Hemp Farming

When you look at the history of hemp farming, you will see there is a long history surrounding this versatile and renewable natural resource. Some sources refer to Hemp cultivation dating back as early as 373 BC. Records tell a tale of a Celtic princess who taught women to sew and weave baskets made with hemp. Hemp fibers are considered to be one of the most durable fibers available.

In The Beginning

In Great Britain, Early historian records provide evidence of hemp cultivation dating back as early as 800 AD. Being so versatile hemp has been used for a wide range of products satisfying many needs in a broad Black-and-whiterange of industries. Everything from building materials, ropes and clothing, to medicine and beauty products. It became a very valuable commodity.

In Fact, For many years hemp was viewed as a form of  legal tender, you could even pay your property tax bill with it. Could you imagine doing that today.

By The 16th Century

During the 16th century Henry VIII was using hemp as a reliable and  plentiful source for building materials to build battleships for The British Navel Fleet. Along with the ship itself, hemp was used to make sails, logs, ropes, maps and more. Many paper products, including the paper used to make some the first bibles, were all made from hemp.

On to the 17th century, farmers during this time period, at least in Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut, were required by law to plant a certain percentage of their fields with cannabis plants to assure that the Navy Fleet had a plentiful supply. Failure to comply could result in punishment up to, and including some time in jail.

Later, Henry Ford, Owner of Ford Motor Company in Michigan, saw the power of using hemp. By utilizing biomass conversion

For those that don’t know, Biomass is organic matter. Biomass conversion is the process of turning that matter into fuel. Many other crops are converted to usable fuels using this process. For example ethanol is made from corn or sugarcane.

Henry Ford’s first car was constructed to run on hemp fuel and somebody parts were made from the fibers.

Major Changes

The Hemp industry was a very lucrative one for a very long time. Major changes were put into motion when a new law was passed on August 2, 1937.

This law is called Marijuana Tax Act 1937. This change required farmers to pay a new set if taxes when they sell any cannabis crop. Added excise, transfer and occupational taxes we assessed.

As my dad would say “They were taxed to death”. making it far to expensive for most farmers to stay in business.

This forced the Navy to find a new source for supplying the fleet. They began importing Manila hemp from the Philippines.

On December 7, 1941, The United States Naval Base near Honolulu, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Air Service. This attack had devastating effect on the United States. Among many other things that was effected,  was the importation of the much-needed hemp supply. With importing now shut down and the country so dependent on hemp the government had to try to find a way to get local farmers to start growing it again

This led to the making of a film encouraging farmers to start growing hemp again to aid in the war efforts.

Additionally, A private company was formed called War Hemp Industries, This company was a processing plant with contracts and operations that covered one million acres across the Midwest in to an abundant supply. They would cultivate, harvest and process hemp into much needs supplies.

After the war the plant was shut down.

 

One thing that you can count on is change. There were yet more changes to come. Do to a single gene distinguishing the difference in the two, Hemp and marijuana have been classified as two distinct varieties. Yet all cannabis plants are considered to be a controlled substance by the government, not allowing the government to consider the differences in the plants.

Going Forward

Federal legislation is being update on a regular basis, and most of the individual states are considering a range of new legislation regarding the cultivation and utilization of the cannabis plant. Recent changes have allowing some universities and the state department of agriculture to being growing and conducting research. There are an estimated 25,000 products, spanning many markets. I feel confident that there are many hidden uses that we have yet to discover.

 

Thank you for taking the time to look around on my site. Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment below.

Paula

www.tophemphealth.com

 

 

 

Benefits Hemp CBD Extract

What are the Benefits of using Hemp CBD Extract?

First, What is it?

CBD oil is harvested primarily from the seeds of the hemp plant. Both humans and pets find relief from a variety of problems by using it. Hemp is a plant that naturally contains, among other properties, an anti-inflamitory. Anti-inflamatories relieves pain by reducing inflammation or swelling.

Research has resulted in many conditions to be treated with medical forms of cannabis. Patients with conditions like multiple Sclerosis, cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and arthritis are among those conditions that are being treated with different forms of cannabis.  There are also many products available for purchase over the counter online and in stores.

Unlike THC that comes from the marijuana plant, CBD does not contain a psychoactive component, in other words, It will not get you high. In fact some people say that is has a component that could be called the Anti-High component. It actually counter acts the THC effects.

Availability

Hemp oil comes in a wide range of readily available options for use for both pets and humans. For Example, you can purchase gummies as a daily supplement or you can give your dog some relief by giving them a soft chewy treat infused with hemp oil.

