Safe to say that nowadays we are leading to a more sustainable living, we trying to reduce our ecological footprint and not just saving, but also giving back to the planet. From this point of view we love making conscious decisions about what we buy, what we consume.
Pretty amazing to think about that industrial hemp by itself is able to bring us closer to our goal. Hemp is a renewable resource, that grows quickly, thrives in most climates and enriches the soil it grows in.
Most likely you already know many things about CBD’s amazing effect on the human or even your furry friend’s body, but what is also interesting, that hemp doesn’t just produce CBD. It is truly a miracle plant, that was refined for various industrial applications, including paper, textiles, and cordage.
Before it all went down in 1930 Hemp was everywhere. (1937 - The Marihuana Tax act banned Hemp production, because of economic competition with Cotton, Timber and Synthetic Plastics. And also because of its bad propaganda that pressed people to believe Hemp and Marijuana are the same, even though hemp is not intoxicating.) For thousands of years humans have used parts of the plant for food, paper, fabric, and fuel oil. In the 1700s farmers were legally required to grow Hemp, many of US’s founding fathers did so too and advocated its uses and benefits. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper, and even the finest Bible paper today remains hemp-based.
Sustainable hemp seed, fiber and oil are used in raw materials by major companies as well, including Ford Motors, Patagonia, and The Body Shop, to make a wide variety of products. Todays modern technology is making it possible for us to create alternatives of gasoline, plastic and other products that are polluting the planet. Here are just a few examples to see how many industries can benefit from hemp.
Even tough Hemp was legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill, it still has a long way to go. Turning around the reputation, that was evolved around marihuana is a challenge, but at the same time, more farmers, entrepreneurs, and consumers are interested in hemp than ever before. A new infrastructure is growing to help farmers harvest and process their crops, while new people are discovering hemp and CBD every day.
However Hemp is not an all over solution to all of our social and environmental problems, it definitely could bring a positive change in the future.