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I know Why the Hemp Plant Sings: Plant Music Therapy with Teresa Helgeson
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by Evan Hundhausen

Teresa Helgeson is a certified hypnotherapist, registered massage therapist, master of two varieties of Reiki (an Eastern stress reduction therapy said to utilize “life force energy” to promote healing) and she is also known as “The Plant Music Whisperer.”

This year, Teresa had a booth at the NoCo Hemp Expo where attendees could listen to a recording of a hemp plant making music, and even meditate as they listened over headphones.

The first question anyone would ask is, “How can a plant make music?” Teresa explains this in detail in one of the videos on her website.

“The sound is being provided to the plant, but the plant is manipulating it,” she says in her video, “Music of the Plants.” “So what you’re hearing is the plant ‘play’ with that sound.”

The process involves attaching an electrode to the plant’s root and another to a leaf. This picks up the energetic frequency vibration from the plant, which is then translated into sound by a biofeedback synthesizer system.

THC had to get to the “root” of this phenomena, so we asked Teresa to explain the process further.

“I always equate it to if you were deaf your whole life and then all of a sudden had surgery and were able to hear,” says Teresa. “The very first time you heard [anything] would be extremely overwhelming because not only would you be hearing the sounds of everyone and everything around you, but you would also be hearing your voice, which you had never heard before… And the same thing happens to a plant the first time it realizes that it can manipulate that sound… The plant starts creating its own song, and its own natural healing song comes forth. And that’s what
my research is starting to show.”

Teresa claims plants’ “songs” are based on ancient knowledge, wisdom and practice.

“Indigenous shamans for centuries have known that every plant has a song and that’s how they are able to learn plant medicine is they journey with the plant and they learn the plant song. They sing the plant song. They become one with the plant, and in doing this journey, then know how to use the plant medicine. Well, the majority of people in the world don’t know how to do that.”

Neshama Abraham, CEO and Co-founder of Abraham Paiss & Associates, Inc. (APA), a national public relations and strategic marketing communications firm that also does industrial hemp consulting, invited Teresa to the 2017 NoCo Hemp Expo. It was through their conversations that Teresa was put in touch with a hemp grower who provided her with an actual hemp plant from which Teresa extracted music. She sold the music at NoCo Hemp Expo and it will eventually be for sale on her website. She’s been getting some interesting responses, to say the least.

“I’m getting lots of different feedback from those initial people at the NoCo Expo about their experiences with it, which is much different than the experiences with the plants we’ve been working with so far,” Teresa says. “The hemp plant and the music that the hemp plant plays is taking what I know to the next level. It is taking the healing benefits to the next level… It’s more powerful than any plant we’ve had any experience withso far.”

In the future, she wants to do peer-reviewed studies on hemp plants and publish her findings. She’s putting together a crowdfunding campaign so she can study the effects of plant music on stress, and is already working with a variety of laboratories and research institutions like PSYTEK Labs in Encinitas, California and the California Institute of Human Sciences.

In 2015, Teresa did a pilot study on the effects of plant music and even presented her findings at the ISSSEEM Research Symposium and the Subtle Energy Retreat.

“Some of the key things that we discovered was that the immune system got stronger, and that kind of blew my mind,” Teresa says. “We could see that in the bloodstream. As the white blood cells got larger they doubled and tripled in size in some cases and they were brighter in color and they were more active in the bloodstream, which was a strong indication that the immune system got stronger… Another thing that we saw is that the body went through a major detoxification, and the longer you listen to the plant music the more your body detoxes.”

As for other projects, Teresa thinks that if she got the necessary funding she could prove her theory that hemp music can possibly benefit those suffering with PTSD.

“PTSD is where I would like to go next because I too am a former military person. It was 35 years ago, but I was in the army and I had a lot of family members who served in the wars. And so I’m really interested in our PTSD research, and I really want to use the hemp plant in that research.”

Teresa discovered her plant music equipment in 2007 while in the sacred forest of an eco-spiritual community called “The Federation of Damanhur.” The mission of Damanhur is to learn from and live off of what the forest provides without disturbing its ecology. A book called “The Secret Life of Plants” heavily influenced this organization.

The people of Damanhur developed a biofeedback system called “Music of the Plants,” that measures the electrical resistance of vegetable tissue and then translates that frequency into music with the help of a biofeedback synthesizer, like what Teresa now does with her hemp plants.

