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Market recognition of medicinal marijuana boosts interest in hemp industry

| September 01, 2014 | 9 Comments
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Hempless canaries sing praise of push for industrial hemp

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-canary-image873989Despite three centuries of breeding the canary (the original Tweety Bird) has not been able to divest itself for its needs for hemp seeds. It is well known among canary breeders that male canaries need hemp seeds to sing and reproduce: no hemp seeds, no singing, and no chicks.

The hempless canary is a hempful metaphor for humankind.

There are about 2000 varieties, or strains, of hemp and only about 10% of them are capable of creating hallucinogenic effects. As one of the world’s oldest agricultural crop, hemp has been the source of food and fibre for the past 10,000 years until Reefer Madness. Hemp fibre has been used to make clothing, ropes, and paper; the grain has been stewed, roasted, and milled for food; and the oil derived from the grain has been used for cosmetics, lighting, paints, varnishes, and medicinal preparations.

Hemp was implicated in the Napoleonic wars owing to the mind-blowing fact England prevented Russia to provide industrial hemp to the French for the building of a fleet (click here).

But the prohibition of marijuana has complicated things for the hemp industry, which still has significant applications in various fields including for example functional foods (hemp seeds and hempseed oil) and specialty fibre.

Speaking of fibre, Henry Ford had a vision for a car that was made from hemp fibre and which was propelled by alcohol made from the fermentation of hemp. I have uncovered a massive amount of evidence proving that the prohibition of alcohol was a measure intended to prevent Ford to develop the ethanol engine. The destruction of the industrial hemp industry was collateral damage to Reefer angst.

Like the marijuana plant, industrial hemp belongs to the species Cannabis sativa L. Although unlike marijuana, it only contains small quantities of the psychoactive cannabinol delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Nevertheless, the cultivation of both marijuana and industrial hemp were banned in 1937 (USA) and 1938 (Canada), which marked a significant reversal in history. Indeed, a hundred and fifty years ago when Next Gen Metals Inc’s (N: CSE, NXTTF: OTC Pink) CEO Harry Barr’s ancestors began farming and growing hemp in the Ottawa Valley, a sailing ship needed as much as 50 tonnes of industrial hemp for sails and cordage, which required replacing every second year.

Next Gen has sent the market a-not-so-subtle message by recruiting Reuben Stone of Valley Bio Limited to join its board of advisors. Mr. Stone is an Ottawa Valley entrepreneur growing 200 acres of industrial hemp, a rare expertise.

Forget cod liver oil, hemp seed oil is a better functional food. Although its fatty acid composition is most often noted, with essential fatty acid (EFA) content ranging from 25-35%, whole hemp seed is additionally comprised of approximately 20-25% protein, 20-30% carbohydrates, and 10-15% fiber, along with an array of trace minerals. With a full profile of all essential amino and fatty acids, hemp seed oil is a complete nutritional source. The proportions of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid in one tablespoon per day (15 ml) of hempseed oil exceeds daily requirements for EFAs. And unlike flaxseed oil, hempseed oil can be used continuously without developing a deficiency or other imbalance of EFAs.

The canary is named after the Canary Islands where it abounds as dull-greenish wild birds that are nothing like the bright coloured birds that are sold elsewhere for $200 a pair. Spanish sailors imported specimens to Europe in the 1700s where it was a hit with the aristocracy, which bred it for years until the right mutations gave the progeny the right feather colorings. In the wild, when hemp is in season the canaries perch on the hemp branches that hold buds and peck at seeds. Could they get high? Most definitely, cannabinoids have effects on animals, birds, fish and reptiles. Untreated seeds can be coated with THC. But studies show that the TCH content of fibre type cannabis is lower than that of drug type cannabis (hemp).

I expect that the increased recognition of marijuana as a medicine will permit to boost awareness of the modern potential for industrial hemp. The canaries are singing happily.


Dr. Luc Duchesne

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Comments

  • Tracy Weslosky

    I would like to learn a lot more about hemp Dr. Duchesne — but this was a good starting point for me, thank you.

    September 1, 2014 - 5:34 PM

  • Augustus

    But studies show that the (spelling) TCH content of fibre type cannabis is lower than that of drug type cannabis – See more at: http://investorintel.wpengine.com/potash-phosphate-intel/market-recognition-medicinal-marijuana-boosts-business-interest-industrial-hemp-market/#sthash.NdOr3JCH.dpuf

    September 1, 2014 - 9:06 PM

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  • hackenzac

    William Randolph Hearst with his timber and paper interests was a major promulgator of reefer madness so while big alcohol felt the threat, it was big timber that spearheaded it. Hemp fiber and hemp oil had their enemies and they used reefer madness to put the entire industry out of business ruining countless lives in the process. Canaries serve as warnings and maybe they also guide the way. Hemp as their best sustenance tells us plenty. Instead of evacuating the mine they’re saying, “dig here”.

    September 2, 2014 - 10:28 AM

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    September 3, 2014 - 2:12 PM

  • Ken Hinnenkamp

    Tracy, you could read “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer, available on line for free at jackherer.com. http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/chapter-one/
    or read Hemp, Lifeline to the Future by Chris Conrad. The history of cannabis and its prohibition is fascinating, and not what you expect.

    September 4, 2014 - 7:26 AM

  • Ken Hinnenkamp

    Dr. Luc Duchesne, The line “The destruction of the industrial hemp industry was collateral damage to Reefer angst.” Not exactly. The Reefer madness craze was a smokescreen for the real intent of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. The intent was to eliminate hemp as a threat to industrialists WR Hearst, L DuPont, JD Rockefeller, and others to protect their businesses. Hearst had invested in paper from wood pulp, which hemp can do better. DuPont’s petrochemical industry was threatened by chemicals and fuels made from hemp, and Rockefeller was building a synthetic pharmaceutical business that would be threatened by cannabis based medicines. The invent of the decorticator meant that hemps could be harvested and processed efficiently for the first time in history, and Popular Mechanics ran an article touting hemp as the first billion dollar crop. Marijuana was a Mexican slang term that people were unaware of before Hearst cranked up his propaganda machine, casting aspersions on marijuana and associating it with the racism prevalent at the time. You can learn about it by reading “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer.

    September 4, 2014 - 7:42 AM

  • Ken Hinnenkamp

    Dr. Luc Duchesne, The line “Could they (canaries) get high? Most definitely, cannabinoids have effects on animals, birds, fish and reptiles. Untreated seeds can be coated with THC. But studies show that the THC content of fibre type cannabis is lower than that of drug type cannabis (hemp).” This is not correct. Hemp seeds do not contain cannabinoids, and the THC that exists in flowers even in high concentrations of cannabis bred for THC has an acid attached (THCa), that is released when the bud is heated, or over time. THCa does not make you high. Dr William Courtney advocates for eating (juicing) raw cannabis for the health benefits. Juiced raw cannabis will not make you high. You have to heat cannabis by cooking it into brownies or smoking it to get the THC without the acid attached.

    September 4, 2014 - 7:52 AM

  • Reverend Ryan

    Rather detailed research on cannabis ~ and so-called “hemp”. It is the SAME species Cannabaceae as proven by simple interbreeding. http://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=AznCzOxvrtwC&oi=fnd&pg=PA73&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

    September 24, 2014 - 11:02 PM

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