Great News!


hemp field

Yes, this IS great news!

Many of you are aware that Colorado has legalized the use of hemp.

A farmer in Colorado, who owns 3,000 acres of farmland, will use 100 of those acres to start growing industrial hemp. His first crop will be used to produce food-grade hempseed oil. This project will be good to gain understanding of the viability of hemp farming in the U.S.

On the other hand, there are those who are AGAINST the hemp farming. According to the Richmond Register, local law enforcement OPPOSES the farming. Their argument? “Dan Smoot, of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and president of Operation UNITE, a drug education, treatment and enforcement organization working in eastern Kentucky, said supporters are looking “through rose-colored glasses if they believe hemp production would be a good alternative crop or provide an economic boon.”

He said there isn’t a great demand for the crop, and legalizing its production “would create more problems than benefits and is currently not permitted under federal law.””

Also,

““It is impossible to distinguish between hemp and marijuana with the naked eye,” KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said.”

Here are my key arguments: There is a distinguishable difference between hemp and marijuana. Other countries, where hemp farming is legal, have no problem telling the difference between the 2 plants. Hemp farming WOULD provide an economic boom, because of the need for clean fuels, environmentally healthy crops for textiles and plastics and building materials, and  healthy food.

It is my hope that the Federal government does NOT interfere and allow the farming of hemp. This is an excellent start to get BACK to the crop that supported our nation a century ago.

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Update: Hempseed Oil for Hair Regrowth (and what about Oil Pulling?)


This morning I received a very nice comment on a previous post about how hempseed oil can help with hair loss/regrowth. It’s always nice to see such wonderful testimonials! Below is the comment:

I have been giving myself hemp oil massages morning and night, as well as using it for oil-pulling. Within a few weeks of starting this regimen my eyebrows began to grow back. They were half gone and now they are 80% there! It’s very obvious. Also, My usually very gray hair roots have a lot more of my naturally dark hair in them. They used to be more gray than dark, and now they are nearly 50/50 in ratio. My eyes can’t lie.

I love testimonials like this!

In case you didn’t read the former post, you can see it here.

Now, for those who are not aware of what oil pulling is: oil pulling is a safe, natural way to boost one’s health and immunity, and helps with dental/gum health.

Interestingly, many diseases originate from the mouth! Periodontitis, heart disease, diabetes – it is said that all of these originate from the mouth. Here is some insight I found on webmd.com:

Your Mouth, the Gateway to Your Body:

To understand how the mouth can affect the body, it helps to understand what can go wrong in the first place. Bacteria that builds up on teeth make gums prone to infection. The immune system moves in to attack the infection and the gums become inflamed. The inflammation continues unless the infection is brought under control.

Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe gum disease, known as periodontitis. Inflammation can also cause problems in the rest of the body.

Back to oil pulling. Simply put, oil pulling is swishing oil in the mouth for 20 minutes, not much less than that and not more than 20 minutes. The oil needs to cover the teeth, gums, tongue, and all crevices.

Yes, I know, it sounds a bit horrid. But let’s continue.

Because hempseed oil is so healthy, I would recommend it (although other oils may work just as well; just remember, hempseed oil must be refrigerated because it can go rancid quickly if not kept chilled).

Oil pulling must be done in the morning, BEFORE eating or drinking anything. About 1 tablespoon is all it takes, so be brave, grab your tablespoon of hempseed oil, and start swishing!  Pull the oil between the teeth as well; it works best if it is thoroughly spread about.

So now you are swishing and massaging for 20 minutes – but remember, do not swallow it! The oil is drawing out the bacteria, and you do not want to ingest it.

After your 20 minutes is up (which for some might seem like an eternity), spit it into a paper towel or trash can. You really don’t want the oil to go into your drainage system, so the trash is the best way to avoid that.

After removing the oil, immediately rinse out the mouth and gargle, again, not swallowing. Some people rinse with warm water, some choose salt water. You might want to repeat this a few times, then brush and go on about your day!

This can be done safely every morning. Also a good thing to remember: clean out the sink after you’ve spit out the gargle water. You want to make sure there is no lingering bacteria.

Now we know how to DO it, but how does it actually WORK?

Hempseed oil has antibacterial properties and is anti-inflammatory.  Swishing the oil in the mouth guarantees that the oil goes into the gum pockets, where most of the bacteria lies. The oil draws out the bacteria, especially where toothbrushes and floss cannot reach. The oil also can reduce inflammation from the bacteria.

*This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace care by a dental professional.

