Why use hemp? That is the age old question. Simple answer would be that industrial hemp can be used for so many things we need but that leaves us all begging for more information. Lets dive into the question “why use hemp” a little deeper.
Hemp flourishes without the the use of pesticides (having few natural enemies) and grows so fast that it literally leaves other plants in the shade. This means herbicides are not required either, making hemp ideal for organic farming. Cotton, on the other hand, uses vast amounts of chemicals both in its growing and processing.
Hemp produces up to three or four times more pulp per acre than timber, and produces higher quality paper. There are no environmentally damaging bleaching processes in hemp paper production and it recycles many more times than wood pulp.
At present we are over-reliant on dwindling fossil fuel reserves and are still busy chopping down forests at an alarming rate. Hemp is a sustainable alternative and also one of he most effective convertors of CO2 to oxygen – cleaning the air, improving the soil and helping to fight global warming.
Apart from living in a healthier environment, using hemp is beneficial to the individual in many ways. Hemp fibres are porous so they allow your skin to breathe, whilst also being softer, stronger and more durable than cotton.
Hemp seed is one of the most complete sources of vegetable nutrition known to man; it is 33% high quality protein and a rich source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) including Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 which are present in the ideal ratio for absorbing into the body.
Hemp seed oil also has amazing skin care properties, moisturising and replenishing it with those important EFAs. Clinical trials have shown that Omega-3 and Omega-6 in hemp oil helps dry skin defects and are beneficial for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis.
Quick Hemp Facts:
- The USA is the only industrialized country that does NOT allow farmers to grow Hemp!
- Hemp is not Psychoactive – meaning you CANNOT get high from Hemp.
- Hemp is a robust plant, and requires no herbicides or pesticides grow.
- “The oilseed varieties most commonly grown for food can grow up to 10-15 feet tall within 90-120 days.”
- Hemp is a profitable and potential “dual-income” crop for farmers, as both seeds and fiber can be processed into thousands of uses.
- Hemp is a highly valuable crop and the oilseed and fiber varieties can be used for the production of fabrics, rope, paper, food, health and beauty aids, printing inks, paint, and building materials.
- Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin all grew Hemp on their farms.
- Hemp seeds are considered the “perfect food” and contain all 10 Essential Amino Acids and a naturally balanced 1:3 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids
- Hemp can provide four times as much pulp for paper with at least 4-7 times less pollution than tree paper.