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Hempcrete takes ‘important step’ in U.S. by entering international code



Hemp building stakeholders in the U.S. say they are putting the finishing touches on documentation that will enshrine hempcrete as an approved building material for residential structures under the International Code Council (ICC).

The ICC last September accepted an appendix governing the use of hemp-lime mixtures as a non-load-bearing building material and wall infill system into the 2024 International Residential Code (IRC). The last stage in the ICC process is completing official commentary that explains the code language, said Jacob Waddell, president of the Hemp Building Institute (HBI), a non-profit organization leading that effort.

Guiding professionals

“This is an important step on a journey to making hempcrete an option for widespread adoption in the construction industry,” Waddell said. “Professionals in the construction industry now have a guide to what is required to build with hempcrete, and educational material can be developed to spread the requirements of the code.”

Appendices in the IRC are essentially model codes that local jurisdictions may adopt. The IRC sets minimum standards for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses. The guidelines, which serve as the basis for the residential building code in all U.S. states except Wisconsin, are founded on broad principles that make both new materials and new building designs possible. The ICC’s codes are primarily used in the United States, but some other countries also adopt them.

Where local building authorities adopt the IRC standards, architects and builders can specify the material in building permit applications.

Scope of code

The ICC’s model codes, which are regularly updated, cover building safety issues related to design and construction, fire safety, plumbing, mechanical systems, and energy efficiency. Building and safety experts across North America contribute expertise to development of the Council’s code. ICC committee voting members work for government health and safety agencies.

The IRC hempcrete appendix addresses the use of hemp-lime mixtures in regions of low seismic risk without engineering. Buildings in high risk areas require an engineered design.

The original application for certifying hempcrete for the IRC was submitted last year by the U.S. Hemp Building Association, which raised more than $50,000 to develop the appendix. The Hemp Building Institute is now looking to raise an additional $20,000 to complete the explanatory commentary, intended to clarify “any potential misunderstandings and to expand the readers’ understanding on known alternatives that may not have made it into the code,” HBI said in a press release.


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Canada’s Recession (& the 4-Step Cannabis Solution) – Cannabis | Weed | Marijuana




What is the four-step cannabis solution to Canada’s recession?

Canada’s recession is here, masked only by the large influx of immigrants keeping the job numbers up. But when you control for population growth, Canada is in an economic recession.

What’s the solution?

Whether it’s left-wing parties calling for “stimulus” or right-wing parties calling for “austerity,” you won’t find solutions listening to the elites and gatekeepers responsible for this mess.

Too many dollars are chasing too few goods. There aren’t enough houses to accommodate the record number of immigrants Justin & the WEF agenda have brought into the country.

And now, interest rates are climbing. Of course, interest rates should have risen years ago, but as “conventional policy,” we don’t rely on market prices for the price of money.

Despite the failure of price controls in every other aspect of the economy (and recognition of this fact by mainstream economists), money itself is considered mysterious and magical.

Allow supply and demand to determine interest rates? Are you nuts?! An unelected board room full of central bankers knows how to plan the monetary economy. Trust them.

Well, we trusted them. And now look at where we are. Canada’s recession isn’t ending soon, so let’s explore some alternative ideas.

For example, cannabis can solve the housing crisis, climate change, and undermine our banker-elite-controlled monetary system.

We don’t even need a majority on our side. From the American Revolution to today’s “woke intellectuals,” 10% of the population dedicated to a cause can influence the masses.

Ending Canada’s recession with the cannabis solution could be done tomorrow. We’ve outlined how we could do this in four easy steps.

Why Does the Economy Suck Sometimes?

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Canada’s recession is here. It’s not hypothetical. It’s a fact. On a per capita basis, Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) has fallen in the past four quarters, and there’s no sign of it getting any better.

Poor economic numbers stem from rising interest rates. As we’ve discussed before (and mentioned above), interest rates are the price of money over time. Having a “central bank” institution set these prices like a Soviet planner is failed economics.