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Industrial Hemp – Nutritional Medicine Since Ancient China


Industrial hempseed (Cannabis Sativa) has been used for thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine has recorded the uses of hempseed from as far back as 4000 years ago. The hempseed was used as a nutritional source, and the nutrient-rich plant was not only used as food, but as medicine.

According to the ancient Chinese texts, these are the uses of hempseed and hempseed oil:

Anti-inflammatory – decreases inflammation

Antiseptic – prevents growth of bacteria

Carrier – a carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils, particularly when applied to the skin

Demulcent – hempseed oil soothes and protects the intestinal membranes

Anti-atherosclerotic – hempseed helps improve blood flow and regulate blood pressure

Diuretic – hempseed helps increase the flow of blood through the kidneys and releases excess water

Constipation

Edema (swelling)

Hempseed corrects menstrual irregularity

Tonic – it is used as a tonic for overall health and well-being.

In addition, hempseed helps with brain-related disorders and diseases (depression, bipolar, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s), neurological disorders, skin afflictions, and heart disease.

The main components in the hempseed that assists in the above disorders and diseases are the Omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acids play a huge part in overall health. Because hempseed has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids, it is the perfect choice for supplementing the diet with Omegas.

Hempseed is the natural medicine, and has been for thousands of years.

Hempseed Oil Can Reverse Hair Loss and Improve Damaged Hair


Hair loss. For some, it is a sensitive subject, yet at one time or another we all have experienced some type of hair loss or hair damage.

Hair loss, thinning hair, slow hair growth – these are all conditions that can be caused by many factors, including toxicity, illness, infection, chemical medical treatments, hormone imbalance, stress, and poor nutrition.

Another factor in weak, damaged, thin hair or hair loss is the absence of sufficient ceramides. Ceramides are fatty substances found in the skin and hair. Ceramides are comprised of 2 molecules – sphingosine (an amino alcohol) and a fatty acid.

Ceramides help the hair retain moisture and protein. This is especially useful for those who color or use heat on their hair.

GLA, also known as Omega 6 fatty acid, has been shown to help improve hair growth for some, as well as nourishing the hair so that it grows thicker and stronger.

Hempseed oil is an excellent source for GLA and ceramides. Hempseed oil has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids, and it is easily digestible.

Getting enough Omega fatty acids in the diet will help the hair, as well as using topical products that contain hempseed oil (shampoos, conditioners, hair tonics). Proper nutrition and sufficient nutrients are important for healthy hair (and skin).

Hempseed oil is an anti-inflammatory, and because some hair loss is due to inflammatory conditions, hempseed oil may be a good supplement for that reason as well.

*This article is for information purposes only. If you are taking Coumadin, aspirin, or any blood pressure medication, please contact your health care provider before supplementing with Omega 6 or adding more hemp to your diet. Hempseed and hempseed oil are known to reduce blood pressure, help with circulation, and help heart disease. Medication dosage may be need to be reduced or closely monitored.

Hemp – It’s An Excellent Antioxidant!


 

We’ve all heard that antioxidants are important for keeping the body healthy.

What exactly is oxidation? Oxidation in the human body, or oxidative stress, is similar to the chemical reaction that causes iron to rust. Oxidative stress “occurs when the body’s mechanism for neutralizing highly toxic chemicals known as free radicals is overtaxed. Free radicals perform some necessary functions within the body, but they can also participate in unwanted side reactions that cause cell damage. Many forms of cancer, for example, are thought to be the result of reactions between free radicals and DNA.” (thedoctorwillseeyounow.com)

What are free radicals? “Normally, bonds don’t split in a way that leaves a molecule with an odd, unpaired electron. But when weak bonds split, free radicals are formed. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to capture the needed electron to gain stability. Generally, free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell.

Some free radicals arise normally during metabolism. Sometimes the body’s immune system’s cells purposefully create them to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can also spawn free radicals.

Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.” (healthchecksystems.com)

When oxidation occurs, healthy cells are damaged – causing cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimers, neurodegenerative diseases, macular degeneration, and other diseases and disorders.

