What is hemp? Hemp is the name given for the industrial strain of Cannabis sativa that has low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Translation: It can't get you high. So why is it still illegal to grow under U.S. federal law?
Because of hemp's low THC content, this plant is most useful for fiber, seeds, health food, renewable biofuel, textiles, construction material, insulation body products, cooking oil, biodegradable plastics, and paint. Yeah. That's all. Those who are ignorant to what is hemp, equate the plant to it's more famous, THC-laden cousin, marijuana.
Hemp is a fast growing biomass that required few pesticides (affected by only about 8 of 100 known pests) and no herbicides. Hemp can be grown organically, is a known weed suppressor due to its quick growing canopy.
Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber, can be used for every quality of paper and can reduce wastewater contamination for its natural bleaching qualities. According to the Department of Energy, hemp biomass fuel requires the least specialized growing and processing procedures of all hemp products. Hemp can be recycled more times than wood pulp paper. Eco-friendly hemp can replace most petrochemical products.
<a name="hempfood">What is hemp?</a> A seed that is upwards of 33% high digestible protein. The only food that is higher in protein is soybeans (about 60-70%). The good old USA produces 85% of genetically modified (GM) soybeans. Which would you rather consume? In case you're not sure, check out this video about GMO food to help you decide.
Hemp contains healthy Omega essential fatty acids, naturally occurring minerals, gluten-free and has no known allergens. It has been shown to lower cholesterol, dissolve plaque plaque in coronary arteries. Pop quiz: what's the #1 killer in the U.S.? That's right. Heart disease.
What is hemp? A light, nutty-flavored seed that can be eaten raw, sprouted, ground, made into milk, prepared as tea, and used in baking. Fresh hemp leaves can be used for a salad. Products include cereals, frozen waffles, tofu, and butter. Note: Hemp butter is not the same as cannabutter, which is chock full of THC.
Hemp plastics can be used to replace oil-based raw materials. Henry Ford showed built a car back in 1941 made of hemp, sisal and wheat straw. The plastic was lighter than steel yet 10x stronger.
Plastics can be derived from cellulose taken from toxic petrochemical compositions OR it can be derived from plant cellulose (the structural component of the primary cell wall of green plants to you biochemists), of which, hemp is the greatest cellulose producer.
What is Hemp Plastics? An Australian company that has developed a 100% biodegradable material made entirely of hemp and corn. It has never-before-seen strength and technical qualities.
Furthermore, many of the petrochemical-based packaging, including water bottles like shown below, contain Bisphenol A (BPA) a chemical known to increase chances of (deep breath): asthma, arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, cancer (breast, testicular), neurological issues, diabetes, infertility, negatively impacting natural hormone production, miscarriage, obesity AND the toxic effects have recently been found could affect future generations.
And the Food and Drug Administration (more geniuses in our federal government) recently denied a petition from the National Resources Defense Council to prohibit the use of BPA. But that shouldn't be too surprising to anyone aware of the United Nation's Agenda 21 and globalist plans for population control.
Hemp plastics can be processed into cellophane packing material, a low-cost, compostable replacement for Styrofoam, can be carved into any desired form, less is expensive than fiberglass, can be injection or blow-molded into virtually any shape.
Can you say "No Brainer"?
At least according to the geniuses in the federal government, who view hemp (with it's less than 1% THC content) in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. have an active hemp industry or has authorized research. So not unlike what is happening to legitimate dispensaries, hemp farmers must operate under the specter of federal agents raiding their legal business.
Instead of encouraging domestic growth, creating jobs, supporting cost effective sustainable industry, we have to import our hemp. Note to Obama administration: Economic recovery? UR doin' it rong.
The U.S. has the dubious distinction of living in the Reefer Madness dark ages falling behind:
The U.S. can put a man on the moon, but we can't fully legalize hemp. Yay us!
What is hemp to you? Is it a wonder plant? Is it a menace to society? Post your opinions below!
|Share this page: |
Subscribe to get updates and occasional goodies!