Allan Cooke – Irish Hemp Summit

Paul Benhaim (Elixinol) – Irish Hemp Summit

Paul Benhaim of Elixinol
Paul Benhaim of Elixinol described the growth and great potential of the global market for Hemp and Ireland´s ability to diversify farmers income from the growing and processing of Hemp and the building up of new industries around Hemp research and innovation creating many ancillary services in the bioeconomy. Paul has 25 years in the industry where he started after discovering the benefits of Hemp as a natural sustainable source of amino fatty acids. He developed the first commercial Hemp food bar which sold millions being distributed by Tesco and Waitrosse in UK. Elixinol was founded just four years ago with his partner Gabriel Ettenson and focuses on CBD supplements, Hemp Food and medical cannabis. It has experienced 500% growth in market capital and is listed on the Australian Public Stock exchange raising A$300 million to support its growth. “CBD is becoming as mainstream as alcohol in consumer society today” says Paul and will have a major effect on pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, tobacco and alcohol industries all of which are looking closely at the Hemp industry. He highlighted that the Farm Bill in the United States brought a significant influence on the Hemp industry where the US market doubled in size from 2017-2018 to 627 million dollars with a foreseeable. CACR of 143% for 2018-2022. 

Paul predicted that the future of CBD products will be in novel delivery devices of bioavailable product and his company will supply ingredients for co-branding projects they plan to do here in Europe where there will be a demand to find high quality and stable mainstream products. In May 2019 Elixinol also secured its first major US retail agreement with the second largest retail distributor with revenue of over 60 billion dollars and is also in talks with similar sized multinationals. They have invested in a development laboratory for hemp products to research the full potential of the Hemp plant. He disagreed with the statement recently issued by the Irish cannabis risk alliance of doctors opposed to decriminalisation of cannabis and presented information that experience around the world has shown that criminalisation has no effect on usage. Rather it costs governments billions in enforcement and lost tax revenue. He noted that Ireland has one of the highest alcohol and drug related deaths in the European Union none of which are contributed by cannabis. Finally he highlighted Asia´s significant influence on global trends with a growing elderly population interested in wellness effects of Hemp CBD.

Success for the First Irish Industrial Hemp Summit!

Ireland´s Premier Hemp Summit took place at Teagasc Food and Research Centre, Ashford Dublin 15 on the 20th of June.

Many Irish and Intentional Hemp Industry stakeholders made presentations to a full capacity audience of representatives from several governmental departments, academics (UCD, Trinity, Galway, Queens and DIT’s), farmers, businesses, farming media and organisations to cover the main topics and issues investigating and supporting the case for the development of a sustainable Irish Hemp industry.

Hemp cultivation and product development is taking off across the globe due to its unique environmental, health, climate change, rural, farming and many other development solutions to some of Ireland pressing problems in these areas. .

The development of the Hemp industry will make the repurposing of land usage from poorly performing beef and increasing of farmer’s income work well. It also compliments the new climate change and environmental objectives of regional development plans and Ireland´s emission goals.

The event was initiated by GlasTeo.com and Teagasc in cooperation with the recently established “Hemp Working Group” and supported by the Irish Farmers Association.

Robert Stephenson from GlasTeo secured a world famous Hemp social entrepreneur Keynote speaker, Mr Paul Benhaim co-founder and CEO Elixinol to speak at the event.

GlasTeo´s mission as the first Eco Events, Environment and Industrial Hemp consultancy in Ireland is to create events that share scientific, agricultural, manufacturing and economic knowledge and awareness of the great potential for the proper establishment of a sustainable Irish Hemp Industry.

The videos of speakers and panellists will be available on GlasTeo.com from Wednesday 26th June. We learnt from the presentations that the biggest take away was how siloed the many and various bodies involved are, from regulation to growing and manufacturing in this burgeoning industry. Audience feedback from the Summit showed that 96% believed that a case was made for the proper development and support of an Irish Hemp industry. 84% said they would attend the next GlasTeo Hemp event we plan to hold on November 15th and 16th in Dublin.

GlasTeo is now in discussion with the Irish Hemp industry, farming and other organisations and departments about the development of a policy document for the Irish Hemp industry.

