Hemp 101

What is hemp?
Hemp and marijuana are essentially different varieties of the same plant, Cannabis Sativa. Hemp (refers to industrial use)is used when the plant is grown cane like for it's fiber, seed oil and hurds. Industrial hemp's THC content is too low to produce a high. The term cannabis or marijuana refers to the smoking of the flowers.

What is Hemp used for?

Hemp really can provide all the basic necessities of life: food, shelter clothing and medicine.
  • Food- The hemp seed is the only source of food from the hemp plant. It is not really a seed, but an a nut covered with a hard shell. The whole seed contains roughly 25% protein, 30% carbohydrates. Hemp seed is one of the best sources of Essential Fatty Acids with a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 Linoleic Acid, and Omega-6 Linolenic acid, good for the immune system. Whole seeds are made into: snack bars, , burgers and may be roasted and consumed alone or in a trail mix. Wild and domestic birds love hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil is one of the lowest in saturated fats and has a pleasantly nutty flavor, great for sauces and pesto.
  •  Fiber-Hemp supplies a wide range of very durable eco friendly textiles. Hemp is weed like and can be easily grown without the use of harmful toxic pesticides and fertilizers. It's deep root system prevents soil erosion and maintains soil fertility. This makes hemp an ideal rotation crop. Hemp fiber is one of the strongest most insulating and absorbent of all naturally occuring fibers. Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis and can be used for every quality of paper. 1 acre of hemp is equal to 4 acres of trees, and is mature in 100 days. Hemp Paper can be recycled several more times than wood pulp paper due to it's stregnth. Hemp can also supply a wide range of biodegradable plastics, lamp oil and non toxic paints and varnishes.
  • Fuel- Hemp can supply all of our energy needs on 6% of our farmlands. Hemp biomass as a source of fuel is the ost under expoited, yet potentially the biggest industrial use of the plant. Henry Ford was a pioneer in the process and operated a biomass pyrolytic plant in Michigan.
  • Medicine- The medicinal use of the cannabis flowers with high THC through smoking or eating is used to treat a number of ailments. Nausea, Intraocular pressure for glaucoma sufferers, Seizures, Pain, Depression and Asthma and menstrual cramps.
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