Hemp is the New Cotton! — How The ‘Forbidden’ Crop is Once Again Taking the World by Storm

When you hear the word 'hemp' most people will naturally think of cannabis, but hemp is actually an incredibly versatile plant that has many uses we are missing out on due to the regulations of farming it.

Due to the THC content, there are many legal problems surrounding the growing of hemp, but if the laws were relaxed we could all be benefiting from the industrial growing of hemp, particularly the farmers.

Hemp farming is legal in Canada, but was made illegal in the US out of fear it would out-do the regular farming methods and materials and put lots of companies out of business. In 1927 a item of machinery was invented called the decoricator which is an efficient tool for harvesting hemp, and turning the fibers into textiles, clothing, paper, and plastic.

According to Popular Mechanics during that time, “10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average [forest] pulp land.” but unfortunately a number of large businesses with concerns for their profits their government connections to pass the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

Even before the invention of decoricator, hemp was such a staple part of the American farmers crop that it was grown constantly.

George Washington – “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”

Thomas Jefferson – “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”

If the marijuana law was repealed, the whole of the US could be benefiting from the growing of hemp as it has many useful and varied attributes. And with the growing of the male plant to fertilise the female, the level of THC would be at a legal level.

Benefits of Hemp

Hemp seeds extremely nutritious, they are full of essential amino acids and are a great source of protein. The have an almost perfect ration of omega 3 to omega 6. Hemp seeds are so dense with nutrition that during times of food shortages it would be possible to live in them alone.

Hemp plants are incredibly resilient, and they don't need pesticides or fertilisers which helps keep the earth as pure as possible, without risk of contaminating other plants and doesn't feed the phosate industry.

The thick hemp roots make it harder for weeds to grow, keeping the soil healthy meaning it would be a great crop for years during rotation. With a growth cycle of just four months, hemp plants are easily grown twice a year, meaning that they would be a great source of income for farmers all year long.

The sea is full with plastic waste which is harmful to the oceans wildlife, and the earth in general. Hemp is a natural alternative to certain plastics which would reduce the over all pollution of the seas. 

Hemp plastic is very durable and can be used to produce a whole range of products, even cars! Henry Ford built his "vegetable car" in 1941 using hemp and flax. The car was stronger and lighter than other cars made with steel.

Building materials

Hemp could be used in the building of new houses, as it can be used to make materials such as hempcrete, fiberboard, carpet, stucco, cement blocks, insulation, and plastic. Due to the natural element, it means the materials are also rot-free and more fire resistant, not to mention non-toxic.

As you can see hemp has many benefits and has been shunned from the US due to the fear and nepotism that rules our laws and governments.

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