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Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization

Anthony Gucciardi
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January 28th, 2013
Updated 03/22/2013 at 3:14 pm
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hempcolorado 265x165 Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization Many farmers in Colorado will be expanding their list of planted crops this Spring after groundbreaking legislation was passed last November that allowed not only for the legalization of marijuana, but hemp as well. Now in case you’re not familiar, hemp is actually a multi-purpose substance that does not produce the high effects of marijuana. In fact, it’s mainly used as a super cheap and highly efficient building material — at least in other nations where ridiculous bans are not enforced on the ‘high-free’ material.

Colorado farmers like Michael Bowman will be planting 100 acres of hemp to be harvested and sold off as not only building material, but a highly nutritious superfood. While marijuana is considerably high in the substance known as THC  (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which of course is the compound that produces the ‘high’ effects, it’s also significantly low in what’s known as CBD (cannabidiol). That’s where hemp comes in. Both THC and CBD are known as  cannabinoids, but hemp is particularly high in CBD while lacking in THC.

Hemp as a Superfood, Industry Transformer

These cannabinoids have actually been promoted by many first hand sources as not only a health optimizing substance, but a serious solution to cancer. One popular documentary titled ‘Run from the Cure’ by Rick Simpson, which is available for free on Youtube, focuses on the use of hemp oil to conquer cancer.

Rich in essential oils, fiber, and a close to complete amino acid profile, hemp contains beneficial ingredients such as:

  • Linoleic acid (44% of the weight of hempseed is actually full of edible oils)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (shown time and time again to fight against anxiety, depression, and even inflammation)
  • Omega-6
  • A ‘complete’ amino profile that surpasses the profile of eggs, milk, soy, and many meats. This includes the 9 essential aminos that the human body cannot produce on its own.

It is for these reasons that hemp is utilized today in many high quality products like protein shakes, energy bars, and many more food products. Two tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds contain about 11 grams of protein and 2 grams of unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.

Its versatility allows it to be a prime ingredient even in clothing and fabric-based industries. It could  transform the entire industry, replacing unsustainable materials with environmentally friendly hemp.

Feds: ‘We Will Come for Your Hemp’

That is if the federal government doesn’t seize it across the nation. The DEA has its sights set on confiscating all hemp planted and grown in the United States through citing the Controlled Substances Act, which doesn’t differentiate between marijuana and hemp. The agents, which will ignore state law and enforce federal law throughout any state, say that they will be going after farmers who plant non-THC hemp as if they were planting marijuana. After all, they say it doesn’t matter what it actually is.

“It really doesn’t matter whether it looks different or it looks the same,” DEA agent Paul Roach told NPR. “If it’s the cannabis plant, it’s in the Controlled Substances Act and, therefore, enforceable under federal drug law.”

In the event that Colorado manages to generate acres of hemp without the federal government raiding the super efficient substance that is classified as a dangerous drug, it will provide a serious industry change that may spread to other states and potentially even federal law. In the more likely scenario of federal agents jailing hemp farmers and raiding their ‘drug’ operations, an intellectual and legal resistance will be in order to attempt to alter the ridiculous laws surrounding the cultivation of hemp.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization Google Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • bob

    *****CBD*****NOT CDB*****

  • deborahkgardner@gmail.com

    the female plant is very potent, which the males need 2 b separated b cause the male plant will turn female into a morpidite & this is a known fact in west virginia(home of the best homegrown ever. deborah

  • Dave
  • coconutcreamcare

    Thanks for this interesting article. I had forgotten all about Hemp being outlawed because of its association with marijuana. I use to live in Missouri, and the farmers there had Hemp going wild in the field couldn't kill the stuff. It had been grown for the war effort. This was during the 70's and the hippies would think they could march thru the fields and get some free stuff. They soon found it was free alright. Free of anything that would produce a high unless you smoked a great deal of it. Before that hemp was used for what I remember as rope. There was nothing stronger than a hemp rope.
    Again thanks for the information.

  • http://digcan.com/health Vrindavan

    That is a good news

    • Katman

      Very few read the Controlled Substance Act – don't trust anyone –
      read it for your self & you will learn that it does NOT apply to humans
      but persons which are sub-human.

      Would an Attorney deceive you for unjust enrichment?
      http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/21cfr/21usc/802

      I rest my case!

  • Truth

    Half of you obviously don't smoke pot. You don't get high off the male plant, it contains waaay lower amounts of THC. The thought of our government going after hemp farmers is fucking retarded. No ones going out and buying male plant weed and blazing it.

  • Samseed

    Not quite. Hemp is another name for Cannabis, Marijuana is a mexican word (made famous by Harry Anslinger to demonize Cannabis and separate it so hemp farmers wouldnt know that hemp was to be made illegal via prohibition) that has become synonymous with Cannabis. They are all the same thing. And yes, there are male and female plants. Both can be used as hemp. For seeds female plants, for textiles and such, male plants are desired.

  • http://twitter.com/DirectorForbes @DirectorForbes

    Rick Simpson oil for the record is not made from the low THC strains we call Hemp. The ones used in our legal food products now, clothing, health and beauty products and in organic health stores. RSO is made from whole plant Cannabis Indica that does contain THC and is one of the vital components in fighting serious disease and cancer. This could lead people to trying Hemp Oil that is sold in health food stores and is NOT what we are treating our cancer with. Thank you.

  • http://www.MajorityVoice.org StopDemockery

    I've been studying hemp since 1967. And, I've never heard ANY distinction between hemp and marijuana, at all, ever. They are two different names for the same thing. It was called only hemp and was one of the largest cash crops in America when is was sabotaged, vilified and illegalized through lies by famous California publisher, William Randolph Hurst, for personal profit, to protect his paper interests. His spin doctor, Edward Bernaise (made sodium fluoride [rat poison] into health food), called it by its Mexican name, marijuana, in the process of demonizing it. But, they were always one and the same thing.

    So, now you're telling Us that marijuana contains lots of thc for expanding consciousness and hemp is just for structural material and has little thc in it? When was this distinction established and by who?

    Also, it was my understanding that Rick Simpson recommends using only the highest grade of hemp with the highest thc content for production of his hemp oil. So, what's the truth?

    • moriah

      Great post.

    • http://twitter.com/DirectorForbes @DirectorForbes

      Rick Simpson calls it Hemp Oil I think because he is from another country and it is confusing..you are right, the oil that we cancer patients take and are cancer free using is high grade indica oil and does contain THC..so this article is very deceiving to me.

  • Don Shaw

    'Pharmacratic inquisition' and Entheogen….As Paul Harvey was wont to say …"and that is the rest of the story…good day".