Eva Silva, President of the California Hemp Association provides her critique of Doug Fine's ground breaking book.  She summarizes the messages contained in the book for ordinary people to understand.  There is no jargon and technical talk about her view of the message contained in this book.

Hemp: A Multipurpose Plant Ready TO Impact ALL Aspects of Society

Hemp is an integral part of global history, dating back over 10,000 years. This wondrous plant was part of indigenous cultures on this continent (North America) long before the first colonists set foot here and before borders separated North America into countries. It is believed to have been introduced from China by explorers, migrating birds from across the Bering Strait, or possibly drifting shipwrecks.

Restoring Hemp to its rightful place with indigenous people holds great benefit for this and future generations.  The multipurpose plant can impact all aspects of society including helping the earth heal itself.  Without this planet, we as mankind, considered fourth on the order of creation cease to exist along with all of our relations that are before us.

Hemp is a gift to mankind.  The gift we were given was relegated to obscurity by industry and regulators who may have had the best interest of their society in mind at the time in which those rules were written.  However, time has a way of revealing the truth.

Hemp—the ultimate agricultural crop

Hemp has been grown on every continent except Antarctica. In fact, until 1883, Hemp was the world’s largest agricultural crop.  It has over 50,000 uses…and none of them have to do with THC; Hemp has no psychoactive effect, as THC levels don’t exceed .03%.

Essentially, if you can make it from plastic, wood, metal, or practically anything, you can make it from HEMP. And you can do so in environmentally friendly ways, with end results that are very profitable.

The stalk of the plant offers two distinct types of fiber:

The outer portion of the Hemp stem contains the bast fibers, the strong, long, and slender fibers that provide the strength and quality attributed to Hemp. Bast Hemp fiber excels in durability and absorbency, has anti-mildew and anti-microbial properties, and is in demand for things like rope, construction materials, and automobile car panels, among others.

The core fiber, sometimes call the hurd, is derived from the sturdy, wood-like stalk of the Hemp plant. Like the bast fiber, the core fiber has anti-mildew and anti-microbial properties. It is used for animal bedding, construction material/hemp concrete, textiles, paper, etc.

The Billion-Dollar Crop

Hemp was a thriving industry in the US until the 1930s, until Marijuana prohibition in 1937. However, an article in Popular Mechanics in 1938 called Hemp “The Billion Dollar Crop”.  The plant is well on its way to living up to its reputation. Retail sales for all Hemp products in the USA alone in 2015 exceeded $600 million. Most of the Hemp for those products—food, vitamin & body care products, clothing, auto parts, building materials, etc.—came from Canada.

Hemp Does Good Things for the Environment

Hemp’s effect on the environment is 100 percent positive. In a world where we are facing water shortages, deforestation, and over-use of pesticides, Hemp offers a legitimate answer.

Hemp requires very little water - literally HALF the water required by the same acreage of cotton. And cotton accounts for about 25% of the world’s pesticide use. Hemp is naturally pest-resistant, requires NO pesticides, and produces about 200%-250% more fiber than cotton per acre.

Trees take decades to reach maturity. Forests are being cut down 3x faster than they can grow. Hemp can be grown in virtually any climate or soil condition, and grows extremely fast, yielding up to 4 crops a year. One acre of Hemp produces as much paper or related products as 4.1 acres of trees. And it breathes in 4x the carbon dioxide of trees.

Hemp is also powerful in phytoremediation. For over a decade, industrial Hemp growing around the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine has been helping to reduce soil toxicity.

Hemp Does a Body Good

If you had to choose just ONE food to live off of for the rest of your life, Hemp could do the job.

Hemp seeds contain the ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. The essential fatty acids in these oils are key to health and immune function. Hemp seed oil contains 80 percent essential fatty acids, the highest of any plant. EFAs are the omega fats that can’t be produced by the body. You have to get them in your foods. They help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, arthritis and much more.

Hemp Seeds are the most nutritious seed in the world, the perfect and natural blend of proteins, EFAs, Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, every vitamin and mineral you need, and enzymes. And…it’s a more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food.

Hemp Cannabinoids for Wellness

Hemp oil contains CBDs or cannabinoids, which are derived both from marijuana and/or from the industrial Hemp stalk and seed. These cannabinoids, and particularly the one known as Cannabidiol or CBD, have shown significant health and wellness benefits and have been proven effective in combatting everything from seizures to Alzheimer’s to cancers. CBDs are beneficial at all stages of life.

We are born with CBD receptors in our brains. Our endo-cannabinoid systems are designed to function in response to cannabinoids and provide numerous regulatory functions, including nerve transmission/communication in our bodies.

We are meant to have cannabinoids in our diet…human breast milk contains cannabinoids.

There is a huge and rapidly growing market for CBD products, especially now that they are legal in all 50 states and over 40 countries.

Indigenous Hemp

Bringing Hemp farming and production to indigenous lands and people benefits the economy as a whole, the land itself, and the people. Many tribes would like to embrace a sustainable industry on their lands, offering employment and a huge return on investment. And many tribes would also welcome an alternative to or an additional industry to the casino gaming on their land.   Hemp cultivation is the answer. Hemp cultivation is the true road to indigenous self-reliance. Hemp cultivation represents Native people standing hand-in-hand with one of Nature’s greatest gifts…and appreciating it implementing it as intended.