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End of U.S. Hemp Prohibition

By Fredrica Syren:

Plants from hemp
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History was made this month after a farmer harvested hemp. What is so special about that, you might wonder, since hemp can be found pretty much everywhere these days. Well, in 1957 the U.S. government banned hemp from being grown.The ban is still in effect and won’t be officially lifted until 2014. The Colorado farmer who harvested the first hemp crop in a long time, Ryan Lofin, decided he just did not feel like waiting until then, so hemp advocates from across the nation joined him to harvest the historic crop.

Hemp is a name for a variety of the cannabis plant and is one of the world’s most used plants. Today its hemp seeds are sold as a popular super food, and hemp oil is being used in cooking and smoothies. Hemp is also used in ropes, paper, wax, clothes and fuel. It’s all natural and can grow in pretty much any

Picture borrowed from healthwisehome.files.wordpress.com
Picture borrowed from healthwisehome.files.wordpress.com

soil. It requires little maintenance and no pesticides, so it’s also a very sustainable plant.

Hemp is highly nutritional, therefore a very popular food for vegans, vegetarians and raw foodies. It’s high in protein, essential amino acids, magnesium, fiber, iron and potassium, as well as antioxidants.

There is no ban on possessing hemp, just a ban on growing it. The reason for the U.S. ban is that there are strains of hemp which produce low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a mind altering ingredient.  (Marijuana contains a high level of the same ingredient.) In 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill that outlawed hemp was presented and a ban has existed since 1957.

Considering how popular hemp is and how high the demand is, I think farmer Ryan Lofin started something that will soon spread and we will see more hemp farms in the U.S.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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