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Can Hemp Make You Healthier?

February 10th, 2014 | By

Whilst medical-grade cannabis has made for some colorful headlines over the years, hemp, the less glamorous, non-psychoactive form of this legendary plant has been quietly making waves of its own, as modern research unlocks a wider spectrum of this prodigious herb’s potential health benefits…

Centuries of cultivation, decades of innovation

As one of the earliest crops to be successfully cultivated by mankind (humanity has made use of the herb as far back as the Neolithic Era), hemp has proven to be a truly versatile and renewable resource, which has found its way into everything from textiles to automobile components; But aside from just being an excellent material to build the world around us, hemp’s chemical composition makes it extremely useful as a food source and medicine;

Hempseed Oil: Delicious and nutritious

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When industrial hemp and marijuana seeds are pressed for oil, the resulting produce is a truly remarkable substance.

On the surface, hempseed oil doesn’t appear to be anything special: Virtually odourless, with a mild, pleasantly nutty flavour, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for any number of household cooking oils…

Once you take a look at the chemical make-up of the oil, however, you’ll be able to appreciate just how much of a super-food it is!

  • Hempseed oil is simply packed with essential fatty acids (EFAs), including linoleic acid, omega-3, omega 6, gamma-linolenic acid and more: In fact, around 80% of the substance is made up of these useful nutrients!
  • With all 21 amino acids present, hemp oil compares favourably against virtually all other sources of protein known to man (The likes of meat, dairy produce, soy etc.) – this explains why the substance is sometimes described as being a ‘complete’ source of protein.
  • Promising research points towards this richly nutritious resource being a useful tool in combatting medical conditions like eczema, heart disease and a variety of respiratory ailments.

Pump-up with hemp protein

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Bodybuilders of the past were known for their extreme, protein rich diets, which seen them guzzle down pounds of red meat, pints of raw eggs and tub upon tub of cottage cheese.

Whilst such diets are now regarded as ‘old school’, there is no doubt that an increased protein intake is vital when it comes to building muscle mass.

Thankfully, modern bodybuilders now have a vast array of scientifically-proven dietary supplements at their disposal, including healthy, balanced options which don’t always have to depend on animal protein sources.

Whilst many bodybuilders still regard plant-derived protein as playing second fiddle to a meat-laden diet, hemp protein is slowly gaining favour among an increasing number of sports nutritionists, thanks to its high levels of amino acids, as well as its overall balanced nature, which helps to introduce additional fibre and increased amounts of healthy fats into a results-focussed diet.

At the end of the day, not all sources of protein are created equal: And among all of the plant-based sources, many nutritionists today feel that hemp stands head and shoulders above the competition.

Soothe your skin with Sativa

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Whilst there is no doubt that hemp-derived products can make for some seriously nutritious supplements, not all of this produce has to be ingested to enjoy its benefits…

From the treatment of conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis to more cosmetic issues, like reducing the appearance of blackheads, hempseed oil is now a popular ingredient in many skin care products.

Thanks to hempseed oil’s relatively ‘dry’ nature, it can nourish the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind, whilst its anti-inflammatory properties help it to combat a cornucopia of ailments.

Whether you have dry hands, inflamed skin or serious inflammation, you may find that the treatment which works best for you could end up containing hemp in some shape or form!

Summary

So there you have it: Three key areas in which hemp has proven itself to be a useful natural resource which is clearly a vital addition to mankind’s medicine cabinet: Whoever said that this crop was boring?

Disclaimer

The information in this post is presented for educational and entertainment purposes only: We urge all of our readers to obey their local laws and to consult a healthcare professional before seeking any medical treatment.

Uruguay Government to Sell $1 Weed

October 25th, 2013 | By

Congratulations to Uruguay on beginning what is increasingly looking like possibly the most sensible marijuana policy on the planet. The state is going to sell weed to the people. By 2014, they will be the first country to have completely legalised the sale and production of marijuana.  Colorado and Washington, check these guys out!

