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HEMP FOR PETS
THE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE INDUSTRY
ONE BOTTLE AT A TIME
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CONTRIBUTORS DIONNE PAYN
is the founder and Editor of Hemp Lifestyle Magazine. After months of trying to find up to date and credible information about hemp, she decided to ask people in the industry what they were up to. There were so many interesting stories and she realised that other people might want to hear these too. Dionne decided to start her own magazine which was launched on the 1st August 2011 after just 2 weeks.
M.Sc., P.Ag, BGS is the President Elect of the Hemp Industry Association, Special Comittee Member of the Candian Hemp Trade Aliance, Ower of The Ridge International Cannabis Consulting and Primary contact for Hemp Technologies Canada Hempcrete Builders. Contact Anndrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur. He learnt the value of money from a young age; saving his lunch money for a whole year to buy a video game. JD has dabbled with recording bands in his hand built home recording studio, as well as investing in the stock market. His latest project is the Hemp Water Bottle.
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is an accomplished Raw food chef and former competitive bodybuilder. Through radio, television, books, classes, and her blog and email newsletter, Kristen helps people live life to the fullest with the healthiest
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is Vice-President and co-founder of Hempola Inc. She has spent the last 7 years researching essential fatty acid and hempseed nutrition. In addition to her responsibilities at Hempola she also owns and practices in a busy physiotherapy clinic in Toronto, Ontario.
writer and filmmaker based Tasmania, Australia and documentaries and books be found at his website www.davidleigh.com.au. David’s interests in hemp are many. He intends building a house from hempcrete in Tasmania, is interested in the health aspects of hemp seed products as a food source and wants to see hemp replace logging in native forests and plantations for fibre.
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EDITORIAL IT’S OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY!
Welcome to the August issue of Hemp Lifestyle Magazine. I can’t believe it is a year already - it’s nice to have reached such an important milestone. Well, we have a treat in store for you with this issue. I have to let you know about the Hemp Lifestyle Magazine photo competition, where you have the chance to win one of the many prizes on offer. The theme is ‘Hemp is...’ and it’s a celebration of how we use hemp in our everyday lives. I’m really looking forward to seeing the entries come in. We’ve got some great articles for you this issue and I hope you get a chance to sit back, enjoy and celebrate 12 months of Hemp Lifestyle Magazine. A little seed was planted. Before I started the magazine, I had been working with a colleague to promote hemp products and services. This was something I really enjoyed, as I was learning a lot about hemp, and what a fantastic resource it is. However, I soon realised that while we were catering to people already enthusiastic about hemp, there was still a large percentage of the population that didn’t know anything about the topic. So as I like to jump into things head first, I decided to start a magazine that was accessible to anyone who wanted to learn more about hemp. I gave myself two weeks to organise it, contacted a few people that I knew in the industry to find out if they were interested in being part of it, and launched on the 1st August 2011, after quite a few late nights to get everything ready. The response was, and has continued to be incredible. And as more people have become involved and contributed in their own ways, the magazine has taken on a life of its own.
It was really important to me to invite hemp business owners to donate prizes to the magazine, to give as many people as possible the chance to touch, feel and use hemp products in their every day lives. So a big thank you to everybody that provided hemp goodies that we gave away in the monthly competitions. I also want to thank everybody that contributed articles. In the magazine we’ve covered a wide range of topics, from growing hemp and building with it, to hemp foods and hemp plastics. I made the decision early on that the magazine would only focus on hemp, and not venture into the conversation about recreational or medical Cannabis (read why at http://budurl.com/9ug2). Bearing in mind that there are an estimated 25,000 products that can be made from hemp, it doesn’t look like we are going to run out of topics any time soon! There are a few people that deserve a special mention. I always enjoy seeing the latest Cool Hemp Products. It has been great to have Anndrea Hermann featuring some really awesome products that I certainly would not have heard about had she not brought them to our attention. Anndrea is a tireless advocate for the hemp industry and we are really lucky to have her as a regular contributor to the magazine. I’d also like to say a big thank you to John Dvorak, another great networker and contributor to Hemp Lifestyle Magazine. I recently saw JD’s resume and his hemp industry experience and knowledge is jaw dropping! It’s a real honour that JD has donated his time and resources to this project. You may remember that we had quite a dramatic facelift in March 2012, which coincided with the name change from Hemp Industry Insider to Hemp Lifestyle Magazine. This was all down to my dear friend, the uber talented Andrea Pederson. I really believe the change took the magazine to a whole new level and the response has been really encouraging. So thanks again Andrea for such a great job! Finally, I’d like to thank YOU for reading the magazine. I love reading the comments and suggestions that come in via email, Facebook and the blog. And it is great to know that we are on the right path, so please do keep them coming. I’m really proud to be a part of this community, I’m still really enjoying the journey and I’m looking forward to the adventures that await us over the next 12 months. Warmly Dionne Payn
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5 REVOLUTIONISING THE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE INDUSTRY ONE BOTTLE AT A TIME JD LEADAM
The amount of plastic waste generated every year is enormous. JD Leadam decided to tackle the problem head on by manufacturing plastic water bottles from hemp.
