An added benefit of hemp for the organic farmer is its ability to suppress weeds. Its dense growth and the shade it creates discourages the presence of weeds while persistent weeds can be bought under control by planting hemp for two years running on the same plot. Normal rotation of crops from then on will keep weeds down.
Here is an excerpt from an educational article my husband Simon reminded me of recently -written back in the 1990′s. It points out wonderful comparison’s of hemp seeds and marijuana to poppy seeds and the Red Scarlet poppy.
Great reading and essential education in the hemp food debate..!
Hemp is not marijuana or visa versa, as the public has been lead to believe for sixty years. Both share the same genus and according to most taxonomists the same species, Cannabis sativa. More importantly, both produce the same organic compounds known as cannabinoids, which are unique to the genus Cannabis. The two main compounds, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), i.e. the most psychoactive cannabinoid, and cannabidiol (CBD) are found in both hemp and marijuana.
However, both hemp and marijuana show significant differences with respect to the concentration and relative abundance of these two cannabinoids. Drug varieties, summarily referred to as marijuana, contain in their female flowers typically 2-5% of THC, but THC levels of as high as 15-20% are not uncommon. Industrial hemp varieties on the other hand, which are licenced for farming in the European Union and Canada (and in some states here in Australia), must be bred to maintain a THC content of less than 0.3%. In addition, hemp and marijuana differ in their ratio of THC to CBD. CBD has been shown to block the psychoactivity of THC. Industrial hemp contains more CBD than THC, i.e. has a CBD/THC-ratio of greater than one, while marijuana contains often significant more THC than CBD. Both the low THC content and the high CBD/THC ratio make industrial hemp unsuitable for producing psychoactive effects when smoked or eaten. The high CBD concentration also makes the theoretically conceivable concentration and recovery of THC in hemp technically difficult and economically unfeasable.
Lets put this into perspective;
Poppy flowers. Of which there are dozens of varieties, are popular in backyard gardens. The species Papaver somniferum includes many varieties of poppies, only one of which, the “Red scarlet” poppy, produces opium and derivative narcotics (such as heroin)from its pods which contain significant amounts of concentrated opiates (primarily morphine and codeine). While the U.S. DEA has targeted red scarlets, home gardeners continue to cultivate the other non-opium producing varieties of papaver somniferum. The poppy seeds that are commonly consumed as a condiment in baked goods such as bagels, breads, muffins and cakes derive from one of these non-opium varieties of Papaver somniferum, commonly called the “breadseed poppy”. The U.S. Controlled Substances Act specifically exempts the poppy seed as a result of the market for human consumption. Poppy seeds can contain trace amounts of opiates at levels many times higher than THC in hemp seeds and these opiates are metabolised into urine at a higher concentration than the trace THC. Concentrating the trace opiates in breadseed poppy seeds to an active level is theoretically possible at enormous cost, effort and inefficiency; however, the U.S. DEA and ONDCP have not attempted to ban non-opium variety poppies based on this highly speculative scenario. Poppy seed bagels and flowers are enjoyed by children of all ages, yet children do not confuse poppy seeds and poppy flowers with smoking opium, nor do they perceive a “message” that opium is good. The home garden and breadseed variety of poppy plants look similar to the opium producing red scarlet poppy, yet the U.S. DEA seems able to tell the difference. As the trace opiate levels in poppy seeds are higher than the trace THC in hemp seed, eating poppy seeds can produce a false positive for narcotic use on a drug test at the 300 ppb cutoff for opiates in urine; however, government agencies and corporations have adapted by raising the threshold for a test-positive beyond the level of ambiguity (from 300 ppb to 2000 ppb). The condiment and home gardening markets for poppies are smaller than the potential markets for hemp, yet the DEA has not argued for banning non-opium poppy plants for lack of a large market. Finally, the DEA has not suggested that breadseed and home garden poppies are a threat to the controlled status of opium, in spite of the fact that these plants all share the same genus and species.
In Simon’s words…. “What’s going on in peoples heads if they can not see the obvious truths about industrial hemp? Why are people so scared? It is the most life sustaining plant in existence, in our backyard gardens we should have our tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, garlic and cannabis sativa, all for the health of our family and friends???”
In the 4 years since launching my product range, and the many years of interest before hand, I have seen subtle changes in the perceptions of hemp however there is still so much more work to be done.
Many people still mistake Industrial hemp for Marijuana and it takes time to release 80+ years of fear based propaganda. It also takes time to instill a sense of trust to the hearts of a society which has been fed one side of the cannabis debate. Through education we can help release current fears and insecurities bringing back the reverence once held for this gift from nature.
I believe one person can make a difference – we live in the most amazing country with some of the most resilient people yet the majority of us go along with our lives in a routine that keeps us feeling secure. Trusting the systems and social beliefs created by laws, governments, religions and history. What if a few individuals challenged those beliefs, those laws, that history to show another way. A way that is not untested, a way that only 100 years ago was completely viable – ‘HEMP’.
There is much work being done internationally with growing evidence to support the use of medicinal marijuana for a range of illnesses – however my main focus is the loss of potential both economically and environmentally through the restrictions placed on Industrial hemp. There are differing restrictions in different countries for example; it is still ILLEGAL to grow Industrial Hemp in America yet it is LEGAL to consume hemp foods there. Here in Australia we can obtain a licence to grow Industrial hemp in many states yet it is ILLEGAL to consume or sell hemp foods.
