What Is Hemp And Why Do We Care?
The bigger question is why did it take us so long before we started caring about hemp again.We made a huge mistake back in the mid-1930’s when the government clumped hemp and marijuana together and illegalized them both. What was supposed to be a solution to marijuana use ,the problem with that solution however, hemp was not a drug. It doesn’t and wont get you “high”. In fact, hemp is one of the most useful, environmentally sustainable plants on the planet. Moreover, hemp may very well be the miracle we’ve been waiting for not only in terms of it’s natural health benefits but in every aspect of our economy.
Whether topical or ingestible, spiritual or material, hemp is one of the fastest growing and multi-yielding herbs on earth. Hemp can be grown in various types of soil. One hemp crop can be harvested in as few as ten weeks. Furthermore, a single acre crop can yield between three to eight tons of fiber. That is four times the return from the average forest. Moreover, unlike most woods, hemp is low in lignin, thus it contains fewer chemicals.
The history of hemp
Historically hemp as been around since the 1700’s on U.S soil .Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans at one time were even legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. During World War 2 when the attack on Pearl Harbor shut down foreign supplies of “manila hemp” fiber from the Philippines. American farmers were urged and encouraged to grow hemp for the war effort.
The U.S. government formed the War Hemp Industries Department and subsidized the hemp cultivation. During the war, U.S. farmers grew about a million acres of hemp across the Midwest as part of that program.After the war ended, the government quietly shut down all the hemp processing plants and the industry faded away again.
Somewhere between the late 1930’s to the late 1960’s the government actually acknowledged that industrial hemp and marijuana were distinct varieties of the Cannabis plant.Then came the passage of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. Hemp once again was no longer officially recognized as distinct from marijuana.However there was a specific exemption for hemp that was included in the CSA under the definition of marijuana.
Industrial hemp was used for clothing, paper, rope and even canvas. Now, we have found more uses for the hemp plant: biomass fuel, biodegradable industrial products, body-care, wood products, detergents, food products including pet foods, hats, clothing and even shoes. From the fibers of the plant to the natural oils, hemp is the gift that keeps on giving. The fibers themselves are one of the strongest plant fibers we have on earth.
For thousands of years hemp CBD oil has been used by many cultures for various purposes. Believed to relieve muscle pain, support optimal sleep and nourish skin, hemp CBD oil is a growing industry in and of itself. It is currently added to body care products, supplements and even food. The cannabinoids alone from the hemp plant are believed to have a host of health benefits.
Additionally, the natural fibers of hemp are both strong and breathable. In fact, fibers from hemp are more durable, absorbent and softer than cotton. Furthermore, the plant does not deplete the soil like cotton does and can be grown in a broader range of soil types. So, for areas that have been difficult to farm, but where there are vast areas of land, hemp can be considered as a sustainable crop and a means for economic growth.
The parts of the plant from which products are derived include fibers, seed grains, essential oils and the hurd. The hurd is the center core within the stalk of the hemp plant. Once extracted and compressed it has proven to be as strong as steel.
In addition to being weather and mold resistant, natural hemp is considered biodegradable. This cellulose rich herb affords the production of biodegradable plastic. From water bottles to grocery bags, biodegradable plastic is imperative for our environment. This could be one of the greatest solutions for our environment and we have had it the whole time.
Furthermore, hemp fibers are now being substituted in multiple industries for fiberglass. In fact, hemp is lighter, stronger and cheaper to produce. It can be used in place of cement even. When you combine those attributes with the fact that it is biodegradable you have the premier product for the 21st century and beyond. There are so many uses for hemp it is really mind boggling when you think about it.
The longest standing use of hemp dates back several thousand years, where it was used to treat pain in ancient Egypt. Taking hemp oil now as basic pain relief is a return to natural practices that we’ve somehow forgotten over time .
Nowadays people are recognizing how hemp can tackle Chronic Pain, acting as an effective and harmless alternative to dangerous opiates.
According to the hemp business journal, in 2017, it was projected that the American hemp market would grow to $646 million by 2022. This was before the 2018 Farm Bill was passed that approved industrial hemp as a crop for American farmers. At the time of that Hemp Business Journal article, the hemp market was estimated we would pull in $1.3 billion by 2022.
The ultimate irony? In 2018, the United States had a $1 billion in revenue from hemp. That’s right. We almost met our goal for 2022 in 2018. China had $1.2 billion in hemp sales last year. All of Europe combined had 980 million in hemp revenue.The New Frontier Data’s report estimates U.S. hemp sales will have jumped to $2.6 billion by 2022, doubling the initial estimate of $1.3 billion. It is expected that half ($1.3 billion) will be generated from hemp-derived CBD products.
Hemp is the fastest growing market in America. It could very well be an answer to prayer for our farmers in particular. It is profitable, helps the planet and provides consumers with premier quality products.Hemp is one of the most cost-effective, yield-rendering crops currently known to mankind.
America imports more hemp than any other country. Now that we can grow our own, maybe we can provide more Americans with better paying jobs. Needless to say, we need hemp now more than ever.The industrial hemp plant is one of the oldest plants, tracing back to 8000 BC in China and the Middle East. Hemp has a history of being extremely versatile and useful in the production of thousands of products all over the world. It is time we became the number one grower and exporter of hemp.
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