If you want to know about hemp you need to read a book called ‘The Emperor Wears No Clothes’ written by Jack Herer. It’s a formidable cornucopia of a forgotten and untold factual history of the hemp/cannabis plant and its inextricable connection with all mammals. Dip into the book and fall in love with hemp. It’s hard not to. Let Jack Herer seduce you. His book is a multi-revisit encyclopaedia and reference library all rolled into one fascinating story.
It’s important to state here that hemp and cannabis are related. They are similar but different. They share many chemicals – but not THC, the psychoactive compound that gets you high. Hemp has no more than 0.3% THC content per volume – nowhere near enough to have any psychoactive effect. While cannabis remains illegal on the British Isles, hemp is 100% legal and sold as a natural food supplement.
From hemp’s past to the present and future look no further than ‘Cannafest’, an annual hemp trade fair held in Prague. There you can listen to and meet doctors and professors of bio-chemistry and organic-biology who have been researching the hemp/cannabis plant for a good few years. And you can wander round the multitude of stalls and learn a great deal about where hemp is today and why.
Discovering that hemp was grown and utilised in Scotland from around 1200 up until the 1800s led to the desire to re-introduce this most amazing plant to the people of the this country. Research into the many chemical compounds produced by the hemp plant that are beneficial to mammals is on-going and in its earliest stages. This is a journey of learning for everyone.