HEMP!!! What is hemp? I believe Hemp is the most versatile and valuable crop that exists. It can be extracted into a powerful concentrated oil that is healing people all across the nation, it can be used to make paper, clothing, building materials, biofuels and anything that is made out of plastic AKA if our nation didn't restrict hemp a majority of our products would be in hemp packaging today instead of horrible plastic.
It was a staple crop grown in the US since the first European settlers came to North America, it was banned first in the 1930s then used and encouraged to be grown to build materials during World War II (see video below) then banned again in 1970s when synthetic fibers (plastic) were gaining traction and big companies were locking down patents for these synthetics....
June 5-11 the Hemp Industries Association has declared Hemp History week. "The 8th Annual Hemp History Week is June 5-11, 2017. Together with grassroots organizers, farmers, producers, and advocates from all walks of life we will change Federal policy on hemp in the U.S." Their grassroots campaign is kicking off events all over the country to help bring education and awareness to hemp. To find hemp history week events near you search your state here.
I will be attending some hemp events in Colorado this week, follow along on our instagram story: @IntrepidHearts
Fast Facts on Hemp:
- It doesn't get you high, it's not psychoactive, yes it has a small percentage of THC, but it is less than 1% whereas a typical cannabis plant has THC content of anywhere from 3%-20% (meaning you would have to smoke "a telephone pole sized hemp joint" in a very short amount of time to attempt to get high off of hemp)
- Hemp seeds are an amazing vegan protein source, they are 25% protein and contain optimal omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acid ratios along with all 9 essential amino acids AND a long list of nutrients and minerals like phosphorous, potassium, zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, sulfur, etc.
- The US is the largest consumer of hemp products, but the only industrialized nation to outlaw it, meaning we import almost all of our hemp ?!?!?!
- The leaves, flowers and stems can be concentrated into CBD (cannabidiol) oil a highly medicinal compound that is helping thousands of people manage serious ailments and replace pharmaceutical drugs.
- Hemp could replace plastics and be made into a 100% hemp based "plastic" material that is 100% recyclable and biodegradable.
- The hemp industry is projected to grow from $400 million to $1.5 billion by 2020, according to the Hemp Biz Journal‘s The State of the Hemp Industry report.
To learn more facts about hemp visit the North American Industrial Hemp Council website.
More Hemp posts to come! Hemp is not going anywhere and we need to get involved in our communities to educate and lift the restrictions off of hemp so we can have free reign to cultivate this incredible plant.