We made a huge mistake. In the mid-1930’s we clumped hemp and marijuana together and illegalized them both. The problem with that solution is, hemp is not a drug. It won’t get you “high”. In fact, hemp is one of the most useful, environmentally sustainable plants on the planet. Moreover, hemp may very well be the miracle we’ve been waiting for.
Whether topical or ingestible, spiritual or material, hemp is one of the fastest growing and multi-yielding herbs on earth. Moreover, it can be grown in various types of soil. A hemp crop can be harvested in as few as ten weeks. Furthermore, a single acre crop can yield between three to eight tons of fiber. That is four times the return from the average forest. Moreover, unlike most woods, hemp is low in lignin, thus it contains fewer chemicals.
The history of hemp
Historically, hemp was used for clothing, paper, rope and even canvas. Now, we have found more uses for the hemp plant: biomass fuel, biodegradable industrial products, body-care, wood products, detergents, food products (including but not limited to pet food), hats, clothing and even shoes. From the fibers of the plant to the natural oils, hemp is the gift that keeps on giving.
For thousands of years hemp CBD oil has been used by many cultures for various purposes. Believed to relieve muscle pain, support optimal sleep and nourish skin, hemp CBD oil is a growing industry in and of itself. It is currently added to body care products, supplements and even food.
Additionally, the natural fibers of hemp are both strong and breathable. In fact, fibers from hemp are more durable, absorbent and softer than cotton. Furthermore, the plant does not deplete the soil like cotton does and can be grown in a broader range of soil types. So, for areas that have been difficult to farm, but where there are vast areas of land, hemp can be considered.
The parts of the plant from which products are derived include fibers, seed grains, essential oils and the hurd. The hurd is the center core within the stalk of the hemp plant. Once extracted and compressed it has proven to be as strong as steel.
In addition to being weather and mold resistant, natural hemp is considered biodegradable. This cellulose rich herb affords the production of biodegradable plastic. From water bottles to grocery bags, biodegradable plastic is imperative for our environment. This could be the greatest solution for our environment.
Furthermore, hemp fibers are now being substituted in multiple industries for fiberglass. In fact, hemp is lighter, stronger and cheaper to produce. When you combine those attributes with the fact that it is biodegradable you have the premier product for the 21st century.
The hemp market
According to the hemp business journal, in 2017, it was projected that the American hemp market would grow to $646 million by 2022. This was before the 2018 Farm Bill was passed that approved industrial hemp as a crop for American farmers. At the time of that Hemp Business Journal article, the hemp market was estimated we would pull in $1.3 billion by 2022.
The ultimate irony? In 2018, the United States had a $1 billion in revenue from hemp. That’s right. We almost met our goal for 2022 in 2018. China had $1.2 billion in hemp sales last year. All of Europe combined had 980 million in hemp revenue. https://www.apnews.com/6005e7dd293280bb98a29f5428b4e53f The New Frontier Data’s report estimates U.S. hemp sales will have jumped to $2.6 billion by 2022, doubling the initial estimate of $1.3 billion. Of that $2.6 billion in hemp sales, it is expected that half ($1.3 billion) will be generated from hemp-derived CBD products.
Hemp is the fastest growing market in America. It could very well be an answer to prayer for our farmers in particular. Hemp is the most cost-effective, yield-rendering crop currently known to mankind. It is profitable, helps the planet and provides consumers with premier quality products.
America imports more hemp than any other country. Now that we can grow our own, maybe we can provide more Americans with better paying jobs. Needless to say, we need hemp now more than ever.