13 A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF HEMP LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE DIONNE PAYN
Here is a look back on the top articles and events featured in the magazine since we launched on the 1st August 2011.
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REVOLUTIONIZING THE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE INDUSTRY ONE BOTTLE AT A TIME BY JD LEADAM I became interested in producing a natural alternative to plastic water bottles when I watched a documentary about the detrimental effects of plastic on human health. The plastic that is being produced today is made from petroleum oil, and there is a limited amount of oil left on our planet. Plastic is everywhere, I’d say it is in 80% of the products we use on a daily basis. So if we can replace petroleum oil based plastic with something from a renewable resource, it would benefit our society a lot.
I did hours of research into the ideal blend of hemp fibre and plastic to use. I found a fantastic book called ‘Flax and Hemp fibres: a natural solution for the composite industry’ which was very helpful. I was planning to use a 50:50 blend of hemp fibres and polypropylene for the water bottle, which means the amount of plastic in the resulting product would be 50% less than conventional bottle, which would have quite a significant effect on a global scale. Using natural fibres in biocomposites is beneficial as the fibres not only biodegrade quickly themselves but also reduce the amount of time taken for the plastic component to degrade. The rising price of oil and plastic is great news for hemp as it is now competitively priced on a per tonne basis when compared to plastics such as polypropylene.
The amount of plastic waste we generate is increasing every day
There is also the end of life concern with products. When you finish using your plastic pen for example, you throw it in the trash and don’t really think about where it goes. But it ends up going to landfill and sitting there for thousands of years before it finally degrades. The rising price of oil means that plastic prices are increasing too. I knew that it was possible to make hemp plastics and while I wasn’t sure how, I decided to research whether it was possible to make a hemp water bottle, and thought it would be fun to present my idea at the San Jose State University entrepreneur competition. I had a colleague prepare a mock up of the hemp plastic water bottle for my competition entry. I now realise the hemp plastic water bottle would be more earthy coloured.
I quickly realised when I started working on the project that because hemp is high in cellulose, it readily absorbs water – which for a water bottle is not a good thing. I did some research in trying to find a natural material to waterproof the inside of the bottle. While there are ways to waterproof hemp composites, such as methods used in the automotive industry, the synthetic chemicals involved are not safe for humans to ingest. I realised that I was going to have to do my own research and development into solving this which costs a lot of money if you don’t have a research grant. For the limited amount of capital I have, I could burn through it all and not find a solution, or find a solution and then not have any money to produce the product. It was a hard decision to make but I decided to take a step back and put the hemp bottle on the shelf for now, and look at producing a different product that will show the usability of hemp plastics, build brand awareness and build some revenue that I can dedicate to R & D for the bottle. I came up with the idea of a jar because I wanted to make a simple product that can be used, that people would say,
I didn’t think anything would come out of it but I ended up winning three first place prizes (most innovative idea, best elevator pitch, and the People’s Choice award), and received $2,000 as start up capital. I also launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised over $17,000, and it was amazing to see the amount of support. It brought me down to earth to realize that people were willing to not only believe in me but in the idea of plastic alternatives for a healthy environment.
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I’m now working on producing a hemp plastic jar which would be useful for the food and cosmetics industries
‘Oh wow, this is pretty cool!’ What is great about the jar is that it can be used in many industries, for example the food and cosmetic industries. At the moment I’m working on the design process with an industrial designer, but there are some revisions I need to go back and do. Now I’m at the point of talking to manufacturers who produce hemp plastics. Manufacturers who make this material mix the hemp and plastic, melt it down and make it into a pelletised form. The pellets can then go into an injection-moulding machine to make a product. There are only a few companies in the world who make the hemp plastic pellets. I’ve been looking into a company called Arboform who make an injection-mouldable plastic product with hemp, flax or other plant fibres mixed with lignin from wood. The product is a completely natural, 100% biodegradable product which is really interesting. I’m going to meet with the rep next week to see a sample and get prices and then I’ll see if it will work for
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my product. From what I have read it seems like the perfect material to use. What is interesting is that many studies on hemp plastics used for food purposes have found the material ‘breathes’, so it absorbs water without creating mildew and breathes it back into the container, which helps to keep food fresher. It is hard to put a definitive date on when we will have a finished product, though I am hoping we’ll be ready in the next 12 months. Once the jar is available, we can test the market, expand the product range and then reinvest the sales into more research into waterproofing the hemp plastic bottle. When I tell people about hemp I describe it as the God plant. It grows quickly, needs very little water, requires virtually no pesticides, it can feed us, clothe us and be used as a composite material. Hemp is an amazing resource.
