It is once again the sign up season for the International Hemp Association. The invitation posted below was sent out today to prospective members and we thought that it would be appropriate to extend this invitation to all of you as well. You can get the Journal of Industrial Hemp directly from Haworth Press
, but we at The Hemp Report encourage people and companies to join this important organization directly and get the Journal as one of the many benefits.
Please click here to download the
2005 International Hemp Association Membership Application Form. (PDF file 85K)
The Hemp Report
International Hemp Association
Dedicated to the advancement of Cannabis
through the dissemination of information
We would like to take this opportunity to formally invite you to join the International Hemp Association (IHA) and subscribe to our official publication the "Journal of Industrial Hemp" (JIH).
The IHA is a member-supported, non-profit educational organization dedicated to the advancement of Cannabis
through the dissemination of information. In support of this goal the IHA and Haworth Press in New York publish the JIH twice annually.
The JIH contains peer-reviewed scientific and popular articles concerning legal uses of Cannabis
. We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines such as agronomy, chemistry, ecology, economics and markets, history, ethnology, geography, genetic resources and breeding, physiology, phytopathology, applications and product development, appropriate technology and current events. We also include conference announcements and reviews, book reviews, museum and regional reports. The JIH is a forum for expanded discussions of scientific topics not available in other journals today. Some authors may wish to publish initially in specialty journals, but definitive review articles and original research with expanded results are particularly welcome in the JIH.
The 19th issue of the JIH will contain a wide variety of articles. The section for peer-reviewed papers opens with a paper by Bócsa, Finta-Korpelová and Máthé presenting results of a breeding programme aiming to increase oil content of hemp seed. The article by Karl Hillig presents a combined analysis of agronomic traits and allozyme allele frequencies for 69 Cannabis
accessions. His results may aid plant breeders in choosing parental strains for initial breeding material and may be useful for developing strategies of Cannabis
The contribution by Amaducci, Pelatti and Medeghini Bonatti describes fibre development in hemp. The study shows that important quality characteristics of hemp fibre (i.e. shape, diameter, maturation and quantity of secondary fibre) vary with harvest date, plant density, internode and within the same stem part. Burczyk and Kaniewski, report on a new harvest machine for hemp grown for seed that mows the crop, cuts off the seeded flowers and collects them on a trailer, while the stems are cut in 70 cm long sections and laid down for dew-retting or drying.
The section for non peer-reviewed papers starts with the Collections Corner
, in which Robert Clarke pictures and describes his collection of Hmong/Miao hemp skirts. These traditional skirts are decorated by several methods to create countless variation. Hmong hemp skirts are excellent examples of traditional craft and make attractive collector's items.
This issue's Wide Wild World of Hemp
column, produced by John Dvorak, our in-house hempologist and internet editor, reports on the recent (November 2004) Hemp Industries Association Convention. The overall mood at the convention was upbeat and positive, with stories of robust sales, increasing markets and innovative new products.
In our series Cannabis
Clinic John McPartland and Birgit Rhode present new hemp diseases and pests in New Zealand. New Zealand's hemp suffers attacks from birds, mammals, molluscs, insects, fungi and viruses. This issue also features a Hemp Production Note
by Stefano Amaducci. He presents the production of the so-called baby-hemp, a crop grown at high plant density that is chemically desiccated when a height of 120-140 cm is reached. Advantages, problems and possible solutions for this technique are discussed.
Claudia Greslehner gives a short presentation of the current situation of hemp in Austria. Some original Austrian-made products are presented such as hemp stone and hemp milk. The last item in this issue is a report by Arthur Hanks on the "Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Annual General Meeting", held in Winnipeg, Canada on October 26, 2004.
In the second issue of 2005 we hope to have articles about fatty acid and tocopherol profiles of hemp in the Canadian prairies, the mechanical properties of bast fibres, the current status of THC in German hemp food products, a report of industrial hemp trials in southern Sweden and an article discussing the influence of genotype on the composition of hemp seed oil.
Detailed in formation on the Journal of Industrial Hemp (e.g. tables of contents, a free pdf sample copy) can be found at http://www.haworthpress.com/web/JIH/
The IHA is a member service organization staffed by volunteers. We try to answer all requests for Cannabis information. However, we always attend to the needs of our members first.
We encourage JIH subscribers to also join the IHA and receive the additional satisfaction of supporting Cannabis education. Membership fees are used to pay for journals and support office expenses. In addition, IHA members receive a substantial discount over direct subscribers. Businesses should join as sustaining members and will be listed under their business name in our membership directory, available upon request.
All 2005 IHA members will receive two issues of the JIH at a reduced price:
Students - 30 Euros or 35 US$ (35% Discount for IHA members)
Individuals - 40 Euros or 45 US$ (15% Discount for IHA members)
Businesses/Institutions - 75 Euros or 85 US$ (25% Discount for IHA members)
Libraries and agencies should contact Haworth Press directly to enquire about rates.
The JIH will begin Volume 10 in 2005. JIH back issues are not posted on the web. However, the first six volumes of the "Journal of the International Hemp Association" can be viewed by searching for "International Hemp Association
" in Google.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
International Hemp Association,
1070 AA Amsterdam,