The top Republican in the U.S. House has issued a surprise endorsement of a key marijuana ingredient’s medical benefits as well as the uses of industrial hemp.
“It has proven to work,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said of cannabidiol (CBD) on Tuesday, specifying that it “helps reduce seizures.”
“We do this in Wisconsin,” he said, referring to his home state’s limited CBD law. “That that oil, I think works well.”
The speaker, who is not running for reelection and is retiring from Congress early next year, shared that his own mother-in-law used a synthetic form of cannabinoids, presumably the THC pill Marinol, while dying from melanoma and ovarian cancer.
“That’s off the record,” he said jokingly, referencing TV cameras at the well-attended Kentucky rally where he was appearing in support of Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), who is locked in a tight reelection race.
Ryan, responding to a medical marijuana question from a woman whose husband passed away, also proactively took the opportunity to speak up in support of industrial hemp.
“And by the way, there’s a lot of industrial uses for hemp that I understand from talking to Mitch McConnell is a big deal to Kentucky agriculture,” he said. “And we’re all in favor of that as well.”
Ryan’s endorsement for hemp comes at a key time. Congressional leaders are currently negotiating differences in the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. The Senate proposal contains language championed by McConnell, the GOP majority leader, that would legalize hemp. The House bill has no such provisions.
If the top Republican in either chamber is now vocally in support of ending the prohibition on marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin, it seems more and more likely that the House will accept the Senate’s hemp language.
That said, don’t count the outgoing speaker as a die-hard marijuana supporter, even when it comes to medical uses.
“Theres no THC in that oil,” he said, even though most CBD preparations do have small amounts of the intoxicating cannabis compound. “That is not medical marijuana.”
In response to the medical marijuana question, Ryan also touted passage this year of the Right to Try Act—which appears to allow certain seriously ill people to use marijuana and other currently illegal drugs such as psilocybin and MDMA, though he did not mention those implications directly.
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Paul Ryan Touts The Benefits Of A Marijuana Ingredient And Industrial Hemp
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Cannabis legalization news has become a fixture in daily mainstream headlines. Hemp legalization rarely gets the same coverage, but it is arguably as important to the legal progression of the plant.
On October 31, a bill allowing for the growth of industrial hemp became law when North Carolina Governor, Pat McCory, failed to exercise his veto power to stop it.
Local farmers were excited about the prospect of a new crop coming to the state since tobacco’s decline in recent years.
“Hemp really gives us a crop during the summertime that is a viable cash crop to us,”
said Lee Edwards of Sugar Hill Farms in Kinston.
“We’re in a perfect geographical location for the production of hemp with our climate.”
Senate Bill 313 states that,
“The General Assembly finds and declares that it is in the best interest of the citizens of North Carolina to promote and encourage the development of an industrial hemp industry in the State in order to expand employment, promote economic activity, and provide opportunities to small farmers for an environmentally sustainable and profitable use of crop lands that might otherwise be lost to agricultural production.”
The bill will also establish the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission, allowing for the right to,
“Establish procedures for reporting to the Commission … for agricultural or academic research and to collaborate and coordinate research efforts with the appropriate departments or programs of North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University.”
Additionally, the state is also home to one of the country’s only decortication plants, a facility that processes hemp to sell to textile companies and other manufacturers. The facility is located in Spring Hope and will bring over 200 jobs to the area.
By now, most people have heard about the medical uses for the cannabis plant. However, many people may not realize how versatile the list of consumer uses for the plant has become. Hemp is an easy to grow crop, and every single part of the plant, from the seeds to the stalk can be used to make consumer products. The seeds are a super food of nutrition for human and animals. Hemp seed oil can be used to make environmentally friendly personal hygiene products. The stalks can be used to make fibers for clothing, paper, and more. Below is a list of highly recommended hemp products that demonstrate the versatility of the hemp plant.
