DEA Gives Washington State Approval to Import Hemp Seeds

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has received approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to import hemp seeds.

“It’s a real, real possibility we’ll have a spring planting of hemp,” says WSDA’s hemp coordinator Emily Feblesy According to Feblesy the WSDA has proposed rules for hemp cultivation and hopes to issue licenses to growers, seed distributors and processors in May.

Washington now joins several other states – including Oregon – that have received DEA approval to import hemp seeds.

For now, the hemp grown in Washington will be for research purposes. However, a bill to legalize commercial hemp cultivation, without a license and without a grow limit, recently passed the state’s House of Representatives with a unanimous 98 to 0 vote. The measure must now be passed by the Senate in order to be sent to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration.

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5 Great Ways to Eat Hemp Seeds

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A pile of shelled hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. In addition to providing a massive amount of protein and other nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, studies have shown that they provide medical benefits such as treating and preventing high blood pressure. Given these benefits, and the simple fact that hemp seeds are delicious, it’s always a good idea to include them in meals; they’re incredibly versatile and can be added to almost anything, sweet or savory.

With all of this in mind, here is a list of five of the best ways to consume hemp seeds (other than adding them into baked goods or drinking hemp milk). Here they are:

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Study: Hemp Seeds Can Treat and Prevent High Blood Pressure

hempseedsA widely unpublicized study published in the European Journal of Nutrition shows that hemp seeds may not only treat hypertension (high blood pressure), they may have the ability to prevent it as well.

“This work determined the ability of hemp seed meal protein hydrolysate (HMH)-containing diets to attenuate elevated blood pressure (hypertension) development in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)”, states the study’s abstract.

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Colorado Legislature Passes Legislation to Establish Hemp Seed Program, Sent to Governor for Consideration

seedsColorado’s full Legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 196, a proposal to establish a certified hemp seed program. The measure has been sent to Governor John Hickenlooper, who’s expected to sign it into law.

If signed by Governor Hickenlooper, or allowed to become law without his signature, Senate Bill 196 would establish a hemp seed program through the state’s Department of Agriculture, allowing farmers to apply with the Department to receive hemp seeds which they could then use for legally cultivating industrial hemp.

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Colorado Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Establish Hemp Seed Program

Colorado’s hempfieldSenate has given unanimous approval to Senate Bill 196, a proposal to establish a certified hemp seed program. The bill was passed with unanimous support, 35 to 0.

Senate Bill 196 would establish a hemp seed program through the state’s Department of Agriculture, which would allow farmers to apply with the Department to receive hemp seeds, which they could then use for industrial hemp farming.

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Tennessee Receives Approval from DEA to Import Hemp Seeds

Thehemp-seeds-kentucky Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to import hemp seeds.

The production and cultivation of industrial hemp became legal in Tennessee on July 1st of last year, thanks to legislation approved by lawmakers – and signed by the state’s governor – earlier that year. The law allows farmers to legally cultivate hemp – defined as having 0.3% THC or less – so long as they register with the Department of Agriculture.

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Kentucky Receives Permit For Hemp Seeds From DEA

Over 250 pounds of hemp seeds will be delivered tomorrow to Kentucky’s Agriculture Department by the DEA, which confiscated the seeds as they were being delivered from Italy to Kentucky. hemp-seeds-kentuckyAgriculture Commissioner James Comer plans on using the hemp seeds for hemp pilot projects which will take place across the state. These projects are legal under both state and federal law, as Kentucky legalized hemp last year, and the federal government recently legalized hemp research in states that have done the same. Despite this, the DEA stopped the seeds from reaching their destination, something which prompted Commissioner Comer to file a federal lawsuit. Kentucky has now received an import permit for the seeds, and will have them in their possession tomorrow, with plans of having them planted in the ground next week.

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New Study Finds Hemp Seeds Can Prevent and Treat Hypertension

A study published in the November issue of the European Journal of Nutrition has found that hemp seeds may not only treat hypertension, but may have the abilityhempseeds to prevent it as well.

“This work determined the ability of hemp seed meal protein hydrolysate (HMH)-containing diets to attenuate elevated blood pressure (hypertension) development in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)”, states the study’s abstract. “Effects of diets on plasma levels of renin and angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) in the SHRs were also determined.”

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U.S. Air Force Bans Yogurt With Hemp Seeds

The U.S. Air Force – in a move so ridiculous it’s almost comical – has banned a yogurt which is sold in supermarkets across the country.chobani The reason? This particular yogurt (Blueberry Power Flip Chobani Greek yogurt) comes with a side of walnuts, chia, and that ever-controversial superfood: hemp seed.

According to Captain Adam Koudelka, legal adviser for the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas; “The Air Force has not restricted military members from consuming Chobani Greek yogurt; rather, only Chobani yogurt that contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited, just as any product which contains or is derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited”.

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