This is part one of a five part blog series about hemp. I’m a recent believer in the power of HEMP or Cannabis sativa L! Hemp, in all it’s various forms and uses, has been used for the past 12,000 years and it wasn’t until recently that American politians decided there was an issue with this powerful plant.

To give you an idea of how useful hemp has been in the past….
– One of the oldest industries on the planet
– The Mayflower was outfitted with hemp sails and ropes.
– Maps, books, log books, and Bibles were made out of hemp in early America.
– Thomas Jefferson was a hemp farmer…so was George Washington.
– The United States Constitution and flag was made from hemp.
– Buddah in 500BC survived off hemp seeds.
– Hemp paper was invented in China in 100BC.
– In the 1800’s Australians ate nothing but hemp seeds for protein during a severe famine.

Hemp, “is an annual herbaceous plant with a slender stem, ranging in height from 4 to 15 feet and a diameter from 1/4″ to 3/4″. The innermost layer is the pith, surrounded by woody material known as hurds. Outside of this layer is the growing tissue which develops into hurds on the inside and into the bast fibers on the outside…The strong tap-root penetrates deep into the soil (Hemp-sisters.com).” Hemps strong tap-root, especially when planted in arid, dry regions can protect the soil from erosion because the tap-root holds the soil together protecting it from the elements. A mild climate with humid atmosphere and rainfall of at least 25-30 inches per year is the ideal environment for hemp growing. It’s been extremely successful in Australia and arid regions of China, where they can grow hemp for production and for consumption. Industrial hemp is an efficient weed suppressor due to it’s canopy when grown densely. It is extremely low maintenance plant and requires no chemicals resulting in less chemical run off into our water supplies. Industrial hemp plants can also be grown without THC properties along with hemp food products making it “safe” for everyone.

Overall, hemp is an easy, low maintenance plant that can be used for so many different products like:

  • paper
  • clothing
  • food
  • fuel

To learn more about the different uses for hemp, stay tuned for part two: Hemp and paper