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Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Tuesday 29 January 2013
In the event that Colorado manages to generate acres of hemp without the federal government raiding the super efficient substance that is classified as a dangerous drug, it will provide a serious industry change that may spread to other states and potentially even federal law.
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Many farmers in Colorado will be expanding their list of planted crops this Spring after groundbreaking legislation was passed last November that allowed not only for the legalization of marijuana, but hemp as well. Now in case you’re not familiar, hemp is actually a multi-purpose substance that does not produce the high effects of marijuana. In fact, it’s mainly used as a super cheap and highly efficient building material — at least in other nations where ridiculous bans are not enforced on the ‘high-free’ material.

Colorado farmers like Michael Bowman will be planting 100 acres of hemp to be harvested and sold off as not only building material, but a highly nutritious superfood. While marijuana is considerably high in the substance known as THC  (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which of course is the compound that produces the ‘high’ effects, it’s also significantly low in what’s known as CDB (cannabidiol). That’s where hemp comes in. Both THC and CDB are known as  cannabinoids, but hemp is particularly high in CDB while lacking in THC.

Hemp as a Superfood, Industry Transformer

These cannabinoids have actually been promoted by many first hand sources as not only a health optimizing substance, but a serious solution to cancer. One popular documentary titled ‘Run from the Cure’ by Rick Simpson, which is available for free on Youtube, focuses on the use of hemp oil to conquer cancer.

Rich in essential oils, fiber, and a close to complete amino acid profile, hemp contains beneficial ingredients such as:

  • Linoleic acid (44% of the weight of hempseed is actually full of edible oils)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (shown time and time again to fight against anxiety, depression, and even inflammation)
  • Omega-6
  • A ‘complete’ amino profile that surpasses the profile of eggs, milk, soy, and many meats. This includes the 9 essential aminos that the human body cannot produce on its own.

It is for these reasons that hemp is utilized today in many high quality products like protein shakes, energy bars, and many more food products. Two tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds contain about 11 grams of protein and 2 grams of unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.

Its versatility allows it to be a prime ingredient even in clothing and fabric-based industries. It could  transform the entire industry, replacing unsustainable materials with environmentally friendly hemp.

Feds: ‘We Will Come for Your Hemp’

That is if the federal government doesn’t seize it across the nation. The DEA has its sights set on confiscating all hemp planted and grown in the United States through citing the Controlled Substances Act, which doesn’t differentiate between marijuana and hemp. The agents, which will ignore state law and enforce federal law throughout any state, say that they will be going after farmers who plant non-THC hemp as if they were planting marijuana. After all, they say it doesn’t matter what it actually is.

“It really doesn’t matter whether it looks different or it looks the same,” DEA agent Paul Roach told NPR. “If it’s the cannabis plant, it’s in the Controlled Substances Act and, therefore, enforceable under federal drug law.”

In the event that Colorado manages to generate acres of hemp without the federal government raiding the super efficient substance that is classified as a dangerous drug, it will provide a serious industry change that may spread to other states and potentially even federal law. In the more likely scenario of federal agents jailing hemp farmers and raiding their ‘drug’ operations, an intellectual and legal resistance will be in order to attempt to alter the ridiculous laws surrounding the cultivation of hemp.



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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

Only because we have a

Only because we have a fascist government, period.

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OK, what about countries with

OK, what about countries with free trade agreements with the US.
Will they export this?

GW Pharmaceuticals in the UK

GW Pharmaceuticals in the UK (http://www.gwpharm.com/Sativex.aspx) has developed a natural (as opposed to synthetic) extract of a cannabinoid strain it calls Sativex that is taken sublingually to control spasticity in MS patients. It has none of the "high" qualities of marijuana, isn't harsh on your lungs and has no side effects.

My wife suffers from spasticity caused by a stroke and we are currently in the UK for her to undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy and we hope to secure some Sativex for her to try while we are here.

GW Pharmaceuticals is also studying Sativex to treat cancer pain (phase III trials) and neuropathic pain while it is conducting phase II trials on some other cannabinoid strains to treat type 2 diabetes, ulcerative colitis and inflammation, plus pre-clinic trials on yet other strains to treat epilepsy and schizophrenia. In all it is working on some 15 cannabinoid strains.

So yes, there are many applications for hemp. We currently live in the Aube department of France and our department is Europe's leading grower of legal hemp, growing it on some 50,000 acres out of 125,000 authorized acres for all of the European Union. We smell it wafting in through our bedroom window in June and July. And of course we enjoy cycling by huge fields of it in July when it is about 7 feet high. There are still numerous "chanvriers" (hemp processing farms from the beginning of the last century when even more hemp was grown and used for clothing and cigarette papers) dotted around Aube. Unfortunately France is dragging its feet on approving Sativex, which is currently approved or recommended for approval in some 22 countries.

It seems ridiculous that

It seems ridiculous that America should have to import hemp fiber and oil for use in any number of products which are in widespread use here. Why not encourage American agriculture and industry? Don't politicians always claim they will create jobs? Here's a chance to do it with ease.

I follow and appreciate your

I follow and appreciate your reportage on food/farm issues. I think you do a great job.

But, "marijuana." Really. As I'm sure you are aware, that's a pejorative applied by the architects of prohibition: Spanish for MaryJane.

It just sounds ignorant to discuss THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), CDB (cannabidiol) and Linoleic acid found in "MaryJane."

Right?

"Now in case you’re not

"Now in case you’re not familiar, hemp is actually a multi-purpose substance that does not produce the high effects of marijuana."

And that's supposed to be a good thing?

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