Endocannabinoid System: The Plot Thickens
By Felicia Dawson, M.D.
Have you ever been to the beach, walked into the ocean and the floor suddenly dropped off more than you were expecting? That’s what it’s like when you explore all the knowledge that’s been gained since the first components of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered approximately 30 years ago. We’ve come to know that this system, present in all mammals, is 600 million years old. It is intelligent and very complex. It helps us maintain mental and physiologic balance in the face of stress. It controls memory, digestion, movement, cognition, sleep, pain, immunity, pleasure, mood, fear, appetite, attention, reproduction and protects our nervous system to name a few functions.
Himalayan Hemp Brings Economic Opportunity to the ‘Land of the Gods’
By Jean Lotus
Uttarakhand, a northern Indian state in the Himalayan mountains is known as the “Land of the Gods” because of its mountain beauty and the number of Hindu temples built there.
But in 2018, it was also the first Indian state to legalize Industrial hemp cultivation.
Serial entrepreneur Vishal Vivek, who ran multiple IT companies in Deli and Australia, visited the region on vacation and noticed how fiber hemp grew wild in the area, and how the people in ancient mountain villages of Uttarakhand had still not recovered from devastating monsoon floods in 2013.
NoCo Hemp Expo Warns: Beware of Scammers and
By Jean Lotus
As excitement builds in Denver for the 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo, Mar. 25-27, organizers are spreading the alarm about online “list scammers” and “hotel poachers” who have come back with a vengeance as in-person events return in a post-pandemic world.
Shady online companies, mostly based overseas to skirt the U.S. legal system, offer to sell fake exhibitor or attendee lists. Other illicit companies claim that hotels for the event are full and offer to book alternate lodging.
Hemp News Spotlight
National Law Review: Common Ground for Hemp in an Uncertain World
By The National Law Review
How Does Hemp Become an Influential Crop in America Beyond Cannabinoids?
By Natural Products Insider
Hemp Is a Hot Crop, So Why Are So Few Black Farmers Growing It?
By Carolina Public Press
From Snoop Dog to John Legend: 10 Musician-backed CBD & THC Brands
By BIllboard Magazine
Chicago Pizzeria to Feature Hemp Leaf Microgreens in Place of Basil By Request
By KHQ News, Spokane, WA
New West Genetics Obtains Certified Seed Status for Abound® High-yield Varieties
By New West Genetics
Florida Researchers Publish Insights on Controlling Mites in Hemp Crops
By Growing Produce
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Urge Colorado Governor Jared Polis to Support Hemp-friendly Regulations
In January 2021, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued proposed industrial hemp regulations intended to improve the regulatory framework for hemp products such as CBD. We applaud the agency’s efforts to promote a strong regulatory regime, however, proposed regulations could add burdens to hemp farmers and companies, without providing added value protection to consumers. Click here to learn more and take action.
Support H.R. 841, The Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act
In September 2020, U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced the Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act – a bill which would provide a clear legal pathway for the sale of hemp extracts like CBD, while ensuring that products must comply with the rigorous regulatory framework existing for dietary supplements. The bill garnered broad bi-partisan support. On Feb. 7, 2021, Reps. Schrader and Griffith and 17 of their colleagues reintroduced the bill as H.R. 841. Support passage of the bill here.
Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Our Troops’ Access to CBD
On July 20, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to allow service members to use products containing hemp, including CBD. Unfortunately, the amendment was not included in the Senate’s version of the NDAA, which passed on July 23, and was not included in the final bill. However, as a new Congress meets this year, they are hoping for another hearing. Learn more.
Sign the 1% Hemp Petition
The 2018 Farm Bill authorized hemp production but used an outdated definition of hemp that does not work for farmers or the hemp industry. The current definition limiting hemp to 0.3% THC has proven unworkable, forcing many farmers to destroy their crops. Congress must change the definition of hemp to allow up to 1% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) so that farmers can grow hemp without fearing that they will later have to destroy them. Add your name to the Vote Hemp petition urging Congress to redefine hemp as up to 1% THC.
Fix, Marry or Kill? Hemp Needs Your Help in HI, MA, MN and MO
The U.S. Hemp Roundtable has identified bills that need the hemp industry’s attention in key states including Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Missouri. Click here to learn more and take action.
Farmers of Color Need Your Support
The U.S. Hemp Roundtable encourages the hemp industry to support the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act, as it “fits precisely into our mission.” The legislation would deliver $5 billion in direct relief to Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic farmers and other agricultural producers of color to help them respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as address longstanding inequity in agriculture. Learn more and take action.
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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 4
Available On March 4, 2021
There has been a lot of talk and chatter coming out of Mexico and Latin America around cannabis legalization over the last 4 years. From recreational use to medicinal use to industrial and nutritional hemp, all forms of cannabis have been picking up traction for our neighbors south of the US border. In this episode of Volume Up, host Morris Beegle is joined by co-host Lorena Beltran of CannabiSalud and ALCANN, along with Bob Hoban and Luis Armendariz, to break down what is currently legal, what isn’t currently legal, and projected time frames on when all things cannabis will be legal and the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead of us.
About Let’s Talk Hemp
Let’s Talk Hemp is a publication of Colorado Hemp Company (a division of We Are For Better Alternatives) focused specifically on the subject of industrial hemp and cannabis. We present features and curate news from across the globe to share the benefits of cannabis on health, energy, manufacturing and planet (H.E.M.P.). Colorado Hemp Company also is the Producer of NoCo Hemp Expo and Southern Hemp Expo, the nation’s leading hemp conferences and expositions.
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