Hemp is Back!
Hemp (cannabis sativa), believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops. Throughout history, humans have grown different varieties of cannabis for industrial and medical uses, like paper, clothing, food and many more. Over the last decades it had been almost forgotten or was forbidden to grow. It has been rejuvenated and is now one of the "hottest" commodities throughout the world. Almost 100% of the plant can be used for its many purposes.
One can call hemp the "Wonder Plant"
Hemp or Marijuana?
Industrial hemp is just one of many victims of the War on Drugs, an effort mainly focused on the suppression of marijuana, and was outlawed in the United States in 1937. Hemp and Marijuana come from the same family of Cannabis plants, and look similar to each other, however marijuana has about 5-30% of hallucinogenic THC, compare to hemp which contains less than 1.5% of THC, therefore it has no use as a hallucinogen. The use of hemp can reduce the cost of many products, and processing it is much more environmentally friendlier as other currently used processes.
Hemp and its uses
Where can hemp be used? It would be much less to list where it cannot be used! It is most commonly used in clothing, shoes, canvas, netting, carpeting, brake linings, molded parts, insulation, hempcrete, animal bedding, compost, paper, printing paper, chemical absorbant, cardboard, packaging, protein powder, milk, birdseed, protein rich flour, salad oil, margarine supplements, erosion control, soap, shampoo, cosmetics, paint, print ink, lubricant, biofuel, carbon nano sheets, super capacitors, and the list goes on.