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HEMP NEWS NEWSROUND UP HEMP RULES UNDER ATTACK THE State Government is contravening a UN Convention in its treatment of industrial hemp, it was stated under oath at a public hearing yesterday, with the findings to be reported to State Parliament. The House of Assembly Standing Committee on Environment, Resources and Development heard the Government has appeared to blur the definitions of industrial hemp to that of the drug version. In the committee’s first public hearing, in Hobart, it was stated in submissions that industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa) has no drug consequences and the Government was breaching the UN Convention by applying the State Poisons Act as the controlling legislation for industrial hemp, and that it hindered the industry’s development. The public hearing was told Article 28, Paragraph Two, of the UN Convention said: “This Convention shall not apply to the cultivation of the cannabis plant exclusively for industrial purposes, fibre and seed, or horticultural purposes.” Tasmania has set the maximum level of THC (the active drug chemical in cannabis) for industrial hemp at 0.35 per
cent. Other cultivation states Queensland and NSW have set maximum THC levels at 1 per cent. “Tasmania is missing the boat in realising the potential of the industrial hemp industry,” said Lisa Teale, co-manager of Hemp Australia Pty Ltd. She said Tasmanian company Envorinex, which has a military contract, wants to use locally-grown industrial hemp in plastic-form armour. “Envorinex’s clients want a plastic that gives protection from improvised explosive devices, better known as roadside bombs, and hemp polymers are a vital ingredient of that process. “Presently, we export 25,000kg of industrial hemp seed, but this industry is not being allowed to develop.” She said China is planting thousands of hectares of industrial hemp. The next public hearing is at Henty House in Launceston on July 24. Story reported by The Mercury and can be read at http://budurl.com/kx39
DISCOVERY OF CANNABIS ‘PHARMA FACTORY’ Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have identified the chemical pipeline used by Cannabis sativa to create its signature psychoactive cannabinoids, such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, according to their report published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Cannabinoid production is a different kind of process that involves an enzyme, called olivetolic acid cyclase (OAC), which has never before been seen in plants, according to the U of S research team led by Jon Page, an adjunct professor of biology at the university. “What Cannabis has done is take a rare fatty acid with a simple, six-carbon chain and use it as a building block to make something chemically complex and pharmacologically active,” Page says. The research team included PhD student Steve Gagne, who discovered OAC, and postdoctoral researcher Jake Stout, who discovered another key enzyme in the cannabinoid-producing process, hexanoyl-CoA synthetase (re10 Hemp Lifestyle Magazine 08
ported earlier this year in The Plant Journal). Cannabis has been cultivated for thousands of years to make food, fiber, medicine and psychoactive drugs, both legal and illicit. Cannabinoids, such as THC, are produced on the flowering buds of the female plant in tiny hair-like structures called trichomes. In the study, the researchers genetically sequenced isolated trichome cells to identify which genes are involved in cannabinoid production. After isolating these genes, they were then able to produce the newly discovered key enzymes. These enzymes have already been used to spark the production of olivetolic acid, a key metabolic intermediate, in yeast cultures. “Now that we know the pathway, we could develop ways to produce cannabinoids with yeast or other microorganisms, which could be a valuable alternative to chemical synthesis for producing cannabinoids for the pharmaceutical industry,” Page says. The pharmacological study of cannabinoids has typically
been based on the structure of naturally-occurring herbal cannabinoids. Newer synthetic compounds have been developed by making systematic, incremental modifications of cannabinoid molecules and are either based on the structure of the naturally produced compounds or are completely unrelated to natural cannabinoids. Many countries have either decriminalized or legalized drugs made from Cannabis. More than 19,000 patients in Canada are authorized to use marijuana through a prescription and stand to benefit from the effects of cannabinoids, which includes pain relief, nausea suppression and appetite stimulation. The United States has also been progressing toward a more THC-tolerant society with the adoption of a 2003 patent entitled “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants“, which was awarded to the United States
Department of Health and Human Services. This patent asserts that cannabinoids are useful in treating chronic conditions including “age-related, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases.” In addition to identifying plants for use in the production of prescription drugs, plant breeders can now look for cannabis strains that lack the mechanisms necessary for cannabinoid production. These zero-THC varieties can be used for everything from textiles to rope. Hemp seed, which is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, is also marketed for its healthy qualities and benefits. The seed is used in everything from lactose-free hemp milk, cereals, snacks and protein supplements for athletes. Story reported by Red Orbit and can be read at http://budurl.com/ts3c
GOVERNMENT INVESTS $500K IN AFM CANADA Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that Advanced Foods and Materials (AFM) Canada is receiving a $500,000 investment to turn byproducts of flax and hemp into highquality fibre.