Teresa had a very profound experience at Damanhur when she connected the equipment to a grove of birch trees. When the birch trees started playing music it sounded deep and baritone. This, she says, led to an out-of-body experience and a vision.

“I heard this voice say, ‘This is what you’re going to do with the plant music,’” says Teresa. She was outfitted with her own specially made plant electrode device and headed home.

When she returned to the states she had another vision during meditation that showed her a plant in detail. She went to a nursery in Berthoud, Colorado where she found a prayer plant, which she took home. Teresa says that through meditating with the plant it told her its name was Pixie, and it became the main plant she uses for her music therapy.

“What the plants keep telling me when I’m meditating with them is that if we could embrace the whole live plant we would receive much more benefit than just a piece or a portion of the plant as we do currently with flower essences,with oils and with herbs,” says Teresa.

Teresa plans to hit the road this summer traveling around North America to find more plants so she can record their music.

“I will be heading up to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and I’ll be going up into Canada to Waterton Lakes National Park and I will be recording plants playing in all of those national parks because I have another theory about the music that plants play in national parks,” she says.

If you’re interested in hearing the plant music you can have private session with Teresa or you can go to one of her events in Denver. She can also be found on meetup.com, where she operates the largest sound-healing meet-up in the state. “If they were to go to Meetup and look for ‘crystal bowls and singing plants’ they’d find me,” says Teresa.

She is offering a free download of plant music when you visit her website called the “Immune Booster.” She has sixteen plant music CDs on her website for sale as well. Go to www.plantmusictherapy.com for more.

Avocado Cucumber Salad
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4 servings

Ingredients:
2 medium cucumbers, cubed
2 avocados, cubed
1/4 red onion, sliced
1/4 cup hemp hearts
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper to taste
1/4 large lemon
1 lime
2 Tablespoon hemp oil

Directions:
Combine cucumbers, avocados, and dill in a large bowl. Mix in the garlic, onions, salt and pepper. Squeeze the lemon and lime over the top, drizzle on the hemp oil, and toss. To set, cover the bowl
and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Greek Turkey Burgers
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8 servings

Burger Ingredients:
2 pounds ground turkey
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1 1/2 cups finely chopped baby spinach
1/2 cup Greek dressing
5 ounces feta cheese crumbles
1/4 onion finely chopped
1 Tablespoon hemp oil
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste
1 zucchini sliced, quarter inch thick

Tzatziki ingredients:
32 ounces plain Greek yogurt
1 large cucumber peeled and shredded
5 cloves of garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup hemp oil
Sea salt to taste

Tzatziki directions:
Place cheesecloth over a medium bowl and strain the yogurt for six hours in the refrigerator, or overnight. Make sure to cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap or more cheesecloth before placing in the refrigerator.

Drain as much excess liquid from the cucumber and garlic as possible. (If you have a salad spinner, it works well to drain the cucumbers of fluid.) In a large mixing bowl, blend together the Greek
yogurt, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, hemp oil and salt. Stir steadily until it is a thick consistency.

Burger directions:
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the cooking surface.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, hemp hearts, spinach, Greek dressing, feta cheese, onion, hemp oil, egg, salt, and black pepper; form into patties.

Place the turkey burgers on the preheated grill and cook until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear; this will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes per side. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of the patties should read 165°F, minimum.

Place zucchini slices on the grill and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until tender.

Once all the ingredients are prepared, build your burger with any bun you prefer. Start with zucchini on the bottom, then place the patty over the zucchini and finish it off with a generous serving of Tzatziki on top.

No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal
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1 serving

Ingredients:
1/3 cup hemp milk
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
2 Tablespoons hemp hearts
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup fresh raspberries (or any berries you prefer)

Directions:
In a half-pint jar with a lid, combine hemp milk, oats, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, hemp hearts, honey, and cinnamon; cover and shake thoroughly until combined. Remove the lid and carefully fold in the raspberries and place the lid back on the jar. Refrigerate oatmeal for a minimum of eight hours or overnight.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins
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12 servings

Muffin Ingredients:
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup raw sugar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup hemp flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup hemp milk
2 Tablespoons lemon zest
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1 cup fresh blueberries

Glaze Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 Tablespoons honey
1/4 cup raw sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, one cup raw sugar, lemon juice and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry mix into the egg mixture alternately with the hemp milk. Fold in the lemon zest, hemp hearts, and blueberries. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan; fill each cup only two-thirds full.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into middle of the muffins comes out clean. While the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, combine lemon juice, honey and remaining 1/4 cup raw sugar in a small bowl to create the glaze. Remove the muffins from the pan onto a cooling rack, drizzle each one with glaze. Leave them to cool on the rack. Enjoy!

