I am an herbalist by trade and for silly reasons I am WAY behind when it comes to exploring the healing properties of the hemp plant. I studied herbs before the current hype surrounding hemp and its close relative, marijuana, so it wasn’t in my text books as an herbal-regular. But about three months ago, I tried a dose of a THC-free (no psychoactive properties) derivative of the hemp plant know as CBD (Cannabidiol). I was suffering from jaw pain related to bruxism and had been for about two years off and on. Within fifteen minutes I felt tension leave the area and the pain left for three hours. I’m in!
For the longest time, most people that discover what I do or that I use herbs regularly have asked me about marijuana, hemp’s psychoactive cousin. Almost Every. Single. Time. I fight not to roll my eyes. Irritated by this controversial plant that hogs all the attention away from the rest of medicinal plants, I refused for years to consider the current research about it. The joke is on me!
It’s even funnier because the hemp plant was at the center of my first political activism experience.
Hemp at the Kentucky Capitol
I love this picture. It’s a sign in the cafeteria of my State Capitol. Hemp hot dogs. It’s amazing that it’s there!
To the lines of the teenagers standing next to it, it means nothing. To me, it means a lot. Enough to stop, chuckle, and take a picture. If these kids only knew.
We needed to grow this plant in Kentucky for many reasons. Everything made with hemp on the shelves of Kentucky stores is made from imported hemp grown in Canada. Why couldn’t we?
Hemp was once a staple crop in the United States. Its value as a plant is multi-faceted. It promotes sustainability by saving other resources (like trees), it doesn’t require industrial-type spraying to grow it successfully. It is used to make oil, clothing, beauty products, foods, paper, car parts…and the list goes on.
We were a band of misfits who were willing to risk being labeled as such to draw attention to the wonders and financial possibilities of this plant, despite its widespread miss-association for its THC-containing cousin. There were (and currently are!) so many Kentuckians working tirelessly to campaign for this plant. I was fortunate enough to witness the success of the campaign, learn from it, and watch the entire Commonwealth change their opinion of hemp within a few years because of their efforts.
If you think differently about this plant than you did five years ago, you have these people to thank.
Back in 2011, before Kentucky knew anything about hemp, it was down the hallway from this very hot dog sign where I was asked to follow a sheriff’s deputy into his office. I was there trying to gain support for a bill introduced by State Representative Jamie Comer. We had a table outside of the cafeteria displaying and passing out lotions, brownies, granola, and clothing- all made from hemp- to lobby our bill to the members of the Kentucky House and Senate.
I followed the deputy. I was quizzed about whether we were serving drugs in our hemp brownies to members of the House and Senate. Can you imagine? Ha!
Representative Jamie Comer (now Congressman Comer), worked relentlessly to educate people about this plant and the economic possibilities for the Commonwealth. We were there voluntarily to lobby for his hemp bill, no corporations, no lobbyists, just people who wanted to change the future of farming in Kentucky.
Hemp For The Future
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