The Return Of Hemp, America’s ‘Billion-Dollar Crop’

Hemp was a major part of American history until misguided drug laws conflated industrial hemp with marijuana. Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, tells Mnar Muhawesh on ‘Behind the Headline’ about how that happened and how it may be making a comeback.

Hemp was a major part of American history until misguided drug laws conflated industrial hemp with marijuana. Hemp has had a role in almost every chapter of American history: It was illegal for early colonists of Jamestown to not grow hemp. Our founding fathers were enthusiastic hemp farmers. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper. When Americans moved west, they took hemp-covered wagons

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How Hemp Can Clean Up Radiation From the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Hemp plants were shown to be effective in cleaning the soil around the site of Russia’s Chernobyl nuclear disaster and were even considered for use near Fukushima.

A field of industrial hemp. With the proliferation of legalization, hemp has garnered renewed interest from both the scientific community and from industry.

The cannabis plant has myriad uses, from paper, fabric and even fuel that can be created from industrial hemp, to the many health conditions which benefit from medical marijuana. Here’s one more benefit to add to the list: removing toxic metals and even radiation from soil. The process of using plants to clean polluted soil is called

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Nevada Governor OKs Industrial Hemp Research As US Eases Cannabis Restrictions

The drug war turned this cash crop into forbidden fruit, yet other nations around the world continue to reap huge profits from the domestic and international use of the wildly versatile plant.

CARSON CITY, Nevada --- Last week, Nevada became the latest state to pass a bill supporting the cultivation of industrial hemp, a valuable cash crop that became illegal thanks to the American war on drugs. The bill, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Tick Segerblom, unanimously passed both chambers of the Nevada Legislature before reaching the

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Turning Hemp Fibers Into Batteries: Another Way Hemp Could Save Our Planet

One approach researchers are taking to boost supercapacitors’ energy density is to design better electrodes. And hemp, some think, could be that better electrode.

Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin harvests hemp on his farm

In this Oct. 5, 2013 photo, Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin harvests hemp on his farm in Springfield, Colo. Photo: P. Solomon Banda/AP This piece first appeared in The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine. Dr. David Mitlin, the head researcher of a group working on supercapacitors at the University of Alberta in Canada says that their project turning hemp

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Hats, Shirts, Milk — The Hempest Has It All, And It’s All Made Of Hemp

Although states have only recently been given the go-ahead on industrial hemp cultivation, a small shop in Boston has built up a successful business selling hemp products and touting the plant’s benefits for the better part of two decades.

The Hempest's proprierter, wearing a baseball cap, leans against the logo van, with the slogan Energy From The Midwest Not The Mideast.

The Hempest van, which runs on vegetable oil, diesel, biodiesel or hemp oil. (Kim Napoli, Hempest Inc.) BOSTON --- Jon Napoli jokes that when he opened a small shop specializing in hemp products in 1995, it was because, at 23, he just didn’t have anything better to do. But that’s not quite the whole story. “Ending the prohibition on

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Hemp Oil Versus CBD Oil: What’s The Difference?

Hoping to ensure that consumers are not misled about the intended uses of hemp and CBD oils, the Hemp Industries Association issues a statement explaining the differences.

Hemp Oil CBD difference

Confusion amongst the public on how exactly hemp oil differs from cannabidiol, or CBD, oil, has prompted the nonprofit Hemp Industries Association to issue a statement explaining the difference between the oils in order to ensure that consumers -- specifically, medical marijuana patients -- are not misled about the intended uses. Hemp is often

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