hmmm, wondering what people know about hops, i know a bit,, but i am unsure of some things.
hops grow wild where i live and in spring i can collect hop aparagus, te worlds most expensive vegetable, for free (ha!)
but i was wondering bout their uses, as in the unpollinated fermale flower cones. they make nice ornaments on beams (whole bine, cut dow with the string at the eng of the year) and that they have calming sedative effects. but i also heard that working wih hops and using them can cause delayed periods in women.
one observation was when women came down from the north of the country to pick hops in kent they found that they were skipping periods.
however, my mother disputes this. she knows very little about herbs, but drinksa lot of very hoppy beer. she is in her own words "one of the most regular women you can imagin" and that it was to do with the fact that these hop pickers were often very friendly with the kentish men and that is what cased the problem if you get my meaning
what alovely conversation that was, and over lunch too.
either way, have any women out there experienced this?
anyone else heard of this?
any other information about hops?
oh and one bit of information you might not know.
hops are actualy closely related to canabis, they are in fact part of the family Canabaceae. they share much in common with canabis, including being dioceous (i can't spell, this is spposed to be the word for seperate sexes on different plants), have 4 (i think) sided stems, the lobed leaves of hops ae vaugly reminicent of the palmate leaves of cannabis. we also want to use the unpollinated female flowers of both plants. they are both narcotic (believe it or not you can het high off hops, provided you don't smoke weed, in which case your tolerance will mean that you won't realy notice the lupuline in the hops not being as powerful as THC). adn you can graft a hop stem onto a cannabis rootstock to create a stealth cannabis plant, it grows as a hop (only annual though) and its flowers contain THC.
well i know mmore about that than i thought, sorry to bore anyone but its interesting to some.
serious disclaimer: i don't advise anyone to try the hop grafting thing as it is illegal. don't, you could get in trouble.
well i'm rambling nore than a blackberry plant, or would that be brambling...