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The American Herbal Products Association at 40
By Karen Raterman

Founded in 1982, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is now a leading trade association with members around the world. AHPA has weathered some of the largest challenges the US herb industry has faced, including regulatory issues and government pushback, and given its members access to valuable resources in areas including product integrity, labeling and marketing guidelines, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and more. The organization has also produced several important books such as the Botanical Safety Handbook and Herbs of Commerce. ABC Guest Contributor Karen Raterman interviewed past and present leaders of the organization to tell the story of how AHPA started, how it has kept going, and what plans it has for the future. Read more >>


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Green Rush: Thai Government Pledges to Give Away 1 Million Free Cannabis Plants
By Connor Yearsley

In May 2022, the Thai government announced it would distribute one million free cannabis plants beginning in June 2022, when many legal restrictions on cannabis were set to be lifted in the country. The announcement said the plants would be given to households for medical purposes only. Although recreational use of cannabis is still illegal, the Thai government has been becoming more progressive in relation to cannabis since a military coup in 2014. This initiative is notable in Southeast Asia, a region that is known for its strict cannabis laws. Read more >>

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Herb Profile:
Black Currant

World News:
Plant-Based Prescription Drug for Dogs

Research Review:
Saffron and OCD

In Memoriam:
Otto Sticher: 1936–2022

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Featured Book
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Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia was written by Luke Manget, PhD, and published by The University Press of Kentucky in 2022. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, and introduction: “From ‘Roots and Herbs’ to ‘Crude Botanical Drugs.’”
Wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) has played an integral role in the lives of those living in the Appalachian Mountains. Root digging and herb gathering were — and remain — an important source of income, and as the production of patent medicines and botanical pharmaceutical products escalated, southern Appalachia emerged as a prolific supplier of many species of native medicinal plants. Based on his extensive research into the business records of mountain entrepreneurs, country stores, and pharmaceutical companies, historian Luke Manget explores how Appalachia became the nation’s premier purveyor of botanical drugs in the late 19th century and how the trade influenced the way residents of the region interacted with each other and the forests around them.
Ginseng Diggers can be ordered from the publisher. HerbalEGram readers can use the code FGINSENG to receive 20% off this title. Code expires on September 30, 2022.
©2022 The University Press of Kentucky. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch
Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer-Research Legacy. BBC News. August 9, 2022. The actress, who died following a 30-year battle with cancer, was a vocal advocate for natural cancer therapies including cannabis, herbal remedies, and a vegan diet.

Banana Peels Make Sugar Cookies Better for You. EurekAlert! August 9, 2022. Banana peels, which are most often a wasted byproduct of banana consumption, can be processed into a flour that has the potential to boost the healthy properties of baked goods without affecting overall taste and enjoyment.

Wisconsin’s Naturopathic Doctors Prepare for Expanded Duties. Wisconsin Public Radio. August 6, 2022. Following a law that officially allows naturopathic doctors in Wisconsin to be licensed providers, the state is in the process of integrating this practice into its health care system.

Primrose Oil May Help Ease Side Effects of Drug Treatment in Acne Patients. August 3, 2022. Daily supplementation with evening primrose oil significantly improved skin appearance in patients with acne vulgaris and could help reduce adverse effects from the drug isotretinoin, according to latest research.

The Surprising Link Between Chinese Five-Spice Powder and Herbal Medicine. Tasting Table. August 1, 2022. The spice blend, which shows up in some of the country’s most famous dishes, has its roots in the same herbal formulas used by ancient Chinese physicians.

Green Tea Extract Promotes Gut Health, Lowers Blood Sugar. Science Daily. July 26, 2022. New research in people with certain heart disease risk factors has shown that consuming green tea extract for four weeks can reduce blood sugar levels and improve gut health by lowering inflammation and decreasing “leaky gut.”

The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Hope to Preserve Their Heritage By Saving Their Language. KUER. July 25, 2022. The tribe has started an initiative to revive traditional knowledge, including their language, culture, and plant use.

Federal Appeals Court’s Delta-8 Legality Ruling Adds to Hemp Product Chaos. Natural Products Insider. July 14, 2022. A federal appeals court in California has found delta-8 THC products are lawful under the 2018 Farm Bill but the legal status of these products marketed across the United States remains unclear.

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Featured Event
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SupplySide West and Food Ingredients North America. October 31 - November 4, 2022. Las Vegas, Nevada. This annual trade show will bring together leading professionals from the dietary supplement, food, beverage, personal care, and sports nutrition industries to interact and exchange insights on the science and strategy that drive the development of finished products. American Botanical Council members receive a $50 discount off an Expo Hall Pass when registering. Use code SSW22PARTNER. Promo code not valid on existing registrations. Offer expires November 4, 2022. Register here.

AHPA’s 10th Botanical Congress. Online. August 16–17, 2022.

Botanical Support for Healthy Blood Pressure. Online. September 8, 2022.

Botanical Safety Consortium Annual Meeting. Online. September 27, 2022.

Integrative Dermatology Symposium 2022. Tucson, Arizona. September 30 – October 2, 2022.

Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. December 13–15, 2022.

More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.

Herbal IQ
This tropical plant may be best known for its edible fruit, but the leaves and seeds have also been used in traditional South American, Central American, and Caribbean medicine as calmative and antihypertensive agents. Learn more here.