and are looking forward to working with Blue Goose, POS Bio-Sciences and the University of Saskatchewan,” said Perry Lidster, AFM Canada managing director in a news release.
AFM will use this $500,000 investment to increase production capabilities of the technology developed by Blue Goose Biorefineries.
AFM is a national nonprofit organization in the research, development and commercialization service for innovations in the biomaterials, food, and health sectors.
The development of this technology will increase the value per acre of hemp and flax crops by finding uses for parts of plants that are currently considered waste. The increased production and availability of high-value cellulose products will create jobs in manufacturing, transportation, and research and development, to the benefit of the agricultural sector and Canada’s economy as a whole. The technology also benefits the environment by expanding biorefining capabilities.
“This technology will create a new revenue stream for farmers by using what were essentially waste products and getting value for them back at the farm gate,” said Ritz in a news release.
“We are pleased to lead the scale-up of this technology
Story reported by The Star Pheonix and can be read at http://budurl.com/d2tk
The project is funded under the Agricultural Innovation Program - a $50-million initiative announced as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2011.
FATA: HOW HEMP CAN SOLVE THE POPULATION EXPLOSION The concerns and debates around supporting the world’s rapid population growth are vast. When one begins to focus on how the world will feed the ever-growing population, a real paradigm shift is needed towards a more plantbased diet. Plant-based sources for protein are healthier, lower total cost, and are more sustainable. Consider the typical North American diet. Animal protein is the staple in most meals and most eat more meat than is recommended. Diets high in meat, especially red meat, contain a lot of saturated fats and cholesterol. Eating too much animal protein has been associated with higher rates of heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes. A well-balanced plant-based diet is dense in nutrients like protein, fiber, minerals and good fats. Plants like quinoa or hemp contain all ten essential amino acids making them
quality sources of protein. Plant based proteins like hemp foods also contain other minerals and healthy omega fats, leaving people feeling full and satiated. Plant-based diets are also more economical. Ground beef is among the cheapest meats. Let’s say the average cost for three ounces (recommended serving size) of lean ground beef is just under a dollar. Most plant based protein sources are far less than that for the same serving size. Animal proteins are priced higher because of the cost of grain to feed the animal, the cost of processing the meat, and the cost of transporting meat to the local grocery store. Think about all of the resources needed to bring a piece Hemp Lifestyle Magazine 08
of meat to the table. The process for growing animals for food is extremely inefficient. On average five to seven kilograms of grain is needed to produce one kilogram of beef. An estimated 70-80 percent of all agricultural land use, or 30 percent of the planet’s land surface, is used for livestock production. Consider how many more people would be fed if transitioned those acres used for animal feed to crops like hemp. The yield from the field would feed more people, and the time to bring food to the grocery shelf is drastically shortened. Plus, crops like hemp are far more likely to sustain a population than crops seeded for animal feed.
