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A Saskatchewan hemp farmer believes hemp plants have rare properties that can dramatically increase the lifespan of humans! "It's one of the superfoods supplying a cornucopia of oils, proteins, fiber and phytonutrients," says Morris Johnson, chief technical officer of Canada’s Lifespan Pharma.

He plans to work with the University of Saskatchewan’s "Research Group on Aging" to design a study, and he'll also fund product-specific trials for hemp in the U.S. -- but now he's struggling against the stigma around hemp research.

To get high on hemp, you'd have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole... "In a moment of sheer frustration, I created a logo with a hemp leaf and a red circle with a stroke through it...with the words, 'I can’t believe it’s not marijuana.'"

Currently he's resorted to testing hemp on high-performance horses, whose owners "have a history of looking for and applying new ways to keep their highly stressed animals healthy..." Horse owners understand how to run tests, and if regulators question their supplement choices, "they usually tell the regulators to mind their own business and bother somebody who really cares."

And he reminds us that hemp has other healthy non-medicinal uses. "I have made up hamburgers with hemp...and hemp in salads with ranch dressing."

Originally posted to densityland on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 05:18 AM PDT.

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  •  This just in: merchant claims his product (9+ / 0-)

    is valuable to consumers.

    Who'd a thunk it!

    We are building a team that is continuously being built. - Sarah Palin

    by burrow owl on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 05:22:27 AM PDT

  •  I eat hemp seeds for a natural form of omega3 (4+ / 0-)

    they taste like pinenuts, quite delicious.

  •  Hemp seeds are a good source of omega 3 (6+ / 0-)

    Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life.[14] The seeds can be eaten raw,

    About 30–35% of the weight of hempseed is hemp oil, an edible oil that contains about 80% essential fatty acids (EFAs); i.e., linoleic acid, omega-6 (LA, 55%), alpha-linolenic acid, omega-3 (ALA, 22%), in addition to gamma-linolenic acid, omega-6 (GLA, 1–4%) and stearidonic acid, omega-3 (SDA, 0–2%). Hempseed also contains about 20% of a highly-digestible protein, where 1/3 is edestin and 2/3 are albumins. Its amino acid profile is close to "complete" when compared to more common sources of proteins such as meat, milk, eggs and soy.[18] The proportions of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid in one tablespoon (15 ml) per day of hempseed oil easily provides human daily requirements for EFAs. Unlike flaxseed oil, hempseed oil can be used continuously without developing a deficiency or other imbalance of EFAs.[19] This has been demonstrated in a clinical study, where the daily ingestion of flaxseed oil decreased the endogenous production of GLA.[19]

    Hempseed is an adequate source of calcium and iron. Whole hempseeds are also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese.

    Hempseed contains no gluten and therefore would not trigger symptoms of celiac disease.

  •  My College Roommate was a Hemp Researcher (3+ / 0-)
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    cosette, wezelboy, Seeds

    His theory--as I recall--was that his "...hands [were] f*@&*Cn' huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge!"

    "Rahm Emmanuel bit my cat." - LaFeminista

    by TooFolkGR on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 05:36:51 AM PDT

  •  Definitely should be a Party Plank Next Conventio (0+ / 0-)

    it's absolutely a top priority and a can't miss political winner. the campaign ads write themselves. say hello to super majority.


    •  I Buy the one brand of Hemp Soap (3+ / 0-)

      It's hard to find, but I remember it was the best soap I ever had. Lathered easily and left the skin soft without drying it. I don't remember any bathtub ring either.

      Hemp is only illegal because of the allegation that the police can't tell the difference between it and pot. That's all. Hemp is a valuable protein and oil.

      And as for its cousin, cannabis-it should be legal too, at least for research and medicine.

      It's time for this to be taken seriously. We are losing billions in commerce because of the hemp ban-the loss of good jobs and the cost of eradicating wild hemp-all to please some uptight moralists.

      Howard Dean Forever and a Day

      by CarolDuhart on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 06:28:15 AM PDT

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      •  don't dispute any of that (0+ / 0-)

        i just recognize that there are a million of other things more important than this issue, and we have a long way to go to create an environment where this is anything other than political suicide for elected leaders.

        right now, Obama and the democrats would be committing political malpractice to take this on.

        •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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          The majority of Americans favor at minimum the decriminalization,if not legalization of marijuana...the stuff that gets you high.

          Industrial hemp is not the same thing.

          17 states have passed laws legalizing hemp farming.  It is only the DEA that is holding it back.

          The world will move forward with this.  We can lead or follow.