The purpose of antioxidants is to protect cells from oxidation and damage. There are many sources of antioxidants, one of which is hempseed/hempseed oil.  Cold-pressed hempseed oil contains Vitamin E and phenolic acid, both of which are antioxidants. Below are summaries from studies on antioxidants:

“The best antioxidant properties were displayed by the extract from hemp, pumpkin and rapeseed oils. The highest content of total phenolic compounds was determined for the pumpkin and hemp oils…

The highest anti- oxidant activity was displayed by the extract obtained from hemp and pumpkin oils (70%)” (THE CONTENT AND ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY OF PHENOLIC COMPOUNDS IN COLD-PRESSED PLANT OILS
ALEKSANDER SIGER1, MALGORZATA NOGALA-KALUCKA and ELEONORA LAMPART-SZCZAPA
Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition Department of Food Biochemistry and Analysis August Cieszkowski University of Agriculture Poznan, Poland)

“Hemp seed oils have been reported to contain antioxidants and possess a remarkable radical scavenging activity and oxygen radical absorption capacity…” (Boskou Dimitrios* & Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Technology, School of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

In addition to being a complete protein, a source of the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids, and a food that is nutrient dense, hempseed/hempseed oil is a great way to combat oxidative stress that leads to disease.

Hemp History – Hemp Banned in Politics and Religion in the Middle Ages (History is Repeating Itself)


I am continuing my foray into history, specifically hemp history. My favorite read? The Emperor Wears No Clothes (Jack Herer). And surprisingly, the Middle Ages also saw politics and the church controlling/banning/ostracizing hemp.

“The Politics of Paper

 The masses of people, “the commons,” were kept in check through a dual system of fear and enforced ignorance. All learning except the most rudimentary was controlled and strictly regulated by the priests.

The commons (about 95% of the people) were forbidden to learn to read or write – not even an alphabet – and often were punished or put to death for doing so.

The people were also forbidden to learn Latin, the language of the Bible. This effectively enabled the few priests who could read to interpret the scriptures any way they pleased for about 1,200 years, until the Reformation in Europe, circa 1600.

To prohibit knowledge, people were literally kept in the dark, without a piece of paper to write on. The monasteries preserved and guarded hemp’s secrets. They saw that cannabis held two threats to this policy of absolute control: papermaking and lamp oil.

Something had to be done.” (The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer)

My first thought after reading this was, “Wow. This sounds so familiar!”  If you saw my previous articles about the Rockefellers, Hearst, oil, timber, and the prohibition of hemp, you will remember that they did the same thing. Hemp was a threat to their investments, so they (and their lobbyists and their money) succeeded in running rampant propaganda against hemp which ultimately led to hemp farming in the U.S. being banned without a permit from the DEA (the permit being nearly impossible to get). The underlying factors were: 1) Money and 2) Control.

“Cannabis Medicines Forbidden

 While embracing wine as a sacrament, and tolerating beer and hard liquor, the Inquisition outlawed cannabis ingestion in Spain in the 12th century, and France in the 13th. Many other natural remedies were simultaneously banned. Anyone using hemp to communicate, heal, etc. was labeled “witch.”

Saint Joan of Arc, for example, was accused in 1430-31 of using a variety of herbal “witch” drugs, including cannabis, to hear voices.” (The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer)

Again, sound familiar? Natural remedies were banned, yet beer and hard liquor were tolerated. Read on:

“Church Sanctioned Legal Medicines

 Virtually the only legal medical cures allowed the people of Western Europe by the Roman Catholic Church Fathers at this time were:

1. (a.) Wearing a bird mask for plague. (b.) Setting fractured bones or cleaning burns.

2. Bleeding pints and even quarts of blood from all flu, pneumonia or fever patients (victims) which was the most used treatment in Europe and America by doctors until the beginning of the 1900s. It does not work! And did not work no matter how much blood they took.

3. Praying to specific saints for a miraculous cure, e.g., St. Anthony for ergotism (poisoning), St. Odilla for blindness, St. Benedict for poison sufferers, and St. Vitus for comedians and epileptics.

4. Alcohol for a variety of problems.

In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII singled out cannabis healers and other herbalists, proclaiming hemp an unholy sacrament of the second and third types of Satanic mass. This persecution lasted for more than 150 years.”  (The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer)

Now, back then they didn’t replace natural remedies with chemical drugs like we do today, yet, as you can see, the remedies that WERE allowed were just as dangerous (or more), or ineffective, as chemical drugs. (Have you actually read the 3-page list of warnings and side-effects that come with chemical medications today?)  You can also see that they didn’t look for specific causes of illness (when applicable), but that’s another story.

They say history repeats itself. And I am definitely seeing that today.

I am looking for ward to the day when (like our own previous history in the U.S.) hemp will be embraced for the wonderful economic, health, and medicinal properties that it possesses. Perhaps soon, our history will repeat itself and hemp will be legally grown in the U.S., used as ‘money’, used as medicine, fuel, paper, and more.

