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  1. Cannabis: a remedy for the soil? Hemp offers untold benefits for the soil, production processes, renewable fuel and sustainable fashion. The internet has been awash in new health apps to improve sleep and wellness and an enormous amount of information on CBD oil, a product derived from cannabis, also commonly known as the source of marijuana. Of cannabis’ compounds called cannabinoids are two primary components: THC and CBD, the latter is its non-psychoactive component. CBD has been rebranded - it was previously known as hemp oil and is also called cannabis oil and cannabidiol. CBD is heavily marketed in the EU and is sold to remedy everything from pain relief to stress to depression. While some have questioned the benefits of CBD, there is some hope that this marketing drive towards CBD might open up more awareness of benefits that cannabis in all its forms might offer the planet. Ecological benefits While the chemical ecology of cannabis is largely unknown to most, the reality is that the cannabis plant is turning out to be one of the best responses to our planet’s current demise. The recreational and medicinal uses of cannabis are far more widely publicised today due to the growing trend of legalisation (although cannabis with THC remains illegal in the UK), in addition to the expansion of cannabis dispensaries. But what is less emphasised in the media today are the may uses of the cannabis plant in addition to its added benefits to the soil. Unlike cotton and many other plants used in textile, hemp needs less water and requires no pesticides, allows for soil remediation (phytoremediation) - whereby hemp can absorb pollutants from the earth - and it returns 60-70 percent of the nutrients it takes from the soil. The cannabis plant has a wide range of uses which makes its cultivation both a boon for the ecology as well as for nutrition among other uses. This plant can provide oil used for cooking, fuel, personal care products, dietary supplements, beverages, baked goods, protein powder, beer, flour and animal feed. Beyond this, hemp is used in building materials (fiberboard, insulation, cement and mortar), paper products and industrial textiles. Additionally, there are myriad agricultural benefits from this plant: it suppresses weeds, its roots provide soil aeration and it allows for pollen isolation. Production benefits What this means for the planet is that hemp offers the most far ranging uses for our sustainability. For instance, hemp requires half the amount of water that cotton needs to produce a 250 percent higher yield than cotton because when processing is figured into the water usage equation, “cotton uses more than four times as much water as hemp". Cotton production relies on pesticides while hemp does not and hemp is naturally resistant to pests as its dense foliage provides enough shade to prevent or suppress weed growth. From industrial hemp farming which is expected to almost double in growth by 2026 to “pick-your-own” hemp fields, the future of textile is quickly moving towards a hemp-based production in North America. Earlier this month New York Fashion Week’s runway show by Korto Momolu showcased her collection consisting of 26 designs created from hemp fabric among other sustainably-manufactured textiles. Where the CBD craze is being pushed endlessly online, hemp production for textiles is the best possible outcome of what might end up being a passing fad. The positive by-product of this current rage is that hemp production is having a boost and many fashion designers are advocating for more sustainable textiles such as bamboo and hemp. Even Levi’s has gotten behind the momentum and recently released styles made with “cottonised hemp.” As hemp is 100 percent biodegradable, this fabric is becoming more and more the harbinger to future fashion. Renewable fuel As for the possible transportation benefits, hemp is a replacement for non-renewable energy sources despite the many challenges that hemp biodiesel made from Cannabis Sativa Linn. Still, many scientific studies such as “Advantages and Challenges of Hemp Biodiesel Production” (2015) see great promise in expanding hemp for biodiesel production. This study notes the following: "Hemp seeds present a viable feedstock option for biodiesel production. This is demonstrated by the plant’s high yield, ability to grow on infertile soil, resilience to disease and bugs. "Hemp biodiesel may be used an alternative to the highly controversial biodiesel produced from palm oil. Legalization and increased production of hemp oil may improve the cost of producing hemp oil and subsequently hemp biodiesel." This report makes astonishing findings, among which it notes its potential to be used as a primary feedstock and for the purpose of the production of biodiesel fuel. It states: "When compared with similar crops that are used in large-scale commercial biodiesel production, hemp provides a substantially greater yield and has a higher oil content than that of rapeseed and soybean. "In addition, biodiesel made from hempseed can meet the ATSM D6751 and EN 14214 requirement for fuel quality and surpass that of conventional diesel except in the area of oxidation stability, as is the case with other biodiesel products. However, the oxidation stability can be improved with the addition of antioxidants to the fuel prolonging its shelf life." Positive change Among all of hemp’s uses today and potential uses for the future, we must move our fashion, transport and purchasing habits towards that of sustainable oils, fabrics and fuels. We must also sit down and write to our politicians urging them for the adoption of hemp throughout industrial and local enterprises in addition to paving the way for the legalisation of this plant. Where biofuel from hemp has been consistently side-lined from the discussions on climate change throughout the years, there is always promise that researchers will turn this paradigm around and realise what was Henry Ford’s dream car and bring hemp biofuel into the future of transportation. It is only through political, social and personal changes that we can bring about positive changes to our ecological reality. https://theecologist.org/2019/oct/10/cannabis-remedy-soil