As a result of the Summit and various media reports, scores of Irish Farmers and others have been contacting deDanú Limited, HempTech and the Irish Hemp Co-Op with a view to becoming involved in growing, processing Hemp and its many products in Ireland.

For further info see www.glasteo.com and attachments or contact

Tara Whelan tara@glasteo.com 089 230 7338

Robert Stephenson robert@glasteo.com 085 114 9669

Irish Farmer’s Opportunity

Robert Stephenson (GlasTeo) – Irish Hemp Summit

Speakers

Emer O´Neill from the Health Products Regulatory Authority Emer O´Neill from the Health Products Regulatory Authority presented the current licence application process to cultivate Hemp. The number of applications received for 2019 was 77. Total area under cultivation in Ireland is 373 hectares and Finola is the seed type most commonly applied for.
Ed Hanbidge from HempTech and Hemp Co-Op Ed Hanbidge a farmer from Wicklow and his company HempTech illustrated in his presentation the unique problems for Irish farmers in terms of investment needed in harvesting, processing and drying technology. His company HempTech is an educational resource for farmers needing advice if considering diversifying into Hemp growing. Ed is also on the Board of the Hemp Coop which was set up to help farmers access resources, equipment and markets through a national body and local hubs.
Kaya O´Riordan From CB1 Botanicals Kaya O´Riordan from CB1 Botanicals in her presentation focused on rural development potential of the establishment of Irish hemp industries that would greatly contribute toward goals of sustainable communities, enterprise and employment. Her presentation made the case for large growth in the markets for Hemp food with growing awareness of Hemp´s dietary advantages in protein and omega 3 fatty acids and all 9 essential amino acids. She also stressed Ireland could tap into markets for intellectual property and R&D. Ireland is already a leader in agri-tech exports worth a quarter of a billion euros and mayor players in the industry focus on R&D activities. In addition she stressed the massive potential for Hemp bioplastics as a very real solution to the environmental problem and the achievement of climate action goals through hemp´s carbon sequestration properties replacing emission from the agricultural sector.
Patrick Daly from the Dublin Institute of Technology´s School of Architecture and his company BESRaC Patrick Daly from the Dublin Institute of Technology´s School of Architecture and his company BESRaC a consulting firm specialising in sustainable building presented on Hemp and lime used as a Bio-composite material that could be used in Irish construction. He carried out a 2010 scoping study under the EPA STRIVE research funding to assess the potential of Hemp Lime as a building material and how it compares to construction standards and requirements. He elaborated on the benefits of using Hemp lime in terms of its good thermal properties, vapour permeability which reduces mould and its low environmental impact and permanent carbon sequestration in walls. Hemp´s predominant use is a substitutes for toxic fiberglass as a great insulation infill cast or prayed in walls, roofs and floors used in combination with a structural timber frame. Hemp achieves high performance standards for structural, fire, resistance to moisture/weathering, thermal/energy, acoustics and material workmanship.
James DeMello from deDan James DeMello from deDanu discussed international markets trends from his experience supporting Canadian Hemp companies in developing business plans, raising capital and building international business strategies. He and co-founder Leah Fletcher from Glasson, Athlone are offering contracts to farmers to grow hemp which will be processed at their newly acquired laboratory in Athlone into cosmetics and oils. James stressed the potential for Irish companies to develop global partnerships and learn from the expertise in other countries. He saw Ireland having a particular advantage with significant research and innovation opportunities creating jobs in many sectors. It is crucial for Ireland now to focus on coordinated and multi-disciplinary collaboration but James feels Ireland can succeed in quality and innovation to become a major international player. deDanu plans to create at least 20 jobs by 2022 and have already started contracting more farmers to cultivate hemp in 2020.

Feedback all good from the First Irish Industrial Hemp Summit

As we learnt from the presentations certainly the biggest take away was just how separated all the bodies are who garner any form of regulation over this burgeoning industry. Audience feedback from the Summit showed that 96% believed that a case was made for the proper development and support of an Irish Hemp industry. 84% said they would attend the next GlasTeo Hemp event. Glasteo plans to hold the next hemp summit in November on the 15th and 16th in Dublin city centre. GlasTeo is now in discussion with the Irish Hemp industry, farming and other organisations and departments about the development of a policy document for the Irish hemp industry.

