2. The Maya said the end of their Long
Count Calendar was not the “end of the
world” but the end of a cycle, and marks
the beginning of a new time on Earth.
They said in the beginning of this new
cycle we would see the rise of the
Feminine on Earth.
It is a time to re-establish our connection
with the Earth and to open our hearts to
the wisdom of the feminine in order to
restore a balance between male and
There is a plant that is leading this global
transformation back to Gaia.
And this plant grows from what mystics
and warriors alike have called…
6. • Because there is no commercial industrial hemp production in the United States, the U.S.
market is largely dependent on imports.
• The total U.S. retail value of hemp products in 2013 was nearly $582 million, which
includes food and body products, clothing, auto parts, building materials and other products.
• Of this, the value of hemp-based food, supplements, and body care sales in the United States is
about $156 million to $171 million annually.
• Previous reports about the size of the U.S. market for hemp clothing and textiles is estimated
at about $100 million annually.
Source: Hemp Industries Association (HIA)
Where We AreToday
9. • Approximately 30 countries in Europe,Asia, and North and South America currently permit farmers to grow hemp.
• China is among the largest producing and exporting countries of hemp textiles and related products, as well as a
major supplier of these products to the United States.The European Union has an active hemp market, with
production in most member nations. Production is centered in France, the United Kingdom, Romania, and Hungary.
• Acreage in hemp cultivation worldwide has been mostly ﬂat to decreasing, reported at about 200,000 acres globally in
2011.Although variable year-to-year, global production has increased overall from about 250 million pounds in 1999 to
more than 380 million pounds in 2011, mostly due to increasing production of hemp seed. Upward trends in global
hemp seed production roughly track similar upward trends in U.S. imports of hemp seed and oil, mostly for use in
hemp-based foods, supplements, and body care products.
Hemp Around the World
10. What’s Holding
Hemp Back as an Investment?
• Legislation (Support S. 134 & H.R. 525!)
• Challenges with seed quality and availability
• Cultivation can be labor intensive
• Industrial processing infrastructure is outdated and
• There is poor consumer and investor education about:
- Difference between “Marijuana” and “Hemp”
- Hemp’s versatility as a cash crop
- Hemp as a LOHAS and impact investment
11. Other Challenges!
• Pesticides - There are not any pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.)
currently registered for use on Cannabis spp. (Industrial Hemp and marijuana) due to
the predominant federal nature of pesticide regulation.The CDA is putting together a
list of pesticides that could be used on Cannabis spp. and not constitute a violation of
pesticide labeling or other federal and state pesticide laws and regulations. This list
will be extremely limited.
• Federal farm programs such as crop insurance, farm loans and conservation
reserve may be jeopardized if industrial hemp is planted; these programs are
managed by USDA a Federal Agency.
• Banking – banks including state-chartered banks may be reluctant to provide
services to Cannabis growers for fear of being prosecuted for federal laws and
• Processing - Industrial hemp must be processed prior to shipment out of
Colorado. Colorado’s industrial hemp rules state that industrial hemp producers
must provide documentation of in state processing as part of registration.
12. Hemp as a
Remember…Big Returns Have Small Beginnings
14. • Describes an estimated $290 billion U.S. marketplace for goods and services.
• Approximately 13-19% percent of the adults in the U.S. are currently
considered LOHAS Consumers.
• Research shows that one in four adult Americans is part of this group—
nearly 41 million people.
• Their power as a consumer market remains virtually untapped.
19. Oh Crikey…
Did someone say GMO!?
Using sequencing data to
identify desired traits, then
choosing the plants
displaying those traits to
breed traditionally, via
Implanting another species
into a plant’s DNA to
deliver the desired trait.
20. 1. Farmers buy Seeds!
Over $50 Billion annually in the US alone.
Is there a Seed Market?
2. Large agriculture companies buy traits, license seed from private
breeders, or acquire companies—averaging $88 Billion annually.
21. One Acre of Hemp
•Grain sale price:
•Seeds cost/acre: ~ $130
(30 lbs at $4.30/lb)
800-1500 lbs grain
100-1500 lbs ﬁber
500-1500 lbs ﬂower
farmer proﬁt per acre:
23. • Wheat and corn can produce around 8.5 tons of material per hectare, per year. Hemp
produces 25 tons.
• Oil palm takes 5 years before it fruits.Wood tree takes 10-20 years to mature. Hemp
matures in 4 months, so it can be harvested 2-3 times a year.
