Civilisations have been using Hemp in paper production since at least 200-150 BC. The earliest example of Hemp paper was discovered in China, and dated from around this time. Despite being in used for thousands of applications for thousands of years, the global prohibition of Cannabis in the 1920s and 30s had a devastating effect on Hemp industries.
The project aims to tackle the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. According to the UN, Ethiopia’s forest coverage was just 4% in the 2000s, down from 35% a century earlier.
Professor Pertwee received the accolade from the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) for his highly cited research into pharmacological actions of constituents of cannabis known as phytocannabinoids, and of cannabinoids designed and synthesized by medicinal chemists.
Last year, the Home Office said UK farmers could not harvest hemp flowers for cannabis oil, or CBD, but could continue to grow seed and stalk. However, last Thursday the Home Office told the firm that it would have to cease production entirely.