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Growing your own hemp seeds?!?!?

#1 Postby Raw tennis » Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:32 pm

I was thinking of growing my very own hemp seeds from Hibiscus cannabinus Kenaf http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-327.html .

Is it a good idea?
Would it be better to grow different seeds?

I mainly wanted it for protein.

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#2 Postby ChaserHUN » Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:51 pm

lol in my country hemp is banned, you get to jail if you grow it at home :? :(
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#3 Postby beforewisdom » Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:17 pm

Raw tennis wrote:I mainly wanted it for protein.


The look on the arresting officer's face at the police station after s/he hears that should be entertaining. I'm assuming that you don't live in Holland, Canada (hemp, not cannibus sativa )or any other country where that is legal.

It has been a while since I looked at amino acid profiles and the amount of protein you get per calorie, per gram of fat ( Troy? DV? ) but I have a vague memory telling me that hemp is not a stellar protein source given those considerations.

You might be better off investing $1 to buy a bag of lentils from your supermarket and growing your own basil. It is a powerful anti-cancer herb, easy to grow, fast to grow, adds flavor to your food and you will not have someone wearing boots spreading your legs apart for you before hand cuffs are slapped on. Assuming you don't want that to happen :)
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#4 Postby xjohanx » Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:33 pm

a student in my town got caught growing cannabis. his defense was that it was for a practical joke. 3 years in prison
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#5 Postby beforewisdom » Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:51 pm

So much for my stereotype of the sane level headed Scandinavians.

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#6 Postby michaelhobson » Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:48 pm

beforewisdom wrote:So much for my stereotype of the sane level headed Scandinavians.


Clearly you haven't met many of them. :lol:

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#7 Postby Raw tennis » Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:57 pm

Nobody is going to notice :P How come you can buy the seeds but can not grow them?
Not fair you know :?

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#8 Postby beforewisdom » Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:42 pm

In the United States it is legal to only sell the cooked hemp seeds. In other words the hemp seeds you can buy can't germinate.

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#9 Postby I'm Your Man » Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:09 pm

In Canada we can buy raw hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, etc... But it's illegal to grow some at home, or smoke marijuana. In Quebec, there's many fields that grow wheat, fruits, veggies, etc but that are invested by motorcycle gangs and crime organisations to use a certain superficy of the fields to grow their hemp, using intimidation and threats at the farmers. Every week the police find some of those hidden hemp fields by helicopter.
There's a huge debate about if we should legalize hemp or not and it's often part of the political views of the candidates before elections.
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#10 Postby beforewisdom » Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:09 pm

The active ingredient is cannibus satava (sp) aka marijuana is THC. Hemp is not marijuana. Same plant, but a variation that has so little THC that it will not act like a drug.

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#11 Postby I'm Your Man » Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:32 pm

by variation do you mean another variety of the same plant ? Like a variety that has been genetically modified or a mutation that has happened in the nature?
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#12 Postby beforewisdom » Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:47 pm

Yes.

Hemp is a mostly inert, extremely useful industrial plant like soy beans. You can use hemp to make dozens and dozens of things.

Marijuana has high levels of THC, the active ingredient in pot.

Both varieties look the same. Hence *one* of the reasons they are both illegal and why American pot activists want to get at least hemp ( not marijuana ) legalized first. Having hemp legal would make enforcement of anti-marijuana laws impractical.
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#13 Postby I'm Your Man » Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:38 pm

Thanks for the infos.
All this illegal thing is so ridiculous. Hemp for food, clothes, etc. is so versatile. Tobacco should be illegal. It's an ultimate proof that goverments are more concerned by economy than the health of their population.
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#14 Postby Katabatic » Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:55 pm

I'm Your Man wrote:Thanks for the infos.
All this illegal thing is so ridiculous. Hemp for food, clothes, etc. is so versatile. Tobacco should be illegal. It's an ultimate proof that goverments are more concerned by economy than the health of their population.


I agree with you, man.

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#15 Postby Dawgbert » Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:03 pm

If you live in the US then you definitely can't grow it (even many countries that do allow Hemp to be grown regulate it). In the US though we can buy and consume the raw hemp seeds (and other products) but I agree they probably won't germinate.
In the United States it is legal to only sell the cooked hemp seeds. In other words the hemp seeds you can buy can't germinate.

(Manitoba Harvest and Living Harvest both sell raw hemp seeds that are cold-processed to no-more than 40degree C (104 F) ).

That did make me interested as to why it wouldn't germinate (my assumption because it they are hulled) and I thought about doing an online search but then thought that maybe it would be interpreted as a search to learn how to grow Hemp so I decided against it. :D


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