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Julio Calzada, the head of Uruguay’s National Drugs Board said:

“The illegal market is very risky and of poor quality, the price of marijuana from Paraguay that gets sold on the streets here is about $1 a gram, so we’re going to set the price of government-controlled cannabis at around that same price. We want to snatch the market (believed to be worth around $20-30 million annually) away from the drug traffickers.”

The proposed bill has already passed in the lower house and is expected to be completely approved in November. Weed on the street sells for around $1.40 (30 pesos) so the state weed will be slightly cheaper and of significantly higher quality. I can’t even believe I am writing this. Such sanity!

The government will also give advice on safe ways of consuming marijuana, educating people about the benefits of vaporisation and edibles. Users will need to give their particulars to a national database that will be private.

There are around 120,000 cannabis users with an apparent 20,000 smoking it every, single day!  The president estimates that they need to produce approximately 5,000 pounds of weed each month to make all cannabis users in the country happy! 

Yes, this country is going to sell marijuana through official government channels.  Licensed large scale growers will help to supply the completely legal market.  Residents will be allowed to purchase up to 40g per month per person.

Uruguay is not a huge country and the president José Mujica is very much in touch with the farming communities there – not difficult in a country measuring just over 300 miles wide and high. He lives in a run down farm and gives away much of his pay!

He says: “Consumption of cannabis is not the most worrying thing, drug-dealing is the real problem.”

If only some of our US and European leaders had half this man’s sense.

Locals will also be able to grow their own with up to 6 plants per household, and cooperatives for the legal exchange of different strains of cannabis will be able to cultivate up to 99 plants for the benefit of the group.

The price of $1 per gram works out at approximately £17 or US $27 per ounce. Could you even imagine such prices hitting your local area? And for good quality weed not rubbish!

To me this sounds like an excellent way to begin a legal cannabis system, although I can see potential holes immediately. Like somebody buying their share of weed and not smoking it so they can sell it on eventually. Using groups, larger amounts would easily be obtainable cheaply, and quality is going to be high so I would be very surprised if we didn’t see some small-time cross border smuggling going on from Uruguay into Argentina and Brazil.

How to stop this? Apply the same $1 system in surrounding countries. Then the entire world. Why not?

All this comes after warnings from the increasingly irrelevant United Nations. Their INCB ‘International Narcotics Control Board’, a backward looking prohibitionist group of idiots stated that this: “might have serious consequences for the health and welfare of the population and for the prevention of cannabis abuse among the youth”.

The same body has been using similar language towards the US States of Colorado and Washington after their voter-led changes. You would have thought the UN would encourage changes that reduce violence wherever that may be but apparently not.

Some are against the new measures and don’t believe they will cut down on crime. Verónica Alonso a local lawmaker stated that:

“There’s no scientific evidence that says the narcotraffickers will say, okay, we can’t operate in Uruguay, we’ll go somewhere else.”

Smoking cannabis has never actually been illegal in Uruguay.  Drug consumption is not criminalized, and in 2011, they legalised growing cannabis at home in small amounts for personal consumption.

Dominoes are falling folks. It’s good to see the UN upset; they can obviously appreciate the (massively needed) knock-on effect these changes in the Americas are going to have on the rest of the world. And, not a moment too soon.

World Map of Cannabis Users

October 23rd, 2013 | By

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I do love these data maps showing where people especially like to have a toke! It’a quite clear from this picture that cannabis use in English speaking countries is definitely high – why would that be?

Interesting to note the lack of data for Africa and Asia. No data is shown in India for example where I know firsthand that bhang is sold at licensed government shops and has been part of the culture for thousands of years. So this map is a little conservative.

No data is shown also for Hong Kong which is without doubt full of drugs also, I can confirm. Lots of the cannabis there comes from nearby Thailand.

France is interesting also -for some it is quite a surprise to discover that the French are actually more into their weed than the Brits. If you can believe that!  They are though.

One does have to wonder where this data comes from. I certainly don’t know of any smokers who have participated in a United Nations survey on which drugs they do or don’t consume.

