Hempology - The Study Of Hemp
1) Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet. Dating back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of Hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.
2) Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew Hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow Hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. The federal government subsidized Hemp during the Second World War and U.S. farmers grew about a million acres of Hemp as part of that program.
3) Hemp seed is nutritious and contains more essential fatty acids than any other source. Hemp seed is second only to soybeans in complete protein but is more digestible by humans. Hemp seed is high in B-vitamins, and is a good source of dietary fiber. Hemp seed is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug as it contains less than 1% THC. Hemp also contains high Omega 3 and 6 values, more than flax and chi seeds. Hemp seeds are so nutritious that you could live solely off of them. They have every essential nutrient and fatty acid the human body needs.
4) The bark of the Hemp stalk contains bast fibers which are among the Earth’s longest and softest natural fibers. Hemp is also rich in cellulose. The cellulose and hemicellulose in Hemp’s inner woody core are called Hemp Hurds. Hemp fiber is longer, 3X to 10X stronger, more absorbent, more insulative, and breathes better than Cotton fiber. In every way, Hemp is superior to Cotton. Hemp literally puts Cotton to shame to the extent of eliminating the need for Cotton at all!
5) Hemp as a biomass fuel producer requires the least specialized growing and processing procedures of all Hemp products. The hydrocarbons in Hemp can be processed into a wide range of biomass energy sources. Fuel pellets to liquid fuels and gas. Development of bio-fuels will significantly reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power.
6) Hemp is grown organically. Only eight out of about one hundred known pests cause problems to Hemp. Hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is a natural weed suppressor due to the fast growth of the canopy. Hemp literally leaves the soil better off than when the seeds were originally sown. Hemp leaves are so good at repelling pests that they are often put in bails and bags of other surpluses around the world…Minus the U.S.A.
7) Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing reduces waste-water contamination and overall pollution of the environment. Hemp’s low Lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping and its creamy color lends itself to environmentally-friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical by-products.
8) Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow with age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old has been found. Hemp paper can also be recycled more times than wood-based paper.
9) Eco-friendly Hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. Further research is being done to use Hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastics for injection-molded products and resins made from the oil. Over two million cars on the road today have Hemp composite parts for door panels, dashboards, luggage racks, etc.
10) Hemp has literally thousands of uses. We have only scratched the surface of the possibilities with Industrial Hemp. The only limitation is your creativity!
Hemp is the ancient, eco-friendly fiber of the future.
For centuries, Hemp has been used for Textiles, Paper, Building Materials, Fuel, Food, Rope, and Personal Care products. Hemp can be grown with little or no toxic chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.
Today Hemp is grown all over the world. The crop is currently used to make over 25,000 consumer products. From Hemp Clothing and Accessories to housewares and hempseed oil cosmetics, Hemp is an eco-shopper’s dream and Mother NatureGod’s Miracle plant!