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Growing Hemp

 

Although, this Cannabis belongs to the same family as marijuana it’s qualities vary widely.

Scientific research suggests that hemp is extremely beneficial and plays a vital role in maintaining proper health.

This superplant can be found in numerous forms and can be utilized in so very many different ways.

This is one plant that grows very rapidly and on average, takes only about four months to grow to harvest. And also requires less water than other plants.

There are seriously dozens of industrial uses for this wonderful and extremely useful plant.
 

Use of the Cannabis fiber dates back as far as 5000 BC, which was the Neolithic Age in China where The Yangshao culture wove this fiber. The men would wear a topknot in their hair and a loin cloth, and the women liked to wear their hair as a bun and would wrap a length of this woven material around themselves.

Now, today even way more products than just clothes, paper, canvas, and rope can be made from this wonderplant.

It grows some of the world’s most durable natural fibers and is considerably stronger than cotton.

And can be used for everything from but not limited to all types of clothes and accessories such as jeans, bags, hats, towels and shoes.

It makes awesome carpets and rugs that are biodegradable and help prevent pollution from inside the home.

The oil from this plant is added to a wide range of things such as cosmetics and personal care products such as things as simple as soaps, lotions and moisturizers all the way to fancy things like biofuels.

These fibers that are so easily attainable are also wonderful for making paper, and this paper is finer, lasts longer and is more recyclable than wood pulp paper.

Even houses and cars can be built by using this plant as a significant ingredient. Including everything from carpeting to shelving, insulation, plastic and fiberglass, counter tops to literal hempcrete walls and floors that are significantly superior to concrete in every way.
 

Since 1937, growing Cannabis has been outlawed in the United States, all because of some moral panic and because industrial hemp was negatively associated with the Cannabis strains that have high levels of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Unfortunately, such legislation also included Hemp, and this outlawing is essentially still in effect. At least until a few years ago.

The government agency in charge of enforcing such legislation is the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA). Historically, the DEA has maintained a zero-tolerance policy. Even when states sought to get permits to start growing hemp legally, the DEA would consistently resist and to incorporate lots of hoops to jump through and even more red tape to hinder such processes. However, some states persevered and legalized the farming (on a limited and highly regulated basis at least) for commercial uses. States such as Hawaii, North Dakota, Maine, Kentucky (which was the leading national producer before cultivation was outlawed), Maryland, California, Oregon, Montana, Vermont and West Virginia have enacted legislation to that effect.

But, to grow this savior of a plant, even in states where farming has been legalized, approval from the DEA is still necessary, and the DEA still continues to resist. But some states have been making headway in their efforts, and, recently, farmers in Colorado planted the first hemp crop in the United States in more than 50 years.

 


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