What is hemp?

by Elisha Benjamin on August 23, 2021

What is hemp? Hemp is a plant that has been used for thousands of years to make paper, fabric and food. It can also be turned into biofuel. These days, it's becoming more popular as a household product because of its eco-friendly benefits.  We all know how important it is to reduce our carbon footprint and live an environmentally friendly lifestyle; so why not start with what we put on our bodies every day? Hemp products are made from the fibers in the stem of the plant - these fibers are then spun into yarn or woven into fabric. This means they're 100% biodegradable, unlike cotton which takes over 10lbs of chemicals to produce just 1lb of fiber! 


History of hemp

Renaissance industry: clothes workshop of the 16th century with tailor and workers producing linen, cotton and hemp garments

Hemp is a plant that has been around for thousands of years. It was commonly used as rope and clothing in ancient times, but due to the industrial revolution it fell out of favor with society.

Hemp is a sustainable crop that can grow up to 10 feet tall in about 100 days. Hemp seed oil can be made into biofuel or turned into food products like milk, butter, breads, cookies, etc.

The United States government once considered hemp illegal because they thought it would make people high when they smoked it; however hemp contains less than 0.3% THC which means you cannot get high from smoking it even if you tried! This misconception led to many myths about cannabis being spread.


Uses for hemp 

uses of hemp illustration

Hemp is a strong, durable plant that can be used to make rope, paper and clothes. It also has many other uses as well. Hemp seeds can be crushed into a powder to use in cooking or baking. The oil from the seeds can be used in place of vegetable oil for cooking as it does not have an aftertaste like some oils do.

Hemp fiber is great for making clothing as well as accessories like bags and backpacks because they are breathable and absorbent which makes them perfect for hot weather climates.


Hemp and the environment

Farmer Holding a Cannabis Plant

Hemp has been called the most eco-friendly plant on Earth. It can be grown and harvested using little water, no pesticides, and few nutrients. Hemp is also an incredible renewable resource because it grows well without sacrificing other resources to grow like cotton does. Hemp requires less than half of the amount of water that cotton needs to grow while producing more fiber per acre than any other natural fiber in the world! The hemp crop also uses 10% of the land needed by cotton for cultivation; this not only leaves room for food crops but supports a healthy environment as well!


Legal status of hemp in the U.S.

marijuana leaves and verdicts mallet


Hemp is a plant that has been used for centuries, but its status as an agricultural crop in the United States became unclear after marijuana was criminalized. In 2017 there were 19 U.S. states who legalized hemp farming or have legislation pending to legalize it; 10 of those states have already passed bills legalizing industrial hemp research programs: California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana (2012), North Dakota (2014), Oregon (2015) Vermont (2013) Washington state and West Virginia.

Under the 2018 United States farm bill, commodity hemp production was federally legalized. It removed hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis), from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. 


Hemp seeds held by woman hands shaping a heart on a hemp seed background

Hemp is a type of cannabis plant, but it contains very low levels of THC and can be used for many different purposes. While hemp may not have the same legal status in every country throughout the world, it does offer an interesting variety to people looking to make sustainable choices about their lifestyle. It's easy to see why this plant has been around since ancient times - its versatility makes it perfect for most needs!


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