 

What are the benefits?

Many consumers have found relief from systems such as chronic pain, stress, anxiety, PTSD, arthritis and many more. Animals can also benefit from it from relief with things such as anxiety, seizures, loss of appetite, cancer pain, and even aggressive behavior.

Living with chronic pain or anxiety can really limit the quality of life. Finding affordable relief can be life changing.

Is it safe?

As with anything else, moderation is the key! You do need to be careful not to take too much or overdose your animal. With any medications, vitamins, alcohol or really anything else, body weight should be considered before deciding on how much you should ingest. For example, a smaller person is affected more per ounce of alcohol than a heavier person.

Future Expectations

I am comfortable saying that in my opinion cannabis, both hemp and medical marijuana will continue to have a huge impact on the future medical treatments in both human and animal health. There is also a strong market for skin care products and building materials. The possibilities are exciting.

Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. I will respond and I appreciate your feedback.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Hemp Treats For Your Pet

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Have you ever considered hemp treats for your pet? That was a new concept for me but it certainly makes perfect sense. Previously , I discussed how beneficial hemp has been in the treatment of certain conditions in humans, and what an impact it has had on our history, but did you know that our pets can benefit from it as well!

Spoil Them With Treats!

We all love our pets and most of us would do almost anything to make them happy. I know all three of my dogs are spoiled rotten. Just like in humans, pets have body ailments and they get worse as they age. With that in would you consider a treat that could relieve some of their pain and discomfort. Many treats that are formulated for animals are intended to help freshen their breath or clean their teeth but treats made with Hemp are intended to help in areas of a healthy and comfortable lifestyle.

pet medLet’s take a look at a few examples. Have you ever had a dog that freaks out on New Years Eve when the fireworks start going off? Many dogs are terrified of the loud noises. Consider giving them a treat with hemp seeds added to it. Hemp seeds help reduce stress and tension, There are several options for rewarding your pet with a treat that contains either hemp oil or add some drops to their favorite treat.

These treats are specifically formulated to aide in reducing stress, anxiety, inflammation and pain  depending on the needs of your pet. If your pet has a problem with anxiety, for example a hemp oil infused soft chew could help keep him  calm. That could make the next road trip less of an issue for him and maybe he won’t run and hide the next time the neighbor stops by.

Bedding and Toys!

If your pet preference includes the smaller animals such as rabbits or hamsters than you will more likely be interested in bedding for their pens. Bedding made of hemp produces lest dust than those made with many other products which helps with reducing respiratory problems. Hemp is a has a very strong fiber content helping It stays dry longer and absorbed more, it is a natural resource and it lasts longer.

Many material items are made from the hemp plant. Items like rope, paper and building materials. Cat tree scratching posts with hemp rope wrapped areas for scratching or napping.

Healthy Shinny Coats!

Adding Hemp shampoos and conditioners to your pets grooming will help relieve inflammation and dry itchy skin helping your pet have clear healthy coats and well conditioned skin.

Not Your Average Oil

In addition to treats, supplements and skin care products, Oil is extracted pet-oilfrom the seeds and processed to allow a pet owner to add drops to their pets food or put directly into their mouths. These oils come in a wide variety of formulas. From reducing stress to decreasing pain and seizures.

Is This The Future For Pet Care?

Many states in recent years have passed laws that have allowed researchers to begin the process of  understanding this wonder weed . At this point there hasn’t been much research done relating to the medical effect hemp has on pets. Never the less, Many pet owners report seeing improvement in their pets conditions after using some of these products.

The American Veterinary Association has not taken an official stand on the use of Hemp or Cannabis . In fact some veterinarians are concerned that the lack of regulation increases the risk of over use leading unintentional overdoses.

Consumers should proceed with caution and make independent educated decisions regarding the use of this or any other product.

 

 

 

 

 

Hemp History and Health Benefits- A new way of thinking

 

Hemp-Seed

 

The Hemp plant is a member of the cannabis family, unlike it’s cousin marijuana, it does not contain high levels of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol ) the ingredient that is known for making you high.

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Although in the United States the legalization of  Hemp has stirred up quite the controversy, the tide seems to be turning.

Canada, for example is among some 32 other counties that currently have an active and thriving industrial Hemp market. Also several US States have passed legislation to allow medical and some recreational use. However, there are still federal laws that supersede the local authority.

