During this educational week, discover the remarkable history of the hemp plant!
What Is Hemp?
Hemp is the fibers and seeds of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. It can be found in the Northern Hemisphere, and is considered to be the most innovative and sustainable "cash crop" in the world. Being a hearty plant, hemp grows very quickly in diverse soil conditions. Hemp does not contain any significant amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in drug varieties of Cannabis, and is mainly cultivated for industrial (non-drug) uses.
Remarkable advancements in innovation and technology are allowing hemp to be utilized in a wide array of applications. Hemp bast fiber can replace graphene in supercapacitor batteries to power electric cars, handheld devices, and tools. Hemp fiber and cellulose are being developed into product packaging and bio-plastics for consumer goods, car panels and interiors, and aerospace applications. Hemp homes are non-toxic, energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Hemp holds the promise of a healthy future.
Hemp is a sustainable alternative to potentially thousands of every-day products. Hemp buildings are impressively energy efficient, non-toxic, pest-, fire- and mold-resistant, and carbon-neutral. Hemp’s high cellulose content makes it an excellent alternative to wood pulp for paper. Its long fibers make hemp an incredibly durable textile, and hemp seed’s excellent nutritional profile provides a balanced source of plant-based protein and essential fatty acids.
Hemp crops pay. In Canada, hemp nets $200-$400 per acre, while just across the border, U.S. soy and corn typically net less than $160 an acre according to the USDA. Ideally, hemp is processed within 100 miles of where it is harvested, so secondary businesses like processing and manufacturing follow hemp farming. For example, millions of U.S. cars made by Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Tesla Motors are already being built with interior hemp-composite panels. If these companies could source U.S. grown hemp it would create long-term jobs in all sectors, strengthen regional economies, and maximize supply chain efficiencies.
Culinary & Nutrition
Hemp seed is delicious and nutritious, high in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and highly digestible protein. Containing super omegas Stearidonic Acid (SDA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and all nine Essential Amino Acids, hemp is mineral-rich, gluten-free, has no known allergens, and requires no petroleum-based chemicals to grow.
Three tablespoons of hemp seeds contain:
There are many common food items that uses hemp. Hemp energy bars, hemp salad dressing, hemp milk, hemp protein shakes, hemp oil gel caps and hemp protein powder are among some of the health products being produced today.
Hemp heals Earth. Its long taproot helps mitigate erosion and it has potential to remediate poor soil. As a rotation crop hemp can break disease cycles. It is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, making hemp very efficient at atmospheric carbon sequestration. Hemp’s high pollen content makes it a favorite of bees and other pollinator species, and since hemp requires no petroleum-based chemicals to grow, it does not contaminate the environment.
It's time for the world to be more knowledgeable about Hemp!
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