Canada’s recession is like a hangover from drinking excessive alcohol. Premiers are calling on the central bank to stop raising rates, but they’ve only demonstrated their ignorance.

It’s like building a rocket ship while ignoring the laws of physics. And then wondering why you’re rocket can’t get off the ground.

Why is the cost of living going up? Not just in the last 23 years but over the course of the 20th century. The value of our money has decreased.

This isn’t how markets are supposed to work. Look at the 19th century from industrialization onward. Our living standards rose because money is supposed to retain its purchasing power.

If anything, an expanding economy of goods and services means the purchasing power of your cash grows. We should be far more prosperous today than we are. 

“Minimum basic income” shouldn’t be a government policy. It should be the natural order based on previous generations’ accumulating capital.

How Did This Happen?

One can imagine an alternate 20th century without central banks, income taxes, authoritarian ideologies, and two world wars. Imagine if your great-grandparents could retain their wealth and pass it on to their children and their children’s children.

By the 1970s, nobody should have been working a 40-hour week to put food on the table. Instead, the 1970s saw inflation and one financial crisis after the other.

Elites have stolen our inheritances. Our generational wealth. They’ve rigged the game to keep themselves on top at the expense of the rest of us.

Free markets are supposed to be free. The next generation of entrepreneurs displaces the old capitalists who have become static and regimented in their ways. 

(And this still happens to some extent, despite state interference. Look at the rise of Microsoft and Apple in the 1980s compared to the stagnant and backwards-looking corporations of IBM and Xerox).

Wealth is not static but contingent on voluntary exchange. Unless you accumulate riches based on other people’s taxes. 

Or by using the machinery of the state to undermine the next generation of entrepreneurs and consolidate your business interests.

Which is what has happened. Far from free markets creating a world where corporations take over, it’s been the “middle-way” between socialism and capitalism that created the conditions for political lobbying.

Without big government, there is no big business.

Why Nobody Wants to Invest in Canada

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Canada’s recession is here, and the cannabis solution is a long way off.

Data suggests business productivity is at its lowest since 2017. The lack of investment in the country is alarming Canadian hedge fund managers and investors.

A report from the Bank of Canada suggested companies are only interested in our natural resources. And the Trudeau government has done everything to retard development in the name of “climate.”

Consumer confidence is down, and Canadians are at historical records of household debt.

Given Canada’s recession, many expect the central bank to begin cutting interest rates in the spring. But how exactly does this solve the problem? All it does is reinflate the bubble. It kicks the can down the road.

As mentioned, cannabis can solve the housing crisis, climate change, and undermine our banker-elite controlled monetary system. And we’ve outlined four steps to make this happen.

#1 Solving Canada’s Recession with Cannabis (Housing)

Hemp-based construction is apparent and a topic we’ve covered before. Hempcrete is a sustainable and cost-effective solution to address one of the many issues surrounding housing shortages in Canada.

Of course, the government needs to gut regulations restricting a robust hemp industry. They can start by eliminating income taxes for hemp farmers and processors. 

This would undoubtedly incentivize people to get into the hemp industry.

Likewise, since we’re on the topic of gutting anti-human regulations, have you seen the number of empty shipping containers this country has? These can retrofitted (using hemp-based materials) to create affordable housing options.

All we need are politicians and bureaucrats to step out of the way.

#2 Solving Canada’s Recession with Cannabis (Climate Change)

Politicians typically tax, spend, and claim they’re doing good. Look at Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax for proof. It’s destroying businesses and jacking up the cost of living for every single Canadian.

But in no way does paying higher taxes change the fucking weather. As Clyde Do Something says, we should be ecological, not environmental.

Thus, we should emphasize the positive impact of hemp cultivation. From conserving water to preventing deforestation, hemp absorbs more carbon dioxide than many of its plant peers.