 

Check out the History

It may surprise you to learn how extensive the impact of the hemp industry  has had on American history over the last 10,000 years.Black-and-white

George Washington and Ben Franklin actually grew Hemp on their plantations. At one point it was mandatory that all farmers plant hemp fields or possibly face time in jail when supplies were low. It was in 1937 that the government began to criminalize it. Thankfully though some new Crop-Fieldlegislation in the last few years have made it possible for researchers to begin exploring the seemingly limitless possibilities once again.

Hemp has been used for many years in the production of items such as clothing, beauty products, sails, ropes, tents and building materials, just to name a few. Paper made of hemp is stronger than paper made from wood and it was used to make some of the  pages in the first bibles.

 

There are many health benefits associated with including this incredible super foodhemp-combo into your diet!

 

There are several ways that you can include Hemp into your diet.

The seeds are harvested, cleaned and then pressed to extract the oil which can then be added to your morning coffee, you can

Sprinkle roasted seeds over your favorite salad.

There are a wide variety of supplements available or simply add it to your smoothie in powder form.

 

The American Heart Association recommends including Omegas 3 and Omega 6 as part of a healthy diet.

Let’s take a look at the benefits that are being reported from this small addition to your diet.

Foods such as fish and nuts contain high levels of omega fatty acids. There are a lot of  people who do not regularly eat a diet that includes enough of the recommend amount of these omegas, by adding Hemp, which  also contains a highly concentrated level of Omegas,  One should soon notice the rejuvenating effects.

Among other things, many people report that their hair and skin feel much lotionhealthier. You will discover there are a wide array of skin care and beauty products available,  including everyday items such as shampoo, lotion and pain relieving cream.

Although it is still being studied, strains of the cannabis plant are also being credited for providing relief to those that suffer from anxiety, stress and depression disorders.

Just reducing stress should help us live a longer and happier life, so I am told every time I seem my doctor.

The Americans Cancer Society found in recent studies that some components found in hemp have proven successful in reducing pain and nausea in patients being treated for ovarian cancer. The researchers are even suggesting that hemp may slow the progression of cancer cell migration. What a wonderful discovery that would be. Fortunately, in recent years some legislation has changed to allow this type of research to continue.

Many people with chronic pain are being prescribed forms of Hemp or Marijuana (depending on the medical diagnoses) and the results are very encouraging. With relief from pain and inflammation patients suffering from  chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis or cancer are able to live a more comfortable life.

Most commonly people think that cannabis makes you hungry and in fact it is reported that THC  tends to have that side effect. However, the hemp plant has a very low concentration of THC.  Oil made from hemp does not contain THC and has been effective as an appetite suppressant.

Hemp seeds contain fiber, protein, vitamin E and calcium just to list of few of the nutritional components found in the hemp seeds. These are key components in reducing inflammation and helping to prevent plaque buildup in arteries. Truly the possibilities are endless.

Legalization

My understanding is that as long as the level of THC is at a level that in compliance with federal law then it is considered a hemp produce which then makes it legal in all 50 states. If you have any real concerns regarding the legalities, I would recommend that you consult local legal council. Legislation is changing every year.

Where is it heading

It has just begun! There is still plenty that we don’t know about the side effects of using cannabis but there are too many positive results to ignore the possibilities. After learning the history and the many beneficial uses for this crop, I would expect to continue to see an increase in industrial farming of this wonderful renewable resource and research projects surrounding the effects of using it. Maybe there will be more jobs created as the industry progresses.  I support the effort to legalize and the utilization of Hemp. I will be reviewing some products. Please leave any comments or questions below and if there is a specific product that you would like me to review please let me know and we will see where that journey will take us.

 

Welcome to Hemp Health and History

 

 

Welcome to Hemp Health and History! On this site I will be sharing my research and my opinion regarding the health benefits of using hemp products and the many other reasons we should consider keeping an open mind regarding the use of this amazing renewable resource.

About Me

I was raised in the country where we used all kinds of herbs as medicine.  So it seems natural for me to look to plants for relief from different systems.  I have personally witnessed the relief that was given to a patient with some sever health issues after using hemp.  That was when I began my quest to learn more about this amazing plant family. That’s right The Cannabis Family. I was totally amazed when I learned how many ways this wonder weed can be utilized.

 

Comfortable Living

Not only do humans report relief from the use Hemp products but your pet can enjoy relief from components found in the Hemp plant.

 

Hemp Is Not The Enemy

Unfortunately! Hemp has been given a bad rap. Many times accused of being its close cousin (marijuana) Hemp will not get you high.

I hope to help lift that stereotype and open the minds of people to help them see how useful this wonderful plant has been to our ancestors and how beneficial it can become in their own lives.

Paula