WHAT IS HEMP?
Hemp is a fiber, oil, and oilseed crop with roots that run deep into American history. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper, and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp and advocated its use. During World War II, the USDA encouraged farmers to grow hemp through their “Hemp for Victory” program.
As distinct varieties of Cannabis sativa L., hemp contains no significant amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in drug varieties of Cannabis. Despite this distinction, hemp is archaically considered a Schedule 1 narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.
Today, U.S. states are increasingly embracing the innovative, sustainable, nutritional, and economic potential of industrial hemp, and are quickly passing laws that allow their farmers to grow hemp.
One acre of hemp is not only a beneficial alternative source for making paper, but also for the production of cotton as well. Just one acre of hemp could produce as much fiber as two to three acres of cotton. The difference is that hemp fiber lasts longer, will not mildew, and is much stronger and softer than cotton.
While the benefits of hemp extract remain a topic of controversy in the medical world, testimony after testimony attests to its health benefits.
HEMP VS. MARIJUANA
Hemp and marijuana are sometimes confused for each other because they both are from the same plant species, cannabis sativa L. Although hemp and marijuana have male and female sexes, the female plant gender is how one distinguishes hemp from marijuana. In the marijuana plant, the female plants produce the buds and flowers users consume in order to gain psychoactive or non-psychoactive effects.
With hemp, the female plants bear the seeds and have strong fibers, which is what hemp is mainly used for. For this reason, hemp is used mostly for industrial and commercial purposes, and you are unable to obtain a “high” from ingesting it.
The psychoactive compound in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is found at a much lower concentration in hemp than it is in marijuana. To put it in perspective, marijuana can have anywhere from five to 20 percent THC content, while hemp has less than 0.3 percent.
A TRULY GREEN PLANT
Hemp is one of the strongest, most durable, and soft fibers on this planet. Because of this, hemp has a wide variety of uses. Hemp can be used for paper, fuel, oils, medicine, clothing, housing, plastic, rope, and even food. In fact, many of these uses of hemp have been practiced throughout our history for over thousands of years.
However, these are not the only reasons why hemp is an incredibly beneficial crop, environmentally speaking. For example, hemp can be used as an alternative clean-burning fuel, which may help us reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. One acre of hemp can yield nearly 1,000 gallons of methanol in a single growing season. When hemp is burned as a fuel, carbon dioxide (CO2) releases into the air, but it is the same CO2 that was taken in from the environment, which is known as a closed carbon cycle. Closed carbon cycles are extremely efficient.
The environmental benefits to using hemp, in addition to its other uses, puts into question why hemp still has not been produced as a major crop as it once was in the United States. Family farms like the Rocky Ridge Hemp Co. farm are leading the way on increasing the amount of domestically grown hemp.
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