Fear Not The Ever Useful Hemp

Fear Not The Ever Useful Hemp
Posted by CN Staff on May 31, 2005 at 22:43:59 PT
By Anna Welle
Source: Scene Magazine 
Colorado -- Hemp is taking root in America. Even though it's illegal to grow one of the world's perfect plants in the United States. and the THC-free form has been outlawed since 1937, imports from Australia, China, Canada and numerous European countries are streaming in. The adaptable plant produces food, fiber, fuel and medicine, while it requires no pesticides, replenishes the soil and matures in less than 150 days.
Many know the environmental benefits of producing hemp. Fiber for paper, clothing, rope and building supplies far surpass the other conventional methods, but what about the food? Yeah, ganja brownies are pretty bomb, but we're talking the industrial, bud-free kind of plant. Countless cultures have taken advantage of the easy growing and nourishing properties of cannabis sativa, or "useful, drug-free hemp." Even Buddha munched on hemp seeds on his path to enlightenment. The seeds can be used as is, in oil form, or as a protein-rich seed cake. The entire seed contains 25 percent protein, 30 percent oil, 30 percent carbohydrates and 15 percent insoluble fiber. It's one of the best plant sources of essential amino acids and fatty acids. It provides an alphabet soup of vitamins, minerals and many acids our bodies need to survive. Best of all, it's easily digestible. Birds that eat hemp seeds have substantially longer (and no doubt richer) lives.An adult can eat a handful of seeds a day and have enough protein and essential oils for good health. The well-rounded seeds are tasty plain, toasted and seasoned. The Polish sweeten the seeds for a holiday treat. You might mix them into your granola, snack bars, porridge and cookies. Toppings are also popular for salads, cereal or sandwiches. Remember, you can't get high from the happy hemp seed.The list of food products you can make from hemp are impressive: salad dressing, condiments, pesto, butter, milk, cheese, burgers and even ice cream. Hemp soaps, shampoos and body oils have the same benefits as eating the nutritious oil. They help heal wounds, sunburns, acne and inflammation. Hemp even stimulates hair and nail growth.Where can you buy this miracle substance? It's as close as your local health food store. There you'll find a variety of food and personal products, including snack bars, seeds, bread, ice-cream, oil and more. Hemp-Oil Salad Dressing3 tablespoons hemp oil 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 clove garlic 2-3 inch piece of fresh, peeled ginger Sea salt Freshly ground pepper Finely chopped fresh herbs (chives, parsley, etc.) Press the ginger and garlic with a garlic press, combine the extracted liquids with all the other ingredients, and mix well. Add the herbs, according to taste. Toss gently with salad, sprinkle hulled hemp seeds on top. This dressing is as quick and easy to make, as it is delicious. It goes with most green leaf or vegetable salads, and is especially good with bitter salads such as dandelion, or mixed salads with tomatoes. If you prepare multiple quantities, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in a glass jar with a screw top lid. Shake well before using. From -- Scene Magazine (CO)Author: Anna WellePublished: May 31, 2005 - Vol: 21 - Issue: 15 Copyright: 2005 Scene MagazineContact: editor Website: Hemp Archives
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Comment #4 posted by dongenero on June 01, 2005 at 07:32:28 PT
hemp oil
I take a tablespoon of hemp oil every morning. It's a great source of essential fatty acids, Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9.Great for your health.
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Comment #3 posted by jose melendez on June 01, 2005 at 06:26:14 PT
 . . it would cut into their profits
Markey found that 17 of 25 publicly traded companies failed to inform shareholders of the status of the clinical trials. Negative disclosures from such trials can affect earnings.  Iressa, the drug that piqued Markey's interest, received an accelerated review because it significantly shrank tumors in 10 percent of lung cancer patients. But last December its manufacturer, AstraZeneca, reported that a crucial clinical trial conducted after approval found Iressa patients did not live longer than those not taking the drug. next, read:". . . the effect of such an agreement is to unreasonably restrain trade, create an unlawful monopoly, or attempt to create an unlawful monopoly. " It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in commerce, in the course of such commerce, either directly or indirectly, to discriminate in price between different purchasers of commodities of like grade and quality, where either or any of the purchases involved in such discrimination are in commerce, where such commodities are sold for use, consumption, or resale within the United States or any Territory thereof or the District of Columbia or any insular possession or other place under the jurisdiction of the United States, and where the effect of such discrimination may be substantially to lessen competition or tend to create a monopoly in any line of commerce, or to injure, destroy, or prevent competition with any person who either grants or knowingly receives the benefit of such discrimination, or with customers of either of them Dr. Ethan Russo, one of the researchers whose FDA-approved protocols were rejected by NIDA, interviewed patients who receive NIDA's marijuana under the government's "compassionate use" investigational new drug program (closed to new applicants since 1992). "Each of the Compassionate Use IND patients," he reports, "indicated to me that they would prefer to have properly manicured, seedless, unfertilized cannabis of a higher grade so that they might be able to smoke less material to obtain relief of their medical symptoms." He notes that NIDA's marijuana is not comparable to the cannabis typically used by patients in Europe, Canada, or the United States.   In addition to producing higher-potency, cleaner marijuana, the University of Massachusetts operation proposed by MAPS could offer strains with varying levels of cannabinoids other than THC, some of which may contribute to marijuana's therapeutic effects. More important, a new supplier would allow companies trying to get marijuana approved as a medicine to test the same product they planned to market, as required by the FDA. NIDA's mandate is to produce marijuana for research, not for medicinal use. "There is no guarantee that marijuana provided by NIDA for research would be available for commercial use," Doblin notes. "NIDA-supplied marijuana is therefore inadequate for use in a privately funded drug development plan... No rational pharmaceutical company would invest millions of dollars in Phase III clinical trials of a drug that it cannot be certain it could produce for commercial sale should safety and efficacy be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the FDA."   After an 18-month delay, the DEA responded to Lyle Craker's application for a license to produce marijuana with a series of specious objections. First it said licensing the University of Massachusetts facility would violate international drug treaties, an argument demolished in an analysis prepared by Graham Boyd, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Drug Policy Litigation Project, and two Washington attorneys. Then the DEA said there's no evidence the current marijuana supply is inadequate.   Dismissing Ethan Russo's points out of hand, the DEA insisted on seeing complaints from researchers who are currently using NIDA's marijuana. "While I recognize that the primary researchers now receiving plant material may openly state to you that they are satisfied with the current source," Craker replied, "I am sure you appreciate that in private conversations these same researchers indicate a fear of having the current supply eliminated if they complain about the available source material." The DEA's official record also does not reflect the researchers who would be interested in studying marijuana if a better supply were available and the approval process were less cumbersome. see also: and:
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on June 01, 2005 at 05:53:13 PT
Staying Well
Not only do the pharmeceuticals wolves want to force us to use only their "purified" medicines...they want to see that we aren't allowed to access this amazing health food. They don't want us that healthy. It would cut into their profits.I don't want their industry destroyed. I just want them to be happy with what they do well and leave the rest alone and let us pursue health and happiness as we see fit.Would that it really were a "free country" and a "free world". Such a beautiful concept.
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Comment #1 posted by PainWithNoInsurance on May 31, 2005 at 23:57:11 PT
I Love Hemp !
I've been eating hemp almost everyday for the past five months, and I really think my overall health is better. I feel stronger and my back problem isn't as bad as it was. I take into consideration the possibility that my feeling better is just my imagination, but I really think my health is better. I can honestly say that I can't see much improvement on my poor memory, but my hope is still there. I love the taste of hemp too. I order my hemp seed by the five pound bag.Uninsured
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