Hemp is an eco-friendly crop that requires no pesticides and very little water to grow. The hemp plant is a sustainable and renewable resource that provides an incredible number of different uses ranging from paper and clothing to building supplies, medicine, biodegradable plastic, bio-fuel, food, and much more.
Hemp and marijuana do look similar but their qualities are very different. For hemp to be legally grown and processed it has to have less than 0.3% THC. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive ingredient that creates the “high” effect. Marijuana is grown for medicine and recreational use. Again, hemp is grown to produce paper, clothing, medicine, biodegradable plastic, textiles, building materials, food, bio-fuel, etc... In turn, hemp should not be classified alongside marijuana.
Hemp played a major role in our history and needs to do the same in our future. It is upsetting to have hemp as this amazing alternative resource without fully utilizing its advantages. However, progress is being made and we need to put a positive foot forward to a cleaner, greener future for our generations to come. As conscious consumers, we can all do our part by using hemp products, supporting hemp farmers, and educating those around you about the benefits of this versatile crop! With research, more demand for hemp, and better agricultural practices, we will see hemp prosper once again!