• Usable ﬁbers from 1 acre of hemp equals the usable ﬁbers from 4 acres of wood and 2
acres of cotton.According to the UDA, one acre of hemp produces as much cellulose
ﬁber pulp as 4. 1 acres of trees (Dewey & Merrill. Bulletin #404 USDA).
• Hemp is naturally a hardy plant. It’s pest resistance and needs little to no pesticide to
• Hemp uses less than half the water it takes to grow cotton.
Hemp vs. the Other Guys
Cotton Wheat Corn
28. Hemp as Fiber
• Cotton Fibers = 1 - 2 mm vs. Hemp Fibers = 4 - 5 meters
• Stronger than cotton and was the original material for Levis Strauss jeans.
• Softer, warmer, and more water resistant than cotton.
• High insulation factor. Keeps you cool on warm days, and keeps you warm on cold nights.
29. Hemp as Construction Material
• Hemp fibers mixed with some bonding agent will create Hempcrete.
• Hemcrete is a building bricks, lighter than normal building bricks.
• Hemcrete is fire retardant.
• 1 cubic meter of Hemcrete wall will absorb 165kg of Co2 overtime.
• Hemp fibers can also be turned into wall insulations.
30. • Conventional plastics are petroleum based product (i.e. not a sustainable source)
• Conventional plastics take more than 100 years to barely decompose and release harmful gasses.
• Hemp plastics are bio-degradable, and do not release any harmful substance.
• Hemp plastics are plant based and are sustainable. Cellulose is one of the most abundant
organic compounds under the sun, and the hemp plant contains 75% cellulose.
Hemp as Plastic Replacement
31. Hemp as Anti-Microbial
Hemp fabric was tested against two bacteria strains, Staphylococcus Aureus (staph) and Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia). The fabric tested was a
hemp blend, 60% hemp and 40% rayon. The staph test sample was already 98.5% bacteria free during the first measurement of the testing, while the
pneumonia fabric sample was 65.1% bacteria free.
“It is estimated that each year 2 million Americans become infected during hospital stays, and at least 90,000 of
them die. MRSA (an antibiotic resistant strain of staph) is a leading cause of hospital-borne infections.” One of the
most important recent discoveries is hemp’s ability to kill surface bacteria, while cotton, polyester, and
polyethelene allow it to remain on surfaces for up to months at a time.
32. 5.Technology & Energy
“Hemp bast is a nanocomposite made up of layers of lignin, hemicellulose, and crystalline cellulose. If you process it the
right way, it separates into nanosheets similar to graphene.” ~David Mitlin, Ph.D
33. Hemp as BioFuel
Henry Ford's first Model-T was built to run on hemp
gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED
• Hemp fuel burns cleans. Hemp has 4 times the bio mass and 8 times the methanol
potential, compared to the current main bio mass fuel, corn.
• If hemp was planted on just 6% of the continental America, it can sustainably supply the
demand for gas and fuel, for the whole country.
37. Hemp as Paper
• Hemp paper found 200 years before Cai Lun (the inventor of paper) (50-121 AD) started
standardizing the paper making process.
• Hemp paper lasts longer and is more durable than conventional wood pulp papers.
• Trees for paper takes 10-20 years to mature. Hemp for paper takes 4 months to mature.
38. 7. Food
• Hemp seed oil contains 80% Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) e.g. Omega 3 - 6
• Hemp protein contains all 21 known amino acids, including 9 that an adult body cannot naturally
• Hemp protein is a complete protein, and easily absorbable.
40. Hemp as a Soil & Water Puriﬁer
• Hemp has a natural and unique ability to detoxify the land it is planted on.
• It can absorb leftover phosphorous on farm land, after the use of poultry fertilizers.
• It can also absorb other harmful substances.
• Currently hemp is being planted in Chernobyl, Russia.
• The Japan government should consider hemp for the Fukushima incident.
41. Hemp:ATrue Impact Investment
• Economic Development
The Impact Investor Question:
Do you target higher proﬁt margins with consumer
products or invest in lower proﬁt margin businesses
with a higher impact (e.g. seed development,
cultivation and industrial processing)?
45. Palliative & End of Life Care
Opiate Abuse, Dependency and Over Sedation
Morphine, Heroine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Hyrdocone
Alternative and Complimentary applications of
Cannabinoid based products
Cannabidiol (CBD) Cannabigerol (CBG)Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)