This summit is targeted at educating, enlightening and inspiring Government Departments with some role or responsibility for the development of a new self-sustaining and vibrant Hemp sector in Ireland.

It will be up to Ireland to initiate a positive policy towards the development of the Hemp industry with the active contribution of the various departments involved.  We at GlasTeo believe Hemp should be included in our National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).The Hemp summit is also very timely as the National development plans are due to be finalised by the end of 2019.

Coordinated action is needed from State agencies such as Food Safety Authority, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Health Products Regulatory Authority, Department of Agriculture Food & Marine, Department of Health and Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment, Customs and the Department of Justice

Dr John Finnan (Teagasc Crop Research) – Irish Hemp Summit

Emer O’Neill (HRPA) – Irish Hemp Summit

Dr. Eric Downer Assistant Professor for Human Health and Disease at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Dr. Eric Downer Assistant Professor and programme Director of the BSc in Human Health and Disease at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), talked about his work leading an active cannabinoid research group conducting patient-orientated research in the fields of Multiple Sclerosis and Burning Mouth Syndrome. He described how a large array of cannabinoids are found in the Hemp plant and that therapeutic angles for cannabinoids exist. For example the endo cannabinoid system is dysregulated in Multiple Sclerosis. Irish scientists have the opportunity to develop drugs from the chemicals in the Hemp plant such as those already on the market i.e. Marinol, Cesamet and Sativex. His work is supported by ongoing Industrial and Clinical collaborations. To date he has published 41 articles and over 60 conference proceedings. He is the recipient of a Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Early Career Award, a Neuroscience Ireland Early Career Award and a Deans Award in recognition of his contributions to Teaching.

Dr John Finnan from Teagasc Crop Research

Dr John Finnan from Teagasc presented research into growing Hemp that Teagasc has undertaken over the past ten years. This research confirmed that Hemp had great potential as a source of fibre for paper and textiles, fibreboard and as an energy crop which could be included in a tillage rotation with high yields for low inputs. Hemp´s benefits included that it suppresses weeds, returns nutrients to the soil and encourages rhizomes growth which improves soil structure. The bioremediation of the soil properties are particularly impressive with Hemp. Teagasc Hemp crops were grown in success without the use of herbicides, fungicides or insecticides and experienced no problem with insects or pests. John also discussed the unique machinery and challenges for harvesting , mowing, racking and bailing.

 

 

GlasTeo Initiates First Irish Hemp Summit at Teagasc on the 20th June 2019.

Ireland´s Premier Hemp Summit took place at Teagasc Food and Research Centre, Dublin on the 20th of June. Industry Stakeholders made presentations to an audience of representatives of governmental departments, academics, farmers, businesses and media to cover the main topics and issues supporting the case for the development of an Irish Hemp industry. Hemp cultivation is taking off across the globe due to its unique environmental, health, climate change and rural development solutions. The development of the Hemp industry will make the repurposing of land usage from poorly performing beef and increasing of farmer’s income work well. It also compliments the new climate change and environmental objectives of regional development plans and Irelands emission goals.

The event was initiated by GlasTeo and Teagasc in cooperation with the recently established “Hemp Working Group” and supported by the Irish Farmers Association. 

Robert Stephenson from GlasTeo arranged for the Keynote speaker Paul Benhaim from Elixinol to speak at the event.
GlasTeo´s mission as the first environmental Hemp consultancy is to spread awareness of the great potential for an Irish Hemp industry and will make the filming of the event available on the GlasTeo website. 

