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With the recent changes in legislation, there are many people asking questions about how to get an Australian Cannabis Prescription.  It’s been a long time coming, but Australians finally have the opportunity to access medical cannabis without having to turn to the black market.  

The previous state of the cannabis industry in Australia meant people had to risk prosecution and deal with shady people that might not have the patients best interest in mind.  With the new access scheme, patients can legally access cannabis products designated by a medical professional. This revolutionary breakthrough has been a godsend for both patients and the economy and is expected to continue providing great results.  

Unfortunately, it’s not quite as easy in Australia as it is in America – at least not yet.  There are still prerequisites that must be met in order to gain access.  

This week we’re going to take a closer look at conditions that may enable you to get an Australian Cannabis Prescription.  Read on to learn more!

Do I Qualify For An Australian Cannabis Prescription?

In 2018, medicinal Cannabis products became a part of the TGA’s Special Access Scheme (SAS).  This initiative allows people to access alternative medicine and therapy that isn’t yet TGA approved – such as cannabis.  You will need a practitioner to file your application before the products become accessible.  If successful, you will be able to purchase medicinal cannabis through your local clinic. Applications can all be lodged online and are 

So, what does it take to qualify for an application?

Medical cannabis products can be prescribed for a wide range of conditions – though it’s not guaranteed that having one of them will result in approval.  You can have a doctor submit an application to the TGA SAS if you have been suffering from the following conditions;

Australian cannabis clinics by state

Since the legislative amendment in 2016, specialised clinics have started to appear all across the country.  These cannabis clinics are run by doctors who have a deep understanding of how to treat certain conditions.  They don’t only prescribe based on cannabinoids, but terpenes too, as the scents play a major role in treating particular ailments.  

We’ve put together a list of 9 medical cannabis clinics that have had great success with applications for their patients.  Please note that there are many more, and some of these are ‘franchised’ and providing their services in a range of states in Australia. 

Here are 3 cannabis clinics you can visit, state by state.

What Medicinal Cannabis Products Are Available Through A Prescription?

Once you’ve been approved for a prescription, you may have a diverse range of products available to you.  Ultimately, your cannabis doctor will be the person who decides what is right for you.  Depending on your condition, you may be prescribed medicine from one of the following categories. 

Are you familiar with any of these? 

Cannabis Flower & Tetrahydrocannabinol 

CBD (Cannabidiol) 

Other Cannabis medicine

Wrap-up/Final Words

It’s great to finally see the Australian government taking cannabis products on board and approving them as a viable method for treatment.  It’s been a very long road.  However, it’s going to be worth it.  The economic and social benefits of the cannabis industry are phenomenal.  If you look at states like Colorado where cannabis tax has been put towards social initiatives, the upside is indisputable.  And even though Australia isn’t quite there yet, we’re slowly moving in the right direction.

If you’re somebody who has been considering a cannabis prescription, simply get in touch with one of the clinics in your state to check your eligibility.  It doesn’t hurt to try, and the majority of eligible patients have been approved with no additional questions asked.  

Last but not least, we’d like to extend appreciation to the citizens who have been fighting the good fight to bring medical cannabis to the Australian healthcare system.  

Western Australia’s Premier Hemp is Healthy Family Fun Fair, proudly brought to you by iHempWA, will be held at
the South Perth Yacht Club on Saturday 2 October 2021 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association Inc. (iHempWA) is a public not-for-profit incorporated association
and the peak industry body for industrial hemp in Western Australia.

A perfect start to Spring school holidays, this family-friendly event features free activities for the kids and a taste of
the local produce from WA owned and operated hemp businesses.

Nunki Fun Faces will bring a rainbow of colour to your children’s faces and clown Johnno B Biscuit will bring a plethora
of the finest skills in children’s entertainment to the event with Juggling Daredevilry, Magical Mastery, Comedic
Capers & Musical Mayhem, not stopping there, there will also be colour-in activities, word sleuth and art

It’s time for some FUN in 2021! “Why is Hemp Healthy?” An informal Q&A workshop will be headed by
knowledgeable and experienced hemp growers, processors, manufacturers, and educators, as well as industry
leaders. Guest speakers include the two MPs that made world history after being elected to Parliament as
representatives of the Legalise Cannabis WA Party.

But wait, it doesn’t end there! The fun continues at 5 pm with a Sundowner to celebrate iHempWA’s 6th Earthday.
Be moved to groove when you hear the Ecological Electro Funk/Swing Rad(ish) Permaculture Beets for a Changed
World performed by Charlie Mgee Duo of Formidable Vegetable Sound System. Sundowner ticket price includes
Hemp inspired canapés and a complimentary Hemp beverage.

Please join us at iHempWA’s Hemp is Healthy Family Fair and/or Sundowner and support the WA hemp industry as a
sustainable building, food and farming choice and help us achieve our vision; to establish, develop and support a
sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia.

