Finally Federally Legal
In December, the 2018 USA Farm Bill was passed allowing industrial hemp to be legally produced on a federal level. Industrial hemp is defined as cannabis plants with no more than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound in cannabis that is psychoactive. Cannabis containing high levels of THC is generally termed marijuana.
Even though industrial hemp is now federally legal, the various states have their own regulations controlling industrial hemp. Industrial hemp encompasses many products, including hemp fiber, hemp seed for food and oil, and herbal extracts with high levels of non-psychoactive cannabinoid compounds, such as CBD (cannabidiol), used for health benefits.
Our bodies have CBD receptors as part of an endocannabinoid system which regulate various bodily processes. Users enjoy for relief of symptoms such as:
- movement disorders
CBD is extracted from flowers and leaves. High CBD-containing plants contain well over 100 identified compounds, each of which have healthful roles to play. As people learn more about the wonderful benefits, the increasing demand for the product is keeping prices high. More hemp needs to be grown to make these amazing products available to more people.
Hawaii is an awesome place to grow hemp due to the great year-round climate which allows the hemp to realize its full potential. Hawaii’s industrial hemp pilot program allows licensed growers to produce limited amounts (currently up to 10 acres) of industrial hemp for the above products, including CBD. However, getting and keeping a license is not easy. One must have a secure growing site and a solid research plan, along with completing regular reports, getting crops tested, and abiding by other rules and regulations. Crops testing out over the allowed 0.3% THC generally have to be destroyed. Therefore, excellent quality genetics are required.
Marijuana, which is cannabis containing more than 0.3% THC, is still federally illegal in the USA. However, some states allow limited marijuana use. These regulations vary greatly with some states even allowing recreational use of marijuana. To obtain a state medical marijuana license, an individual must see a specialized medical doctor who ascertains the need of the patient for the product, and then work with the state to obtain the license. While a complex process to go through, many patients find welcomed relief of various symptoms with the use of this natural plant product.
Uruguay and Canada Lead the Way
Uruguay was the first country to formally legalize cannabis, including marijuana. The law went into effect in 2017.
Canada was not far behind in allowing recreational use of marijuana (on a limited basis) and CBD production in the fall of 2018. Canada has allowed medical marijuana use with licensing since 2001. Industrial hemp production for seed and fiber has been allowed since 1998 with licenses.
An Amazing Cash Crop
Ever thought about growing hemp? High CBD dried flowers sell for $160 an ounce retail.
Beyond Organic Consulting works with growers to obtain hemp licenses, perform required research, and optimize soil for growing the best quality and most abundant crops. See https://beyondorganicresearch.com/consulting/ to learn more.
Best to You, Dr. Jana Bogs
What’s a Christmas pyramid? And why am I bringing that up? Read on…
Turns out there is more than one definition of a Christmas pyramid, but here is a picture of pyramid dressed for Christmas.
So why am I bringing up pyramids? I’ve been out on my land measuring where to put a pyramid greenhouse. Yes, I want to do research experiments with the effects of pyramid torsion wave power on plant growth and productivity. Stay tuned for upcoming news on that. In the meantime, Enjoy your Holidays! ~~Dr. Jana
Dragonfly Ranch in Honaunau will be hosting a Nutrition Farming for Hawaii presentation by Dr. Jana Bogs this Saturday, December 8. Dr. Bogs will be explaining why and how growing our food in an optimized way, can double or triple the nutrient content—as well as improve the taste of our vegetables. She will be speaking especially to people who have a passion for the `Aina (Hawaiian for “the land which feeds us”). This is an educational experience for students, gardeners, farmers, and others who wish to learn about Nutrition Grown™ food production. Questions welcomed!
Nutrition Farming for Hawaii (NFH) is a grant-funded research and demonstration outreach project. It is bringing more nutritious food to our community through an optimized, environmentally-friendly growing system .
Nutrition Farming for Hawaii was started by project director, Dr. Bogs, with the aim of conducting research on improving the nutritional qualities, flavor, and yields of food crops starting from the soil up. The project mission is to improve human health and raise ecological awareness by instituting a paradigm shift in food cultivation practices which produce high yields of delicious, nutritionally-optimal foods. Dr. Bogs will be presenting her data regarding soil and crops that show large increases in food nutrient content as compared to USDA values.
Barbara Moore, “soul proprietor” of the Dragonfly Ranch, says, “It is an honor to host Jana presenting her power point slide show detailing how we can improve our health by eating nutrient rich food we can grow in our gardens. It is wonderful that Jana has the tools and wants to share with us how to improve the quality of our food we can grow with this knowledge.”
