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Hemp Growers, Cultivation and Domestic Hemp Production Programs

Cultivated for its bast fibre or edible hemp seeds and is often confused with cannabis plants that serve as sources of marijuana flower and similar preparations. Although both marijuana and hemp products contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound that produces psychoactive effects in humans, the variety of cannabis cultivated for hemp and hemp oils has only small amounts of THC relative to that grown for the production of consumable marijuana. During World War II, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was lifted briefly to allow for hemp fiber production to create ropes for the U.S. Navy. The potential of hemp remains an important discussion point, but after the war the United States reverted hemp to its illegal status.

Hemp is the strongest plant fiber in existence with over 50,000 uses and production in the U.S. has seen a resurgence in the last several years. Hemp in the United States continues to grow as the demand for products made of hemp and cannabinoid (CBD) become more desired. With the introduction of the 2018 farm bill and implementation of the domestic hemp production program in 2021, the regulatory framework for hemp has never been a hotter topic. Not only has the production of hemp throughout history educated the public on the cannabis sativa plant and cannabinoid in general, it has opened eyes to the face that hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

It can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.

Uses For Hemp

 

Being such a versatile plant it's no surprise there have been a few critics of hemp production over the years.

In 1937, with alcohol prohibition being obsolete, the Department of Prohibition quickly ostracized hemp and hemp products and with a few powerful people tied strongly to the pulp and paper industry it made sense that hemp was targeted as competition. Thus began the funding of propaganda efforts against the evil "weed” throughout the United States. Recently though, much discussion around the plant has changed as cannabis legalization begins to sweep the states and consumers educate on the many uses of hemp and cannabis! To produce hemp, you currently need to be licensed or authorized under a state hemp program. Hemp producers may be eligible via a tribal hemp program, or the USDA hemp program as well. The program they are licensed under depends on the location of the growing facility and provides regulations for the production options available to producers. If you're looking to learn more reach out to your local state department of agriculture or tribal government to see if they have a production plan that has been submitted to or approved by USDA. The value of U.S. hemp production totaled $712 million.

So what are some fun facts about hemp to share and change the perception?

  1. Hemp can be used to create fiber boards that are both lighter and stronger than wood.​​​​​​​
  2. Industrial hemp contains little to no THC (the psychoactive chemical known for the high created by cannabis).
  3. Not only is a hemp wick longer lasting than butane fueled lighters, it's much better for the environment! This simple accessory can also greatly improve the flavor of your flower and overall smoke experience. Check out this WeedTube video from KeepinItABuckW/Briel to learn more about the different types of hemp wick!
  4. Before it was made illegal in 1937, hemp was legal to grow and considered legal tender that could be used to pay taxes!
  5. 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton and lasts twice as long as cotton. Bonus: also stronger and softer than cotton…check out this hemp clothing haul from CreativeGanjaQween!
  6. Hemp is resistant to abrasion and rot!
  7. Hemp can be grown in nearly any climate or soil type, often purifying the soil it’s in. Added benefit, it's not hard on soil and tends to choke out weeds, leaving the ground in good condition for the following crop.
  8. CBD products can come from the hemp and marijuana plants. Hemp-derived CBD has become fairly common to use in products!
  9. In 1941, Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company built a car using hemp plastic that ran on hemp and other plant powered fuels.

Ford Hemp Car

This only highlights a fraction of what the hemp plant can do!

Comment down below with your own fun facts about hemp to keep this education train rolling! Also share this blog post using #c4cday and tag @canna4climate for a chance to be reshared. Just hearing about Canna4Climate for the first time? Check out this blog post to learn more about the initiative changing the perception of a stoner!


 

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Hemp Could Save The World

By Provisional Air

Ariana is a multimedia artist, cannabis advocate, and content creator based in Montana. Passionate about people and the planet, she finds purpose in helping plan and execute ideas striving for social and environmental improvement. She aims to be a conscious consumer and thought leader, believing that the cannabis community is key to changing the narrative of what it means to be a “stoner.”

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ShesSoSpooky420 7 months ago
Happy C4C Day Everyone! This was a great read ???
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bluntlynicole 7 months ago
Yes hemp will most definitely save the world! Awesome post and a great read! Learned me a new thing or two
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BambiTheBoom 7 months ago
I honestly never knew how strong hemp was, this was a good read ?
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