Hemp is one of the most versatile crops in the world. For food products, only the hemp seed is used. The rest of the plant — the stalk or fiber, can be used for clothing, building materials or energy. Thus, transitioning fields from animal feed to crops like hemp produces a wide variety of products to support our growing population. Adding more plant protein to your diet is easy and makes a big impact. Take small steps like reducing meat portion size, swapping out animal for plant protein in just one meal a day, or try going a day without any meat like “Meatless Mondays.” Story reported by CNBC http://budurl.com/wahb
JOHN HARRISON, INVENTOR OF TONE TUBBY HEMP SPEAKERS FOR ROCK STARS, DIES AT 59 John Harrison, whose Tone Tubby company in San Rafael supplies innovative hemp speakers to such rock stars as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, died unexpectedly June 25 at his home in Petaluma. He was 59. Mr. Harrison apparently died in his sleep of unknown causes, his family said. After moving to Marin from Atlanta, Ga., in 1974, Mr. Harrison started A Broun Soun, an oddly-spelled speaker re-coning and reconditioning company on Terra Linda’s Joseph Court. He soon became the go-to guy for musicians and studios in need of speaker repair. “If you owned a recording studio, you knew John real well,” said his longtime friend, former studio owner Pete Slausen. “He was a bubbling, effervescent kind of guy.” Bill Laymon, bassist for the New Riders of the Purple Sage, praised Mr. Harrison in an email as a “gifted technician” who always radiated positive energy. “The Bay Area music scene has suffered a great loss,” he said. In rock music circles, Mr. Harrison, who also played keyboards in rock bands, was as well known for his eccentric personality and unbridled enthusiasm as he was for his inventive products. “John Harrison looks like an unmade bed, talks more than Larry King and says he sees sound as color,” Chuck Squatriglia wrote in a 2010 article in Wired magazine. “He makes speakers out of hemp, and to spend any time with him leaves you thinking he’s smoking some of the product. It would be easy to dismiss him as a lovable, eccentric old hippie. But the man might just be a mad genius.” That genius emerged a decade ago when, coming home from a Tubes concert, Mr. Harrison came up with the idea to substitute hemp — the industrial fiber from marijuana — for paper in the vibrating cone in speakers of guitar and bass amplifiers. R.E.M.’s Pete Buck said the “hempcone” speakers gave him “the coolest, most authentic early ‘60s garage band tone.” 12 Hemp Lifestyle Magazine 08
Mr. Harrison tried them out first on Santana, a longtime customer of his speaker repair shop. “Santana was the first guy in the world to play through hemp and he immediately loved it,” Mr. Harrison said in a Marin Independent Journal article last year. “Eight years later he’s still using the originals.” Mr. Harrison’s bright red speaker has become such an icon that the proposed Marin Rocks museum in San Rafael is designing a front desk in the shape of a Tone Tubby. In January 2003, the Tonequest Report, a monthly journal for guitarists, said the use of hemp paper to create speaker cones is “one of the most significant developments to occur in the history of speaker manufacturing.” But it took a while to gain that kind of respect. In the early days, Mr. Harrison and his innovative speakers were objects of derision outside the West Coast. “People would say, ‘Oh, those hippies from California, using pot for their cones,’” he said in the IJ story. “But I never bothered with them because we have a superior product, a better mousetrap.” In 2008, Mr. Harrison took on a partner, Thom Brown, former manager of a prestigious Southern California recording studio, and launched a new line of speakers for car stereos, called Hemphop, and another, Hemptone, for home sound systems. He is survived by his son, Joey Harrison of Petaluma; a brother, Tom Harrison, of Atlanta; his mother, Gloria Harrison of Minnesota; and his longtime companion, Carole Savoy, of Petaluma. The family said memorial contributions may be sent to 2101 Meadowview Drive, Petaluma 94954. A memorial concert and barbecue is set for 3 to 10 p.m. July 28 at 53 Joseph Court in San Rafael. Story reported by the Marin Independent Journal and can be read at http://budurl.com/c885
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF HEMP LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE BY DIONNE PAYN Over the past twelve months we’ve featured some really interesting articles about hemp. The beauty of the magazine is that there has been a natural mix of factual information, practical tips and stories about how regular people use hemp in their everyday lives. Here is a rundown of some of the most popular articles. HEMP UP YOUR BREAKFAST, SEVEN YUMMY WAYS TO ENJOY HEMP FOODS
John Dvorak Hemp Industry Insider – September 2011
Clothes’. When they heard about Anthony Brenners’ quest to use hemp as a healthy building material to help alleviate some of the chemical sensitivities suffered by his daughter, they jumped at the chance to tell the Brenner family story. The documentary is also a chance to expose the American public to the truth about the benefits of industrial hemp to the US economy, despite the Federal Governments refusal to allow the growing of the plant. In Bringing It Home, Blaire & Linda interviewed many hemp industry experts to demonstrate why hemp houses are inherently healthy. As Blaire recounted, “Hempcrete is non-toxic, carbon negative, mould, mildew, pest and fire resistant and it can help cut energy bills too.”
Hemp Historian John Dvorak shared many reasons why hemp foods are a nutritious part of a healthy diet, including the naturally high protein levels, vitamins and minerals and essential fatty acids. A couple of interesting facts are that hemp seeds are naturally gluten free and there have been no reported allergies to hemp foods. A common concern for newbies is that hemp foods might get you high, but the article busts that myth. As John wrote “Manufacturers ensure that hemp foods contain minimal amounts of THC (the psychoactive component in CannabisI), so you cannot fail a drug test from eating hemp.” John noted that until the Federal Government decide to lift the ban on American farmers growing the crop; hemp products have to be imported into the US from Canada, Europe & China. This means they can be more expensive than non-hemp food alternatives, but prices will decrease as more people start to choose hemp foods. It is often hard to know where to start. John talked about the delicious hemp foods available, such as hulled hemp seeds, protein bars, hemp milks and ice-cream, hemp seed butter and pancake mix.