Entry to the Hemp is Healthy Family Fair event is just $20 for individuals and $30 for families. MEMBERS ATTEND
FREE and there are limited tickets available, so bookings are essential. Parking is available onsite; just mention the
event you are attending at the gate.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://ihempwa.org/events/hemp-is-healthy-family-fair/ and
https://ihempwa.org/events/hemp-is-healthy-sundowner/. Further detailed information is available on the website
at https://ihempwa.org/.

With the trend of Hemp growing, more and more people are looking to incorporate Hemp Pet Products into the life of their furry friends.  The good news is that new products are coming on to the market every day!  

There are so many ways to treat your pet with Hemp, and it’s not just with Hemp Food.

Hemp fibre-based products & CBD are also proving to be highly beneficial for domesticated animals.  And even vets are nodding their heads in approval! 

Although it’s hard to get CBD products for pets in Australia, much of the world are already seeing their companions reap the benefits – and we hope we can too, soon! 

As for Hemp Food and Fibre products for pets, it’s 100% legal in Australia as there are no cannabinoids in any of these.

This week we’re going to look at seven ways you can use Hemp Pet Products to improve the health of your best animal friend! 

Hemp Products for Pets: Hemp In Foods

There are quite a few ways to incorporate Hemp Seed and Hemp Seed Oil into the diet of your cats, dogs, horses, or any other pet you might have!  But before we go into all that, we’re going to tell you a bit of what makes it so good for them.  

Hemp Seed and Hemp Seed Oil are jam-packed with beneficial nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.  33% of the total weight of Hemp Seed is attributed to Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3, 6, and 9.  All animals (including humans) require these for their diet to qualify as ‘balanced’.  It also contains iron, fibre, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and so much more!  You can read about the nutritional properties of Hemp Seed & Hemp Seed Oil here in a previous blog.

So, how can these Hemp Pet Products be used?

  1. Hemp Seed in Your Pet’s Meals
    • It’s so easy to use Hemp Seed in your pet’s meals!  The best way to add it is to prepare food for your furry friend(s).  If you tend to purchase pet food from stores, it’s easiest to add Hemp Seed to the top of their dinner and simply mix it in with a spoon.  If you make your pet’s food at home out of raw ingredients, you can either cook it in or mix it in once everything’s prepared! 
  1. Hemp Seed Oil in Your pet’s diet
    • You can add hemp Seed Oil to your pet’s diet in a similar way to Hemp Seed.  Whatever you most commonly feed your pet, simply add and mix it in!  This is an excellent Hemp Pet Product for our companions who might not like taste of Hemp Seed; and vice versa.  
  1. Hemp Cat & Dog Treats
    • Last but not least, you can’t beat a good Hemp treat!  If you like to bake your pet’s treats instead of buying them, it’s as easy as adding them to the recipe when mixing your dry ingredients.  However, if you prefer the hands-off approach, we recommend trying the treats from our friends at Hemp Pet!  They have Hemp Pet Products incorporating flavours that dogs love and flavours that cats love. Head to their website to shop for Hemp pet products in the form of oil and treats today!

Hemp Pet Products: CBD Food, Drink, and Treats 

If you’re not aware yet, all mammals (and even some other species) have cannabinoid receptors in the form of an endocannabinoid system.  What does this mean?  Simply, animals can also benefit from non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD.  And yes, it’s similar to how humans do!  Whether it’s for pain management, treatment of chronic health issues, or just to relax them when it comes to separation anxiety or past-home trauma – CBD works wonders. It’s an ideal Hemp pet product for both relaxation and optimal health outcomes.

Here are some ideas on how to incorporate CBD into your pets life today!

  1. CBD food
    • In countries that have legalised CBD, such as America, a wide range of CBD-infused pet food is available on the market.  These may come in both dry and wet forms and can even be made by the owner at home.  We can’t recommend any Australian brands for CBD pet food, but we hope that it’s a possibility in the future!
  2. CBD treats
    • Much like pet food, CBD can be infused in higher concentrations and fed to your furry friend through a reward system.  Instead of having a lighter concentration of CBD in a whole bowl of food, you might prefer to give them their daily dose in a few single treats! 
  3. CBD Oil
    • CBD oil is the most barebones way to give your pet CBD.  The only issue with giving them pure CBD oil is they may not like the flavour and consistency.  Some brands have worked around this by putting the CBD in capsules or adding fish, chicken, or pork tastes.  You can force-feed it to your pets through a dropper or capsule, but another way to do it is by blending it into their regular meals, so they don’t notice!

Hemp Fibre-Based Pet Products

Hemp fibre is yet another part of the cannabis plant that we can use to make Hemp Pet Products.  The benefits for pets is similar to the benefits for humans.  Hemp fibre products have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than steel, which makes them highly durable.  They also have natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, so they are perfect for a furry friend who might get a bit dirty from time to time!  Last but not least, hemp fabric products are very well insulated, meaning they will keep your pet warmer in winter and cooler in summer! 