Resources to Help You Grow Better
Dr Bogs offers comprehensive laboratory testing of soil and plant tissue, which provide a detailed interpretation to determine what organic-type fertilizers, beneficial microorganisms, and foliar spray nutrients the soil and plants need. In turn, these plants produce the most nutrient-rich, health-promoting foods possible.
Author of Beyond Organic: Growing for Maximum Nutrition and Flavor, Dr. Bogs will have her books available to purchase at a discounted rate. For those who can’t attend, her books are also available on her website, www.BeyondOrganicResearch.com,
Furthermore, Dr. Bogs teaches an in-depth online course called Perfect Soil. Learn more at https://beyondorganicresearch.com/course/.
As part of the outreach effort, Dr. Bogs will be presenting this slide show for free at the Dragonfly Ranch in Honaunau on December 8th at 6:30 pm. Come learn more about the project and how you too can grow your own amazing foods!
How to Get There
Contact Barbara Moore at (808) 238-2159 for directions or see the map at www.dragonflyranch.com. Guests are invited to come early to tour the five bedroom B&B. There is a colorful labyrinth for a meditative walk while viewing the sunset over the South Kona Coast.
It was a little nippy this morning, even in Hawaii! Out in the garden this morning, it felt like Thanksgiving time.
Indeed, I am thankful for many things, especially for You and your interest in and support of new and better methods of food production.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! Dr. Jana
It’s almost time for the Nuts Festival! Always a fun time! And it’s FREE!
Come by the Nutrition Farming for Hawaii booth to learn more about nutrient dense growing and say “Hi!”
Sunday, November 18, 10 am to 5 pm. Click here to see more info.
WHAT: Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture’s 9th Annual ‘Aina Fest! Presenting world-renowned musicians, agricultural and Hawaiian cultural workshops, yoga classes, Keiki Zone, hula performance, local organizations working to protect, preserve and enrich our communities and ono food, drink and crafts from local vendors, ‘Āina Fest 2018 offers something for everyone.
This year’s live music will be performed on two different stages. The line-up features Nahko (frontman for Medicine For The People), Paula Fuga, Paul Izak, John Keawe, OK2Change, Ka‘ahele, Hāwane Rios, Ydine, Markus Mars and more!
General Admission tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the gate. Keiki aged 12 and younger get in free. All entertainment, educational workshops and keiki activities are included in the ticket price.
WHERE: At the Kohala Village HUB Barn & Surrounding Grassy Fields. 55-514 Hawi Rd., Hawi, HI 96719. Please check http://hipagriculture.org/aina-fest for a detailed parking map which will be posted prior to the event.
WHEN: Saturday November 3rd, 2018 from 12-10pm. Gates open at 11:30am.
WHO: ‘Aina Fest is brought to you by HIP Agriculture’s co-founders Dash & Erika Kuhr, Festival Producer Maya Parish, HIP Agriculture’s staff, and the ‘Aina Fest committee. Nutrition Farming for Hawaii, a research and demonstration Nutrition Grown™ garden project directed by Dr. Jana Bogs and based at HIP Ag, will have a booth showcasing research results from the garden, and info on how you too can grow Beyond Organic foods. https://beyondorganicresearch.com/nutrition-farming-hawaii/
WHY: To celebrate makahiki season and empower small farmers and island-wide food security and sovereignty. 100% of the proceeds raised are used to support youth education programs, residential farmer trainings and community education projects island-wide. Donations are tax-deductible through the Hawai‘i Institute of Pacific Agriculture. Learn more at www.hipagriculture.org
See you there! Dr. Jana
Beyond the many nutrients raw greens supply to our bodies, a groundbreaking study in the Journal of Cell Science shows that the chlorophyll in greens can be used by mammalian cells to capture light energy from the sun. In the past, it was thought that this was something only plants could do through the process of photosynthesis.
This article, Light-harvesting chlorophyll pigments enable mammalian mitochondria to capture photonic energy and produce ATP, comes from researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center. Numerous experiments have been performed showing that chlorophyll metabolites “retain the ability to absorb light in the visible spectrum at wavelengths that can penetrate into animal tissues”. Mammalian mitochondria utilize this light energy to create ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The researchers have also observed an increase in the lifespan of animals who are generating ATP in this way.
