Hemp is a wonderous plant. It has many applications and has been in use for 12,000 years for food and textiles, according to NAIHC which is the North American Industrial Hemp Council. NAIHC.org has a page full of information about hemp. Hemp is an easy plant to grow. It does not need to have pesticides or herbicides. Hemp is incredible for making ropes. Probably the single most sustainable and eco-friendly textile is hemp. Hemp seed is one of the most nutritious foods around. It is full of omegas, not just omega 3, but omega 6 and super omegas 3 and 6. Hemp is also chock full of protein, iron, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. At the same time it is uber low in sugar. I love to add hemp seed to cereal and salads.
Did you know that not only did our founders grow hemp, but during WWII farmers and citizens were urged to grow hemp to support the war effort. Here is another interesting fact I found at the aforementioned site, the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Most countries make a distinction between hemp and marijuana. The amount of hemp that needs to be smoked or consumed to get high is ridiculous. There is finally some headway being made in legalizing hemp for industrial use. I recently ran across a blog stating that Oregon is now the sixth state to legalize hemp for industrial use. Why shouldn’t we be in on the profit to grow and process hemp? It is a valuable crop that has been much maligned over the years because of its close cousin. It’s time to embrace industrial hemp and the amazing plant that it is, and all it’s healthy and green properties.