The History of Hemp and its Future

It is said that the motivation for the hemp ban was that new processing technologies were developed that made it a potential competitor with the newly founded synthetic fibre and plastics industries. Hemp’s potential for producing paper also posed a threat to the timber and oil industries. Evidence suggests that commercial interests, having much to lose from hemp competition, helped propagate the reefer madness hysteria and used their influence to lobby for Marijuana Prohibition. It is debatable at to whether special interests conspired to destroy the hemp industry via Marijuana Prohibition, but evidence exists to raise the possibilities.

*The US Drug Enforcement Agency classifies all C. sativa varieties as “marijuana.” While it is theoretically possible to get permission from the government to grow hemp, DEA would require that the field be secured by fence, razor wire, dogs, guards, and lights, making it cost-prohibitive.

*The US State Department must certify each year that a foreign nation is cooperating in the war on drugs. The European Union subsidizes its farmers to grow industrial hemp. Those nations are not on this list, because the State Department can tell the difference between hemp and marijuana.

*Hemp was grown commercially (with increasing governmental interference) in the United States until the 1950s. It was doomed by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which placed an extremely high tax on marijuana and made it effectively impossible to grow industrial hemp. While Congress expressly expected the continued production of industrial hemp, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics lumped industrial hemp with marijuana, as it’s successor the US Drug Enforcement Administration, does to this day.

*Over 30 industrialized democracies do distinguish hemp from marijuana. International treaties regarding marijuana make an exception for industrial hemp.

*Canada now again allows the growing of hemp.


* Hemp growers can not hide marijuana plants in their fields. Marijuana is grown widely spaced to maximize leaves. Hemp is grown in tightly-spaced rows to maximize stalk and is usually harvested before it goes to seed.

*Hemp can be made into fine quality paper. The long fibers in hemp allow such paper to be recycled several times more than wood-based paper.

*Because of its low lignin content, hemp can be pulped using less chemicals than with wood. Its natural brightness can obviate the need to use chlorine bleach, which means no extremely toxic dioxin being dumped into streams. A kinder and gentler chemistry using hydrogen peroxide rather than chlorine dixoide is possible with hemp fibers.

*Hemp grows well in a variety of climates and soil types. It is naturally resistant to most pests, precluding the need for pesticides. It grows tightly spaced, out-competing any weeds, so herbicides are not necessary. It also leaves a weed-free field for a following crop.

*Hemp can displace cotton which is usually grown with massive amounts of chemicals harmful to people and the environment. 50% of all the world’s pesticides are sprayed on cotton.

*Hemp can displace wood fiber and save forests for watershed, wildlife habitat, recreation and oxygen production, carbon sequestration (reduces global warming), and other values.

*Hemp can yield 3-8 dry tons of fiber per acre. This is four times what an average forest can yield.

Hemp Technologies- Building a Hemp House

mission is to enrich and enhance the health and welfare of our planet and those living on it through reductions in toxicity levels and increased use of sustainable building materials that reduce energy cost. Building a greener, healthier tomorrow, TODAY!?”

The stand behind their product and are a model for what great things can be made using hemp. Here are some hemp facts:

*Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had plastic panels made from a mixture of 70% cellulose fibers.

*Hemp is the miracle plant of our time, breathing in 4x the carbon dioxide (CO2) of trees during it’s quick 12-14 week growing cycle. Trees take 20 years to mature vs 4 months for Industrial Hemp! Our forests are being cut down 3x faster than they can grow! One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees!!! (Dewey & Merrill. Bulletin #404. U.S. Dept. of Age. 1916)

Hemp Technologies will travel to your school, college, University or company and present a 4-6 hour seminar/workshop on theory and practical applications of Industrial Hemp + Lime in building. This seminar includes practical, hands-on demonstration of using Hemp/Lime for building a sample wall.

From their website:
Key Properties of Tradical® Hemcrete®
Low Density
Clean Air
High Thermal Resistance (R-Value = 2.5 per inch)
High Thermal Inertia
Good Vapor Permeability (breathable)
Design Flexibility + adjustable thickness
Fire and Pest Resistant (NO Termites)
Significantly Reduce Co2 Emissions
Inherently Airtight
No Waste
No Mold
No Dry Rot
Natural Substrates for Plasters and Renders
Low Air Infiltration
Zero Land Fill at end of life

Cannabis Curing Cancer- More Proof

Take 9 mins and watch this great video of more proof of Cannabis curing cancer. This man documents hash oil (Rick Simpson Oil) curing his skin cancer.

Caution** There are several graphic images in this video. They are images of skin cancer patients who have used chemotherapy creams according to their doctor’s recommendation and have had extremely horrific results. The creams include ” Efudex-40, Carac, and Fluorouracil 5%. Make it viral. The world needs this now! A story of how cannabis extract oil cured David Triplett’s cancer after he watched RUN FROM THE CURE: The Rick Simpson Story

Marijuana Cartoon.

This marijuana cartoon I found on YouTube is just a great visual of how the “war on drugs” has been a total bust, to say the least. I love the beauty of the whole thing. Making such a perfect point in under 4 minutes is also perfect for showing someone who may be on the fence of being pro/con cannabis.

Trichome Video

Here is a microscopic view of beautiful trichomes all over this bud. This particular strain is Heavy Duty Fruity, found in Michigan. You can see the mushroom shape they have and the color of watered down iced tea. Those are all signs that make a great strain of cannabis. This was taken with a veho microscope.

