The hemp university is a place to learn about a plant that we know as hemp. Learning about hemp is easy due to the amazing amount of products that we can produce in a renewable manner. Food, fuel and fiber, hemp can provide all three high level product markets, they are the three things that we need as a society to live. The hemp university is an online repository on the topic of hemp. We hope you take the time to learn about hemp and the many uses of hemp. We encourage you to then try a hemp food product but we are convinced that once you learn about hemp you will agree that it is silly that the US government will not allow the farmers to grow it.
Hemp pages to learn more:
- Quick facts
- Uses of hemp
- Hemp fuel
- Hemp seeds
- Hemp oil
- Hemp building materials
- Hemp plastics
- Hemp weaving/clothing
- Growing hemp
Industrial hemp – Short introduction to hemp
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant (more later on this). Hemp may be the most useful plant known to man kind. In fact, cannabis sativa means useful(sativa) hemp(cannabis). It is used to make over 25,000 different products, most of which are superior alternatives to less environmentally friendly products. Some of the products made are: clothing, shoes, diapers, rope, canvas, cellophane, paints, fuels, chain lubricants, biodegradable plastics, paper, fibreboard, cement blocks, food, cosmetics, and soap. The reemergence of hemp is slowly but steadily progressing within the United States while gaining full government support in other nations. Industrial hemp is frequently confused with marijuana in the United States mainly due to a lack of understanding of the plants. Although both plants are from the species cannabis sativa, hemp contains virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) (less than .3%), the active ingredient in marijuana. Industrial hemp does however contain many positive properties.
The most commonly seen modern hemp product is clothing. Hemp clothing is warmer, softer, more absorbent, extremely breathable and significantly longer lasting than clothing made from cotton. It is nice to have clothing that looks like linen, feels like flannel, and wears two to three times longer than other fabrics, but this is just the beginning.
The seeds are an excellent nutritional source that can provide quality fats and proteins. The hemp seed oil is utilized for it’s healing qualities in many salves and cosmetics but can also be used to create paint, varnishes, lubricants, and much more.
The high fiber content of hemp makes it a natural resource for building materials, papermaking, and even biodegradable plastics. Hemp is a presently viable environmentally sound energy source.
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