A climate change policy emphasizing carbon taxes and subsidizing massive corporations providing “green” technology is not how we conserve the planet for the future.

Embracing free markets, private property, and cannabis/hemp cultivation is the way forward.

#3 Solving Canada’s Recession with Cannabis (Exports & Trade)

Of course, growing a lot of weed won’t starve off Canada’s recession. Some of it we’ll have to export. And why not? As other countries loosen their laws on cannabis and hemp, new markets and opportunities open up.

And Canada can be ready. Instead of Canada being synonymous with “woke” or “ice hockey,” we can – through our actions – craft a reputation for quality cannabis and hemp products.

Canada can be a leader in the global cannabis/hemp market.

#4 Solving Canada’s Recession with Cannabis (Money & Debt)

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To correct Canada’s recession with the cannabis solution doesn’t even require you to like cannabis. You could think it’s one of the worst drugs out there and belongs in the same category as heroin.

You’re wrong, but that’s fine. We’ll agree to disagree because the next step is the most radical and unlikely to bear fruit. But one can dream.

A robust cannabis/hemp industry creates jobs across various sectors. This helps get people out of debt and provides stable employment opportunities. This is partly how the cannabis solution corrects Canada’s recession.

The country’s entrepreneurs can also explore this diversified plant’s potential with lower taxes and regulations.

But ultimately, hemp can become money itself. 

The Case for Hash Coin?

While cannabis/hemp isn’t the best form of money, it’s a better alternative than the status quo. Currently, money comes into existence through loans. If every Canadian paid off their debt, then the money would cease to exist.

That’s why the system is fraudulent and doesn’t need “reform.” It needs to be – metaphorically – burned to the ground.

Money is a tool for facilitating exchange. And just as you can use a hammer to build a house, the same hammer can be used as a murder weapon.

Right now, banks use the money as a murder weapon. Backing our dollars with something scarce, traditionally gold or silver, but cannabis could work too, is how we end the banker occupation of Canada.

Reversing Canada’s recession requires some cannabis solutions.

“Commodity” money is superior to fiat currency in every possible way. There is intrinsic value in the asset (whether gold or hash-coin). Natural factors, such as mining or farming, limit its supply. Bankers can’t devalue our savings by typing numbers into a computer screen.

This protection against bank and government manipulation is the number one reason to reject fiat currency. Like conserving the planet for our children’s children, we can ensure future generations aren’t born as debt-slaves to unaccountable elites.

Since commodity money is a store of value, its purchasing power will increase over time, making it a reliable asset for savings and passing your wealth on to the next generation.

Canada’s Recession (& the 4-Step Cannabis Solution)

Canada's Recession Cannabis

Canada may be alone in its recession for now. While the United States reports modest economic growth, Canada is shrinking.

And perhaps it’s for the best. They say it’s always darkest before dawn, which may be the case here. 

Canadian stereotypes paint us as passive, left-wing cultists who think the only two healthcare options are either our Soviet model or the US crony-capitalist model (ignoring the success of Europe’s two-tier system).

But the 2022 Freedom Convoy put a lot of those stereotypes to rest. Now, the state broadcaster is concerned about “growing right-wing extremism” in the country.

Which is code for people waking up to how badly the system has been ripping them off.

Unfortunately, many think electing a new government will fix things. But disillusionment with the new government will become evident sooner or later.

And when it does, we’ll be here, promoting this four-step cannabis solution to Canada’s recession.

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German Hemp Parade – Cannabis | Weed | Marijuana




Hundreds of Germans participated in the annual Hemp Parade in Berlin this past Saturday. Police estimate 600 people joined the German Hemp Parade or Hanfparade.

The parade started at Berlin’s Rotes Rathaus (or Red town hall) and went down Unter den Linden Boulevard to Alexanderplatz.

The German Hemp Parade is an annual cannabis demonstration that began in 1997. Like April 20, or 4/20, the goal of the protest is to raise awareness and get cannabis legalized.