          You can bomb the world to pieces but you can't bomb it into peace - michael franti

          by FarmerG on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 07:12:15 AM PDT

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        •  Pu-lease... (1+ / 0-)
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          The YENTA Of The Opera

          There are a million and one reasons to push to let the several states that have voted to make agricultural hemp legal and need the crop to make a million and one things that are already being manufactured in the US but Big Oil Companiessheer stupidity keeps the Congress from repealing the ban.

          As a matter of fact here is a bill currently on the Hill:

          On April 2, 2009 Rep. Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1866, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007," with ten original co-sponsors: Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Barney Frank (D-MA), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Tom McClintock (R-CA), George Miller (D-CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

          And this civil disobedience just took place a few days ago

          There is never going to be a better time to do this.

  •  It only seems like you are living longer. (5+ / 0-)

    Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

    by SpamNunn on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 05:49:09 AM PDT

  •  (SIGH) This is not about the marijuana lobby (8+ / 0-)

    or even the "health food" lobby. It is a crime that hemp isn't allowed to be grown in this country - in addition to the seeds being delicious and nutritious (complete protein, Omega 3s), it also makes fabulous fabric and paper, virtually pesticide free.

    I've got 20 minutes to save the world and the Post Office is closed! - The (11th) Doctor, Doctor Who, episode yet to be aired

    by The YENTA Of The Opera on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 06:19:32 AM PDT

    •  all true! back look how backwards we are... (1+ / 0-)
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      damned if you do

      We do shit to our food that Russia won't even allow their citizens to eat by law, and this is a country that has some of worst health and risk aversion policies.

      The truth is good shit is too good for America, that is why we don't have it. Things that are good for Americans often means it is bad for corporations, which means less profits, which means less money to buy off the congress.

      Voting with your pocketbook is the only way to get shit done now. And no, I don't mean donating to congressman, I mean stop feeding the machines that can write policy at will.

      -5.12/-5.28: Dali Lama-esk baby!

      by gimmeshelter on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 08:06:53 AM PDT

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  •  Don't discount's not marijuana (4+ / 0-)

    Industrial hemp is not marijuana.

    Failure to utilize this amazing plant to help us live more sustainably is a crime.

    It is legal to grow just about everywhere but here.

    CRAILAR...check it out.  You will be hearing about it lots next year.  And US Farmers will not get to participate if we don't wise up.

    CRAILAR Overview

    CRAILAR article.

    You can bomb the world to pieces but you can't bomb it into peace - michael franti

    by FarmerG on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 07:04:31 AM PDT

  •  hemp is amazing (3+ / 0-)
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    loftT, Ohiobama, damned if you do

    but is not here because of timber/paper industries who don't want competition.

    If CA wants to climb out of it's fiscal hole, it should grow hemp.

    My 75 year old mom buys hemp powder from Canada.

    I'd much rather my pooch chew on doggie toys made from hemp rather than god knows what from China.

    I have hemp floor mats.

    SOOOOO ignorant and stupid that we can't grow hemp here and I really don't get why it's not more of an issue.

    Maybe we should outlaw all poppies because some poppies produce heroin.  Oh yah, that's CA's state flower.

    •  Check out CRAILAR and Naturally Advanced Tech. (1+ / 0-)
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      damned if you do

      The old Hemptown clothing company (Canadian of course) has developed a way to treat hemp fibers to make them more usable, softer and stronger...CRAILAR.

      They recently signed an agreement with Georgia Pacific for potential use in paper products.  Expect big news in the next year.

      They have also signed agreements with Hanes (clothing) and a yarn company that supplies upholstery and carpet companies.

      They are also looking at its use for food, biofuels and hemp based plastics.

      It's coming...the only question is can we grow our own?

      You can bomb the world to pieces but you can't bomb it into peace - michael franti

      by FarmerG on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 08:03:48 AM PDT

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      •  That IS exciting! (1+ / 0-)
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        damned if you do

        Georgia Pacific?  Guess they see the profit potential and want in on it.

        The more uses we get for it, the more likely it is that laws will change.  I wonder if there is some kind of trade agreement with Canada that is standing in the way or if it's all just mythical fear that's stopping progress.

        Can you buy stock in these companies?

        •  NADVF is Naturally Advanced Technologies (0+ / 0-)

          Developer of CRAILAR.

          I'm not investment expert and have lost more than I've made through the years but I was an original purchaser of Hemptown Clothing based on their quality clothing.

          It's all about CRAILAR now.

          You can bomb the world to pieces but you can't bomb it into peace - michael franti

          by FarmerG on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 06:56:53 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

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