17 Feb What is Industrial Hemp?
Industrial Hemp is the term given to a variety of the Cannabis plant which contains very negligible amounts of THC, a psychoactive compound.
Industrial hemp has thousands of modern uses, including food, textiles, paper, construction materials, biodegradable plastic, and even biofuel. Hemp can replace many harmful products, like plastic and paper made from trees – which contributes to deforestation, not to mention the toxic, carcinogenic byproducts that are released during processing. Hemp will play a major role in creating a Green Future, as it requires no poisonous pesticides or herbicides to grow, and has been known to be a valuable rotational crop that helps heal soils damaged by these chemicals, it can even help re-green deserts.
By law, industrial hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC in order to be grown and cultivated in the U.S. although, it is also grown in several other countries such as Canada, China, and France. Sometimes Hemp varieties are cultivated to produce more oil and seeds, others more for fiber length, and some for higher concentrations of medicinal compounds, like CBD. There are hundreds of strains of industrial hemp, and now there are even certified hemp seeds available in the U.S. With so many amazing uses, it’s no surprise that hemp is believed to be one of the earliest domesticated plants in human history, as it grows incredibly fast, creating a huge biomass in a short time, and the entire plant is edible – from the seeds, to the leaves. A small village could feed, clothe, and house, themselves just by growing hemp!
The fiber has been used for thousands of years as clothing fabric, rope, and twine, with applications ranging from heavy, durable furniture upholstery, to soft, elegant dress gowns. Hemp fabric is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and hypoallergenic, this means when you’re wearing hemp, your body is actually staying cleaner and smelling fresher all day. Shortly before the 1900’s, over 90% of the paper in the world was made from hemp; the Declaration of Independence was drafted on durable, long-lasting hemp paper. Getting back to these sustainable practices would combat some of the immense damage caused by deforestation, as hemp can be planted seasonally, and contains more raw material for making paper, which can then be recycled up to 10 times – over twice as many times as paper made from wood pulp.
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