What Is Hemp
Written by: Mr. Ganja
Although demonized for decades thanks to its association with THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis, hemp is an entirely different product of the cannabis sativa plant.
Hemp has been harvested and used by humanity for thousands of years, and until cannabis prohibition was considered to be the cash crop of the future in the early 20th century. Fortunately, the shifting legal standing of cannabis has opened up the market to hemp products in many areas, and its total market presence is set to explode in the coming decade.
20 years ago hemp products were made by fringe groups and sold at local markets or craft fairs, today hemp products at whole foods line the shelves for consumers looking for a healthy snack.
Hemp is a versatile fiber harvested from the plant that has multiple applications in both consumer and commercial industries. These are just some of the potential uses for hemp in today’s world\\
Most people who are familiar with hemp associate it with handcrafted clothing and other fabrics, but they may not be aware that the hemp seed is also a bonafide super food. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, cooked, turned into milk or paste, or even used in making baked goods or tea. Nutritionally, hemp is rich in essential fatty acids, omega 3 & 6, and proteins. Adding hemp as a major component to your diet can be a major step to living a healthier lifestyle.
Probably the most commonly known application for hemp, it can be used as a fabric to create clothing and other accessories. Hemp fabric as a textile has similar feel to linen, and can be used in much of the same way.
Hemp has also been experimented on as a potential source of biofuel. Although significant progress needs to be made, it isn’t entirely unreasonable to imagine cars or vehicles of the future powered in some capacity by hemp oil.
At the beginning of the 20th century, hemp was poised to replace trees and wood as the primary source of material for the production of paper. It was cheap, effective, and easier to harvest than cutting down trees – not to mention it was significantly more environmentally friendly. Many people speculate that the original reason cannabis was outlawed was to keep hemp out of the paper industry – the original prohibition movement was funded largely by members of the pup & paper industry, such as William Randolph Hearst, who were concerned about the impact industrial hemp production would have on their bottom line.
In short, hemp is a remarkable material whose rediscovery and eventual industrialization is poised to revolutionize and disrupt many industries in our modern economy.
Just some of the practical applications for the hemp plant.
Investing and partaking in the growing hemp movement can help the nascent industry grow into the multi-billion dollar market that it really is. Get ready, because hemp is going to change all of our lives, both as consumers and as commercial producers.