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Hemp is natures gift to humanity.It is a sacred herb and medicine plant. It is also the most widely grown plant on earth and is worth more than gold. Man is intrigued by this plant which is beautiful and mysterious. If it wasn't for hemp we wouldn't know as much as we do about the human brain.
With a new environmental consciousness rising, the benefits to our planet of choosing hemp products cannot be ignored. Please note Industrial Hemp is bred to maximize fiber seed and or oil production, while marijuana varieties seek to maximize THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in Marijuana. It is estimated that there are as many as 25,000 different uses for Industrial hemp. Here are some very important ones.
Hemp seeds are drug-free and extremely nutritious. They can be eaten whole, pressed into edible hemp seed oil like soybeans, or ground into flour for baking. They are one of the best sources of vegetable protein. They contain a full complement of essential amino acids, and essential fatty-acids (EFA'S) .At a volume level of 81%, hemp oil is the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (the "good" fats). It's quite high in some essential amino acids, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient also found in mother's milk. Because hemp is such a hardy plant, it can grow easily and abundantly almost anywhere, and can provide nutrition where other edible crops just won't grow. Hemp can even be cultivated in arid regions with poor soil like Saharan Africa or in places with a very short growing season like Scandinavia.For Skin Health
Hemp seed oil is perfectly suited for hair and skin care. Its nutritional value, combined with its moisturizing and replenishing EFAs, make it one of the best vegetable body care foundations. Hemp seed oil's EFA complement includes polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, linoleic acid, and gamma linoleic acids (GLAs). Although they are very effective in skin care maintenance, GLAs are rarely found in natural oils. Hemp is an excellent source of GLAs.
Hemp paper is naturally acid-free. The oldest printed paper in existence is a 100 percent hemp Chinese text dated to 770 AD. Thomas Jefferson drafted both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution on hemp paper. Historically, hemp was an important source of paper fiber until the early 1900's when chemicals were developed to advance the wood paper pulp industry. Wood pulp paper rode the chemical revolution to its apex before the public health hazards of toxic chemicals were an issue and before the environmental consequences of clear-cutting forests were appreciated.
Hemp seed can be used for ethanol fuel production which is the cleanest burning liquid bio-alternative to fuel production.
Hemp is the longest and strongest plant fiber. It is extremely abrasion and rot resistant and was the primary source of canvas, sail, rope, twine, and webbing fiber for hundreds of years before nylon was patented by DuPont in 1937. Hemp was used for clothing, military uniforms, ship's rigging, shoes, parachute webbing, baggage, and much more. Christopher Columbus' ships were fully rigged in hemp. Because of its length and strength, hemp fiber can be woven into natural advanced composites, which can then be fashioned into anything from fast food containers to skateboard decks to the body of a stealth fighter.
Mixing hemp hurds (the inner fibre) with limestone and water causes the hemp to harden into a substance stronger than cement and only one sixth the weight. It is also flexible. The wood products division of the Washington State University has developed a method of fabricating tree-free pressboard out of hemp. It is superior in strength and quality to the product produced by using trees. Ecologically hemp makes an ideal rotation crop. Its twelve-inch taproot prevents erosion of topsoil. Water requirements negligible. Matures from seed in one hundred and twenty days. Preserves soil nutrients in roots and leaves that go back to soil after harvest. It is easy on the land, no chemical herbicides or pesticides required. It actually improves the soil.
So you may be wondering: Why dont we use hemp for everything we can? We would certainly be better off environmentally. Well yes, it’s about money again. A long trail of greed, injustice and ultimately stupidity. So how can we change it all? What can we do to show the multi mega-corporations that we care about the environment even if they don’t?
Remember it’s all about money. If we continue to buy the same old products from the same old companies that got us into this mess in the first place then we can expect more destruction of our last remaining forests. Of all the sustainable sources for consumer products hemp is uniquely suited to provide the widest variety of life’s necessities and comforts.
Please note that many varieties of hemp that were grown in North America have been lost. Seed Banks weren’t maintained. New genetic breeding will be necessary using both foreign and domestic ‘ditchweed’ strains of hemp that went feral after cultivation ended. Various state national guard units often spend their weekend trying to eradicate this hemp in the mistaken belief they are helping stop drug abuse.
Hemp is a very important plant. educate, communicate, consolidate nature's gift to humanity.