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Hempothecary – from royalty to rock stars – a family history by Stephen Parka

Hempothecary – from royalty to rock stars – a family history by Stephen Parka

It’s October 21st, 1805 and King George III is the ruling King of England. Napoleon Bonaparte is assembling a fleet for the invasion of England, but the French Fleet is defeated at the Battle of Trafalgar by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté KB, a British flag officer in the Royal Navy.

Did you know one of the most instrumental botanicals of the battle was the humble hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa L.). Fast forward to October 2006, Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the role played by Latvian hemp in the Battle of Trafalgar. “British ships at that time were waterproofed with pitch from Riga, rigged with ropes of hemp from Riga, and their masts were of pine from Riga,” the Queen told dignitaries at a state banquet held in her honour in the Latvian capital.

The Latvian hemp farm ‘Kanepes’ was most renowned for its hemp fields, providing fibre to the royal family for generations.

Melanie Leontine, creator of Therapeutic-Grade Hemp Oils, Queensland Hemp Museum and the Hempothecary clinic/ store in Montville, Queensland is the direct descendant of the Kanepes hemp farming family.

On February 28th, 2015 celebrities from around the globe gathered in Australia for a major music festival event and to meet with Melanie and her family for their samples of Cannopathy oil and Mr Hempy goodies.

Cannopathy prides itself on testing on A-Listers and not animals.

Some of the VIPs gathered up their Cannopathy oils while others took a liking to the Mr Hempy products on offer (with Slash from Guns N’ Roses sporting a fabulous Mr shirt below). From assisting sleep issues through to relieving pain problems and even hair and beauty solutions, the trials were a success and the Latvian hemp lineage continues to grow and bloom from over the seas in beautiful Queensland, Australia.

You can find Therapeutic-Grade Hemp Oils, and the Queensland Hemp Museum at the Hinterland Healing Hempothecary at Shop 1/171 Main Street, Montville, Queensland.


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