Here are some ideas on using Hemp pet products made from fibre and hurd;

  1. Hemp Pet Bedding
    • Hemp Pet Bedding is one of the most underrated products in the Hemp Pet Product sector!  Not only can the outer fabric be made from Hemp fibre, but the inner components can be made from hurd.  Hemp hurd can also be used for horse, ferret, hamster, and rat bedding.  Availability is slowly increasing, and we hope to have our own Australian Grown and Processed Hemp Hurd available for these purposes within the next year!  
  2. Hemp Fabric Pet Jackets
    • When days and nights get cold, every family pet deserves a warm jacket to take them through it!  And when it comes to insulative properties, there aren’t many fabrics better than Hemp.  Made from cottonised bast fibre, Hemp Pet jackets are viable for any animal with legs to put through the holes!  Of course, you could adapt the fitting to suit everything down to kangaroos if you want.  Some customers even buy our Hemp fabric to make blankets for their horses!
  3. Hemp Fibre Pet Toys
    • Last but not least, if your dog loves a tied rope to play with, Hemp yarn is sure to make a great choice for Hemp Pet Products!  With the remarkable strength and durability of Hemp fibres, you and your puppy family could play an eternal game of tug-of-war without worry.  This goes for any type of equipment that incorporates yarn or rope! 

Wrap-Up/Final Words

We’ve finally adopted Hemp as a worthy commodity for human use, and Hemp Pet Products are up next. Our animal companions deserve the best in nutrition and comfort, which will show a return in a boost of quality of life. Although the idea of making Hemp Pet Products from CBD, Fibre, and Hemp Food is rather new, it’s a quickly growing trend.

Would you use Hemp pet products at home? If so, which ones are stated here?

If we’ve missed something that you’re already using, please drop a comment and let us know! We’d love to add more in.

Did you know it’s not as hard to extract CBD as some may think?

Okay, sure – some methods are more complicated than others. But for years now, people have done it at home so they can self-medicate (even when it’s against the law!)

CBD is currently a hot topic due to the recent amendments to legislation and significant recognition for its medicinal properties worldwide.  Today we want to dive into the different ways people around the world have been extracting CBD.  Please keep in mind that it’s still highly illegal to perform all or most of these techniques in many countries worldwide.  However, we believe it’s essential for people to know the different options available now or in the future. 

4 modern methods to extract cbd
4 Modern Methods To Extract CBD – Margaret River Hemp Co. Original

Where Does CBD Come From?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the numerous cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Hemp is the form of cannabis that contains more CBD, while marijuana has more THC. CBD does not induce a high in consumers. CBD is derived majorly from the leaves, resin of the flower, stalk, and stem of the cannabis plant. It is also important to note that the female hemp plant produces more CBD than the male. 

Is CBD Legal In Australia?

The legal status of CBD in Australia is still strict. In Australia, a medical doctor may prescribe high-dose CBD if it benefits a person’s health. However, low-dose CBD is available for purchase over the counter with or without a prescription from 2020. CBD is only legal if the CBD concentrates are more than 98% of the total cannabinoids, with the rest accounting for less than 2% of the plant

Common Uses Of CBD

Although more research is needed into how CBD reacts with the brain and body, CBD has some physical and mental benefits. 

How Do You Extract CBD?

CBD extraction is the process of generating pure CBD from a cannabis plant. There are a range of processes that can accomplish this, but there are four common methods

Extract CBD with solvents

One of the most popular methods of extracting CBD from the plant is using a solvent. Ethanol is the most used solvent, although butane and alcohol can also work. Most people who extract CBD at home use the solvent method. In this process, you can mix the hemp plant with the solvent until it dissolves. On dissolution, the cannabinoids are then isolated into the solvent. Once this is done, the solvent is then eliminated by evaporation so that a CBD concentrate is left behind.   

Advantages of Solvent Extraction

Disadvantages of Solvent Extraction

Extract CBD with Olive Oil

CBD extraction using olive oil is possibly the oldest method available. The extraction may also use other oils, but many prefer olive oil for its taste and consistency. The first step involves decarboxylation, which involves heating the hemp plant. This process is vital to activate the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. The next step is to add olive oil. The mixture is then heated for 120 minutes at a temperature of about 101.6 degrees Celsius. This temperature is when the CBD is extracted. It is important to note that patients and manufacturers must store CBD extracted with olive oil in the dark.

Advantages of Olive Oil Extraction

Disadvantages of Olive Oil Extraction

Extract CBD through Steam distillation

This method of extracting CBD involves the use of steam to separate CBD from the plant. A glass flask with an inlet and outlet is used in this method. The plant is placed in a flask with the channel connected to another flask with boiling water. The outlet leads to a tube for condensation. The steam from the boiling water extracts the CBD from the plant. The mixture of the CBD and vapour condenses in the condenser tube into oil and water. The CBD oil and water mixture is then separated using the distillation method.   