20ish Questions with Jared Polis: Colorado Congressman and Gubernatorial Candidate
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by Matthew Van Deventer

Outspokenly cannabis-friendly U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder County has officially thrown his hat into the crowded race to replace Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who is facing his term limit. Because of the state’s strict limits on fundraising, Polis, the internet-entrepreneur turned politician with an estimated worth of $140 million to $468 million, may already have a top spot.
Polis’ top campaign promises include powering Colorado with 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, providing parents with access to free preschool and kindergarten, and pushing companies to provide employees with stock options.

As for cannabis, Polis says he doesn’t want to move cautiously, but instead make sure regulations work for businesses and consumers, and he wants to keep Colorado competitive as other states look to legalize it.

He took time out of his busy congressional voting schedule and running for governor to speak with THC.

THC: Last we spoke you had recently formed the Cannabis Caucus to educate your colleagues and introduced the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. How have those been received?

Jared Polis: I think we are gaining support every day for marijuana reform in Congress. I think we have support today if we could get an amendment to the floor that would prevent the Department of Justice from [prosecuting] marijuana related offenses where it’s legal under state law. But the challenge is getting it to the floor. . . I think we need to get to a federal framework that’s consistent with how we look at alcohol and tobacco and address legitimate concerns around safety and smuggling, but create a framework that allows for states to fully implement legalized marijuana and their own regulatory systems.

THC: And what about the Cannabis Caucus?

JP: We had a great [Marijuana Thinkers Talk and Expo on the Hill] and we featured a number of folks who are [from] across the country. It’s great to have that bipartisan imprint of Democrats and Republicans as we seek to educate my colleagues about cannabis reform.

THC: How long have you been thinking about running for governor and what made you decide to go for it?

JP: I am honored to serve at any level just as I really enjoyed starting businesses and creating hundreds of jobs. I enjoyed starting a school for new immigrants and homeless youth. I’m really excited to give back, and I think [there are] a lot of opportunities to give back, whether it’s moving towards a renewable energy economy, establishing universal preschool and kindergarten or just making sure our economic success works for everybody, not just a few—the action will be at the state level.

THC: What’s that transition from representative to gubernatorial candidate going to look like for you?

JP: I have executive experience in the business sector. I also have executive experience at the state level having chaired the State Board of Education. And frankly, I welcome the opportunity and the responsibility of that kind of position. I think that for us to move forward as a state we’re going to need strong leadership and bold leadership at the state level and that’s one of the reasons I decided to run.

THC: How will your pro-cannabis stance translate to a governorship?

JP: I don’t think we need to be cautious about it. We need to make cannabis regulations work for our state, for businesses, for consumers and I’m excited to tackle that. I think Colorado’s leadership role in the cannabis industry will be challenged by states like California and Washington, and we need to make sure that we keep a lot of those good jobs right here in Colorado.

THC: Voters in Denver recently passed a social consumption pilot program. Many people in the industry think its limited scope will knock us down on the competitive totem pole. Do you have any plans for how you will help keep Colorado competitive in that way?

JP: A lot of those decisions should be made at the local level, and they are made at the local level. Different communities decide whether they want to have dispensaries, how many they have, how they want to regulate social consumption . . . these are all dealt with locally and they’re very important issues as people select their mayors and city council candidates.

THC: What’s your strategy look like headed into such a crowd governor’s race and how do you feel about your place in the arena?

JP: I’m working hard to earn every vote and taking no votes for granted. So I think it’s a wide open field to continue the legacy of Governor Hickenlooper of growing our economy and creating jobs. And I’m excited to offer a vision for an economy that works for everybody, and creating tens of thousands of green jobs that can’t be outsourced, and improving our schools to make sure we have a first-class education system in place for next generation Coloradans.

THC: How did energy, free access to preschool and kindergarten, and employee stock options become your focus?

