How High THC Hemp Seed Oil Production Can Change The World
So we have this project to basically quantify high THC hemp seed production. It’s never really been about drugs; drugs are a smokescreen.
It’s always been about money and power, particularly the petrochemical industry. As long as they prohibit hemp production even from plants which contain hardly any THC at all, and certainly from high THC plants, they are protecting the petroleum industry.
Probably people at the time the marijuana laws were implemented didn’t realise this. Probably many don’t realise it today, but many do. If we institute hemp as a fuel, food and medicine crop, we’ll have plentiful fuel, food and medicine for all. The petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries are afraid of that, even though doctors — the American Medical Association — opposed marijuana prohibition originally, in 1937.
Hemp could change the entire agricultural paradigm across the world, because farmers will have a very valuable carbon negative energy crop to replace petroleum. That’s why we need to show how much hemp seed high-THC Cannabis can produce.
One study showed that feral hemp can produce 8,000 pounds of seed per acre. That’s almost 15 times the amount produced in Canadian hemp fields with low-THC hemp, which I call dwarf hemp. But if we produce a high-THC variety and try to get the maximum seed production out of those, I believe that number could be substantially higher than with the feral hemp plants.
With modern agricultural techniques, we could get 20 or 30 times as much seed production as Canada’s hemp fields. We want to do this study, and I think it has the potential to change the energy paradigm of the world. If hemp produces 8,000 pounds of seed per acre that equals roughly 300 gallons of hemp seed oil per acre.
Well, the most productive seed oil crops are soybeans, rapeseed (canola oil) and sunflowers, each producing 100 to 115 gallons per acre. So if this number from the feral study is correct, and I believe we can do quite a bit better, then it’s three times more productive than any other seed oil crop. That means we could produce it a lot cheaper than petroleum. The food and fibre production are a lot higher, as well.
So we can harvest food, fuel, fibre, medicine, and adult social flowers all from the same crop. That is going to change the entire economic paradigm of the whole world. You and I can’t compete with the petroleum industry. It takes billions of dollars to build a refinery these days. But a hemp seed press costs $2,000, and any farmer can press hemp seed oil for the market and produce at least 300 gallons per acre.
As long as we’re using low-THC hemp, it doesn’t compare.
But if we take away the THC restrictions from industrial hemp, when we can grow high-THC cannabis for hempseed production, that’s going to allow farmers to produce several more times the fuel of other crops, in addition to the food, fibre, medicine, and ancillary products for adult social use. If we’re making fuel out of hemp, ALL the rest of this stuff becomes ancillary products.
This can change the paradigm if we can get farmers to adopt it. It will completely decentralise economic control, and put the power in the hands of the masses instead of in the hands of the wealthy where it is now. That’s why marijuana prohibition has always been about money and power — specifically, the petrochemical industry.
My goal is to do this study and show that high-THC Cannabis can produce even more seed oil protein and fibre than the low-THC variety, and therefore we don’t have to use as much petroleum. If we can do this study, it can change the world.
Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp. www.crrh.org
Feral hemp (ditch weed or wild Cannabis), which grows uncultivated across the US Midwest, is the remnants of a lost germplasm. It is being eradicated under DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/ Suppression Program. www.dea.gov/ops/cannabis.shtml
About 220 million plants were destroyed in the state of Indiana in 2003. It is likely that drug authorities continue to mis-educate the public about the relationship of ditch weed to drugs because of a natural bureaucratic desire to maintain their large and growing eradication budgets.
More than 90 percent of the plants eradicated in all 50 states is not marijuana but feral hemp.