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Hemp is often cultivated for its bast fibre or its edible seeds and is often confused with the cannabis plants that serve as sources of marijuana flower and similar preparations. Although both  products—hemp and marijuana—contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound that produces psychoactive effects in humans, the variety of cannabis cultivated for hemp 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 even lifted briefly to allow for hemp fiber production to create ropes for the U.S. Navy but after the war hemp reverted to its illegal status.

It’s no secret that hemp is a special material!


Hemp is the strongest plant fiber in existence with over 50,000 uses; roughly 5,000 of which are textile related alone.

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 over the years.

In 1937, with alcohol prohibition being obsolete, the Department of Prohibition quickly found something new to ostracize 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.” Recently though, much discussion around the plant has changed as cannabis legalization begins to sweep the states and consumers educate on the uses of hemp. 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 lighters, and much better for the environment (they are biodegradable), this simple accessory can also greatly improve the flavor of your flower. 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 considered legal tender and 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! This made it ideal to use for military uniforms, baggage, parachute webbing, ship rigging, anchors and more!
     
  7. Hemp can be grown in nearly any climate or soil type often purifying the soil it’s in. Hemp is not hard on soil and tends to choke out weeds! Hemp leaves the ground in good condition for the following crop.
     
  8. 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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SpookyMess420 2 months ago
Happy C4C Day Everyone! This was a great read ???
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BambiTheBoom 2 months ago
I honestly never knew how strong hemp was, this was a good read ?
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bluntlynicole 2 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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