Industrial Plant Grow and Smoke Report

October 23rd, 2013 | By

The ‘Industrial Plant’ from Dinafem is a reliable and easy to grow plant that thrives indoors and out. It is called industrial as it produces a decent amount of bud – there are many bud sites on the plant as you can see from some of the pictures.

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When grown in the ground one of these plants produced well over 40 grammes even when planted as late as July. There are a lot of well performing bud sites. It has a strong almost unpleasant smell when it is flowering but not to the extent that it should cause a problem. I’d describe the final smell as mildly aromatic week cats piss with hints of fruit.

The high is strong and hits you hard initially. In a good way. You are then transported to a more fluffy version of reality for several hours – or longer if you keep smoking the stuff. It’s not a motivational high but it’s not a disabling one either. Doing things is possible – although the idea of complex work is not very appealing. Creativity and music are definitely enhanced, however. It could be quite nice for a walk out in the country.

I can’t really see anyone being very disappointed about this weed unless you grew it really badly. It gets you stoned alright and it lasts. I believe if you smoke enough of it that it can help with sleep, definitely.

For the record, it looks very similar in growth to Sensi Seeds Skunk 1 which I ended up growing alongside the Industrial Plant. The plants are alike in stature although the finished product ended up looking slightly different.

If you need to grow a large yield then I would recommend this plant. Planted early enough outdoors they can become massive beasts. Indoors they also perform well and deliver a superb crop time after time.

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Cannabis is coming out the closet

October 22nd, 2013 | By

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Now that some brave leaders around the world have started to address the gay marriage issue it’s time to deal with the other large elephant in the room, cannabis.

Much like cannabis, gayness penetrates all of society – there are no boundaries here, nor should there be. And gayness has probably been around as long as cannabis – some animals are indeed gay.

Somehow both issues seem to have the magical ability of bringing out huge ignorance in otherwise rational people.

People use cannabis for a wide ranging amount of reasons, from spiritual to medical – with users spread throughout our communities. But still they are persecuted.

Just as gay marriage has been accepted into the legal framework of forward thinking countries, so must cannabis use.  No crimes are being committed here and medical research (you know, the actual science) seems to suggest that cannabis is the most powerful anti ageing dietary supplement we could possibly consume. More powerful than anything us humans could ever produce – with the US pharmaceutical industry killing over 100,000 Americans a year. Cannabis 0.

You have to be pretty deranged to believe it is right to punish a human being for using a naturally occurring plant. That’s what has been happening. We have been jailing people for using a certain type of vegetable.

We are seeing progress at last – however. More and more cannabis users are able to come out of the woodwork, out of the shadows that they should NEVER have been in in the first place.

Over the years we have seen more gay couples being able to honestly express themselves in public. Cannabis users should be able to walk down the street with the same lack of fear. The cannabis smoker will one day be able to walk down the street with their joint, without having the establishment come down on them like a ton of bricks as if he were some kind of violent criminal.  Any other situation is just not acceptable behaviour for intelligent human beings.

Cannabis is a vegetable, and a very powerful medicine. More powerful than your government wants you to know. Part of the reason it has been suppressed for so long is that it can treat so many conditions.  Some will surely stand to lose a lot of money if the people realise they can treat themselves (and have zero side effects) with a plant they can grow in their garden.  Well you can.  This is a truth that is coming out through word of mouth thanks to people like Rick Simpson and medical professionals like Bob Melamede. And NORML.  You won’t find a notice about this in your local medical centre. New doctors are not taught about cannabinoids. But this will change.

Cannabis clubs are slowly popping up in one form or another around the world. In Uruguay the government itself will soon sell cannabis. Caribbean countries are looking at legalization.  Mexico is looking at options. France recently approved medical cannabis, and cafes may be open in Berlin soon.

In the US we have just seen the federal government give a huge green light to Colorado and Washington states regulating their own completely legal cannabis markets. In these places cannabis came out the closet a long time ago and is now taking its rightful place as part of society that isn’t going to go away.