Advantages of Steam Distillation

Disadvantages of Steam Distillation

Extract CBD with CO2 Extraction

CO2 extraction, as the name implies, involves the use of carbon dioxide. Supercritical CO2 (i.e., carbon dioxide held at high pressure and low temperature) can exist in liquid or gaseous forms. This method involves specialised tanks and chambers that can withstand extremely high pressures. The process begins with one chamber holding the supercritical CO2 while another has the hemp plant. As the supercritical CO2 passes through the chamber hemp plant, the extraction begins. The third chamber then receives the extract and CO2. The CO2 is eradicated from the oil by an evaporation method.

Advantages of Co2 Extractions

Disadvantages of Co2 Extractions

Wrap-Up/Final Words

Extracting CBD without contaminants is an extensive and expensive process, but using a technique like Olive Oil extraction can still do the trick. Once again we’d like to mention that if you live in Australia, this is all 100% illegal to do yourself, and we do not encourage trying to extract CBD in any way. If you want to get more of an understanding of the legal status of CBD in Australia, you can check out this blog from Pondering Pot!

Have you been looking into different ways that your legal CBD products have been made? If so, we hope this discussion gave you an insight into the various methods used to extract CBD.

If you don’t know too much about the benefits of CBD, you should check out our blog about it here!

CBD oil extract in a bottle
Cannabis with Cannabidiol (CBD) extract in a bottle

When it comes to the world of cannabis lingo, the terminology can be very confusing.   Between the different variants within the species of plant, genders, and parts of the plant used for products, there’s a lot to know and remember.  

This week we decided to put together a bit of a basic guide to cannabis lingo so you have something to refer to if you find yourself lost in the words. 

Read on for more insight about cannabis lingo!

Cannabis Lingo For “Cannabis Sativa”

Cannabis Sativa is among the three recognized cannabis species. Cannabis sativa is the most abundant of the cannabis species. However, all the other species can still be grouped under Cannabis sativa. This plant contains over 100 cannabinoids that give it therapeutic and recreational relevance. Cannabis sativa includes male and female plants. However, low THC cannabis Sativa also has many industrial uses.

Cannabis Lingo For “Hemp” (Industrial Hemp)

Industrial hemp is a form of cannabis Sativa that is cultivated for industrial purposes. It matures within three to four months. Hemp has trace amounts of THC-the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Hemp products contain less than 1% THC as the global benchmark. The legal definition of hemp is cannabis that contains 0.3% or less THC. Industrial hemp is useful for commercial products like clothing, houses, food, skincare, and more. It does not cause the “high” effect. Cannabis products derived from hemp flowers also have higher CBD concentrations.

Cannabis Lingo For “Marijuana” (Weed, Pot)

Marijuana is most commonly a seedless flower (sinsemilla), but can also take the form of dried cannabis leaves, seeds, stems, and roots. Marijuana is typically a female cannabis Sativa plant. It contains psychoactive substances (THC), which causes a person to feel “high”. Due to the high THC content, it is illegal in most parts of the world. Although most countries recognize anything over 1% THC as marijuana, it takes at least 7% to produce a psychoactive effect.

Cannabis Lingo For “Trichomes”

Trichomes are small crystalline structures. They cover the leaves, flowers, and buds of cannabis plants. On closer inspection, trichomes are appendages that grow from the stem of the cannabis plant. 

Trichomes are responsible for producing the components of a cannabis plant. They create cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes that give each cannabis plant a unique taste, flavour, and properties. Trichomes change colour as they mature, and this can be a sign of maturity. 

Cannabis Lingo For “Stigmas”

Stigmas are part of a plant pistil that is hair-like. They contain the reproductive component of a plant. The red hairs on cannabis plants are the stigma. The stigma has a unique function of receiving pollen from the male plant. Thus, they play an essential role in the reproduction of the cannabis plant. However, the stigma has little or no effect on the taste and potency of the cannabis plant. The stigma is usually white but changes colour as the plant matures and eventually turns red.

Cannabis Lingo For “Male Plant”

The major distinguishing characteristic of a male cannabis plant is its height. It is taller, with thicker stalks to bear the weight. They also have fewer, usually shorter leaves. The main function of the male plant is to develop pollen. The pollens grow in a pollen sac which burst at maturity. The pollens can fertilize a female plant to produce seeds. When a cross-pollination occurs, the male plant accounts for 50% of the product’s gene. It is also important to note that male plants can not produce flowers. The male plants have lower levels of cannabinoids. The parts of the male plant include nodes, stem, fan leaves, 

Cannabis Lingo For “Female Plant”

The female cannabis plant is shorter and has a thinner stalk. Leaves of the female plant are broader and fuller at the top of the plant. Cola, Pistil, calyx can only be found in the female plant. Successful fertilization depends on the pollen from the male plant reaching the pistils of the female plant. If pollination occurs, it produces seed. In the absence of pollination, it produces flowers. Another important feature of the female plant is that it produces buds. The flowers, or buds, can be anything from 0.1%-35% THC.