Every year the German Hemp Parade has a slogan. With the German government planning to legalize, this year’s motto was: “Hemp is great for peace and climate.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Critics of German Legalization

German Hemp Parade

Germany’s coalition government is planning to legalize cannabis, with the cabinet meeting this week to discuss the legislation.

Under the proposed law, cannabis-centric non-profit clubs will grow and distribute the plant. However, German residents can grow three plants at home for personal use.

The German government expects to save €1 billion (USD 1.11 billion) by ending the war on cannabis. Contrast this to the Canadian government, which told taxpayers that legalization would cost money and require more funding for police.

But while the German Hemp Parade is a popular event, not everyone is enthusiastic about legalization.

The German Judges’ Association believes small-scale legalization of social clubs will create new disputes that consume the court’s time. They also think it will hardly impact the “illicit” market.

The German police union is also critical of cannabis legalization. They think the draft bill doesn’t go far enough in describing how police will enforce the new rules.

“I hope that the Federal Ministry of Health doesn’t think our colleagues would measure the required 200-meter distance between a consumer and a day-care center with a tape measure,” a police union spokesperson told the German press.

Opposition parties are also critical of the draft bill. They think it’ll “create a real bureaucratic monster that can hardly be controlled,” Kristine Lütke told the Rheinische Post.

She wants cannabis legalization to “provide real protection for young people” while not burdening the police and judiciary.

Lütke, speaking for the Free Democratic Party, also rejects possession limits. “No one controls how many bottles of wine someone stores in the cellar,” she said.

German Hemp Parade

German Hemp Parade

This year’s German Hemp Parade had a lower turnout than in previous years. Some may attribute this to the German government’s plan to legalize.

But even if the draft bill becomes law, it doesn’t address the core of the German Hemp Parade’s message: “Hemp is great for peace and climate.”

It’s a topic we’ve covered before. So far, no cannabis legalization effort has framed the debate this way. Authorities associate cannabis with taxes. They assume people want to get high, and for many, this is the only goal. 

But cannabis is more than just THC. The German Hemp Parade believes hemp is excellent for peace and the climate. We agree. Here are ten reasons why.

10. The German Hemp Parade is Right About Soil Health 

The German hemp parade is right to promote cannabis beyond its THC content.

Our industrialized agricultural system is destroying the soil. Hemp’s deep root system helps prevent soil erosion, improves soil structure, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. If the world can’t grow food because of bad soil, then the wars and conflicts of the last century will look like child’s play in comparison. 

9. Reduced Deforestation 

Hemp is a sustainable alternative to wood. Whether for paper or construction materials, hemp ends deforestation and the conflict it creates between industry and environmentalists. It’s criminal for politicians to be collecting “carbon taxes” while ignoring this elephant in the room.

8. Carbon Sequestration & Water

The German hemp parade is right about using hemp to protect the environment. Hemp absorbs more CO2 from the atmosphere compared to many other crops. As well, hemp requires less water than traditional crops like cotton. This is especially important in water-scarce regions, thus reducing conflict.

7. The German Hemp Parade is Right About Renewable Energy

We can use hemp as a biomass crop for producing clean and renewable energy through biofuel production and anaerobic digestion. Instead of relying on ineffective and heavily subsidized “renewable” energy or Russian oil, the Germans can create a hemp biofuel industry.

6. Biodegradable Products

A hemp industry ends the conflict between people worried about plastics in our environment and people who like owning stuff. We can use hemp fibres to create biodegradable plastics, promoting peace and climate.

5. Medicinal Benefits 

Hemp-derived products, such as CBD, have gained attention for their health benefits. As people age and live longer, healthcare systems worldwide are feeling the tension. Hemp has the power to reduce poor health outcomes. 

4. Food Security 

Cannabis is a vegetable. Its seeds are a nutritious source of protein, essential fatty acids, and other nutrients. Anybody can grow hemp. It doesn’t require capital-intensive production methods or even a lot of water. Nobody should be starving to death in 2023.