Right now, Blaire & Linda are seeking additional funding to allow them to complete the documentary, specifically to fund travel, crew, equipment, transcribing and editing. They are aiming to complete the documentary by the end of 2012, so it can be used after the elections to educate the public and politicians about this sustainable resource.
John also included examples of hemp food companies to help you get your hempy fix!
ARRESTED FOR ORDERING HEMP PROTEIN
BRINGING HEMP BUILDING TO THE BIG SCREEN
Hemp Industry Insider – January 2012
Dionne Payn interviews Blaire Johnson & Linda Booker
This was the story of Anna Korakaki who ordered hemp protein along with maca and raw cacao powder into Greece in 2008. When Anna went to collect her products from the Post Office, she was arrested and charged with ordering drugs, drug possession, intent to supply and taking drugs.
Hemp Industry Insider – October 2011 Linda Booker & Blaire Johnson had been interested in making a documentary about hemp, ever since Blaire read Jack Herer’s legendary book‘The Emperor Wears No
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MP recounted how the radiation affected him “It was raining when we were fleeing Japan - it felt itchy and a lot like having sunburn. I was shocked to feel the radiation on my skin”. The Nobis are now based in Canada and while they are enjoying their time there, they miss Japan. They are hoping as a result of this disaster, people learn more about radiation and start to care about how bad it really is. SHOULD WE CHANGE THE NAME OF HEMP?
Dionne Payn Hemp Lifestyle Magazine – May 2012 Anna had to spend the night in prison, which as she recalled at the time was ‘horrible’. Despite that, she decided she had no choice but to stand up for her right to consume a product that she knew was good for her health. Unfortunately, due to a loophole in Greek law it is only legal to purchase hemp food products supplied by companies within Europe. Anna got into trouble because she had ordered her products from a US based company. It’s not just hemp foods either. The Greek authorities have burnt millions of Euros worth of hemp clothes that were imported into Greece, due to their concerns that hemp clothes are sending the wrong message to children! Anna has since had a gorgeous baby boy who is now 4 months old. Anna’s case was set to be heard in July 2012, so we will keep you updated. THE NOBIS – HEMP REFUGEES
Emi Kashiwara & MP Hemp Lifestyle Magazine – April 2012
This was an article written out of frustration at the number of people outside of the hemp industry that ask “Why don’t you just change the name of hemp?” In the article I talked about the amount of fear that has been instilled into us at the mere mention of the word marijuana, and how in most people’s minds hemp is just another word for the evil weed. It is always interesting to compare what happens in other industries and adapt those strategies to suit our particular industry. In this case I gave an example of how companies like Monsanto are attempting to win the PR game with the public by going into schools and educating our children as to the benefits of this new technology. Also mentioned were examples in other industries, such as the change of name from polyester to microfiber, and rapeseed oil to canola.
Emi and MP of the band The Nobis decided to leave Japan and live overseas after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Passionate about hemp, healthy living and music, the band shared some of their sadness about leaving their family and friends in the country they love.
In a game that we were never set up to win, is it worth changing the rules and changing the name? When posted on the Hemp Lifestyle Magazine Facebook page, 36 readers voted No, 6 readers voted to consider it, and 1 person voted Yes.
When asked about the situation in Japan following the 1 year anniversary of the earthquake, they spoke about the large number of Japanese people that believe the Governments’ claims that the radiation is nothing to worry about.
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These are just a few of the stories that appeared in Hemp Lifestyle Magazine over the past 12 months. You can read the original articles (and others) in the members area. Don’t forget to let us know which are your favourites!