JP: There’s a lot more, obviously, than that, but I think the fundamental question that we need to answer as Americans and Coloradans is how can economic growth work for everybody not just investors and executives. And I think a big part of the answer is encouraging employee ownership in all of its forms and that means stock options. It means formalized profit sharing. It means ESOPs (employee stock ownership plans). It means co-ops. All the different forms that it can take, we want to make sure that those who work hard every day to create the value have their incentives aligned with the investors and management and also to see their share of the profits from the sale or from profitabilities.

THC: What about renewable energy and free access to preschool and kindergarten?

JP: There’s so many reasons to move to 100 percent renewable energy. I have a plan at polisforcolorado.com to do it by 2040. It’s for clean air. It’s to do our part on climate. It creates green jobs that can’t be outsourced and it creates an economy that’s energy independent and gives us an advantage over other states and countries that will rely on the price variability of fossil fuels that are subject to global markets and global forces that they don’t control.

Education is where I’ve done much of my professional work. I served six years on the state board of education. I’ve started two schools; I’ve served as superintendent of one. And I’ve served on the Education and Workforce Committee in Washington. The most important and impactful thing we can do to improve opportunity for success is have universal preschool and kindergarten in our state. So we’re going to build a coalition with Republicans and Democrats and the business community to get it done.

THC: What else tops your list?

JP: I would say another challenge facing the state is transportation and infrastructure. We’ve had a lot of growth. We have a lot of traffic. We need smart planning, transit-oriented communities that are bus and rail systems in our metro area. We need to get ahead of the curve with regard to traffic and growth rather than always playing catch-up.

THC: How do you plan on bringing Colorado Democrats and Republicans together?

JP: I have a proven record of doing that work in my experience. I’m a member of the “no labels group” where we bring Democrats and Republicans together around solving problems. I think the challenges that Colorado faces are not partisan challenges. Republicans and Democrats want quality preschool and kindergarten for their kids. Republicans and Democrats want clean air. Republicans and Democrats want to make sure that the economy works for everybody. So we should focus on what brings us together rather than what separates us.

THC: What sort of relationship do you envision having with the Trump Administration?

JP: As a governor you have to work with whatever administration is in charge. But certainly we worry about their actions with regard to the legal cannabis industry. It’s too early to say, but we’re scared of some of the rhetoric from both the attorney general and others. As the governor, I would continue my efforts to push back against any and all federal efforts that interfere with our state laws.

THC: You’ve been back and forth with the oil and gas industry, what’s that relationship going to be like and how would you work with it?

JP: Well, look, with my plan for 100 percent renewable energy the goal is 2040, so that means that the grid will continue. That’s talking about the retirement of the last coal plant, the last natural gas burning facility and certainly I’ve been active in empowering communities to be able to successfully integrate — to have a planning process around integrating oil and gas extraction in their communities.


Among the other Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls are former State Sen. Mike Johnston, former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, Intertech Plastics founder Noel Ginsburg, and businessman Erik Underwood.

On the Republican side, seven candidates have declared they’re running for governor including prosecuting attorney of the Aurora Theater shooting, George Brauchler; Mitt Romney’s nephew, Doug Robinson; the co-chair of President Donald Trump’s election campaign in Denver, Steve Barlock; and former State Rep. Victor Mitchell.  ♦

Building a Local Hemp Industry on the Western Slope
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2nd annual Hemp On The Slope is July 22 at Salt Creek Ranch, Collbran, CO

Collbran, CO -- Hemp experts from Colorado and beyond are headed “Back to the Slope” for the 2nd Annual Hemp On The Slope (HOTS2) event July 22nd at Salt Creek Ranch in Collbran, CO, 40 miles northeast of Grand Junction.

HOTS2 features educational panels, presentations and demonstrations with a mini-expo showcasing a wide variety of hemp-made products and services geared to support expansion and growth of this emerging industry. Exhibitors will showcase hemp-based food and nutritional supplements, bodycare, clothing, nutraceuticals, animal wellness products, hemp paper, along with building materials, bioplastics and more. Farmers and growers can access genetics, seeds, clones, soil nutrients, irrigation technology, farming equipment, processing and lab services, legal and financial services, and wholesale options for raw materials including flower, oil, and isolates.

