Amazing Hemp: Nature’s Cure

Amazing Hemp: Nature’s Cure

Hemp, amazing crop

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Hemp is an amazing plant with so many great benefits. I keep writing about it because I keep being amazed by what I learn. Hemp is a crop that could ease or eliminate many of the world’s challenges like energy, food and pollution. It is easy to grow and prolific with awesome properties and benefits. It can be used for food, medicine, fuel, construction, replacing plastic, clothing and much more!

For example, 1 acre of hemp can grow as much fiber for paper as 4.1 acres of trees, and then be replanted to harvest in about 4 months versus the 20 years it would take to regrow the trees! Hemp uses one-half the water of wheat and has many more uses. Farmers all over the world are growing hemp due to its many uses and benefits, but in the US, it is only legal as a research crop! This is a baby step to help cultivate and restore our seed stock in the US. Cultivators need to be developed for each climate and region of the country.

In the 1800s and early 1900s hemp was the largest US cash crop with 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes and bed sheets made from hemp. Virginia even required its farmers to grow it! The US had a thriving hemp industry with a seed stock that was the envy of the world until 1937 when hemp was outlawed along with marijuana.

Here are just a few of the many uses for hemp:hemp, many uses, benefits

  • food – hemp seeds are one of the most nutrient and protein dense plant foods. They are high in protein, essential oils, amino acids, fiber and minerals.
  • medicinehemp oil aids our health by improving hormonal balance, protecting skin cells, boosting immunity, lowering cholesterol and helping the nervous system! There even are studies suggesting that the CBD in hemp oil can attack cancer cells. Why the heck aren’t we serving up hemp oil instead of radiating people!
  • clothing – hemp fibers can be made into clothing, canvas and many more textiles.
  • building materialsย – hemp can be mixed with earth to make what is called hempcrete. It is cheaper, with less environmental impact and actually sequesters CO2 as it cures and ages! Hemp can also be used for bricks, insulation, composite building materials, animal bedding and more!
  • livestock feed and bedding – hemp is just starting to be used to feed and bed animals for its properties to grow fast, provide healthy animal food and lower environmental impacts.
  • fuel – hemp oil can also be used as a biofuel for cars, generators or almost any engine. And it is easier to grow, cheaper and much friendlier to the environment emitting 80% less carbon dioxide & nearly 100% less sulfur dioxide than fossil fuels. A farmer could run the tractors and farm machinery using only a part of the harvest.
  • plastics and composites – hemp can be used to replace plastic or combined to make stronger composites for building materials, packaging and other materials. Carย parts are starting to be made from hemp (Ford did this 100 years ago, until hemp lost its status). Plus, it is eco-friendly, fast-growing, low water use and biodegradable. Much better than plastic!

Sadly, even with all these great benefits, our policy makers have not given a full green light to hemp growing. And to make matters worse, some government agencies are still fighting its use and seizing shipments of hemp seeds imported into the US. This is despite the fact that importing seed is entirely legal under the Farm Bill of 2013. Here’s more interesting background on the differences between the US and Canada toward this super crop.

If you catch the hemp bug like I have, here is one of the best sources of information at hemp.com. Meanwhile, I hope you become a hemp advocate and help spread the word. Please share this post, join one of the hemp organizations and let others know about this amazing plant that we could be growing to solve so many challenges in the world.

Hemp to the rescue!

 

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26 thoughts on “Amazing Hemp: Nature’s Cure

  1. Educational and interesting post Brad. We have a freshly elected Liberal Prime Minister here in Canada, Justin Trudeau. His father Pierre Trudeau was elected our Prime Minister back in 1968, so we expect great things from him. One of his promises was to decriminalize marijuana here in Canada. I believe that will pave the way to much more hemp manufacturing for the wonderful industries you discuss here in your post. Be well – Lisa

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    • Thanks Lisa. Canada seems to more progressive on these matters. They are already more progressive on hemp. And I just read a US News article that ranked Canada #1 in the world for tolerance and freedom! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully, we are waking up to the benefits of hemp and marijuana. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Well informative post Brad! I agree totally with you. I have been using hemp lotion during winter time last year and it helped me a lot to avoid dehydration thus I may use it again this year! Oh, the hemp seed is really nice add-on to salad! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Thanks for this post Brad, hemp gets such a negative reaction in politics due to the “politics” but I wonder as you mention in your post with all these benefits that hemp brings that logic will rule and it can be farmed. Seattle has a huge HempFest every summer, touting the same things (although with many people smoking it too…).

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  4. Such an amazing crop there a good program from years ago call โ€˜The Billion Dollar Cropโ€™. Itโ€™s such a shame they wonโ€™t allow itโ€™s production, here in the UK you can grow it but have to pay massive lience fees.

    One for the future and to work on ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I wasn’t aware of the ecological efficiency of hemp. A heads-up that shelled seeds and nuts go rancid quickly and most of the hemp seeds out there are in fact rancid. You just have to have a good source and try to shell them yourself if possible. T makes bracelets and necklaces with hemp string. =) Great info, B.

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