HEMP FOR PETS BY KELLY SMITH Hemp is one of our oldest and most versatile plants and has been documented as far back as the 28th century BC. Cannabis sativa, which is the Latin term for â€œuseful Hempâ€? has made a comeback in the food, construction and textile industries and Canada is leading the way. The oil pressed from the Hemp seeds contains the highest concentration of essential fatty acids (Omega 6, Omega 3 and GLA) of any all natural plant source. In addition, the Hemp seed is also very high in digestible protein. There is increasing scientific evidence that Omega 3 and Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids may play important roles in animals with conditions such as pruritic skin disease, atopic dermatitis, allergies, degenerative joint disease, neoplasia, thromboembolic disease and eosinophilic granuloma complex. Hemp seed oil, as a supplement or ingredient in dog and cat food is showing great promise. Furthermore, the nutritional composition found in Hempseed meal is showing great promise as an addition to both small and large animal feed. The good fats in Hemp seed oil is truly unique. Approximately 80% is polyunsaturated fat - the highest of any vegetable oil. Specifically, it contains the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) and Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) in an ideal ratio for absorption by the body. These EFAs, considered good fats, cannot be produced by the body and therefore must be obtained from our diets. Hemp seed oil also contains Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), from which Omega 6 is naturally converted. Diets and sluggish enzyme activity often impair this conversion and cause GLA deficiency. Hemp seed oil solves this problem. No other single source oil has this ideal combination of EFAs. Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid) and Omega 3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid) work together within the body. They are converted via enzymes through a chain of events to produce prostaglandins.
POTENTIAL ANIMAL APPLICATIONS
There is increasing scientific evidence that Omega 3 and Omega 6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids also play important roles in animals with conditions such as pruritic skin disease, atopic dermatitis, allergies, degenerative joint disease, neoplasia, thromboembolic disease and eosinophilic granuloma complex. Studies
to date have been done using flax, evening primrose oil and fish oil with mixed results. Study design has also been a problem with many lacking placebo control groups. In general, studies using a combination of evening primrose and fish oil (GLA and Omega 3) showed the most promising results. As we know, Omega 3 and 6 work in combination with in the body and an excess of one can lead to a depletion of the other. This can occur with using fish or flax oil exclusively. Long term supplementation with omega-3 may lead to a deficiency of omega-6 and reduce the anti-inflammatory potential of Linoleic Acid and its metabolites. Further, high doses of Omega 3 may also alter platelet function to the extent that hemostasis is impaired with significant increases in bleeding times. Likewise, excessive doses of omega-6 can lead to a depletion of omega-3 and its beneficial effects. This area deserves a great deal of further research. Questions to be answered include: what is the normal ratio of essential fatty acids stored within the body of the animal and what is the ideal ratio of a supplement? What we do know is that Omega 6 and Omega 3 are required by every cell for proper functioning. We also know that Hemp contains a well-balanced ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 and it also contains GLA. The introduction of polyunsaturated fats into pet food has developed considerable interest in the last few years. The problem being that these fats are inherently unstable and the food becomes rancid quite quickly. This is especially true of flax. Some foods have used marine or fish products and here the problem lies in potential heavy metal toxicity. Hemp would be an excellent addition to pet food based on its high levels of antioxidants thereby providing a natural preservative and a balanced omega-6 : omega-3 ratio.
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Another area of interest is the protein in Hemp and this area deserves more research. As noted previously the protein in Hemp is easily digested and could possibly be an alternate or supplemental source of protein in the food. Hemp seed cake can also be used as feed for farm animals. “Omega 3” eggs have become immensely popular in the supermarkets as individuals are striving for healthier diet and Hemp is a viable alternative to flax in this area. A further application lies in blending the seed cake into the concentrate portion of large animal feed. Hemptons’ Hemp seed cake was analyzed by an independent lab in New York with the following results: • 32.2 % crude protein • 32.3 % adjusted crude protein • 24 % soluble protein • 31.8 % acid fiber
These results are very amenable to blending into a concentrate. A further benefit is that Hemp is grown without pesticides or herbicides and is not genetically modified (in comparison to canola). Anecdotally, we know that the animals love the Hemp. Pig, chicken and goat farmers in our area all report back that the animals go “crazy” for the Hemp meal. A final note is that Hemp is now being used as hypoallergenic bedding in farms. This has great potential in terms of double cropping. Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Cake (meal) has great potential in the animal industry. Immediate applications include the addition of Hemp meal and its protein into animal food/concentrates and the oil as a supplement. Future areas of research and application need to involve clinical trials and specific essential fatty acid research in the animal model.