What are trichomes?

“In nature, only the strong survive, and it is hypothesized by biologists that trichomes evolved as a defense mechanism of the cannabis plant against a range of potential enemies (1). Trichomes, from the Greek meaning ‘growth of hair,’ act as an evolutionary shield, protecting the plant and its seeds from the dangers of its environment, allowing it to reproduce. These adhesive sprouts form a protective layer against offensive insects, preventing them from reaching the surface of the plant. The chemicals in the trichomes make cannabis less palatable to hungry animals and can inhibit the growth of some types of fungus. The resin also helps to insulate the plant from high wind and low humidity, and acts as a natural ‘sun-screen’ in protecting against UV-B light rays. But since trichomes contain euphoric properties attractive to humans, it may be man who has had the most influence on the plants’ development through many years of favoring strains that consistently produce more of these gooey resin heads. ”

Indoor Hydroponic Inline Exhaust Fan – How-To

Hi I’m Darren here at the Grow Show. I’ll be speaking today on inline fans and how to choose one to best suit your growing environment. There are many key factors you want to think about when choosing an inline fan. The first will be your fan diameter. Your fan diameter will determine the effectiveness and speed at which your air moves in your room . Most of the fans will be either 6 or 8 inches. When thinking about which fan will suit your needs, you want to think about the volume of your room. To get the volume of the room you multiply the width times length times height and you will find the cubic feet. Then you want to match that to the fan you are going to use in your environment. When choosing a fan you want to consider the volume of the room you are occupying and the efficiency of the fan. Its important to get as close to a 1 to 1 ratio as possible. Another thing to consider is the number of lights you are running in your room and how much heat they are putting off. If you are running multiple 1000 watt lights and multiple hoods, you’re going to want to run a fan with a higher volume rate to keep your room and bulbs cooler so your lights can sit closer to your plan canopy line. We have three main brands of fans. We have our popular Active Air line that come in 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 inch occupancies. The larger the fan the more air you will move. You may think “I have a 6″ reflector, can I run an 8 inch fan? ” Yes, you can. You can use a duct reducer and connect it to your 6 inch hood. The reduction will reduce your flow rating, but it will still be greater than if you just used a 6 inch fan. The great thing about an Active Air Fan is it comes with a 5 year in-store warranty. If anything was to happen to your fan, you can bring it to the Grow Show and we will make sure its working and get you back to your garden. We also have Vortex fans. Our Vortex fans have a higher flow rating and come with a 10 year in-store warranty. We also have Ostberg fans, but they only come in 6 inch flange size. The last thing you want to consider when choosing a fan is if you are running a carbon filter in your room. If you are, you want to be sure you are optimizing the flow rating. If your filter has a higher flow rating than your fan, you’re going to want to upgrade your fan because you are just limiting the effectiveness of your filter. For example, if you’re using a filter with a 600 cfm flow capacity, but only using a 6 inch fan with a 400 flow rating, You’re not optimizing the effectiveness of the flow rating of your filter. That concludes our introduction to in-line . If you have more questions please visit us at the Grow Show in Ann Arbor on Stone School Road or visit our website at

Marijuana Leaf Drawing

My name is HEather ALbano I’m from western mass. CHecked out your website I support what your guys are in to. To see more of my art work go to facebook/haahgallery I’ve been drawing since I was little, now in my early twenties I’ve been pushing to make it a living. I do anything from original to custome work. I some day hope to draw images such as this for snowboard companies. Spend most my days building portfolios to send to companies in hopes something gives, till then I take classes here or there in graphic designing.

“Prop 19 will save our children”

From LEAP, in which executive director Neill Franklin explains how prohibition has destroyed the relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities they police. “When I talk to young people, they say the only reason you come into our neighborhood is to search us for drugs,” says Franklin, a 33-year law enforcement veteran. “I want us — cops — to be the ones that kids can come up to in the streets when they have an issue or a problem. Not run in the other direction.” “

Soil Explained

Of course we carry soil at the grow show. Soil is one of the fundamentals of growing. What we carry at the Grow Show is a wide variety of soil, soilless mixes, and cocos depending on what the needs are. We have everything from fertilized and unfertilized. Starting with the most popular brands on the market like Happy Frog and Ocean Forest by Fox Farm. Moving along you have your Sunshine mix number 4 which is Canada’s number one special mix, Pro Mix Premier BX with mycorise and the Pro Mix Premier BX with biofungicide. We also carry Light Mix and BCuzz which are coco based. Atomic Pro Mix Bx which is our hydro medium. We carry Metro Mix 300 Series which is another coco. We have other cocos like Croutons, Hydroton to mix in with your hydro system. We get into other products like Original Planting Mix, Light Warrior and organic products like Roots Organic, Amazon Bloom, Roots Organic by coco, which is the difference between soil and soilless mixes which are predominately sphagnum. We even have local products that are previewed only here at the Grow Show, Organic Magic, which is Michigan local soil and 20% off at the Grow Show. This is composed horse manure that is three years old, sphagnum peat moss and perlite. Soil with food, my recommendation would be Fox Farm Ocean Forest.

EZ Clone Instructions

Hi I’m Alex at the Grow Show. What we are looking at is an E-Z Clone 30 site cloner. This is a demo unit. That’s why you’re seeing it in clear, it helps show the function of it. These units only come opaque and…