Thanks for checking out the latest episode of The Chronically Human Podcast- where we have conversations aimed at creating a better world with more individual freedom and less human suffering.
My guest today is Erica McBride Stark. She is the Executive Director of The National Hemp Association.
We had a fascinating conversation about the past, present and future of Hemp and how this miracle plant can help farmers, improve the overall economy, help people and animals become healthier and also help save the planet.
She clears up some myths about Hemp and explains the difference between Hemp, Marijuana and Cannabis.
We also touch on why Hemp was made illegal in the first place and how it’s become legal again to grow.
If you’re interested in CBD oil at all, she gives great advice about how to find a reputable CBD manufacture. Currently it is the Wild West our there. She suggests finding a company that lists third party lab testing on their website as well as has a way of keeping track of each batch. In the near future she hopes the FDA will give guidance on how the CBD oil industry will be regulated.
This the brand of CBD oil I currently use:
There seems to be no end to the versatility of the Hemp plant. As many as 25,000 different products can’t be made from Hemp. She explains how there are really two types of Hemp plants – one is grown for CBD oil and the other is grown for seed and fiber.
Hemp seeds turns out to be a superfood that she says is one of the healthiest seeds on the planet to eat. She also comments that it makes a wonderful animal feed as well, but bureaucratic red tape is holding that up at the moment.
Erica believes the Hemp industry could easily grow to be a $20 billion industry soon and that the main driver of this will be the demand for hemp fiber used in the manufacturing of car bodies. Currently Audi, BMW and Audi use Hemp fibers in their cars. Henry Ford experimented doing the same in the 1920’s.
She also explains that Hemp fibers can be used to make concrete and to reinforce other building materials. She says that in the future even the addition of small amounts of hemp in building products will make them stronger and lighter and also help the environment.
That’s another great aspect about Hemp. She says that it has the about the same input needs as winter wheat and can sequester massive amounts of carbon.
We also covered why Hemp and Marijuana were made illegal back in the 30’s and discussed where we’d be today if racism, ignorance, government corruption hadn’t ended the growing of Hemp 80 years ago.
She also has great advice for first time Hemp farmers. Start small, experiment with a few different varieties and work out your marketing channels before expanding into large scale production. With Industrial Hemp now legal to grow at the Federal Level she believes that soon the US will no longer have to import Hemp from abroad. This is a huge opportunity for new and existing farmers.
She says there is still a lot of work to be done now that the Feds deem it legal to grow Hemp. A lot of education, research and investment is going to be required for this incredible new/old industry to deliver on the projected promises of positively impacting economy and the environment.
If you are interested in CBD oil, growing Hemp, buying products made of Hemp, or manufacturing products made of this miracle plant, check out their website and consider becoming a member. That helps fund their educational programs and their work in helping grow the U.S. Hemp industry which I believe is good for everyone.
The future of Hemp is bright according to Erica and I have to agree and after listening to our conversation I think you will as well.
Erica did say that she thinks Hemp is plant which may just save our planet. Listen to our conversation and let us know what you think about Hemp, it you’ve bought Hemp derived products in the past, if you’re interested in buying Hemp products in the future or to agree that you also believe Hemp can save the world.
Whatever your stance is on climate change or your political affiliation, the re-legalization of Hemp cultivation and production in the U.S. is something everyone can agree upon is a good thing.
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