows that at one time the U.S. government understood and accepted the distinction between hemp and marijuana.

Myth: Smoking Industrial Hemp gets a person high.

Reality: The THC levels in Industrial Hemp are so low that no one could get high from smoking it. Moreover, hemp contains a relatively high percentage of another cannabinoid, CBD, that actually blocks the marijuana high. Hemp, it turns out, is not only not marijuana; it could be called “anti-marijuana”. [OWC editor note - smoking anything is bad for you ... there are many better and safer methods to obtain benefits of hemp or MM. If you have a smoking dependency, lets face it is is extremely addicting, try TAAT, real science medicine recognizing neurotransmitter function is likely part of the root problem, to help kick the habit]

Myth: Even though THC levels are low in hemp, the THC can be extracted and concentrated to produce a powerful drug.

Reality: Extracting THC from Industrial Hemp and further refining it to eliminate the preponderance of CBD would require such an expensive, hazardous, and time-consuming process that it is extremely unlikely anyone would ever attempt it, rather than simply obtaining high-THC marijuana instead.

Myth: Industrial Hemp fields would be used to hide marijuana plants.

Reality: Industrial Hemp is grown quite differently from marijuana. Moreover, it is harvested at a different time than marijuana. Finally, cross-pollination between hemp plants and marijuana plants would significantly reduce the potency of the marijuana plant.

Myth: Legalizing hemp while continuing the prohibition on marijuana would burden local police forces.

Reality: In countries where hemp is grown as an agricultural crop, the police have experienced no such burdens.

Myth: Feral hemp must be eradicated because it can be sold as marijuana.

Reality: Feral hemp, or ditchweed, is a remnant of the Industrial Hemp once grown on more than 400,000 acres by US farmers. It contains extremely low levels of THC, as low as .05 percent. It has no drug value, but does offer important environmental benefits as a nesting habitat for birds. About 99 percent of the “marijuana” being eradicated by the federal government-at great public expense-is this harmless ditchweed. Might it be that the drug enforcement agencies want to convince us that ditchweed is hemp in order to protect their large eradication budgets?

Myth: Those who want to legalize Industrial Hemp are actually seeking a backdoor way to legalize marijuana.

Reality: It is true that many of the first hemp stores were started by Industrial Hemp advocates who were also in favor of legalizing marijuana. However, as the hemp industry has matured, it has come to be dominated by those who see hemp as the agricultural and industrial crop that it is, and see hemp legalization as a different issue than marijuana legalization. In any case, should we oppose a very good idea simply because some of those who support it also support other ideas with which we disagree?

Myth: Hemp oil is a source of THC.

Reality: Hemp oil is an increasingly popular product, used for an expanding variety of purposes. The washed Industrial Hemp seed contains no THC at all. The tiny amounts of THC contained in Industrial Hemp are in the glands of the plant itself. Sometimes, in the manufacturing process, some THC- and CBD-containing resin sticks to the seed, resulting in traces of THC in the oil that is produced. The concentration of these cannabinoids in the oil is infinitesimal. No one can get high from using Industrial Hemp oil.

Myth: Legalizing Industrial Hemp would send the wrong message to children.

Reality: It is the current refusal of the DEA and ONDCP to distinguish between an agricultural crop and a drug crop that is sending the wrong message to children.

Myth: Industrial Hemp is not economically viable, and should therefore be outlawed.

Reality: The market for Industrial Hemp products is growing rapidly. But even if it were not, when has a crop ever been outlawed simply because government agencies thought it would be unprofitable to grow?

Sample Recipe:

Hemp superfood shake: Add 2 scoops of supreme nutrition (a superior vegan protein meal replacement superfood concentrate) to water or better yet a raw vegetable and fruit juice you just made with a juicer … remember quality fresh live water is the most essential nutrient.

Hemp Hummus – sprouted garbonzo beans, lemon juice, tahini (sesame paste), hemp oil, hemp seeds, garlic (salt optional but not recommended – use sea salt if you must), blend together and serve with raw vegetables.0 Hemp   Cannabis sativa and indica

Holland Legal Grower – Tiny Attic Growing Facility for Seed Harvesting: 0 Hemp   Cannabis sativa and indica

Hemp Hemp Horray – a film story from UFOTV on the Industrial Hemp Market Industry – covering the first ever Hemp convention in the USA in Santa Cruz that is fascinating and reflective of how Hemp is the land crop of the future: 0 Hemp   Cannabis sativa and indica

References:

Sally Beare, 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People, Marlowe & Company, 2006.

David P. West, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, Hawaii Industrial Hemp Research Project

Plus the many references sourced at the end of Dr. Rudderham’s article on Medical Marijuana.

Primary OWC researcher – Thomas Cifelli

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