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September 30, 2004 2:46 PM   Subscribe

Eat 'em if you got 'em: hemp-based foods were banned several years ago, thanks to the Drug Enforcement Agency's neverending "war on (some) drugs" but lawyers for hemp-based food companies successfully overturned the law, and the deadline ran out on the DEA to challenge it. Not that I would ever want to eat a hemp cheeseburger, but it's nice to know I can. Hopefully hemp rope will remain legal as well.
posted by mathowie (19 comments total)

 
If I'm every fully employed and flush again, I'd like to invest in a hemp sports jacket, too.
posted by alumshubby at 2:57 PM on September 30, 2004


never a fan of the hemp cheese, but those pressed seed snacks like asian sesame confections were ok.

it still makes the best paper
it still makes the best rope
*stops now and checks french importers status*
posted by ethylene at 2:57 PM on September 30, 2004


So in 60 years the US has gone from "Hemp for Victory" to "Victory for Hemp", right?
posted by clevershark at 3:03 PM on September 30, 2004


I've got some hemp clothes and they are as comfortable as cotton and are supposed to last alot longer.

Isn't the US Constitution written on hemp paper? Or was it the Bill of Rights? Or both?
posted by fenriq at 3:04 PM on September 30, 2004


Isn't the US Constitution written on hemp paper? Or was it the Bill of Rights? Or both?

That's the first and second drafts of the Declaration of Independence. They copied it onto parchment for the final signatures, though.
posted by vorfeed at 3:24 PM on September 30, 2004


How about the hempful version of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap? Canadians deserve the real thing! All One! All One!
posted by 327.ca at 3:45 PM on September 30, 2004


i would gladly pay you tuesday, sir, for a hemp cheeseburger today!
posted by quonsar at 3:46 PM on September 30, 2004


I have hemp boots. I waxed 'em so they're water-repellent. They're quite nice.
posted by Shane at 4:00 PM on September 30, 2004


There's a brewpub around here that does a hemp ale. It's pretty good.
posted by transient at 5:05 PM on September 30, 2004


I beg you all to click this link, if not for the hemp products contained therein, then for the megatastic graphics. So much colour. So much movement. And also Rasta Pasta...
posted by i_cola at 5:07 PM on September 30, 2004


I scored a litre or so pail of hulled hempseed last summer. I swear, they made a significant difference in my fight against depression. Tons of good amino acids and suchlike in them.

In Canada you can score hemp clothing and foods in any decent town. Problem is that they're so damn expensive. $60 for a t-shirt? I dunno about that.
posted by five fresh fish at 5:24 PM on September 30, 2004


hey, i'm wearing a hemp t-shirt right now. it was a gift, but i really doubt it was $60. who knows. yes, they're too expensive, but that's a supply factor, i suppose.

Dr. Bronner's is awesome, and hemp gazelles are (were?) pretty cool too. not that you can eat either of those ...

as for eating, for me it's mostly hemp granola, which is pretty awesome (as far as granola can be "awesome").

"Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere." - George Washington

fantastic news! (bogus case to begin with, but good news anyway)
posted by mrgrimm at 6:23 PM on September 30, 2004


Humboldt Hemp Ale was pretty good too. dunno if it's still around.
posted by mrgrimm at 6:33 PM on September 30, 2004


This is also a victory for good nutrition. Hempseed and hemp oil are high in Omega-3s, the fatty acids you supposedly "have to" eat fish to get enough of. Flax still has a better Omega-3 / Omega-6 balance, but it's always good to have more options.
posted by soyjoy at 9:25 PM on September 30, 2004


"have to" eat fish that are choc-a-bloc full of mercury and other heavy metals and toxins these days. Think I'll prefer the plant-sourced version, thanks.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:47 PM on September 30, 2004


Soyjoy: I'm all about flax these days but I did not know hempseed contained O3s as well. So, thanks!
posted by ed\26h at 1:43 AM on October 1, 2004


If they ever come out with the hemp fruit roll-ups they mention in the cheeseburger article, it could be dangerous; eat one/get munchies/eat one/get munchies/eat one....

/lame joke
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:08 AM on October 1, 2004


ed\26h and FFF: Yeah, again, it's worth stressing that although hemp has the "perfect balance" (3:1) of Omega-6 to Omega-3, the fact is that most Westerners already get way too much Omega-6, so "unbalanced" flax offers the chance to even out the rest of the diet. Here's the scientific lowdown, and here's a pro-hemp page that goes into some detail on the "balance" question, to the point of arguing with the point I just made.

Didn't mean to divert from the main thrust of this thread, which I completely agree with: Namely, in addition to its well-known "therapeutic" uses, hemp is a plant with a plethora of valuable uses, most of which have been buried by a malicious 20th-century propaganda campaign by an alliance of competing industrial interests.
posted by soyjoy at 8:15 AM on October 1, 2004


Myself, I would love to run an honest compassionate grow. (Yes, this is only tangentially related to hemp.)

I get really cheesed when I see the kind of grotesque profits made by companies that serve the disabled market. My sis-in-law is an occupational therapist, and so I sometimes flip through her supply catalogs. Things that I know damn well I can pick up at the local hardware store for five bucks are priced at a hundred bucks. It's just plain offensive.

Same with the compassion grows: last I read about the San Fran compassion club, the prescriptions were being filled at obscene prices. It costs S.F.A. to grow a plant, especially a plant that's classifiable as a damn weed. It just disgusts me that the ill are taken such advantage of.

[strikes heroic pose, rushes off to save the disabled from evil companies.]
posted by five fresh fish at 10:45 AM on October 1, 2004


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