  2. Jeremy Corbyn vowed to end ‘greed is good’ capitalism in his conference speech, but his son hopes to make a fortune from cannabis culture. Tommy Corbyn, 25, has started two companies, National Hemp Service and The Hemp Cafe, with girlfriend Chloe Kerslake-Smith, 25, to cash in on the craze for cannabis-related paraphernalia. ‘My partner and I are opening a store in North London that will sell hemp-derived products,’
  3. Hi, I am from the UK living in the UK and looking to grow my own industrial hemp for personal pain use I suffer from PTSD...etc and other physical and painful health issues. I do not get on with THC and have tried CBD isolate which was ok , but found the full spectrum CBD oils better but at just crazy non affordable prices, I'm on a war widows pension and just looking for some non sterilized seeds that I can grow for my own use making my own oil. No feminized seeds, no THC or the 0.02% that is unavoidable but not illegal, no cannabis , just hemp.... and less pain physically and mentally. Thank you and thank you for having me here x ZB
  4. After a succesful season in my new guriella site that I've set up, i'm now looking into making my own hemp oil for this year coming. I'm struggling to find any where that supplies CBD rich, low thc genetics that would perform well in our temperate climate. Maybe i'm asking for too much? but If any body could point me in the right direction of strains to look out for I would be grateful. Cheers
  5. Cannabis Science Inc Strikes Deal For 100 Acres Of Land In Minden, Nevada Cannabis Science Inc (OTCMKTS:CBIS) has revealed that it has recently signed another significant land deal, this time involving about 100 acres in Minden, Nevada. The deal for the 100-acre property aligns with other industrial R&D projects that have been certified across the U.S and also in the international market. The company has also received the green light from Nevada’s Department of Agriculture for a new hemp research project that will occupy 40 acres of land in Nevada. Cannabis Science is a U.S firm that focuses on the development of medicines that are based on cannabinoids. So far it has secured partnerships with numerous global partners. It also focuses on research and development of treatments for various diseases including autism, epilepsy, arthritis, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and Parkinson’s disease. The FDA will use the research data collected by Cannabis Science as well as other clinical studies to come up with a drug development plan for critical diseases. The research will also feature other objectives such as the development of vehicle production parts, food products, paper manufacturing, clothing fabric and construction materials. It will also focus on the wholesale distribution of drugs to physicians. “The best part of what we do is watching it all grow! We’ve pretty much completed our full circle operational targets,” stated the CEO and co-founder of Cannabis Science, Mr. Raymond C. Dabney. The land acquired through the newly announced deal will be used to further expand the company’s research and economic development plan for industrial hemp which is currently focusing heavily on job creation. So far Cannabis Science has created many jobs across the U.S. The firm launched its first research project for industrial hemp in 2017. The project was launched on roughly 26 acres of land in San Joaquin County. Just like the San Joaquin County project, the company’s project in Minden County is expected to help create opportunities in education and industrial hemp research. It will also present opportunities for local residents to acquire new skills through training and this should help them secure more jobs and improve their lives. Mr. Dabney stated that Cannabis Science will build on and take advantage of its experiences in San Joaquin and use that experience in Minden County. https://factsaboutcbd.org/2018/08/01/cannabis-science-inc-otcmktscbis-strikes-deal-for-100-acres-of-land-in-minden-nevada/ With all the excitement over recreational and medical cannabis, hemp gets overlooked. However, it could be just as transformative, if not more so. The legalisation of hemp at the federal level has spent years going through the legislative system like a particularly stubborn kidney stone. It was due to be legalised as part of the farm bill 2018 this September, but this has been delayed because of bickering over other aspects of the bill (who gets how much pork from the government barrel).
  6. Hey guys, I'm new to this, and need some advice. I'm thinking of making legal CBD edibles, and so far I've found a couple of organic, non VG oils. One is suspended in coconut oil, and the other two are suspended in hemp oil. The coconut oil one - I'm thinking of getting the 250mg. The seller was really nice and told me that I need to add more dosage for help with anxiety and relaxation, and less for joint pain. The other two are suspended in hemp oil, and they say they have around 3.2%, one being an indica dominant hybrid, and the other sativa. Which one would be the best? I'm gonna start off with cookies. I'm thinking of using the coconut oil one, and mixing it in with the butter. Is that cool? I could also add a droplet to the cookie ball before it's ready to go in the oven (that could be more concentrated?) Any help would be appreciated, guys. Sofia
  7. Does anyone have any experience with CBD hemp strains and which ones work well in the southern part of the UK? I would like to set up a plot for my dad in a garden but he's not into the THC or smoking so I want to make some oils for him to help his varied muscle and body issues . Im looking for a strain with very little or no Thc hence thinking a hemp variety would be the one . Any info would be appreciated
