Hemp around the world has been used since the dawn of mankind and probably before because animals utilize it and the plant pre-dates humanity. When America was founded hemp was a major part of it. Important documents, clothes and ropes for the military where mostly made from hemp in the 1700 and 1800s, amongst many other things. When large businesses and politics started to shape America, hemp was immediately villainized. Threw propaganda over racism, monopolism, and manipulation. Basically, hemp was too good of a crop and large companies could not regulate to make it profitable, so they paid to destroy the image of hemp.
Over half of all U.S. states have lifted the ban on industrial hemp farming at the state level, however federal law still prohibits commercial industrial hemp cultivation due to outdated and inaccurate drug policy. The American market for hemp products remains the largest worldwide, and continues to expand with 10.4% market growth achieved in 2015 according to estimates from the Hemp Industries Association
Hemp farming is an important step toward creating raw materials, finished products, and innovative technologies to catalyze a sustainable future in which every-day products are renewable and grown using regenerative agriculture. Hemp is a renewable resource that can help reduce market dependency on synthetics, lumber, cotton, and other non-sustainable industrial materials. It contributes to environmentally responsible food and fiber production, forest conservation, reduction in agricultural pesticide use, and soil remediation. Hemp sequesters carbon from the atmosphere thus mitigating the rise of CO2 levels responsible for climate change.
It is hemp, a crop that will not compete with other American products. Instead, it will displace imports of raw material and manufactured products produced by underpaid coolie and peasant labor and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land.
Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody ‘hurds’ remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than 77 percent cellulose, which can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.
A good example of the confusion on a Federal level due to lack of knowledge is Barton, a hemp farmer. He has had his own issues with the blurring of the lines between hemp and marijuana. Barton's first crop was stunted, as a shipment of seeds was delayed by drug- enforcement officials and this year's planting got in later than desired, creating plants about half as tall as hoped.
“The pollen is a key reason why authorities shouldn't fear his hemp fields, Hickey said. Marijuana relies on unfertilized female plants, which have the highest levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that gives that plant its euphoric effect. Hemp, which has negligible amounts of THC, uses male plants that can fertilize marijuana via pollen drift, wrecking their THC content in the process.”
"Give it three generations, and all the THC would be gone," he said. "You want to destroy outdoor marijuana fields, grow hemp everywhere."
Today, hemp is still absurdly considered a Schedule 1 substance even though it usually possesses a useless 0.3 percent THC. Usually marijuana has anywhere from 3 to 20% THC levels. It is in the same genus or species as marijuana, however it would be like comparing two types of apples and assuming they both contain the same sugar content, when in fact some apples are very tart and not meant for individual consumption at all. There are examples all throughout nature of the same variance. It is first important to understand that hemp is altogether a very different product than marijuana with many different, and extremely beneficial uses to society.
Hemp offers many different uses that can promote a more sustainable world. Our current reliance on fossil fuels and petroleum based products has created a substantial impact on our environment. With the ability to create an ever growing list of sustainable products, hemp is really is the wonder crop.
The industrial, medicinal and commercial properties of hemp have been known to mankind for a very long time, but its benefits to the environment have just been realized in recent years. Many industries looking for sustainable and eco-friendly processes are turning to hemp for the answer. Its cultivation does not need any particular climate or soil, and is thus found in all parts of the world. Hemp provides an alternative and more efficient source of energy mainly in 3 sectors:
The woody hemp plant is low in moisture; it dries quickly and is an efficient biomass source of methanol. The waste products produced by using hemp oil are a good source of ethanol. Both methanol and ethanol are produced from hemp through the efficient and economical process of thermo-chemical conversion. One acre of hemp yields 1,000 gallons or 3,785 liters of fuel. Hemp allows a lesser reliance on fossil fuels, which are non-renewable sources of energy and will not be able to meet the increasing global demands for long.
Paper can be manufactured from hemp. Since hemp has a low lignin content compared to wood, it can be turned to pulp faster and easier; this naturally bright pulp does not need chlorine bleaching, which is used in traditional paper mills and releases a toxic substance called dioxin into the environment. Hemp is also compatible with the new soy-based binders rather than the harsh binders that give off formaldehyde. This reduces air pollution and health hazards to human and animal life. The quality of paper obtained from hemp is more durable and does not lose its color even after many years. Much more can be got out of each hemp plant since its paper can be recycled 7 or 8 times, as compared to only 3 for tree-based paper.
The uses of hemp also extend into construction. Fiberboards made from a hemp-based composite are stronger yet lighter than those made from wood. The combination of hemp fiber and lime results in a sound-proofing and insulating material that is stronger and lighter than concrete. By replacing wood and concrete, the amount of waste matter at a construction site is reduced. Since homes built using hemp products have better thermal insulation, less fuel will be consumed for heating their interiors. Bio-based plastics can be made from the long hemp fibers, and these are almost as strong as fiberglass. Hemp is an economical construction material that is recyclable, cheaper than glass and safe for the workers.