Cannabis Lingo For “Hermaphrodite Plant”

The hermaphrodite cannabis plant has both male and female parts in different parts of a single plant. There are two forms of the hermaphrodite cannabis plant. True hermaphrodite plants have male and female parts in different parts of the plant. The plants are characterized by elongated anthers that produce pollens. The pollens drop directly on the buds for pollination. A cannabis hermaphrodite plant possesses both male and female properties. The flowers from the hermaphrodite plant produce both seeds and buds. Hermaphrodite cannabis plants are much smaller than the female plant. It is usually full of seeds making it a poor choice for smoking.  

Cannabis Lingo For “THC”

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the major cannabinoids found in a cannabis plant. This cannabinoid stimulates neurons responsible for pleasure, thinking, and memory. The use in medicine and recreation has sparked many controversies because it makes you feel “high.” It is the major compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. 

THC acts by stimulating the brain to produce dopamine. This makes it an effective anti-depressant because it creates euphoria. In small doses, it may improve memory. THC also increases appetite. It also helps to prevent nausea and vomiting, especially in chemotherapy patients. Another medical benefit of THC is eradicating insomnia and pain relief.

Cannabis Lingo For “CBD”

CBD is an abbreviation of the word cannabidiol. It is among the numerous cannabinoids that you can extract from the cannabis plant. However, it is a non-intoxicating compound. Therefore, it is not implicated in the “high effect” associated with cannabinoids.

CBD can reduce some of the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC in the body. As a recreational product, CBD helps you relax, especially after a stressful day. In modern medicine, several areas of wellness have been improved with the use of CBD. They include:

Cannabis Lingo For “Hemp Stalk”

The stalk of cannabis plants has a diverse range of uses depending on the goals of growers and manufacturers.  They are composed of two parts: The Hurd and the Bast Fibre.  Both have unique commercial applications.

Cannabis Lingo For “Hemp Hurd”

Hemp Hurd is the wood-like core of the stalk which can be yielded through strategic processing methods.  Hemp Hurd is renowned for its use in products such as;

Cannabis Lingo For “Hemp Bast Fibre”

Hemp Bast Fibre is the fibrous ‘skin’ around the outside of the stalk. In order to use it, processing equipment must be utilised to separate it from the wooden core (hurd). Then, you can use both the fibre and the Hurd for their respective products. Hemp fibre can be used to make;

Final Words/Wrap Up

We hope this mini-dictionary was effective at breaking down words you’ve heard but not quite understood. It’s a complicated plant with many uses, and if nothing else, the simple fact that we have to do this goes to show all the possibilities. Cannabis Lingo is still expanding as the field progresses, so we’ll keep updating this as there’s more to know!

Did you learn a few new words today?

Let us know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like us to add!

Plastic-Free July is primarily aimed at the damaging scourge of single-use plastics and looks to teach people about ways to live with less or no single-use plastics in their lives. 

Plastic-Free July covers both reusable and truly biodegradable items as they can be reused, and implemented to reduce plastic waste that will otherwise hang around for hundreds of years.

The theme of this month has been conceptualised with the goal of educating people on the dangers of single-use plastics for humans, animals, and ultimately, the entire ecosystem of our planet

More importantly, it doesn’t just tell us we need to be better! It also challenges people to live single-use plastic-free for the month – then see which new habits can carry over!

There are some very simple ways we can get involved and play our part.  

Remember, it doesn’t take one person being perfect to make progress on these issues – but hundreds of millions doing it imperfectly.  So even though we’d definitely give you a gold star for using absolutely no single-use plastic through the month, we also recognise it can be difficult!

Why Participate In Plastic-Free July?

It’s no secret anymore – Plastic pollution is causing massive harm to the planet.  They harm everything from the air to humans!  And whether we can visibly see the dangers or not, it’s simply impossible to deny that they’re there.  At this point, humans have done decades of research into this – but in perspective, most of the world only began acting on our information recently. 

Look, we’re not demonising plastic.  There’s no way to deny that it has its place.  It’s really our fault.  The trend of single-use plastic includes things like plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic lids, plastic wrappers on fruit and veg, and they are certainly causing overall net harm.  But what’s so bad about single-use plastic?

Plastic Can Harm The Animals

For the animals, it often means that they end up choking to death – land and sea animals alike.  Birds, cats, and last but not least, marine life.  It’s common to see seals and penguins with those old, plastic 6-pack ring holders for beer that still haven’t broken down decades later.  

Animals are also consuming microplastics in their water.  Marine life would suffer the most from this, but now even land animals are drinking water that’s been contaminated with microplastics.  Research has shown that there may be a variety of consequences for animals, such as blocked digestive tracts and infertility.

