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Hemp and the pharmaceutical industry – and in the middle the EU

Big companies rule the the EU through lobbyism, as I can tell from own experience.

I have discovered through research that the cannabis plant, especially industrial hemp is also food and contains an extensive amount of nutrients, for instance all essential proteins and omega fatty acids.
Until now, the carriers of these valuable nutrients, namely the leaves and leafy blossoms have been wasted and simply left on the field during retting.
It was already common knowledge that industrial hemp also contains valuable health ingredients, the cannabinoids – yet never seen as food.

The pharmaceutical industry has an eye on these valuable cannabinoids and wants to make sure they are classified as a pharmaceutical and not as a freely available plant ingredient.

The pharmaceutical lobby soon began to spread the message that cannabis was a dangerous drug which if anything could only be turned into something positive and useful by the pharmaceutical industry.

Politicians who were not able to distinguish between high THC levels in marijuana and low levels of THC in industrial hemp soon began to pass everything that contained any THC whatsoever over to pharmaceutical companies.

This is how the whole legalization fight emerged – it is once again simply a matter of profit for the big pharma players.

Nobody even considered making the valuable nutrients in industrial hemp available to humans.

Only my invention brought about this idea that hemp is food. My invention is to press raw hemp juice which contains ALL healthy naturally occurring ingredients of the hemp plant to be consumed by humans.

Since the juice production also yields press remnants which contain the hard to digest fibers of the plant, nutritious cattle feed would also be an additional value created when producing the juice.

I got this invention patented in order to ensure the pharmaceutical industry would not get a hold of this new discovery and could therefore not restrict the wider general public from access to this healthy nutrition.

As a member of the European Industrial Hemp Association I sadly have to witness with many other enthusiastic hemp advocates that the the pharmaceutical industry is currently working hard on Brussels to restrict the free access and right to process industrial hemp as a food.
Their aim is to exclusively handle Cannabinoids and use it in medicine. Therefore, they are trying to get single cannabinoids patented and now claim everything that contains these patented cannabinoids, such as CBD or THC, cannot be categorised as food but as a pharmaceutical.

This claim is equally grotesque as claiming lemons could only be used as medicine due to the vitamin C they contain or tomatoes are medicine because of the glutamate they contain.

Tomatoes contain within their matrix of natural ingredients a substance called glutamic acid or glutamate, a common neurotransmitter. However, this does not make a tomato a medicinal product, or a pharmaceutical prescription drug or subject to governmental permission. Glutamate, since it was discovered in tomatoes, did not even make it a novel food. The level of glutamic acid in tomatoes is not monitored either.

It looks like bureaucrats in Brussels do not invest enough time into gathering information, hence they simply rely on information provided by the pharma lobby itself.

We would be better off if every country within the EU would decide for itself. Specialized politicians, under democratic control, would then debate a EU wide solution.

A result of this would be a more transparent process as opposed to the current process in Brussels. In which big corporations and their lobbyists are breathing down EU bureaurats necks in order to dictate that except for hemp seeds nothing else of the hemp plant shall be food for general consumption. This happens far off from any direct nation-state supervision or monitoring.

Continuous growth of the European hemp industry

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EIHA 2016 conference in Cologne, Wesseling. Picture: nova-Institut©

Continuous growth of the European hemp industry

Immense demand for hemp as a food and pharmaceutical

The industrial association „European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)“ presents the newest data on hemp cultivation, processing and applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and flowers. From the year 2011 to 2015 the cultivation area in the European Union more than tripled to 25,000 ha.

The cultivation of industrial hemp was legalised in most EU member states between 1993 and 1996.

Hemp is a multi-purpose crop, delivering fibres, leaves, shivs and seeds.

  • Hemp Juice contains all the important naturally occuring ingredients of the hemp plant in the original shape as present in the hemp plant itself.This is due to the fact that the juice pressing procedure simply separates all the fluid in the plant from the press cake, so separated solids and fluids.This is necessary because the hemp plant is very high in fiber which makes processing the whole plant in a blender a lot less suitable for human consumption as it will upset the human stomach quite a lot as the fibers are not easily digestable.

    So the result of the juice pressing is a hemp juice which contains all the ingredients of the hemp plant in an entourage effect if pressed with the patented GreenSnake® hemp juice procedure. The hemp juice contains up to 300mg of CBD per 100 ml juice, this equals 11 kg CBD per 1ha industrial hemp.

    The juice and the press cake contain all Cannabinoids of the hemp plant, not just CBD.

    Moreover, the juice pressing procedure produces a press cake which can be further used for instance to produce CBD extracts, hemp protein powder or animal feed.

    This press cake contains an additional 6kg CBD per 1 ha industrial hemp.

  • Hemp fibers can be used for hemp paper and hemp insulation material.
  • Hemp shivs (woody inner core of the stem) can be used as animal bedding or for hempcrete as building material.
  • Hemp seeds (or hemp nuts) can be eaten raw or toasted, or be pressed into hemp seed oil or used as animal feed. Hemp seeds are already being praised as new super food.

The new report  „The European Hemp Industry: Cultivation, processing and applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and flowers” portrays the development of the European industrial hemp industry between 2010 and 2013.In 2015 Europe had 25.000 ha of hemp, still will increase even further. Main growers so far are France, the Netehrlands as well as Romania.

Many of the new EU member states are putting a particular focus on industrial hemp as an economic booster, especially for the trade of hemp seeds. Hemp seed production rose by 92 % between 2010 and 2013. Production of flowers and leaves rose even more by a staggering 3.000 % in the same time. This is in contrast to fiber and shivs which do not show any significant rise in growth or use between 2010 and 2013.

The report “The European Hemp Industry: Cultivation, processing and applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and flowers” was presented for the first time at the “13th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association”, 1 – 2 June 2016, Wesseling near Cologne (Germany), the meeting point of the hemp industry worldwide (www.eiha-conference.org). More than 295 participants from 41 countries are expected.

 

We are very pleased about the ever-growing hemp industry!

 

German version of this post available here – Deutsche Version dieses Artikels hier zu finden.

 

Happy hemping everyone!