HEMP: Hemp is Healthy by Halli Briscoe

 
Hello Hempresses! This is Halli! I wanted to use this post to discuss the common misconceptions about hemp and some awesome properties of the plant. Many think of hemp as being similar to marijuana and they consider it just another drug. However, most industrial hemp only contains 0.3% THC, which would not even show up on a drug test as long as the test is only looking for THC and not cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp was legalized again in 2018 when the Farm Bill passed stating that “This bill legalizes industrial hemp that has a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana) concentration of no more than 0.3% by removing it from schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. States and Indian tribes may regulate the production of hemp by submitting a plan to the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bill also makes hemp producers eligible for the federal crop insurance program and certain USDA research grants.” (Yonavjak, Logan. "Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment." Forbes. 09 Aug. 2013. Forbes Magazine. 23 July 2019 <https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2013/05/29/industrial-hemp-a-win-win-for-the-economy-and-the-environment/#7d718ea289b1>.)

 

What many people do not understand about hemp is that is can be used for so much more than just CBD oil or lotions. Hemp can be used to make over 25,000 different products. Some that may surprise you are: cardboard, wood, clothing, plastic, and in our case, feminine hygiene products! What is so amazing about hemp product is they are completely safe for the environment! Hemp-made products are 100% biodegradable. The production of hemp has proven to be a positive for the environment because it takes out large amounts of carbon dioxide per acre, which according to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) could contribute to the reduction of global warming. Hemp is also a robust plant that out-competes weeds, and in most cases takes away the need for herbicides. Due to its large tap root it is capable of penetrating deep into the soil and pulling up nutrients for itself, which also contributes to enhance the soil for crops in the future. Hemp fields can also produce way more crop than other major acreage crops. For example CHTA compared hemp growth to wheat and found “wheat, which on average will produce 0.75 tonnes per acre of straw per year equating to 0.15 tonnes of residue in the wheat roots. A hemp crop producing 3 tonnes of fibre per acre would produce 0.6 tonnes per acre in the roots. A net benefit for growing or switching wheat acres to hemp acres in the agriculture production system would be 0.6 - 0.15  = 0.45 tonnes per acre more carbon sequestered in the soil per year from the hemp roots as opposed to growing wheat.” (CHTA, ACCC, Background, http://www.hemptrade.ca/eguide/background/hemps-environmental-impact

 

As you can see hemp is a powerful plant that is capable of producing many products and maybe even serving as a savior in our environmental crisis. To learn more about the history of hemp in the US check out this Forbes Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2013/05/29/industrial-hemp-a-win-win-for-the-economy-and-the-environment/#7d718ea289b1

 

Sources: 

James. "H.R.5485 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Hemp Farming Act of 2018." Congress.gov. 12 Apr. 2018. 23 July 2019 <https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5485>.

Yonavjak, Logan. "Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment." Forbes. 09 Aug. 2013. Forbes Magazine. 23 July 2019 <https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2013/05/29/industrial-hemp-a-win-win-for-the-economy-and-the-environment/#7d718ea289b1>.

Hemp Production eGuide » Hemps Environmental Impact. 23 July 2019 <http://www.hemptrade.ca/eguide/background/hemps-environmental-impact>.

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