Hemp is a miracle cash crop that can be used to make a wide variety of materials used for many different purposes. Hemp’s methods correlate to our level of consciousness, and it is always there for us with the next level of inspiration. It seems like, as a human, you receive certain things when you incarnate on the planet. You get a pet (dog, cat, etc.), but you also get a pet plant, namely hemp. Both help us to achieve more joy and happiness.
Currently, due to present laws, growing hemp in America is still either illegal, heavily regulated or only for agricultural research. The reasoning behind this is the misconception that hemp and marijuana are the same plant. In addition, the giant chemical companies fear hemp because it can replace their synthetic fiber products, GMO crops, and their chemical sprays. The chemical giants have used their financial and media power to confuse the public. Legalization is a great trend, yet we need to work beyond that to get rid of the heavy regulation surrounding this plant. Including, when and where it is legal, so it can help us achieve a sustainable, happy and environmentally-friendly global civilization.
Both hemp and marijuana are from the same cannabis strain, but they are bred and used for entirely different purposes.
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Marijuana is bred for a high psychoactive THC count whereas hemp is bred for the strong fiber it produces, its neuroprotective CBD (cannabidiol) content, or for its nutritious superfood seeds.
The hemp plant reaches maturity in 70 to 90 growing days and can reach heights of 15 feet. Its fast growth makes it an excellent crop for producing many different things including paper. Some of the first paper was made from hemp and not from processed trees, this includes the Declaration of Independence.
The fastest growing species of tree takes at least ten years to reach maturity. Hemp only takes three months.
If we start growing and harvesting hemp, the amount of trees we could save from paper production alone is staggering. Currently, 28 percent of all wood cut in the U.S. is used for paper making. (Ecology) Also, the paper making industry is not a clean one. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pulp and paper mills are among the worst air, water, and land polluters in the country. However, what is truly surprising is how much better hemp is for the environment than cotton.
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If you think clothes, you think cotton, this is what we are told; cotton makes strong clothes, and it is a great American crop. I remember traveling through North Carolina as a small child with my family. I was so excited to see all the harvested cotton plants. We even stopped so my mom could go out and grab a bit that was left behind. It was fun. I could see what plant my clothes came from.
What most people do not know about cotton is the ecological toll it takes on our planet. Cotton uses much more water than hemp and requires the use of dangerous pesticides (often seven sprays a season).
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Cotton production yields less material than hemp production for the same area, and it is not as strong.
Whereas hemp can grow almost anywhere without depleting soil or water supplies, cotton will literally suck up all available water like a sponge and leave the land barren and useless. This is due in part to the pesticides needed to keep cotton viable. Hemp requires no pesticide protection.
You can see the toll cotton has on the environment in the video below:
Hemp has numerous industrial and agricultural uses besides being used to make clothes.
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You can even use hemp to build a home.
Hempcrete is a compacted hemp brick that is an excellent insulator and perfect for home building. It is also very ecologically friendly.
Hemp is an amazing plant, and hopefully we will be able to grow it sometime soon in America without absurd government over-regulation or control.
According to Wake Up World, “Canada has fully embraced the recent demand for hemp. Also, subsequently grows it to the tune of almost $1 billion a year, which equates to $250 net profit for each acre. Compare this with soy, the United States version of a major crop, which averaged around $71 per acre in 2014.”