San Diego Celebrates Hemp History Week

hemp products - Photo by A.J. Herrington

hemp products - Photo by A.J. HerringtonMany of the uses and benefits of hemp were on display at the International Cannabis University (ICU) in San Diego, California for a celebration of Hemp History Week. The event on June 4 also took advantage of the date (6/4) to celebrate recreational cannabis use, legalized with the passage of Prop. 64 (get it?!?) by California voters in 2016.

Dion Markgraaff, cannabis activist and organizer of the festivities, said the goal of the event was to educate the public on the sustainability and versatility of hemp.

“To me, the cannabis movement is an educational movement,” he said.

Displays and live demonstrations offered learning opportunities for those attending.

A “hemp house” was under construction, and anyone who wished could make their own hempcrete block to take home. Hempcrete is a bio-composite building and insulation material made from hemp stalks, and is a sustainable, non-toxic and carbon-neutral option for the construction industry.

Hemp textiles were also represented in many ways.

Yards and yards of hemp canvas decorated the perimeter of the space, and a tipi made from the fabric had been erected. A line of hemp clothing and accessories including jeans, shirts, hats and belts offered by Hempy’s could outfit any self-respecting cannabis activist from head to toe.


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