With the ever increasing stress placed on our farmers wouldn’t government support to build a thriving hemp industry make sense? Hemp crops would supply fibre for paper, cloth, twine etc, the low THC seed is ideal for food and oil production. Hemp seed oil can be used for cosmetics, paints and anything that is currently petroleum based. Hemp crops can also improve soil conditions and soil degredation with it’s long tap root it helps to hold the soil together. Farmers experiencing tough times may very well benefit from a new approach via Industrial Hemp.
It is my hope that in the not too distant future all jokes about hemp and fears will be put aside and common sense will bring this gem to the forefront of everyones imagination…..
hemp hemp hooray!
Not in MY country I hear them say,
They wont speak our language, they cannot stay.
From war torn lands, or simply a chance for opportunity,
How can we deny them a new home and community.
Fear, Ego, a sense of Entitlement,
Poison’s their compassion, fostering Greed and Resentment.
We all live on ONE earth,
Each culture represents a different key.
Let us work together to hear the beautiful melody.
Wake up people we are all of one breath.
We all return to the same dust at the time of our death.
You look and see difference in face, skin and beliefs,
Yet the one same energy makes up all life, and its brief.
Don’t waste it in anger, judgement and hostility,
Lets live together in love, acceptance and unity.
Love and light Teresa xxxx
Driving through every familiar bend,
Is like coming home to an old friend.
The green gently kisses this dry parched earth,
On the hills that surround the place of my birth.
Pichi Richi whistles,
Sun brightens the day.
Welcoming and inviting, my inner child to play.
Space, vastness and freedom,
Beauty, peace and grace.
These are but a few of the wonders of this magical place.
Earth, wind, fire and water,
Eucalypt, cliff face and pine.
Ruggard landscape bathes me,
Campfire, coffee wine.
Childrens voices echo through the crescents of the gorge,
While night time slowly enters,
Bringing quiet mysteries ’til dawn.
Sweet beauty here to caress me,
Let my dreams regain flight.
Open heart to all that surrounds me,
Moon, stars, universe….. wild expansive night.
Friends, guitar, banjo pickin’
Laughter, love a life content.
A heart open, gratitiude,
No pain to voice or vent.
Earth, wind, fire and water,
Eucalypt, cliff face and pine.
Ruggard landscape bathes me,
Campfire, coffee and wine.
Warrens Gorge – Flinders Ranges SA
“Indigenous spirit where have you gone,
Touched by white glove, you’ve lost your song.
Cultures in tune with mother earth wisdom,
White cloud rolls in and blankets your freedom.
Whispers hold true in defiant silence,
To one day speak loud of natures science.
To regain the balance and natural rhythm,
One breath one consciousness one connection within.
No longer to cry, to ache from what’s lost,
No longer to suffer from white glove’s high cost.
A New Earth once battered,
Rises up from white glove’s grasp.
Indigenous Spirit’s wisdom come teach us at last.”
As the saying goes, ‘the eyes are the windows to the soul’ and to nurture and protect the delicate area around the eyes we have now released our ‘precious eye emulsion’.
Key ingredients such as cypress and fennel can aid fluid retention & puffiness around the eyes, while carrot oil may even reduce wrinkling. Combined with the soothing properties of chamomile and aloe vera in a moisture rich base of hemp oil and shea butter, this light, penetrating emulsion soothes, protects and helps restore tone & elasticity.
Use morning and night after cleansing and removing eye makeup to refresh and revitalise tired eyes.
Hi Teresa, Thank you so much for your precious eye emulsion. What can I say? Except it is , well, precious!!! It is just that. I love it, but then again, all of the products in your range – the ones I have tried – are wonderful. They make my skin so soft and smooth. I love anything natural that has not been tested on animals. I have found the lush lime cleansing cream is the best I have tried. It really does get rid of the last trace of make-up even stubborn mascara! Keep up the good work – you are doing your sisters a tremendous favour.
Best Regards, Tina. Edwardstown, SA.
What is the ‘spirit of natural beauty’?
To me the spirit of natural beauty can be found all around us, however it has also been masked through the relentless obsession with perfection and youth. Natural beauty radiates from within and originates from love while being nourished through health. Healthy skin and a healthy soul radiates beauty.
I have a cause statement that I wrote when launching my business that keeps me focused on the essence and the purpose of hemp hemp hooray!
” To reawaken the spirit of natural beauty within everyone, inspiring love for all humanity. To always value the sacredness of nature. To continue to capture that sacredness in every cream, lotion and salve”
The spirit of natural beauty is also harnessed in each of the products I make for my range. Using pure organic hemp oil alongside other organic and natural ingredients, every cream is food for your skin. The pure essential oils used are food also for the soul with their balancing, soothing and restorative qualities. Let your beauty shine through with radiant, healthy glowing skin.
Nature is filled with this spirit of beauty and can be witnessed all around us – in every flower, in every forest, stream, meadow, ocean or desert landscape. It comes in many forms, and the same is true for all of us. Embrace your uniqueness, embrace the beauty of you and let your spirit shine out to others.
“It matters more what’s in a woman’s face than what’s on it” Claudette Colbert