Industrial Hemp

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There is a long history of hemp production in American history beginning with our founding fathers that grew this versatile crop for fiber, food, shelter, and medicine.

The Hemp Plant

The hemp plant is harvested for its fibers, seed, seed-meal and seed oil.

Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. Due to the similar leaf shape, hemp is frequently confused with marijuana. Although both plants are from the species cannabis, hemp contains virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana.

Hemp cannot be used as a drug because it produces virtually no THC (less than 1%), where marijuana produces between 5 - 20 % THC.

The beauty of hemp is that it is basically a weed and requires virtually no fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. It is indigenous to North America and can be grown in poor soil. Learn more about hemp history and cultivation at: http://naihc.org/index.html.

Did You Know?

In the 1940ís Henry Ford experimented with building a car that used fabricated body panels that were made from plant matter rather than steel. The exact formula for the panels did not survive but documentation of the construction did. In this photo we see Henry taking an axe and trying to damage the body of this car. He couldnít. The body was more resilient than steel and he couldnít punch a hole in it. According to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI the body was mad from soy, hemp, wheat, flax, and ramie.

Hemp and other plant fibers and gums have a huge potential for replacing many of the products made with plastics, polymers, and metals. Perhaps these industries have a vested interest in keeping industrial hemp illegal in America.



Another bit of exciting news is a recent study from Spain showing that hemp oil may be a curative for cancer. To many this is not surprising since some states here in the US allow medical marijuana for managing pain and certain symptoms of disease.

You can read more here about the research:
http://www.etupdates.com/2013/01/09/spain-study-confirms-hemp-oil-cures-cancer-without-side-effects

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