Hemp is so Much Better for the Environment! It replaces trees as the source of raw material for wood and paper, thereby conserving forests. Trees take years to grow, while a crop of hemp can be grown in a few months. Only one acre of hemp can produce as much paper annually as 4 acres of trees.
When burning hemp as a fuel, carbon dioxide is released into the air, but this is absorbed by the next crop, which can be harvested 120 days after planting. This quick growth avoids the build-up of carbon dioxide. Also, hemp is a very leafy plant and thus contributes a high level of oxygen to the atmosphere during its growth; between 20 and 40%. This makes up for the loss of oxygen when it is burnt as a fuel, which in turn, reduces unwanted effects of global warming, acid rain and the depletion in the ozone layer on the environment.
Air pollution is reduced since hemp is naturally resistant to pests and does not need pesticides and herbicides to be sprayed. Very little fertilizers are required, since it’s abundant leaves fall into the soil and release the required nutrients and minerals, thereby creating better soil tilth. Cotton and flax are known to consume 50% of all pesticides; hemp replaces cotton as a raw material in the manufacturing of paper and cloth, and flax fiber or seed for animal feed, animal bedding and paper.
Lets make our soil richer. The hemp crop grows dense and vigorously. Sunlight cannot penetrate the plants to reach the ground, and this means the crop is normally free of weeds. Its deep roots use ground water and reduce its salinity. Also, erosion of topsoil is limited, thereby reducing water pollution. The roots give nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. After the harvest, this soil makes excellent compost amendments for other plants, and hemp cultivation can follow the rotation of agriculture with wheat or soybean. In fact, the same soil can be used to grow hemp for many years, without losing its high quality. The hemp plant absorbs toxic metals emitted by nuclear plants into the soil, such as copper, cadmium, lead and mercury.
Some other alternative possibilities using hemp include the following:
- Eliminate Forest Exploitation
- Food Resources
- Material Products Non Toxic
- Disease and Pest Resistant
- Green Jobs
- Help Eliminate Greenhouse Gases
- Durable products
Fabrics made of hemp do not have any chemical residue, and is therefore safer for consumers. Even if the fabric contains only 50% hemp, it can keep the UV rays of the sun from harming the skin underneath. Hemp products can be recycled, reused and are 100% biodegradable. The growth speed of the plant is fast enough to meet the increasing industrial and commercial demand for these products. Switching to hemp products will help save the environment, leaving a cleaner and greener planet for the next generation.
Hemp as a fiber for textile manufacturing is nearly unlimited. Only the stocks and stems are used for fiber creation, once again using every part of the plant gets used. This fiber is no simple byproduct, it is the longest lasting most durable fiber on the planet. Not just that, it is 100% renewable, sustainable and refortifies the soil. With more research funding for development in the private and government sectors, we will further discover even more uses for product manufacturing.
Here are just a few of the current textiles that are made from hemp fiber:
- Dog Leash
- Coffee Filters
- Paper Products
- Craft Items.
Hemp as a nutritional source offers a long list of health benefits stemming from different parts of the plant. Hemp does not cause any psychotropic reaction and instead provides significant health benefits with its unique nutritional profile. Also, high in fiber content and has a high quality amino acid profile. Hemp seeds are also high in magnesium, a mineral that assist with relaxation, blood sugar control and blood pressure. Three tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds give you 10 grams of protein, 14g fat and 2g fiber.
A Few nutrient dense items creating from hemp:
- Protein Powder
- Seed Butter
- Roasted Seeds
- Fiber Supplements
Hempseeds do NOT cause any psychotropic reaction and instead may provide significant health benefits with it’s unique nutritional profile. Ideal balance of fats. Hemp has an excellent 3:1 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health. High in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid found in borage oil and egg yolks that has been proven to naturally balance hormones. “Perfect protein” not only containing all 20 amino acids, but also each of the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce. Rich in soluble and un-soluble fiber which naturally cleanses the colon and reduces sugar cravings
GLA and GLA-rich foods like hemp seeds have also been observed to help people with:
- Breast pain
- Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Multiple sclerosis
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Skin allergies
Hemp seed-rich GLA is known to be a necessary building block for some prostaglandins, and researchers have surmised that GLA supplementation is necessary for proper hormone health, which is probably why many women suffering from PMS have been helped by it.
Hemp is the future of American agriculture in every way. It will stabilize farmable land, increase revenue at all levels, provide a renewable sustainable crop that is unbelievably diverse and will supply humans with an additional nutritional source.