What Is Hemp? | Benefits, Uses Of Industrial and Plastic Hemp
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What Is Hemp

Introduction

The marijuana plant has many uses apart from drug use. A distinct variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant known as hemp can be grown to maximize the fibers in the stalk of the plant or to maximize seed production.

State legislatures have taken action to promote industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity in recent years. A wide range of products, including fibers, textiles, paper, construction and insulation materials, cosmetic products, animal feed, food, and beverages all may use hemp. The plant is estimated to be used in more than 25,000 products spanning nine markets: agriculture, textiles, recycling, automotive, furniture, food/nutrition/beverages, paper, construction materials, and personal care.

While hemp and marijuana products both come from the cannabis plant, hemp is typically distinguished by its use, physical appearance and lower concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp farmers and producers often grow the plant for the seeds and stalk. The plant is cultivated to grow taller, denser and with a single stalk. Marijuana, grown for the budding flowers, tends to be growing shorter, bushier and well-spaced.
Hemp is an annual broadleaf plant with a taproot. Hemp generally requires 110 days for its growth and should receive around 10-12 inches (25.4-30.5 cm) of rainfall throughout the growing season. Soil moisture will affect the ability of the root to penetrate deep into the soil profile, hemp can demonstrate adaptations to a variety of soil moisture conditions. In some soils, the taproot may penetrate 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) deep.

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HEMP USAGE

The possibilities are endless with hemp plastics and resins, and bio-composites. Virtually any shape and purpose can be fulfilled by bio-composite plastics. Hemp plastics are already on the rise,

it is only a matter of time before we will see the need to grow hemp in the United States to meet our demands.

  • 01 SEEDS

    Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk, made into tea, and used in baking. Hemp seeds are one of the earth’s best sources of easily digestible, high-quality protein.

  • 02 PROTEIN

    Hemp seeds have many nutritional benefits that our bodies can take advantage of in things like hemp milk and hemp protein powder. Hemp contains a high proportion of amino acids in ratios best suited for human assimilation.

  • 03 FUEL

    ethanol is made from such things as grains, sugars, starches, waste paper and forest products, and methanol is made from woody/pulp matter. Using processes such as gasification, acid hydrolysis and enzymes.

  • 04 CLOTHING

    From rope to fine clothing, hemp has been used by industry and for textiles for many centuries. The earliest uses of hemp date back to the Chinese, in the 28th Century B.C

  • 05 MATERIALS

    Hemp (cannabis sativa) has course outer fibers and a shorter finer fiber on the inside,often called the hurd, The seeds from the hemp plant also can be pressed to get oil.