Experts talk about benefits of hemp
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.’’
‘‘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