You have likely heard about the struggle between states and the federal government regarding the cultivation of industrial hemp. But, did you know that hemp barely has any resemblance to the marijuana plant for which it is associated? They both come from the same species of cannabis plant, but the hemp variety has absolutely no psychoactive properties.
Hemp does however, have a great deal of value as a sustainable crop offering seeds, oil, fiber, and so much more. Hemp can be used to make textiles, clothing, paper, many building materials and even food. What industrial hemp can be used for is incredible in its scope and mind-blowing due to the fact that currently (according to federal law) it is illegal to grow it in the United States.
Therefore, all the goodness associated with this crop must be purchased from overseas. It’s sad because it only has a 12 to 14 week growing cycle, and only one acre of hemp could replace 4.1 acres of trees for fiber pulp used in making paper. Thankfully, you can still use hemp and benefit from its wonderful healthful properties in your own life by purchasing hemp products as they become available.