The #LetsTalkHemp Speaker Series from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm features more than 20 expert presenters. Topics include hemp farming, seed, clones and genetics, processing, manufacturing, legal hurdles, regulations, state and federal legislation. At noon, the “Let Them Eat Hemp: Cake” auction benefits the Colorado Hemp Industries Association. Cakes will be baked and decorated by local Collbran youth with a touch of hemp flour provided by Colorado Hemp Works. Rick Trojan, captain of the nationwide Hemp Road Trip, and Tom Dermody, executive director of The Industrial Hemp Research Foundation, will co-MC the day’s educational activities.

A legislative overview will cover the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) new, groundbreaking policy, enacted July 1, 2017. It allows all parts of the hemp plant, including CBD and other cannabinoids, terpenes and compounds previously residing in a legal gray area to now be “officially” allowed and legal for human consumption in food and supplement products grown and produced in accordance with the Colorado Department of Agriculture hemp regulatory program. Samantha Walsh from the National Hemp Association, along with David Bush from the Hoban Law Group, two of the participating and integral parties behind the policy language, will provide an overview of what this actually means to Colorado hemp farmers and companies.

“We’re excited to share with our western slope neighbors, and those from outside the area, everything that’s happening in the changing landscape of the industrial hemp industry,” said Margaret MacKenzie, co-owner of Salt Creek Ranch and host of this hemp-centric event designed to educate the local community on the benefits of hemp. “So much has changed from a year ago,” Mackenzie continued, “it’s vitally important for us to get together, collaborate, network, and exchange ideas to build a cohesive industry at the local level.”

This year’s event is presented by Bluebird Botanicals, a Colorado-based hemp-health and wellness company whose planet-and-people-friendly, all-natural products help to enrich your spirit, calm your mind, and restore vitality to your body. Additional sponsors include Hoban Law Group, the nation’s premier cannabusiness law firm; Nature’s Root, creators of the world’s first hemp-spa; SteepFuze hemp extract coffee; and The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, a leading voice locally and nationally for all things cannabis.

HOTS2 is produced by Colorado Hemp Company, creators of the NoCo Hemp Expo and the #LetsTalkHemp Speaker Series, bringing hemp education, advocacy and awareness to a heightened state of consciousness. We care, and you should too.  

For details on tickets, exhibitors and sponsors, speakers and panels, visit www.hempontheslope.com.

Sträva Restore
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reviewed by DJ Reetz

Don’t ask me to do anything before I’ve had my first cup of coffee. Seriously, the best response you’re likely to get is an indignant glare and an apathetic shrug. If it’s the morning following a rough night, that response gets even testier. Fortunately for everybody at the THC offices, we’ve got plenty of Sträva coffee on hand.

Each bag is infused with full-spectrum hemp oil derived from locally grown Colorado hemp, and every 12-ounce bag of the Restore is imparted with approximately 120 milligrams of CBD. That averages out to around five milligrams of CBD per cup of coffee. It might not be enough to replace your current CBD regimen if you’re using it as medicine, but it makes a nice addition to a cup of Joe and helps keep any caffeine jitters in check as you’re slamming your morning cups.

Some CBD companies might cut corners on the quality of the coffee when producing a product like this, but Sträva is focused on the quality of their roast. They’re a coffee company first, and their passion for quality coffee is apparent. Restore is a Colombian roast with a deep, rich aroma and taste on par with any other bagged coffee you’ll find at the grocery store or coffee shop. It’s good coffee all on its own, and the CBD is icing on a tasty, invigorating cake.

Sträva offers several varieties of CBD-infused coffees with different amounts of CBD, as well as a full line of traditional roasts. With such a wealth of options, you’re sure to find one that fits your preferences.   www.stravacraftcoffee.com

Breaking Ground: 8th Annual HEMP HISTORY WEEK (2017)
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by Josh Davis, photo by Ben Droz, courtesy of HempHistoryWeek.com

 

CBD And Native American Land Rights Take The Stage At The 8th Annual Hemp History Week

The 8th annual Hemp History Week (HHW) is set to run throughout the country from June 5-11, 2017.  This year’s theme is “Breaking Ground” and along with the usual interactive and educational festivities of the celebration there will be a focus on consumer awareness education in relation to CBD products. The event will feature a female farmer, the outspoken Margaret Mackenzie of Salt Creek Hemp Co., for the first time. 