Dr. Bronner’s, Personal Hygiene Products
Dr. Bronner’s produces several natural, organic hemp oil products, all of which are all environmentally friendly. The product line includes soap, lip balm, lotion, shaving gel, hair care products, and baby soap. These product are available in a variety of scents that are all naturally sourced from essential oils. The soap may also be used as laundry detergent. All ingredients are ethically sourced, fair trade products. Emanuel Bronner, a third generation master soap maker, from Germany, began producing these products commercially in 1948. Emanuel passed away in 1997, but fourth and fifth generation Bronners run the company today, keeping Emanuel’s legacy alive.
Happy Hemp, Hemp Seeds
Happy Hemp sells both raw and toasted hemp seeds. Both are vegan, gluten free, nutritional super foods that are high in protein and fiber while maintaining the perfect ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6. The raw seeds will “melt in your mouth like butter,” and can be added to any recipe for a nutritional kick. The toasted hemp seeds are lightly salted, and are a delicious crunchy snack alternative. Are you new to cooking with and eating hemp seeds? No problem! The Happy Hemp website provides several delicious recipes to help you get started. Plus, the owner has a great story to share about her new healthy life adventure!
Earth Dog, Hemp Dog Collar
These 100% hemp dog collars are handmade in the United States. They offer a decorative line of collars that boast bright colors and shapes, as well as a line of solid colors. Because these collars are made of hemp, they are antimicrobial, so the collar is not likely to get stinky after your furry friend goes for a swim. If the collars do get dirty, they are machine washable! The collars are incredibly soft and flexible to provide man’s best friend with the comfort he deserves. Earth Dog also manufactures hemp leashes, harnesses, beds, chew toys, and key chains, and part of the proceeds go to a spay and neuter program. These are great quality products that support a great cause!
Hempz, Original Herbal Body Moisturizer
This body moisturizer is made with 100% pure hemp seed oil, and boasts dramatic skin hydration and nourishment. The original fragrance is light, bright, and down right enjoyable. They offer a variety of fragrances, though, including coconut & watermelon, vanilla plum, pomegranate, sandalwood & apple, and many more. The product list does not stop at body moisturizer either. They also offer lines of body wash, body oil, body scrub, sun tan lotion, and lip balm.
PrAna, Men’s Hemp Clothing Line
PrAna’s men’s hemp clothing line of pants, shorts, short sleeved shirts, long sleeved shirts, and tank tops are made from at least 50% hemp. This line not only looks sharp, but is incredibly soft and comfortable. The wearer will notice how light, durable, comfortable, and breathable the material feels. Still not convinced? All items in this line are antimicrobial as well. Less bacteria means less body odor if you wear them for such activities as yoga and rock climbing.
Raw, Hemp Rolling Papers
Raw’s full line of organic hemp rolling papers are made from all natural, unbleached, unrefined, organic hemp. These papers are available in different shapes and sizes to fit all smoking needs. They are even available in pre-rolled cones for those who prefer not to or do not know how to roll. Plus, Raw supports family business! These papers are produced in family owned factories in Alcoy, Spain.
Nutiva, Hemp Seed Oil
This product is 100% organic, cold pressed and not processed, so that it retains all 20 amino acids. Nutiva suggests using the hemp seed oil raw or just slightly heated in salad dressings, smoothies, pasta, and provides a cookbook with many more recipe ideas. Hemp is great for digestion as well as nutrition, and hemp seed oil is an easy way to start to incorporate hemp seed into your diet. Nutiva, as a company, operates with social and environmental responsibility in mind, and they have a large line of like minded products to offer.
The Wonder Seed, hemp hand cream
This hand cream is formulated for optimal human skin absorption, and long term use! All of the ingredients are all natural and vegan, so it is also environmentally friendly. The fragrance is nice and light. The company is family owned, and operates with an socially and eco-conscious philosophy by supporting fair trade ingredients. The Wonder Seed product line consists of facial, hair, and body care products. Each product is scented with natural essential oils.