The story of hemp and its uses may seem like fiction. From one little plant, we can produce over 25,000 different products. Insanity, right?
The flow chart above shows how hemp seeds and hemp stalks can be turned into anything from food to beer to bedding.
From the Hemp Agricultural report we learn
Some estimate that the global market for hemp consists of more than 25,000 products in nine sub-markets:
- food/nutrition/ beverages;
- construction materials; and
- personal care.
For construction materials, such as hempcrete (a mixture of hemp hurds and lime products), hemp is used as a lightweight insulating material. Hemp has also been promoted as a potential biodiesel feedstock, although some suggest that competing demands for other products might make it too costly to use as a feedstock.
These types of commercial uses are widely documented in a range of feasibility and marketing studies conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and various land grant universities and state agencies
Hemp and Its Uses Need to Be Legal in the US
The potential for this incredible crop is almost unfathomable. In a Forbes article, Hemp is a Win-Win for Our Economy we learn:
In 2012 the U.S. hemp industry was valued at an estimated $500 million in annual retail sales and growing for all hemp products, according to the Hemp Industries Association, a non-profit trade organization consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses.
Not only can hemp be used for an astonishing number of products, its net environmental benefit is impressive. Among the more salient features, hemp grows in a variety of climates and soil types, is naturally resistant to most pests, and grows very tightly spaced allowing it to outcompete most weeds. A natural substitute for cotton and wood fiber, hemp can also be pulped using fewer chemicals than wood because of its low lignin content. Its natural brightness can obviate the need to use chlorine bleach.
Right now we have to import most of our hemp products from outside the United States. Although the movement is happening across this great land to make industrial hemp legal, we still have a long way to go. Even Logan Yonavjak, the author of the Forbes article asks:
Why is this incredible plant illegal?
Logan goes on to explain:
A hemp revival is beginning to gain momentum. Perception is beginning to shift in the U.S. Over the past several decades, there’s been a resurgence of interest in hemp by a diverse but increasingly politically influential and unified group of businesses, farmers, nutritionists, activists, and green consumers.
And she’s right. As of April there are now 30 states in which hemp and its uses will be helping farmers and our economy. But we need to make it unanimous.
It’s Time to Make Hemp Fully Legal at the Federal Level – Industrial Hemp and its uses will create thousands of U.S. jobs.
Check out the National Hemp Association website or come back and visit Hemp, Inc. for the latest information on where we are with legalizing hemp and its uses for the United States.
The fact that we can obtain over 25,000 products from one single plant may seem like fiction or a fable – but it isn’t. Let’s join together to make industrial hemp legal across the United States.