Meeting hemp at the Asian Hemp Summit

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By Andi Lucas
Particular to HempToday

As an absolute newcomer to the globe of cannabis, the Asian Hemp Summit 2019 is the initial business occasion I’ve attended.

Inspired by a likelihood meeting with Alicia Fall from Her Lots of Voices and hemp industrialist Eric McKee in Denver final year, I’m content to say that generating the choice to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal for this occasion was the appropriate 1 as this has been an extremely worthwhile practical experience.

Although I have a deep interest in mastering extra about cannabis and hope to perform in this space, the truth is that I properly have no information of what precisely the plant is, what it can do, or who the present business players are, so I leapt at the chance to come to Himalayan hills to absorb as a lot as I could about hemp.

100 delegates from 25 nations

With about 100 other individuals representing 25 nations, I was privileged to hear the words of numerous of the leaders in this fascinating field more than each conference days.

The passion of hemp advocates Dan Herer and Hana Gabrielova for the prospective of this plant was apparent to all in the space. Hearing of the potent influence created on Hana when she study the influential book written by Dan’s late father ‘The Emperor Wears No Clothes’ even though she was studying in the Czech Republic in the late 1990s was not lost on me, particularly in the context of seeing the perform Hana has been performing at the international level to make the hemp plant completely cost-free.

If any of us necessary reminding of the influence 1 activist can have on the globe – and with the present political and actual climate in the globe, I do not consider I am alone in needing this message to be reinforced appropriate now – hearing from Dan and Hana was a superior spot to begin.

Immersed in information

The presentations and hemp information-fest then just kept on rolling! Coming from a compact organization background and with the hope of either beginning up or investing in an current enterprise this year, I located the perspectives of Daniel Kruse (CEO, HempConsult GmbH), Paul Benhaim (CEO, Elixinol Worldwide), Phil Warner (CEO, Ecolife Science) and Carl Sheeler, PhD (Founder, Two Bears Farm) specifically exciting.

As a Tasmanian who moved to Colorado in 2009 to begin a organization at the height of the international economic crisis, and getting completely cognizant of the quite a few hurdles faced by any new enterprise, let alone 1 with the more legal and legislative elements of employing the cannabis plant, I was amazed to see the speed of development in this marketplace.

There are definitely massive amounts of capital now flowing by means of the hemp financial ecosystem even though the business as a entire is nonetheless forming. The more challenges faced by entrepreneurs in this space due to a lack of education about the material and its prospective makes use of was 1 of the most fascinating elements of this conference practical experience to me.

Inspiration

My individual interest in the cannabis plant as a raw manufacturing material and its quite a few feasible industrial applications started a handful of years ago right after traveling to Shenzhen, China to go to the factory who had been generating the items my preceding business had been manufacturing from injection molded plastics and metal. This trip – along with an additional to Swaziland operating on a documentary about rhino poaching – exposed me to the reality and interconnected nature of poverty and ecological destruction.

Although I have normally voted Green, recycled my beer bottles and compost like a pro, I know this is not adequate and started to consider extra deeply about some of the quite a few challenges getting faced by the planet, as properly as my part in contributing to these challenges and prospective options.

Possessing had the privilege of splitting my time in between my native state of Tasmania and adopted residence in Colorado considering that 2009, I have watched with interest the way that the state and federal laws in the United States and about the globe have been altering in relation to the cannabis plant.

Searching for a match

I began to ask myself how I could apply my information and practical experience in manufacturing and promoting items in a way that was a much better match for my core values, and as I began performing extra analysis, time and time once again I kept discovering myself reading about hemp. I honestly had no thought points had been as sophisticated in the organization globe as they are, and was engrossed in hearing what Daniel, Paul, Phil and Carl had to say.

Listening to the words of the legendary Steve Allin (Director, International Hemp Creating Association) and Wolf Jordan (Founder, Wolf Jordan &amp Corporation) left me with a couple of important takeaways. The initial was how fortunate the attendees at this occasion had been to have an chance to hear from two compassionate and extremely intelligent persons who hold such deep information and practical experience in the globe of hemp. The second was extra in the vein of “…seriously, you can do that with the fibre?” and “…wow, I seriously, seriously do not know something about something to do with hemp and have SO a lot to learn” and “…are these two humans each in the operating for the Most Fascinating Man in the Planet award?”

It was an absolute privilege to meet each of these guys, along with the quite a few other brilliant, hilarious, irreverent, devoted, revolutionary and exciting humans who had been right here in Kathmandu for this summit.

Rock ‘n roll

Although I have connected with and was impacted by as well quite a few of the other speakers to list, specific mention need to go to Morris Beegle and Rick Trojan from bringing a tiny bit of rock ‘n roll to the proceedings and to the incomparable Jane Wynne for her stunning message of hope on the final afternoon.

I know I wasn’t alone in the believed that getting this quantity of practical experience and information in 1 space was a present, all thanks to the challenging perform place in by Nivedita Bansal Shah, Dhiraj K. Shah, Brian Houlihan, Kehrt and Marzenna Reyher for placing this conference with each other.

Like Jane Wynne and quite a few other attendees I have spoken to, discovered from and laughed with, the Asian Hemp Summit 2019 has offered me a renewed sense of objective and hope, and for that I am grateful.

Andi Lucas is Co-Founder &amp Chief of Operations at NSP Improvement

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