It’s Time to Get Back to Industrial Hemp, and Embrace the Change That Comes With It


Industrial hemp has had a long, fruitful, and interesting history. It has been used for over 10,000 years as food, medicine, clothing, fuel, and in construction.

It is now classified as a schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act – a move that made it illegal to grow without a permit from the DEA.

It is amazing (or, perhaps a better word would be disturbing) that this wondrous, healthy plant was made illegal so investors in oil, chemicals, pharma, and timber could reap their benefits at the expense of our health and the health of our planet.

The chemical, drug, oil, and timber industries have taken their toll. Our nation is an industrialized nation, which means we consume huge amounts of oil, gas, chemicals, additives in foods, chemical drugs to treat every illness under the sun. We’ve become a nation addicted to ‘fast, quick, easy’. But that system isn’t always healthy.

Our fast foods, canned foods, and prepared foods are laden with chemicals. We have gone from fresh, farm or home-grown to over-processed nutrient-deficient foods.

Our illnesses are treated with chemical drugs, most of which have warnings because they, themselves, are dangerous. Have you looked lately at the side effects of most chemical meds? If you take a close look, you will realize that these are what are making us sicker and even killing us. (Now, I am not saying all meds are bad, and yes, some people do need to be on meds for health or stabilization.) Hemp can (and does) treat many illnesses and disease. If we look at the causes of disease, we will find that many are the cause of emotional or nutritional imbalance. And how can we best treat disease and illness? Nutrition. And what is one of the most nutritional plants around? Yes, you guessed it. Hemp.

We have become dependent on oil. Look at this, though. Oil and fuel processing in itself is unhealthy for the environment (and humans). Oil extraction can be as well. (See: Gulf of Mexico) And the alternative? Hemp fuel! Hemp fuel is safe, clean, and non-toxic. If it spills it acts more like a fertilizer than a health hazard. Henry Ford’s idea to build hemp cars and use hemp fuel (he grew his own hemp) was an excellent option.

Many of the substances we use today are petroleum based or synthetic (chemical based) – plastics, nylon to name a couple. Anything that can be made from fossil fuels/oil can be made from hemp.

William Randolph Hearst (yes, the newspaper guy) had a huge stake in timber and owned a couple sawmills. He was one of the main supporters of banning the use of hemp. Why? It was a threat to his timber investments. Did you know that The Declaration of Independence was made with hemp? Paper products made from timber are very chemical intensive. Writing paper, paper bags, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, books – all of these have been processed with chlorine and numerous other chemicals. Yes, paper from trees can be recycled; yet the chemicals in them remain. Do you know, even recycled toilet paper has chemical residue from the paper it was recycled from? Hemp paper is stronger, lasts longer, and is processed easily and with less toxic chemicals.

Hemp does not need pesticides or herbicides. It does that naturally. Hemp uses less water than cotton.  (Did you know, cotton growth/manufacturing uses HUGE amounts of water and chemicals – cotton is one of the most chemical intensive crops.) Hemp heals the soil and cleans the air. It is healthy – for body, environment, and economy.

Now, this is where the change must occur. Yes, in the 1930s there was change – our country went from being one that embraced hemp and all it’s greatness to one that shunned it in favor of unhealthy alternatives, thanks to lobbyists for the big oil, chemical, pharma, and timber investors.

It is time to change once again, BACK to the plant that will help our planet, our health, and our economy. There will be people kicking and screaming. There were (and are) those who will fight hard and dirty to keep hemp illegal. They do not want their investments threatened. However, CHANGE is needed.

The propaganda about hemp needs to be dispelled. Ideas need to change; minds need to embrace the idea that yes, hemp IS a good thing. For some, change is a scary thing.

There have been families, for generations, whose livelihoods have depended on the oil and timber industries. In some areas those were the main industries. These people worked hard to feed their families and send their kids to college, to build their lives. I am not bashing those who worked, sweated, and died working to care for their families, especially those in the timber industry. I’ve been touched first-hand by that. My ex-husband’s brother died working for a logging company. I have other friends who were injured badly or disabled in that industry. I am NOT saying that the timber industry is all evil. We need wood for construction, etc.

What I AM saying, though, is that there are some products that can be replaced with hemp – paper, for example – simply because hemp is the better, cleaner, healthier alternative. We DO need to reduce the amount of trees that we use. They take 20-40 years to grow. Hemp, however, takes months and can produce much more per acre than trees.

