Who We Are
The UK Hemp Association was founded in 2017 with the aim of contributing to a sustainable UK economy through the industrial and commercial development of the agricultural crop Cannabis Sativa - more commonly known as Hemp. The UK Hemp Association (UKHA) is a collaboration of entrepreneurs, researchers, industry experts, hemp enthusiasts and retail entities. Together, we are working to build & develop the agricultural, industrial and commercial infrastructure necessary for hemp to be grown, processed and sold in the UK.
The environmental, social and economic benefits of hemp are well documented and yet the UK has been slow to make use of the opportunities presented since its re-legalisation back in 1993. The UKHA is spearheading a movement to overcome the technical & infrastructural obstacles that have inhibited hemp industries from flourishing in the UK, against a backdrop of success in other developed nations. With over 50,000 end use product possibilities from a plant with strong environmental credentials and a long agricultural history in the UK, there is little doubt that hemp will be an important part of the UK economy in years to come.
What We Do
Once one of the UK's most cultivated crops, hemp experienced rapid decline in the 19th century. Much has changed since then. Technological, environmental & political developments have created new markets for this ancient crop. We're working with farmers to begin sowing the seeds of a more sustainable economy.
Processing hemp in the UK has, until now, been almost completely forgotten. Domestic processing of hemp crops is an essential part of reviving this chain of production that could see UK-grown hemp sold in domestic markets - the economic potential of which is staggering. The UKHA hopes to pool investment for a comprehensive conveniently-located UK hemp processing plant.
By far the most lucrative and promising aspect of the UK hemp movement is the introduction of hemp products to mainstream consumers. With 50,000 product possibilities covering 4 main commercial markets, hemp is already taking off in several developed nations and holds huge potential with UK consumers.
The hemp scene in the UK has been quiet for some time. The UKHA presents an opportunity for those with an interest in hemp to make themselves known and to network, collaborate and work with other interested parties for the mutual benefit of all.
AWARENESS & MARKETING
Publishing & promoting the benefits of hemp using modern marketing channels will undoubtedly bolster the efforts of the UKHA and its partners with the effect of enrolling mainstream support for the hemp movement. The UKHA has specialist expertise in the marketing of hemp products and helps hemp businesses to market themselves effectively.
EDUCATION & LOBBYING
Arguably the biggest challenge facing the re-establishment of hemp industries in the UK is the circulation of misinformation in the media, culture and politics that has condemned this innocuous plant. The UKHA works to elucidate the facts, press for policy reform and encourage debate on the issues of public health, environmental protection and re-structuring the economy.
Want to Get Involved?
We openly welcome those with an interest in UK hemp to join our growing community and contribute to our cause. Whether your interest is personal, academic, commercial or anything in between, we invite you to become a valuable part of the UK hemp movement.
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