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For centuries, hemp has been used to make more than 25,000 products, varying from the sails on Viking ships to 3D printed objects to construction materials.

AVON — Hemp has long been a plant revered for the length and strength of its fiber, for the nutritional benefits of its oil and for its ability to thrive in harsh conditions. It was first discovered in China during the second century B.C., when clothing was made from the plant. For centuries, hemp has been used to make more than 25,000 products, varying from the sails on Viking ships to 3-D printed objects.

While hemp has proven to be an incredibly useful resource, it has been riddled with controversy for many years. The production of hemp was banned in the United States in 1937, and its association with THC and marijuana have suspended the potential of industrial hemp for decades.

"Unfortunately, the large-scale use of hemp to tackle ecological problems has yet to be attempted due to the ongoing stigmas against this wonderful plant," said Chris Conrad, keynote speaker for the Kyoto Hemp Forum this past year.

Still legal

Currently, Colorado is one of a handful of states that can legally grow and manufacture hemp, though knowledge of this largely untapped resource is not widely available.

On Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., join Walking Mountains Science Center with special guests Michael Bright, from THC, The Hemp Connoisseur magazine, and Doug Amberg, a Hemp-crete construction professional, as they explore the applications and solutions that hemp yields.

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Bright and Amberg will answer questions about what hemp is and what makes it so extraordinary and explore a way to incorporate hemp into our everyday lives. Both skeptics and supporters are welcome to share in this learning opportunity.

Bright is the chief financial officer for THC, The Hemp Connoisseur magazine. He has also been the CEO of three other companies in various stages of development in the cannabis and industrial hemp space since early in 2014. With a degree in business administration and a masters in international marketing, he has strengths and expertise in leadership, strategic management, finance management, disaster management, marketing and sales management, advocacy, entrepreneurship and medical practice management.

Amberg has more than 20 years of experience as a construction professional. He is the owner and operator of Lime Green Builders Ltd., which aims to be a pioneer in the hemp lime construction industry. He is also founder of the Healthy House Initiative, which seeks to advocate, educate and promote construction practices that produces homes that are healthier for the people who live in them, the people who build them and the planet we all share.

If you go …

What: The Science Behind Hemp.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: Free; $5 donation suggested

More information: Space is limited; visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/sb to register.