8 REASONS AMERICA NEEDS TO FARM MORE HEMP
At one point, hemp was a major American crop; in fact, the first American flag was woven from hemp. United States Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both hemp farmers and praised the plant in some of their writings. We hope to see a future day when hemp is ubiquitous throughout the supply chain of a large swath of American industries because hemp derivatives are useful in a broad range of applications, including some you might not expect.
Hemp-derived tinctures, topicals, and waxes have a known relationship with human health, with new science being published every week. As an anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, antimicrobial agent, extracts of hemp are proving useful for a broad and surprising spectrum of conditions. If you are looking for some products to try, we know a good place.
Even if we must battle the urge to call hemp derivatives “medicine”, the evidence is clear by now that CBD, a compound found in hemp, is a potential natural replacement for certain chemical medicines. Studies galore have indicated CBD as valuable for conditions like epilepsy and chronic pain. Most people are skeptical when they hear of the many uses for cannabinoid therapies, but become quick believers when they try a tincture and feel it working. The benefits are real.
Food / Nutrition
Hemp seeds contain a protein that is more nutritious and more economical to produce than soybean protein, with comparable culinary versatility. Additionally, an unusually diverse blend of vitamins, minerals, and Omega-Chain fatty acids are found throughout the leaves and flowers. Indeed, raw juiced hemp, and cannabinoid tinctures could reasonably be thought of as super super-foods.
The fiber from hemp is valuable as a rope-making material due to it's flexibility, strength, and resistance to water damage. In past centuries, hemp has been important in the shipping trade because of it's durability, making strong ropes, sails, riggings, and nets. The sails and the rope used in building the Mayflower were made out of hemp.
Clothing / Textiles
On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, last twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew. Cotton requires pesticides and herbicides. Hemp does not. Cotton has to be chemically treated for production. Hemp does not.
Hemp can be used to produce fiberboard that is stronger and lighter than wood sourced from trees. Utilizing hemp as a replacement for traditional wood, (where we can), will prove to reduce the need to cut down our forests-- preserving habitat and pristine wilderness. Hemp materials can be used to build foundations, walls, shingles, paneling, pipes, and paint. Hemp materials can be made to be ultra-lightweight, waterproof, self-insulating, and scratch resistant.
On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much paper as 2 to 4 acres of trees. In fact, there is not a tree or plant species on earth capable of producing as much paper as hemp. From tissue to cardboard, all types of paper can be made from hemp.
Strong, environmentally-friendly plastic substitutes can be created from hemp. Earlier this year, Jay Leno purchased a hemp-plastic car for $220,000. The body of the sporty coupe was said to be 10x stronger than steel. If we were to change the paradigm of our society and adopt hemp as the basic source of plastics, the cost of nearly everything would come down, and we would lose dependency on petrochemicals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tyler Hatch is a writer from Salt Lake City, UT. His publications range from art journals to indie newspapers, and web content for several companies, including a Fortune 500 tech firm. A long-time friend of the Hemplucid founders, it was after a series of impactful family medical events that he began writing for the company in the Spring of 2017.
After the devastating loss of a loved one to the opiate epidemic, Tyler got serious about making energetic progress toward a better life and a better world.