A Saskatchewan hemp farmer believes hemp plants have rare properties that can dramatically increase the lifespan of humans! "It's one of the superfoods supplying a cornucopia of oils, proteins, fiber and phytonutrients," says Morris Johnson, chief technical officer of Canada's Lifespan Pharma.
He plans to work with the University of Saskatchewan's "Research Group on Aging" to design a study, and he'll also fund product-specific trials for hemp in the U.S. -- but now he's struggling against the stigma around hemp research. (To get high on hemp, you'd have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole...) "In a moment of sheer frustration, I created a logo with a hemp leaf and a red circle with a stroke through it...with the words, 'I can't believe it's not marijuana.'"
Currently he's resorted to testing hemp on high-performance horses, whose owners "have a history of looking for and applying new ways to keep their highly stressed animals healthy..." Horse owners understand how to run tests, and if regulators question their supplement choices, "they usually tell the regulators to mind their own business and bother somebody who really cares."
And he reminds us that hemp has other healthy non-medicinal uses. "I have made up hamburgers with hemp...and hemp in salads with ranch dressing."