Ex­perts talk about ben­e­fits of hemp

South Waikato News - - Your Health - LUKE KIRKEBY

Grow­ing, sell­ing, and us­ing cannabis may sound dodgy but the pres­i­dent of the Pu­taruru, Toko­roa and Dis­tricts Herb So­ci­ety swears it can all be done above board.

That is when it is the hemp va­ri­ety of the species - cannabis sativa which has been used for thousands of years as a fi­bre and re­fined for use in paper, tex­tiles, cloth­ing, biodegrad­able plas­tics, paint, in­su­la­tion, bio­fuel, food, and as an an­i­mal feed.

Hemp or in­dus­trial hemp, has lower con­cen­tra­tions of tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol and higher con­cen­tra­tions of cannabid­iol which de­creases or elim­i­nates its psy­choac­tive ef­fects.

Mo­han Lal has or­gan­ised for New Zealand Hemp In­dus­tries Association ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris Wood­ney and trea­surer Richard Barge to come and talk about its ben­e­fits and uses at the South Waikato Sport and Events Cen­tre on Novem­ber 6.

Lal said Wood­ney and Barge were hemp ex­perts.

‘‘His­tor­i­cally hemp was used to make ba­si­cally ev­ery­thing and these men are go­ing to come and talk to us about what ben­e­fits it can still pro­vide for peo­ple,’’ he said.

‘‘They are try­ing to re­vive the in­dus­try and I have re­ceived quite a few calls from peo­ple in­ter­ested in com­ing al­ready.’’

He said he knows from per­sonal

‘‘I used to climb the steps and have pain in my knees until a friend of mine sug­gested try­ing hemp oil and within two weeks I no longer had the pain.’’

ex­pe­ri­ence medic­i­nally.

‘‘I used to climb the steps and have pain in my knees until a friend of mine sug­gested try­ing hemp oil and within two weeks I no longer had the pain. Now they have brought out a pill which you can get from your health shop and I have been tak­ing them ever since,’’ he said.

Lal said Wood­ney and Barge are also keen to hear from peo­ple in­ter­est­ing in grow­ing hemp lo­cally.

‘‘The re­turn on hemp is huge be­cause ev­ery­thing is utilised, there is noth­ing wasted and there are now a lot of com­mer­cial grow­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘There are Gov­ern­ment re­stric­tions though so Chris and Richard will be able to pro­vide all the help you’ll need by an­swer­ing any ques­tions be­cause they are do­ing it them­selves too,’’ he said.

The free talk will take place from 1pm until 3pm and is open to all. that hemp works

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