CREAMY HEMP MILK INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 cups water, more if desired 1 1/2 cups hemp seeds 1 – 2 tablespoons raw agave nectar or 2 – 3 dates, pitted (optional)
Blend all of the ingredients until creamy and smooth. Variations: - Make it vanilla by adding the seeds of a vanilla bean or some vanilla extract - Make it chocolate by adding 1-2 tablespoons (or more!) of raw chocolate powder :)
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HEMP AS AN AID TO DRUG ENFORCEMENT BODIES
On reading a story on page nine of the September 2011 edition of Hemp Industry Insider, I felt compelled to offer a few words of advice to the law enforcement officers at California Narcotics. In particular John Lovell and his comment that you cannot tell the difference between commercially grown hemp and the drug marijuana, by sight, appears irrelevant. Commercial hemp will eradicate all illegal crops within possibly two kilometres because the plant pollinates on the wind and with insect visits. Grown on a vast scale, commercial low THC hemp will cross-pollinate and reduce the potency of drug plants to virtually zero. The police know this of course and most would welcome the introduction to make their job easier. Of course visually there is a difference, as outlined in the article. Plants grown for fibre are much closer together and can be up to 5 metres tall. Plants grown for seed are short, at around one metre but also tend to be closer together, like any commercial crop. It makes one wonder what the real agenda is with certain groups. Living in Tasmania, a land of pristine forests, I see the fibre industry at its worst. First we had forests clear felled, not
for timber but rather for woodchips to make fibre-based products such as paper. Now vast areas have been converted to monoculture plantations of Eucalyptus Nitens trees. These fast growing specimens, which can grow from a seedling to the height of a man in 12 months, are specifically grown for the woodchip industry and exported en-masse. Gunns Timber Ltd wants to build a giant pulp mill to value add its wood chip business and vast estates of plantation timber have been established to feed it. One agenda could be that hemp fibre is far superior to eucalypt in that it is the world’s strongest natural fibre. It is also longer than most other fibres, making it suitable for most applications. One can imagine then the amount of money spent by lobbyists to overcome the competition posed by hemp fibres. It is hard to imagine why the industry does not embrace hemp and save the money it costs to harvest, transport and process eucalypt fibre. Many large corporations have an interest in fibre whether it is made from hydrocarbons or trees. Another reason for the resistance against hemp could be the drug but
BY DAVID LEIGH
for a vastly different reason than the one supposed. Plantations of anything monoculture – trees or vegetables – require vast amounts of chemicals to keep them free from competitive weeds and insect attack. In Tasmania, tree plantations of E.Nitens are regularly sprayed with Atrazine and other herbicides to remove woody weeds. The trees themselves don’t suffer from the herbicides and one has to wonder why? They are also sprayed to protect the leaves from leaf-eating caterpillars and the chemical alpha-cypermethrin is used in great quantities for the task. Helicopters distribute the chemicals and spray drift has been known to travel kilometres off track. These chemicals are endocrine disrupters and often neurotoxins. Alphacypermethrin has also been known to impact on the immune system. For this reason aerial spraying was banned in all 29 EU countries in 2009. High rates of cancers of all types and in particular breast and prostate, have been known to occur and the EU took the precautionary principle and stopped the activity, until it can be proven that these chemicals do not impact on human health. Hemp Lifestyle Magazine 08
Monsanto produces the chemicals used in aerial spraying and a little research reveals that the corporate giant, responsible for such products as Aspartame, PCBâ€™s and Bovine Growth Hormone, to name but a few, is also a leader in cancer treatment.
It could however be a very good reason why hemp has been outlawed for so long and not just for the fibre. High THC hemp has been trialled in Canada and other parts of the world for cancer treatment and found to be very effective.
Buying up hundreds of companies globally that make cancer drugs, hypodermic syringes and radiation equipment is just part of Monsantoâ€™s investment portfolio. GE another corporate giant also makes CT scanners for detection of cancer and is wholly owned by Monsanto.
When I look around me in Tasmania I see farm paddocks filled with beautiful warm-white poppy flowers. It is a magnificent sight until one reads the sign on the gate. ILLEGAL USE OF THIS CROP MAY CAUSE DEATH. These are opium poppies grown for Glaxo-Smith Kline as painkillers. What is to stop drug dealers lopping the heads from these plants and selling the produce to the world?
Is it my imagination are we missing something here? Has the corporation responsible for so many sick people developed a conscience or has it merely seen another big cash cow? With many lawyers and interested parties chasing this giant it is surely just a matter of time before we know the answer to that.
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It all seems so one-sided. Commercially grown hemp, with virtually no THC, is on the poisons list in Tasmania and consumption of hemp as a food is illegal throughout Australia. Growing commercial hemp in areas
visible by children is disallowed and yet opium poppies are grown everywhere and children are seen playing among them on the front page of the local newspaper. There are many questions that need to be asked globally about the misinformation aimed at the hemp industry. The supposed ignorance of the Californian drug enforcement agency is a point in question. Until the world wakes up to the value of this plant and its health benefits, large corporations will continue to play with the lives of ordinary people and to the detriment of the human race.
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THE NEXT ISSUE of Hemp Lifestyle Magazine is due out on the 1st September 2012. Here are some of the stories you can expect over the next few months... - A tribute to David Madera - The medicinal properties of hemp - Hemp book and film reviews Warmly
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