Paul Benhaim CEO of Elixinol, which is listed on the Australian Public Stock exchange brought his 25 years of experience in the industry to talk about the great potential for Hemp products in global markets. Elixinol focuses on CBD supplements, Hemp Food and medical cannabis. Emer O´Neill from the Health Products Regulatory Authority presented the current licence application process to cultivate Hemp. Dr John Finnan from Teagasc presented research into growing Hemp that Teagasc has undertaken over the past ten years. He confirmed the plants numerous uses as a source of Fibre for textiles and paper and as an energy crop. He highlighted that the Hemp plant grows successfully without the need for herbicides, fungicides or insecticides. Ed Hanbidge gave his farmers perspective of the challenges in the industry at the moment in terms of investment in machinery for processing, harvesting and drying the crop. His company HempTech is an educational resource for farmers who need advice on how to diversify into growing Hemp. Ed is also on the board of the Hemp Co-Op which seeks to organise farmers over the development process to avoid the mistakes farmers suffered in the beef industry. Kaya O´Riordan concentrated her presentation on jobs that could be created in rural Ireland. She highlighted the great potential for Hemp Bioplastics and that Ireland could develop academic and industrial expertise in Agritech around Hemp in markets for intellectual property and R&D. She also highlighted Hemps sequestration properties of carbon as a contributing solution to Irish emissions in the agricultural sector. Dr Eric Downer Assistant Professor and programme Director of the BSc in Human Health and Disease at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), talked about his work leading an active cannabinoid research group which would see Irish scientists develop chemicals for drugs based on the Hemp plant such as those already on the market Marinol, Cesamet and Sativex. Patrick Daly from the Dublin Institute of Technology´s School of Architecture and his company BESRaC a consulting firm specialising in sustainable building presented on Hemp and lime used as a Bio-composite material that could be used in Irish construction. Finally James DeMello from deDanu discussed international markets trends from his experience supporting Canadian Hemp companies in developing business plans, raising capital and building international business strategies. He and co-founder Leah Fletcher from Glasson, Athlone are offering contracts to farmers to grow hemp which will be processed at their newly acquired laboratory in Athlone.

 

Please see the links below to give you a lot of info on some of the many products and positive Climate Change benefits of Hemp that includes Hemp Crete plus many more links. 

The Power of Hemp and its countless uses

8 Ways Hemp Can Save the World

The Power of Hemp and its countless uses

Kevin McCloud on HempCrete

Building with Hemp

The two videos below are good viewing to get the facts and understand the issues we have in Ireland now. The laws are changing in the USA, Canada, Oz etc since these videos were done. These videos talk more now as to where we are in Ireland now. The potential for the Hemp in Ireland is huge as it will grow very well even in some marginal lands. The video discusses the stupidity of the laws as they are conflating low THC Industrial Hemp, with the high THC variety that is marijuana.However these videos give a reflection of the current trajectory of development with similar obstacles and barriers for the Irish Hemp industry right now. The potential for the growth of an Irish Hemp industry is very favourable as it will grow very well even in some marginal lands. The videos discusses experience abroad dealing with limiting laws which conflated low THC Industrial Hemp, with the high THC variety that is marijuana.

Australian ABC on Industrial Hemp

Kentucky farmers moving to Hemp

Henry Ford’s Hemp Plastic Car (1941)

For more information – CLICK HERE 

Hemp and the environment

There are parallels with Irish beef farmers, who need to move away from Livestock / to non methane producing tillage and better still, CO2 sequestering Hemp Crop…

This is an article about building with Hemp and why its good for the environment – CLICK HERE 

The Amazing World Of Hemp: The Solution To Our World’s Massive Plastic Problem – CLICK HERE

Hemp and your health

100 Scientific Studies on How Cannabis Fights Cancer – CLICK HERE

Other articles & links

The Amazing World Of Hemp: Big Fashion Eyes Hemp Textiles – CLICK HERE 
Hemp Supercapacitors Bring Green Tech To A Higher Level – CLICK HERE
Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment – CLICK HERE
High finance: The business of medical marijuana – CLICK HERE
Hemp – Ireland’s Climate Change Silver Bullet – CLICK HERE
Ways hemp can change the world: www.collective-evolution.com
Relegalize hemp site: www.relegalize.info
Ocean plastic soup: www.news.nationalgeographic.com
Comparing hemp paper to tree paper: http://www.hemphasis.net…
Hemp plastics: http://en.wikipedia.org…
Hemp Plastic website: http://www.hempplastic.com…
Naming names of those behind banning hemp: http://relegalize.info…
How hemp as a cash crop can help our economy: http://transformwabudget…
Paper on the industries behind banning hemp: http://marijuana-tax-act-1937…
The decoricator machine https://www.erowid.org…