They may also end up with serious risks from the runoff from manufacturing that often ends up in oceans. It releases dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium and other toxic chemicals during production. This can end up in the waters that our poor animal friends are living in!

Single-Use Plastics’ Damage to Humans

For humans, it most notably means consuming microplastics. 

Did you know the average person consumes around 5 grams of microplastics every week?  That’s how much a credit card weighs.

Research has shown that consuming too many microplastics (which evidently, most people will) can cause oxidative stress, inflammatory lesions, neurotoxicity, and even increase cancer risks in humans.

How Do Single Use Plastics Damage The Environment?

For the rivers, oceans, and farmlands it means pollution from chemicals and emissions.  Due to this, it often causes the depletion of soil quality.  So not only is soil being loaded with chemical pesticides, insecticides, and fertilisers… the soil microbiome is also being spent trying to break down plastics into microplastics, and microplastics into nano plastics… and from there, we have no idea what happens – this is a 21st-century problem, so we’re swimming in uncharted waters here.  And those waters are polluted with microplastics.

The oceans and waterways cop it the worst.  The toxic runoff and litter end up here, and it’s not pretty – literally and metaphorically.  Have you seen the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Plastic-Free July

The Ocean and Waterways see all these damages in a variety of ways:

On top of that, manufacturing plastic produces an incredible amount of emissions and even uses fossil fuels.  It’s speculated that around 2% of fossil fuels burned every year are attributed to plastic production.  So it’s safe to say that plastic also reduces the quality of the air we breathe.

Do we bet by now you’re asking what you can do to help lessen the burden on the planet?

How to participate in Plastic-Free July

Here are 8 ways you can reduce single-use plastics this plastic-free July! 

1. Get a reusable mug/keep cup instead of disposable cups with plastic lids. These are often silicon and can always be cleaned at the end of the day, ready for the next!  Some cafes even offer discounts for bringing your own mug

2. Use fabric grocery bags instead of plastic.  This saves you money, and the ecosystem a lot of hassle!  No more 15c Coles bags.  Just grab your fabric bags & go!

3. Use metal straws instead of plastic straws.  Plastic straws are almost always single-use and make up a relatively large portion of plastic pollution on earth – especially considering their size.

4. Use Wood and Bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic.  Wood and bamboo are biodegradable and you can dispose of them without a guilty conscience! 

5. Plan ahead and bring produce bags to the bakery.  In fact, this could also be “Shop at bakeries and bring your own produce bags”.  This is much more eco-friendly than putting bread in plastic bags that you throw out every week.

6. Reuse, reduce, recycle.  Any plastics that you do buy should have a solid lifespan!  Make sure you can reuse it, that it reduces the amount of plastic that you buy, and that it’s recycled at the end of its life. 

7. Try soap bars, shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and shaving bars instead of bottled variants.  Soap bars don’t use any plastic, whereas many soaps are plastic-based and not very eco-friendly. 

8. Use Reusable food storage containers instead of disposable ones.  You know, the flimsy ones in your fridge that make it so easy to just prep the week’s meals, eat them, and throw them in the bin as you go.

Final Words

Like any item on earth, ‘things’ aren’t inherently bad – it’s the way we use them that needs adjustment.  Single-use plastics are the scourge of the planet; the unnoticed plague that we’ve been spreading all across the earth.  From our own backyard to the 1.7 Million square kilometres of trash that society has dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s everywhere.  It’s in wild animals, it’s in our pets, and it’s in us.  

We can’t undo the damage that’s been done, but we can control how much we do from now on.  That’s why Plastic Free July is so important, and that’s why we’re calling on you to join us.  

This week, we’ve collected 17 defining Hemp quotes that have stood the test of time.

By now, it’s no secret that Hemp has been a powerful ally of human development throughout history. As a testament to this, there are many highly influential historical figures who have given praise in many quotes throughout history. But what’s incredible about this plant goes much deeper than just the people who acknowledged it; The countless ways it can be used are the most impressive part.

Whether it’s for relaxation, sequestering of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, or any of the numerous ways that Hemp could help provide relief for unsustainable practices, one thing is for certain: Hemp can help save the world.

Here, we’ve put together 17 of our favourite defining hemp quotes from different points in history that imply just that.

Do you recognise any of the names below?

Hemp Quotes #1

“Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed, and sow it everywhere”

– George Washington
Hemp Quotes - George Washington

Hemp Quotes #2

“Hemp will be the future of mankind, or there won’t be a future”

Jack Herer

Hemp Quotes #3

“Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.”

– Jesse Ventura

Hemp Quotes #4

“Hemp is one of the greatest, most important substances of our nation”

– Thomas Jefferson

Hemp Quotes #5

“As with most consensual crimes, this prohibition of hemp is both silly and sinister.”

– Peter McWilliams

Hemp Quotes #6

“Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my Hohner harmonica.”

