24 Russian Hemp Growers

Russian Hemp Growers

Posted on November 11, 2011 by team

At sunrise hard-working and courageous hemp growers go to a field as if they were fairy-tale heroes. Stock is waiting for them. They will kick it with their legs. Hemp has been picked in this way for centuries. Say, hemp growing is not only handwork but also “legwork”. Russian hemp will make them famous in the whole world!

Nikolay Darichev, a director of Bolkhov hemp factory, works as an ordinary worker. There are 30 of them. But it’s hard to call them heroes – moreover there are many women among them. But the work is really hard.

The factory performs some social function. There are many boys and girls from local orphanage who are left without home and work. Larichev has hired 4 girls over the last 4 years. They have comfortable rooms in an administrative building. Girls run household, cultivate their own vegetable gardens and work in a hemp field.

Don’t laugh at word “hemp”.  Long ago, Russia was famous for its hemp in the whole world. For example the city of Bolkhov. According to the report there were about 16 hemp and oakum factories in 1868. The total turnout accounted for 1,5 million rubles (year income of the whole province). Bolkhov merchant Merkalov was admitted at industrial exhibition in Moscow. He was awarded with a gold medal. And Tsar’s edict said: “to hemp manufacturer Aleksey Mercalov for great production of  hemp for import.” All local fields smelled with hemp.


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24 Responses to “Russian Hemp Growers”

  1. Mister Dog says:

    It always seemed strange to me that the pro-legalize marijuana folks are also big on commercial hemp. It’s pretty obvious from these pics that it’s really two different plants involved here. The stuff you smoke isn’t any good for industrial purposes, and the stuff here isn’t any good to smoke.

    • OneMoreToke says:

      Not so strange. Narcotic and fiber plants look the same. Who is to know if planted amongst the fiber hemp is the desired narcotic variety?

    • Hirsh says:

      Please pass that tip on to my government. Apparently they can’t tell the difference between a commercial field of hemp and high quality marijuana! Sad but true, the DEA are that incompetent. If you want to manufacture hemp products in the U.S. you have to import it. In fact the U.S. is actually the largest export market for industrial hemp. Talk about screwed up economic priorities… lol

      Nice to see this crop growing in Russia! It has so many uses…

    • Hirsh says:

      “pro-legalize marijuana folks are also big on commercial hemp”

      I think it’s really this simple. The “stupid hippies” who smoke marijuana and preaqch about renewable resources have the common sense Washinton D.C. politicians lack. They see what an economic disaster it is for the U.S. to ban industrial hemp over the “War on Drugs”. It’s absolutely asinine public policy. The U.S. buys $400 million worth of hemp from China because of these stupid politicians and their ineffective anti-drug policies. Meanwhile China expects to lift 3 million Chinese out of poverty in the next 10 years, by growing industrial hemp! OMFG

      By the why, the stories comment that “The Chinese often come to study secrets of growing and processing the hemp. But nothing comes out of it – maybe Russian land is a real “hemp oasis”…”

      Maybe not Russia, maybe not… while hemp production dwindles down to this one place that struggles to survive in Russia, the Chinese are forging ahead with hemp production en mass.


      • Hirsh says:

        Just wanted to add $400 mil is what the U.S. sent overseas to purchase hemp, not just from China but all exporters. But China is a big player and investing in growing this multi-use green crop just like a lot of other nations.

    • ADHD says:

      and why shpouldnt we be, weed was made illegal as hemp would have skullfukcked most industries hehe, oil, chems, pharma, paper and many more…it is a crime both are illagal, a crime

      • Hirsh says:

        Exactly, the latest “War on Drugs” ruse is just that, a ruse. they’ve had some excuse or another to make it unprofitable or illegal since the ’20s and ’30s, when big industries started lobbying to shut it down. It’s all about the $$$.

  2. L.S.Zlatopolsky says:

    Man, there’s a novel here in the text. And didn’t those American boys Washington and Jefferson also grow hemp?

  3. (r)evolutionist says:

    All that talk about kolkhozy brought tears to this old anarchist’s eyes… See what cooperation produces? Even the boss is working? Close to true communism.

  4. geoff says:

    That really is a good story.

    How about…….”Hemp is similar to people – it degenerates in the 3rd generation”

  5. ZeroDrop says:

    Hemp is illegal only because of Nixon. Nixon did all he could do to turn a plant into a drug. After that, convinced the world about it. It was not because the merit of the plant, it was because of a government’s will.

  6. ADHD says:

    it degenerates in the 3rd generation. The plant accumulates narcotic, errr NO, industrial hemp as above contains virtually no THC whatsoever….weed does however, both are good plants

  7. Jesus says:

    A little tip with that seed:

    Pinch the seeds between your thumb and forefinger, if they break, they were dead anyway.

  8. mukmika says:

    We used hemp on threaded pipe joints not so long ago. It’s a great product, with many uses.

    • Geoff says:

      Still used for industrial pipe fitting now, and for sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings.
      If treated with tar, the rope will not rot. It is renewable, strong, has hundreds of uses – yet bone head politicians refuse to allow it to be grown. Russia, keep up the good work!!!

  9. GsomGsom says:

    Is it accurately hemp? I thought that it is flax

  10. DougW says:

    Hemp, a natural resource that so often is associated with marijuana. When in reality there are plenty of plants the produce so little THC that you would have to smoke ten kilos to get high.

  11. Dogs Breath says:

    I’ve read that DuPont had hemp production stopped in the US in the 50s because it competed with their new synthetic fibers, they pressured politicians using the link with illegal drugs as a reason.

  12. j pigden says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp is an excellent source of information. The key point, for me, was the realization that hemp, not cotton, was the normal slave crop in Kentucky!
    The continued banning of hemp is like banning flowers because opium comes from poppies.

  13. Bob greene says:

    hemp was made illegal in the us in 1937,politics im sure…

  14. MeeMan says:

    WHY are the Gov panicking about THC levels? Hemp(the Anglo-Saxon word) was used by Henry Ford to create a car and the fuel to power it. The higher the THC level, the higher the cellulose level and thus the higher the fuel per acre and the higher the quality of hemp plastics(which are bio-degradable)and the more medicines/ paints/ oils/ dyes etc. etc.
    In short, the higher the THC the more and better quality the product. STOP Panicking over “oh god they might smoke this non-toxic cancer-curing plant and get high from it” scare-mongering and just grow the fkn thing!!!!!!!!!

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