What is Hemp
When someone asks “what is hemp” most people think of marijuana and drugs but that could not be farther from the truth. Hemp is the non THC variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp and marijuana are often confused, learn more about the difference on our hemp vs. marijuana page. So what is hemp used for? Well, the fiber, seeds and oil are incredible valuable and is why hemp is often called a “cash crop”. Hemp is a very hearty plant and grows very quickly in very diverse soil conditions. Cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes has been done by many civilizations for over 12,000 years. Industrial hemp was the desired fiber used to manufacture rope, canvas, paper, and clothing until alternative textiles and synthetics for these purposes were discovered. Although China has been the largest hemp producer over the years, other countries such as Australia and Canada are catching up. It has been illegal for anyone to grow hemp in the United States as hemp is illegal under the marijuana prohibition act but Colorado has changed the laws and paved the way for industrial hemp production again in the United States(see hemp history). Now that the Farm Bill of 2018 passed and hemp is being grown in most every state, the question is bigger than what is hemp, it is now what can Hemp do for you and me?Now hemp oils, CBD, hemp plastics, hemp building materials and many hemp fiber products can be seen and purchased on the market. Hemp is truly an amazing plant with the potential to help “green up” many industries.
Traditionally, hemp fiber has been a very coarse fiber when raw, which made it well suited to rope but less than ideal for clothing designed to be worn against delicate human skin. Advances in breeding of the plants and treatment/processing of the fibers have resulted in a much finer, softer hemp fiber, which is ideal for weaving into hemp clothing, fabrics and rope. Watch the video on Hemp for victory to learn more about the importance of hemp during war times.
What is Hemp Used For?
The “re-“growth of industrial hemp in the United States is heavily regulated, although the neighboring nation of Canada successfully grows hemp commercially and on a fairly large scale. Since becoming legal to grow again in Canada, the crop has taken off and has become a booming multi-million dollar export. Hemp derived CBD is very useful for health and the business of producing and selling CBD is thriving. Hemp building materials are another growing segment of the hemp industry. Canada is now a leader in the global hemp food/health marketplace. Canadian hemp products are found in many hemp markets in the United States and many other countries.
In addition to providing useful fibers, hemp seed also has high nutritional value. and the plant can be used to make biodegradable plastics, some fuels, and a variety of other things. Hemp foods including but not limited to hemp energy bars, hemp salad dressing,hemp milk, hemp protein shakes, hemp oil gel caps and hemp protein powder are among some of the health products being produced today. Visit the Hemp Education pages to learn more!
Learn more about Industrial hemp in our Hemp University Section
Hemp products for the real person! Support your local community by finding a hemp store near you and picking up some hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, CBD oil and, of course, hemp clothing! I promise you will not regret it!