Abraham Lincoln

Hemp Quotes #7

“Since 1937, about half the forests in the world have been cut down to make paper. If hemp had not been outlawed, most would still be standing, oxygenating the planet.”

– Alan Bock

Hemp Quotes #8

I want people to get over the stigma about hemp. These seeds can’t make you high, but they will make you feel good.

– Ziggy Marley

Hemp Quotes #9

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”

– Henry Ford

Hemp Quotes #10

“Imagine people growing hemp and making everything from food to fuel without petroleum!”

Josh Tickell

Hemp Quotes #11

“The Anglo-Saxon farmers had scarce conquered foothold, stronghold, freehold in the Western wilderness before they became sowers of hemp–with remembrance of Virginia, with remembrance of dear ancestral Britain.”

– James Lane Allen

Hemp Quotes #12

“Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications.”

– Cory Gardner

Hemp Quotes #13

“We shall by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”

– John Adams

Hemp Quotes #14

“As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.”

– Andrew Weil

Hemp Quotes #15

“There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to raise hemp. Hemp is a good product.”

– Ron Paul

Hemp Quotes #16

“We can build a high-speed fully automated system of production from durable, lightweight bioplastic and graphene, out of hemp and other plants, powered by biofuel and hemp batteries, while – because of hemp’s ability to revive soil and absorb CO2 – healing the soil and stabilising the climate in the process. This reconstruction of society, which would raise living standards exponentially for everyone, is not an ideal or a fantasy, it is a necessity both historically and ecologically.”

– Ted Reece

Hemp Quotes #17

“More and more people are finding out the benefits of it – hemp and marijuana. The more they delve into it and research it, the more they realize, Hey wait a minute, we should give this another look.”

– Willie Nelson

Final Words

Knowing that hemp has played such a prominent role in the history of humanity goes to show how truly impressive this plant is. With such an astounding reputation, it’s strange to think that certain countries had to bar restrictions on Hemp for so long However, this has started to change – and we continue to fight this battle on the front lines in Australia.

Did you have a favourite quote in this post? Do you have a favourite quote that we didn’t include here?

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We’ve put together 7 of our favourite CBD blogs that you can get accurate, up-to-date information on CBD news, research, and products!

It’s a whole new world in the cannabis industry, and CBD has been taking it by storm for quite some time now!  As the first cannabinoid that’s been recommended for reclassification by the WHO, it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of information available on most mediums that we spend time on.  

Whether it’s through the TV, internet, or medical books, cannabinoids are currently a hot topic!

But as with any sudden influx of information, you have to be more careful than ever now to make sure you’re correctly informed.

Read on to learn more

Project CBD Blog

As per their website, Project CBD is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant.  It was founded by journalists who were covering the medical cannabis uprising in 2010.

Project CBD blog has a range of incredibly informative articles available on their website, and you can even subscribe to their mailing list to get the latest information right in your inbox!

CBD Hacker

CBD Hacker’s mission is to bring transparency into a somewhat unregulated and at times confusing industry.  Their intention is to be a comprehensive source for reviews and information about the topic of CBD.

Alongside its newfound popularity, the CBD industry is undergoing a phase of exponential growth. CBD hacker is dedicated to providing insights on the diverse range of contents that often come in new markets, and ensuring their readers know about the best CBD products available!

CBD Blog: Pure Relief

CBD Blog

Pure Relief makes high-grade CBD oil out of 100% Organic CBD in response to the opioid epidemic in California. Their mission is to help people find their moments of relief whilst educating customers about how CBD is made and how Hemp products can help change their lives.

Besides a great range of CBD products, Pure Relief also has an awesome Hemp CBD blog on their website that we definitely recommend!

The CBDistillery

CBD Blog

The CBDistillery is on a mission to make access to CBD easy for the masses, and provide greater education for those who wish to understand more about the variables within the CBD industry. 

Low quality, inferior, and overpriced products saturating an emerging market. It’s their mission to ensure that everybody is well informed through information. Head over & check out their blog if this sounds up your alley!  

Charlottes Web

CBD Blog

Charlotte’s Web is a CBD company that is very close to our hearts.  Charlotte’s Web is a CBD company named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl with Dravet syndrome who took CBD for her seizures.  They originated with a righteous mission but have now expanded their offering to a wide range of CBD products and of course, education.

As one of the grassroots companies in the modern CBD revolution, Charlotte’s Web has an incredible blog aimed to educate people on s CBD.

Ministry Of Hemp

CBD Blog

The Ministry of Hemp provides Hemp Reviews, Hemp Education, Hemp News, and CBD guides & reviews.  These guys are here for all-things Hemp, so check out their blog if you’re interested in learning more about CBD.  

If you like their work, you’ll do well subscribing to their mailing list for regular updates on their news and education!