Is it any wonder that we enjoy sunning ourselves? Have you ever seen animals laying stretched out in the sun and wondered why they were doing that, even when it seemed too hot? Maybe we are now catching up with the “why”.
Think about a dog or a cat eating grass, especially when they don’t feel well. They instinctively know the fresh greens can help them.
Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp, a German biophysics researcher, has been studying biophotons for decades. Biophotons are light energy emitted from living things. Dr. Popp’s research has shown that light is emitted from human cells and that this light is used for communication. Light energy communication is many times faster than chemical reactions, which have been central to the theory of biochemical cellular communications. It has also been seen that light energy (photons) are necessary to initiate chemical reactions.
“There are about 100,000 chemical reactions happening in every cell each second. The chemical reaction can only happen if the molecule which is reacting is excited by a photon… Once the photon has excited a reaction it returns to the field and is available for more reactions… We are swimming in an ocean of light.”
Raw food diets can be powerfully healing. Why? Besides many nutrients and phytonutrients, plants also contain biophotons. Studies show that when a plant or animal dies, light energy is released. As opposed to cooked foods, eating well grown raw foods, with their undamaged molecules and coherent light energy, can be especially healing.
Dr. Popp came to understand that DNA was the major source of light and biophoton emissions within our cells. Furthermore, he found that DNA can send out many different frequencies which are instructions for our cells to follow. This is how our bodies heal.
The photon emissions go beyond our bodies to influence other beings. For examples, communications within flocks of birds, schools of fish, and herds of horses may be explained by photon emissions. As humans, perhaps our resonance, or lack thereof, with each other can also be explained by the coherency of our photon emissions.
So grow your Nutrition Grown™ garden, eat your absolutely fresh greens, and let your Light SHINE.
Food nutrient increase data from our Nutrition Farming for Hawaii research and demonstration garden will be on display at the 2nd Hawaii Island New Farmer Expo this Friday, August 10. The event will be held here on the Big Island at the Sally Luau Hale in Hilo from 12:30 to 6:30 pm. If you can’t make it to the expo, you can still check out last year’s data from the garden at http://beyondorganicresearch.com/nutrition-farming-hawaii/. See last week’s blog post for some current data. Click here: http://beyondorganicresearch.com/blog/2018/07/31/nutrition-grown-research-garden-results/
At the expo, there will be speakers all afternoon on various topics of interest to new and beginning farmers–from veggies to livestock, finance to marketing. There will be a dinner catered by Sweet Cane Cafe at 6:30 pm. For more info visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hawaii-island-new-farmer-rancher-expo-tickets-45950629570
Hope to see you there!
Dr. Jana Bogs
We were blessed with grant funding this spring for starting the 2nd year of our Nutrition Grown Research and Demonstration Garden. Our first order of business was to thoroughly re-analyze the soil. Then we added our fertilizers and amendments. We repeat this procedure every 6 months to gradually bring our soil to optimal levels of fertility. Because we have to feed the soil slowly over time to avoid harming the beneficial microbes, it can take years to optimize the soil, but all the effort is worth it! Balanced, healthy soil (with all its beneficial microbes) is what makes healthy plants, and (subsequently) happy, healthy people!
Numerous researchers are coming to the conclusion that human health really does begin in the soil. The microbial life in the soil AND ON THE PLANTS can be related to our own microflora, which is mainly in our intestinal tract, but also on our skin, and even in our organs. A healthy variety of microorganisms performs a myriad of functions. Some microbes make amino acids, some make vitamins. Other microbes make nutrients more available and some are even involved in cell signaling, which can control genetic expression.
Each food plant has its own set of compatible microbes. Interacting with food plants in the raw state, with their live beneficial microbes, can be very important for our health. Food is information. This is part of the reason why raw food diets can be so healing. We evolved with the plants. We need to have our daily dose of Nature–touching, smelling, eating. Having your own healing Nutrition Grown garden with a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruits can be the quickest route to great health. It’s Nature’s “farmacy”!
The First of This Year’s Nutrition Grown Garden Results
Yes, we did get some crops planted in our garden, and got them grown up enough to take plant tissue samples. Then I compared the results on our green onions to the USDA Food Nutrient Database. We saw increases on all but one measured nutrient (sodium). I also looked back at last year’s values for our green onions and saw some nice improvements. (See http://beyondorganicresearch.com/nutrition-farming-hawaii/ for last year’s garden results.)
It sure is exciting to watch the improvements over time!
Stay tuned for more!
Blessings, Dr. Jana Bogs