  8. Hey guys, I'd like to share one of the recipes I've made with hemp. Although, it doesn't make you high, I hope you'll like it anyway. You can watch video of me making it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvpMOp0c5K8. Please subscribe, I will publish more videos!! For 7 bars or 28 small bites, you will need: 2 cups of almonds 1.5 cup of hemp seeds 0.5 cup of peanut butter 0.5 cup of honey pinch of salt blender When you have your ingredients ready, just start blending them in the blender. I started slowly just with nuts, and after that added the remaining ingredients. The texture should be crumbly and a little sticky thanks to all the healthy oils and honey. Then take a baking tray, line it with baking paper and pour the mixture in. Cram it properly into the tray and put it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. When frozen, take it out and cut into your preferred shape. I melted some dark chocolate in the water bath and drizzled the hemp bites, so they look and taste great. If you don’t eat it all, keep it in the fridge to sustain the shape and freshness. Let me know how you liked it
  9. Just a positive story for a change, and good points made about our endocannabinoid system too. Not the usual propaganda and scaremongering.
  10. Not pot: US hemp farms take root under state pilot programs New York's first legal hemp farm in decades has taken root under a pilot program that's part of a national resurgence of a plant that's prized for making food, clothing and shelter but long banned along with its smokable cousin. "The versatility of this crop is amazing," said JD Farms co-owner Mark Justh, who left an international finance career to grow organic hay and pastured beef cattle and pigs on farmland 170 miles northwest of New York City. He added organic hemp to the mix this summer under a research partnership with Morrisville State College. Because of its resemblance to marijuana, the hemp field at JD Farms had a prominent "No Trespassing" sign that advises "No THC." Even if marijuana plants were hidden among the hemp, cross-pollination would render the pot impotent. Hemp has been used for millennia as a source of oil, protein and fiber used in clothing, rope and paper. Modern uses include cosmetics, nutritional supplements, biofuels, building materials and pharmaceuticals. Justh was thinking of growing it simply as a cover crop — a crop grown for soil enrichment — when he met Dan Dolgin, who was looking to partner with a farmer to grow it for its broad market potential. Dolgin, who had worked in national security in Washington, fell in love with the farm and bought into it. He's now renovating a farmhouse there near the log cabin where Justh and his wife and teenage sons live when they're not at their home in Brooklyn's Park Slope. "Hemp is a triple-value crop, with a multitude of products made from the seeds, stalks and fiber," Dolgin said. "We hope the results of what we're doing here will convince other farmers that this is a great opportunity." The trade group Vote Hemp estimates the value of hemp products in the U.S. at $600 million. But that's based on imports because U.S. farmers weren't allowed to grow it until now Since the "reefer madness" war on marijuana in the mid-20th century, the U.S. has been the only industrialized nation where hemp farming was illegal. Industrial hemp and marijuana are both forms of cannabis, but hemp lacks the active ingredient THC. The 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, which defined hemp as distinct from marijuana, cleared the way for states to regulate it for research and pilot programs. Since then, 29 states have passed hemp legislation and nine have established pilot programs licensing production, according to the trade group Vote Hemp. About 12,000 acres were planted this year, primarily in Colorado, Kentucky and Tennessee, the group said. Under New York hemp regulations finalized earlier this year, farmers must partner with a university to get a license. The 30-acre hemp plot at 1,200-acre JD Farms, the state's only hemp farm so far, is paired with nearby Morrisville State College, which is conducting hemp research. The requirement for a university partnership has deterred some farmers from getting into hemp. "I'd love to be able to get into it right away, but the research partnership complicates things," said Phil Hodges, a friend of Justh who splits his time between Wall Street bond trading and a crop and cattle farm he's developing upstate. He hopes to plant some hemp next year if the state begins to license farmers directly. "It's a huge opportunity for farmers, an untouched market." "It's a challenging crop to harvest," said Luke Gianforte, whose family has been growing organic grain for decades in central New York. Gianforte harvested the crop at JD Farms last week. "It's a strong-fibered crop, doesn't break or cut easily." Gianforte said he's interested in exploring the potential but will wait for more crop and market research results. "Farmers are leery about new crops coming along that have the world promised behind them," Gianforte said. "Seems like every 10 years some new thing comes along that's the latest and greatest." Justh said farms growing corn or soybeans already have the equipment needed for hemp, which could bring at least twice as much income per acre. Hemp seed harvested at JD Farms will be processed for oil and protein powder, and some of the stems will be used by a company that makes building products from biomass. "Hemp can come across as a panacea among its fervent proponents — everything from curing cancer to solving deforestation," Dolgin said. "Is it going to save humanity? No. But it's a valuable crop anyone can include in their crop rotation." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3818431/Not-pot-US-hemp-farms-root-state-pilot-programs.html
  11. primary fermentation of malted wheat/hemp

    From the album Experimentation

    primary fermentation of malted wheat/hemp
  12. primary fermentation of malted wheat/hemp

    From the album Experimentation

    primary fermentation of malted wheat/hemp
  13. cracked grain

    From the album Experimentation

    cracked malted hemp
  14. I am wanting to give smoking some CBD rich female hemp buds that I found on a Dutch headshop website a try and was wondering if smoking hemp buds is something that can be done I understand there is no THC! I don't want to get high or stoned but I want to give up smoking tobacco and I don't like the taste of Greengo or Honeyrose.
  15. Bama, China - Low THC hemp

    From the album Grow Log Photo's

    Low THC Hemp sourced in Bama, China.

    © Whish Seeds