Wrap Up

That’s it everyone, 7 highly informative CBD Blogs that we think provide incredible value to their readers!  For our Australian readers, we’re sure you don’t have to tell you that it’s not recommended to have CBD products from any of these companies shipped to Australia as you will be violating certain laws.  We simply think you should be keeping up-to-date with these blogs because they offer great insight into this particular sector of the emerging Hemp Industry.  

If you’re an Australian who is looking into getting your hands on CBD Oil, we recommend the CBD Reviews Australia Facebook Group!

We hope that you learn a thing or two from these amazing CBD blog & resources, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all for next week’s installment!

Hemp Seed is a nutritional powerhouse – an undeniable statement!

Equally true is that regardless of diet, your body requires adequate amounts of key minerals, vitamins, and nutrients in order to maintain full functionality.  When people take up a plant-based diet, it’s common to find that cutting out meat can result in certain nutrient deficiencies.  While there have been a lot of hurdles to navigate in learning how to combat this, the resilience and innovation of the plant-based community has shown that yes, it’s possible to maintain a balanced plant-based diet.  

Some nutrients are harder to come by in viable amounts when jumping into the world of plant-based diets.  Some of the most common deficiencies are as follows;

This week we’re going to look at why Hemp Seed is all but necessary for those who are looking to live healthy plant-based lifestyles – and how much easier it makes nutrition in general!

Nutritional deficiencies in plant-based diets

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that’s very hard to come by in plant-based foods.  Without supplements or food that’s been enriched by this particular vitamin, a deficiency is almost certainly going to develop.  This is less common in lacto-ovo vegetarianism due to the presence of dairy and eggs, and is more often found in those who have adapted a full vegan diet.   

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is an essential nutrient if you want to maintain an optimal level of functionality.  Yes, you can get Vitamin D from the sun.  However, when it comes to dietary Vitamin D, there are two different types: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3.  Vitamin D3 is found in animal products, whereas D2 is present in plant products.  Vitamin D3 is more effective because it boosts the levels of Vitamin D that is ready to be absorbed by the blood stream. 


Studies have shown that Iron deficiency is much more prevalent in those who live on vegetarian diets than regular meat-eating diets.  This is less prevalent in Vegans due to the more diverse range of plant-based foods incorporated into their diets.  Iron is used by the body to make hemoglobin, which helps carry oxygen throughout your whole body.  Iron is also required to create hormones. 


Taurine is a nutrient that is most commonly found throughout the brain, heart, and kidneys.  Scientists haven’t yet pinpointed it’s exact function in our body, but they have speculated that it’s involved in maintaining the health of the brain and the heart.  It’s only found in animal products, and studies have revealed that people sworn to a plant-based diet are more frequently found to have a Taurine deficiency than people who include meat in their diets.  

How do people usually fill nutritional gaps?

Like we said at the beginning, people have come up with solutions that can offset the nutrient deficiencies that often come with plant-based diets. This means that when you’re transitioning to vegan or vegetarian diets, you don’t necessarily need to suffer from the downsides that early adopters battled with.

The most common way to take action on these nutrient deficiencies is through the use of supplements.  Supplements come in the form of powders, capsules, or liquids, and are renowned as the saving grace when it comes to maintaining a balanced plant-based diet. 

There is another partial solution for some of the nutrient deficiencies, which is where Hemp Seed comes in.

Nutritional Content of Hemp Seed

Hemp seed is one of, if not the most nutritious seed-based source of nutrition on the planet.  It’s a highly overlooked ‘superfood’ that should be a staple food for anybody on a plant-based diet.  Hemp seed isn’t the perfect supplement for all nutrient deficiencies, but it offers a solution to a range of deficiencies often encountered in vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. 

Hemp seed contains nutrients such as;

…And so much more!

Why Does Hemp Seed Work for Vegans and Vegetarians?

Hemp Seed works so well for Vegans and Vegetarians due to the dense nutritional contents.  Loaded with healthy oils, fats, minerals, and vitamins, Hemp Seed can offer massive benefits for plant-based diets.  When it comes down to it, we can talk about the benefits all we want.  But the proof is in the pudding!  Let’s take a look at how Hemp Seed meets RDI for different vitamins and nutrients required for a balanced human diet.* 

*All measurements are based off a 3tbsp serving of Hemp Seeds

Hemp Seed Recipes

Wrap Up: Hemp Seed for Plant-Based Diets

For all our friends and fans who have taken up plant-based diets, Hemp Seed offers an incredible amount of your daily nutrition in as small of an amount as three tablespoons!  Look, we’re not going to say you can swap out your entire diet with only Hemp Seed, and you won’t be able to replace your supplements with it either.  However, we most certainly recommend working it into a balanced diet – especially if you tend to face deficiencies in any of the nutrients we’ve spoken about in this blog! 

If you’d like to try working Hemp Seed into your diet to see how it works for you, we stock Australian Grown, Processed, and Made Hemp Seed right here on our website. 

Click here to shop our Australian Hemp Food range today!

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