3. Cultural and Social Benefits

The German hemp parade is right about cannabis promoting peace. Bob Dylan said it the best: “Everybody must get stoned.”

Promoting cannabis cultivation can bring people together. Hemp can foster social cohesion and reduce tensions in certain regions through cultural practices or traditions.

2. Research and Innovation

Additional cannabis research can lead to the developing of new technologies and applications that promote peace and climate.

1. The German Hemp Parade is Right About Local Economies

A free market in hemp cultivation provides economic opportunities. Nothing promotes conflicts like 1% of the population controlling 99% of the economy. 

By revamping our industry to focus on cannabis, we can produce a system that strengthens social stability instead of undermining it. One surefire way is by promoting hash-coin, thus eliminating the power to create money out of thin air and charge interest on it.

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Is An Allergic Reaction From CBD Possible




Is an allergic reaction from CBD possible? CBD hemp allergies are rare, but not impossible. While it may seem counterintuitive, it is entirely possible to be allergic to hemp. Being allergic to a plant with natural anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties is kind of a paradox, and likely one of the most unfortunate allergies to have.  

This article zooms in on the topic of hemp allergies to help you understand if you might be allergic to CBD. Youll learn what to do if you think youre allergic to hemp and how to determine if you have a CBD allergy. 

Is It Possible To Be Allergic To CBD? 

According to a study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology – 73% of the 50 million people who are allergic to pollen also react to cannabis [hemp]”. 

In some cases, exposure to hemp flower pollen triggered symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which causes congestions, sneezing, and runny nose. Others, however, present more serious allergic reactions to hemp pollen, and just touching the plant causes hives, itching, and inflammation of the eyes.  

Researchers think that the majority of people allergic to CBD hemp or cannabis are allergic to a specific type of protein in the plant called Lipid Transfer Protein (LTP). About 80% of those with hemp allergies are found to be allergic to LTP.  

RELATED: Can CBD Treat Anxiety And Depression?

How Do You Know If You Have CBD Allergies? 

CBD Hemp allergies present themselves similarly to other types of allergic reactions. If you have certain food allergies from the list below, you may be potentially allergic to hemp: 

  • Tomatoes
  • Nuts 
  • Peaches 
  • Cabbage and lettuce 
  • Berry 
  • Apples 
  • Grapes  

To officially determine if you have hemp or CBD allergy, you would need to make an allergy test, just as you would with any other allergen. This is where a diluted amount of an allergen is pricked into the skin.  

The reaction to the allergen in terms of swelling, inflammation, and itching reveals the level to which one is allergic to the particular substance.  

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Symptoms of CBD Hemp Allergy  

The most common experience of hemp allergies comes from the smoke and pollen being inhaled directly or indirectly. The resulting allergic reaction may induce sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or even asthma 

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Skin allergic reactions can also occur when hemp leaves and flowers come into direct contact with the skin. This can cause inflammation, redness, swelling, and itchiness on the skin and eyes. Consuming hemp seeds and other cannabis products such as CBD oil may also trigger allergies as well as shortness of breath and potentially asthma.  

Some have varying levels of intolerance to ingesting CBD hemp oil and may experience symptoms such as slight headaches or diarrhea. However, these symptoms are not necessarily considered allergic reactions, but rather intolerances to the substance, such as with dairy or gluten.  

Individuals may exhibit allergic symptomonly affecting the respiration or only affecting the skin, or they may experience the reaction everywhere. If you ever notice allergy symptoms after taking CBD hemp oil or hemp flower, you should stop taking it immediately and consult medical attention 

Managing Hemp Allergies 

Overall, the vast majority of people wont need to worry about being allergic to hemp or cannabis. However, as more people try CBD and more workers are employed at farms and processing facilities, more people will discover they are allergic to this plant to some extent.  

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