Yes, change can be scary. Going back to hemp is a good change – healthier earth, healthier bodies, healthier air, healthier environment. But, in order to evolve, to GROW, we must EMBRACE that change…

One hempseed at a time.

National Average Price of Gas – $4 a Gallon (and rising), Are You Hungry for Hemp Fuel Yet?


Our nation is now seeing average gas prices at $4 per gallon. And with the spring and summer travel season coming upon us, it is sure to rise. $5/gallon gas? Looks like it may be a reality. Unfortunately, with the economy still not back on its feet yet, this is, for many, going to be more than just a little pinch in the pocketbook.

There are several factors that cause higher gas prices. (And they are not necessarily what most of us think they are.)

First of all, oil costs are rising. And why are they rising?

1. Iran. ~ The turbulent times in Iran are part of the reason why gas prices are moving upward. Iran exports over 2 million barrels of oil per day.  Iran lies near the Straight of Hormuz, a major traffic area for shipping oil. With Iranian instability, the fear of attacks or sanctions have had a hand in driving the price up.

2. Some say higher prices are due to growing demand. This demand is, in large part, in China. The demand for gas in the U.S. has not risen, part of the reason being alternative modes of transportation and slow economy.

3. Refineries ~ Two refineries on the east coast have closed, and a third may close. While this is not necessarily critical (the U.S. refines plenty of fuel as it is), a third refinery may close, and this may bring a price spike.

Following are the 2 largest culprits behind high gas prices:

Big Oil and oil speculators.

Big oil corporations have made around $1 trillion (TRILLION with a T) in profits the past ten years, mainly in part due to government subsidies and huge tax cuts and loopholes.

Oil speculators may just be the largest cause for spiking oil prices.

Here is how oil speculation works. It starts with an oil future. An oil future is a contract between a seller and buyer. The buyer agrees to purchase a set amount of oil at a fixed price. This lets the buyer bet on whether the price of oil will increase in the future. As soon as the contract is settled, the buyer receives the oil for the price stated in the contract, even if the price of oil was higher at the time of delivery.

What speculation all boils down to is this: stock market oil speculators buy and sell as much oil as they possibly can, even though they will never use it. All they are looking for is a quick and easy profit. The price goes up with each trade, sometimes trading 10 or 20 times before it is even used. In a nutshell ~ speculators manipulate oil prices at the expense of the consumer.

With all these scenarios having a hand in the rising cost of gas, it makes sense to turn to the fuel that is renewable, clean, and healthy for our economy – hemp fuel.

A crop of industrial hemp can be grown in approximately 90 days. Hemp has large amounts of cellulose, which is a main component for fuel processing. Hemp hurds are 77% cellulose, making hemp one of the BEST carbohydrate sources for biofuel.

“Studies have shown that hemp’s biomass can be converted into energy and could replace nuclear power and our current fossil fuels.[Belle, Mika] Just by farming 6 percent of the US’s acreage this could be achieved. “Hemp grown in biomass could fuel a trillion-dollar-per-year industry, while at the same time create more jobs, clean our air, and distribute wealth to our communities and away from centralized power monopolies.” Hemp’s biomass can be converted into gasoline, methanol, and methane at a fraction of the current cost of oil, coal, or nuclear energy.” (Voteindustrialhemp.com)

SIX PERCENT of our nation’s acreage could replace our current fossil fuel use.

If only that were our reality today.

FAQ About Industrial Hemp


Since I’ve started writing about industrial hemp, I’ve had numerous questions about it. I’ll address the most frequent questions about hemp in today’s post.

Q ~ Can industrial hemp make you high? A ~ No. Industrial hemp has a very low THC level, and industrial hemp that is imported into the US is washed. It must meet very high standards regarding the level of THC that it can have.

Q ~ Where can I buy hemp products? A ~ Hempseeds (hemp hearts), and hemp-based food products can be found online, at food co-ops,  health food stores, and through Versativa (see links in right side-bar). The Nutiva brand of hemp hearts is an excellent and popular choice.

Q ~ Isn’t industrial hemp illegal to grow in the US? A ~ No. Many states have passed legislation to allow growing of industrial hemp. However, it is illegal to grow it without the proper permits from the DEA, and those are almost impossible to get, at least for now.

Q ~ Will I fail my routine drug test if I eat hemp? A ~ No. The hemp that is imported into the US is tested and cleaned. These products are pledged to be extremely low in THC. Even if someone ingests a LOT of hemp, they will not have measurable amounts of THC in their system.