Hemp History Week will also bring attention to a continued dark spot on the federal government’s hemp policy, prohibiting Native American tribes from hemp cultivation on sovereign tribal lands, keeping them from research and economic opportunities.

“Though we’ve made significant strides towards lifting the federal prohibition on hemp farming in the U.S.,” says Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp and executive director of the Hemp Industries Association (H.I.A.), “which is largely in part to the passage of the Congressional Agriculture Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), the current federal regulations allow only for ‘states’ to enact hemp farming programs. We are expanding our advocacy to include hemp cultivation rights on tribal lands.”

Alex White Plume, of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, is a hemp farmer and activist. In August of 2000, DEA agents violated the Sioux treaty of 1868, illegally entered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to destroy the flourishing industrial hemp crop that Alex had planted there.

“They (the DEA) came, they called it eradicating,” said White Plume in an interview with the H.I.A.  “I called it theft. They took our economic development. But I guess because we are Lakota people they feel that we don’t have a right (to grow hemp).”

Subsequently, White Plume and his family were banned from ever planting hemp on the reservations land again. It was only in the spring of 2016 that the federal injunction against White Plum was lifted, but under federal law it is still illegal for him to plant the seed.

Origins of a Movement

The first Hemp History Week took place in May of 2010. It was a modern battle cry for public education and governmental reform that echoed our country's decades long, and often tumultuous, relationship with this productive but federally illegal crop.

Despite this fact that, the US is the largest consumer of the plant in all its forms, and the irony of this had not been lost on hemp advocates and entrepreneurs. In an effort to stimulate and grow the modern hemp industry and to remember what hemp meant to the US’s economy and culture, hemp farming advocates, the Hemp Industries Association, Vote Hemp, and several hemp brands, including Dr. Bronner's, Nutiva, Nature's Path, and Living Harvest organized the first Hemp History Week. 

“The idea was to celebrate the history of hemp farming in the U.S. and raise awareness at the grassroots level about the environmental and nutritional benefits of hemp products,” says Lauren Stansbury, public affairs and media relations specialist for Hemp History Week. “At the time, there was a real need to educate consumers and lawmakers about the difference between industrial hemp and other forms of cannabis, and rally support for legislation at the state and federal levels to allow farms to take advantage of the economic opportunity of industrial hemp cultivation.”

Since its inception in 2010 organizers and advocates of Hemp History Week have sought to create country-wide, hands-on events that would give curious attendees an opportunity to touch, taste, wear and learn about this incredibly useful plant.

“The celebration has grown dramatically since its beginnings. During its inaugural year we coordinated just under 200 events,” says Stansbury. “However this year's campaign will achieve over 1,500!”

Also on the docket for this year’s festival is CBD education. Cannabidiol products have been gaining huge interest throughout the U.S., but education is needed so consumers can make intelligent decisions when it comes to buying CBD products.

“We were really excited to up our level of participation and sponsorship in this year’s HHW,” Says Josh Hendrix, director of business development and domestic production at CV Sciences, Inc. “This is our second year of sponsorship with HHW. Our products are in almost 1,200 stores across the country and HHW is a chance for us to give our retailers more educational opportunities to learn about CBD that they can then pass along to their customers. Plus they're building a house made from hemp concrete down here in Kentucky and it’s just a lot of fun to be a part of something so special.”   

Vote Hemp and the HIA estimates the total retail value of hemp products sold in the US in 2016 to be at least $688 million, which means the retail market for hemp food, body care, CBD and supplements by 25 percent from the ear prior. Currently, 32 states have legalized industrial hemp farming in accordance with the Farm Bill, but more needs to be done. 

"The hemp industry still faces a number of challenges and barriers to full-scale farming of industrial hemp,” says Steenstra, “including the inability of hemp farmers to obtain crop insurance and financing, difficulties involved with sourcing certified hemp seed, lack of adequate processing infrastructure in the U.S. for raw hemp materials, barriers to interstate commerce for hemp products, and the potential exclusion of hemp-derived CBD products as nutritional supplements.”

There is still a lot to be done on this front, so come out to your local Hemp History Festivities and learn more about hemp during Hemp History Week.

Hemp History Week runs June 5-11, 2017.

To learn about events in your area or to volunteer visit www.hemphistoryweek.com

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