Q ~ Aren’t hemp and marijuana the same thing? A ~ No. Both hemp and marijuana are in the same family of plants, but they are different varieties.

Q ~ How much hempseed or hempseed oil should I eat every day? A ~ 2-5 Tablespoons per day is the daily recommendation for hempseed. Recommended serving size for hempseed oil is 1 Tablespoon.

Q ~ Can I cook hempseed or fry foods in hempseed oil? A ~ If you are going to cook with hempseed or hempseed oil you must use low temperatures. High temperatures will change the composition of the EFAs. If cooking with hempseed oil, it is best to keep the temperature 300 degrees or lower.

Q ~ I have gluten sensitivity. Can I eat hempseed? A ~ Yes! Hempseed has protein, but it is not the same protein as found in wheat gluten. To date, there are no known sensitivities or allergies to industrial hemp.

Q ~ Can hemp be smoked? A ~ Smoking hemp would be pointless. No one can get high smoking hemp, and at the most all they will get is a nasty headache.

Q ~ Is it safe to eat hemp if I am pregnant or nursing? A ~ It is VERY safe to eat hemp while pregnant or nursing, and in fact would be an excellent idea. The nutrients in the hemp (especially EFAs) are excellent for brain and eye health for the growing baby, and seem to cause a higher level of cognitive learning in those babies whose mothers ate hemp.


Hemp ~ Our Planet’s EcoSolution


Hemp is more than just a plant ~ it is a gift from nature that can be manufactured into nearly 50,000 items.

We are at a time when we are becoming more conscious of what we eat, wear, use, and HOW we use it, in addition to the impact these items have on our environment and planet.

HEMP AS FOOD AND MEDICINE

Hemp is proven to be one of the natural ways to keep optimum health. It is used as food (hemp seed, hemp seed oil) and medicine. Because hemp is so nutrient-rich, it can, in some cases, eliminate the need for vitamin supplements (in addition to a proper diet). It has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids needed by the body. Hemp is also an anti-inflammatory, repairs cells, heals/treats/eliminates disease, and is a perfect energy food.

HEMP AS FUEL

Hemp hurds can be up to 85% cellulose. Ethanol is processed from cellulose, making it the perfect clean fuel. Automobile engines that run on fossil fuels are one of the main sources of greenhouse gases; moving to hemp fuel will allow for cleaner air and less pollution. Gasoline engines produce a carbon residue, engines that run on hemp fuel do not release carbon emissions like gasoline.

HEMP AS PAPER AND PLASTIC

Again, this is where the high cellulose content comes into play. Cellulose is one of the most common organic compounds on the earth. Cellulose is used in paper production (cardstock, cardboard), textile production and even is a component in rayon. Trees are 30-40% cellulose, and in order to make paper products many chemicals and other components must be used. Not so with hemp. Fossil fuel-based plastics can also be replaced with hemp. Hemp plastics are cleaner, stronger, and lighter; hemp plastic components are now being used in vehicle production. Hemp paper and plastic products are biodegradable and will not harm the environment; in fact, if left to decompose they would act more like fertilizer.

HEMP FOR BUILDING

Hemp is an excellent choice for building. It is strong, clean, antibacterial, mold-, rot-, insect-, and pest-repellent. Hemcrete used for foundations is stronger and more flexible than ordinary concrete. Hemp insulation has a high R-value and cleans the air. There are now hemp roof tiles, hemp oil based paints, hemp carpets, curtains, upholstery. Hemp fiberboard is stronger than ordinary fiberboard.

HEMP CLOTHING

Clothing made from hemp lasts longer than clothing processed from cotton. It has excellent thermal properties, is UV resistant, and stays strong after many washings. Cotton is very chemical and water intensive in growth and processing; hemp is not. The first Levi jeans were made from hemp, mainly for the gold-rushers in Nevada.

HEMP FOR BODY CARE

Hemp oil based products are excellent for hair and skin. The nutrients help the hair stay shiny and strong; the oils are perfect for skin, in all seasons. The oil and nutrients do not sit on the skin, they go INTO the skin for optimum results. Hemp is excellent for moisturizing, for eczema and psoriasis, rashes, neurodermitis, and can also help slow the aging process.

Hemp does not need massive amounts of chemicals to grow, it does not need pesticides or fertilizers. It cleans the air as it grows and also helps nourish the soil. It is a clean solution for almost all the products that we now use.

Hemp is THE EcoSolution.