American’s are now seeing a brand-new prohibition-era coming to an end. Cannabis prohibition.
Leading the way for other forms of the plant to be reclassified, the United States Government has lifted it’s decade long ban on even the non-psychoactive hemp variant of the cannabis family.
As of December 2018, hemp is federally legal to grow again in the United States. “The Hemp Farming Act of 2018”, was passed as part of the “2018 Farm Bill” on December 20th, 2018. This bill changed hemp from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity – and simultaneously overturning the “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937” (which essentially put an end to industrialized hemp by placing a heavy tax on those who dealt commercially in cannabis, hemp, or marijuana.
Hemp has long been known for its industrial applications…in fact, it is estimated that over 25,000 commonly used products can be made from hemp. Hemp is biodegradable, non-toxic, naturally fibrous, and environmentally friendly – let’s look at a few industries hemp will revolutionize in the very near future.
Hemp specifically grown for industrial purposes has been made into fibrous materials for centuries. During WW2 hemp fiber was used to make the world’s strongest rope. It is commonly used in clothing, linens, and various forms of canvas. In fact, the Online Etymology Dictionary shows that the word canvas is derived from cannabis and its definition is “sturdy cloth made from hemp or flax.”
Hemp Fibers are an ideal choice for many textile manufacturers for reasons such as
- Porous & Breathable: Hemp fibers are porous, so they allow your skin to breathe. The fiber also softens with age while being mildew resistant.
- Durability: Hemp fiber is more durable and stronger than cotton and most synthetic fibers.
- Eco-friendly: Hemp requires 50% less water to grow than cotton and requires no use of pesticides.
Henry Ford’s Model T was built almost entirely from hemp plastic. He once was photographed swinging an axe at his 1941 car to demonstrate the durability and strength of the vehicles hemp and soybean based plastic trunk door. Some car manufacturers already use hemp in production of many interior and exterior composite body moldings. This is expected to increase drastically with the crop becoming more available, the reason for this being that the fibers of the hemp plant are not only durable but easily bendable without sacrificing strength. The density of the material is also a benefit, reducing weight of the overall product.
Another example of ways we may see hemp plastic soon, is the plastics used in homewares and toys. As a much safer and less toxic alternative to current plastic materials, hemp is being recognized by large toy manufacturers, such as LEGO are looking to use a more sustainable material – and hemp could be the perfect solution.
Now imagine if those LEGOs were bigger… could we make buildings from the same concept? This versatile plant can be made into nearly any construction material. In fact, there are eco-houses around the world built entirely of hemp-based products. The most well-known of these is a concrete-like mix of hemp and lime, appropriately called “Hempcrete.” Hempcrete is usually built using blocks similar to LEGO blocks, but can be molded for various applications. Hemp is also used to create insulation, panels and shingles, fiber boards, and plaster.
An idea that is gaining popularity is the production of hemp biofuels. Biodiesel fuels can be made from hemp oil derived from the seeds and stalks of the plants (the parts usually discarded in medical production facilities.) Alcohol fuel can be made by fermenting the entire plant.
Hemp biofuels aren’t very common at the current moment – but this is likely to change drastically as awareness spreads. Hemp-based fuels are safe to handle, store, and transport because they are bio-gradable, have a much higher flashpoint, and are about 10 times less toxic than table salt.
The biggest player in the hemp market right now is of course CBD products. CBD comes in endless forms and is sometimes sold as a listed ingredient in other products. Skincare, tinctures, hair products, lotions, foods and beverages, and so much more. Consumers are seeing hemp-based CBD products everywhere!
Knowing what products are high-quality and beneficial can be tough in such an over-saturated market, so what should you look for? Check the ingredients and make sure they are listed on the bottle, look at recommended serving size or application and the amount of hemp-oil in each use. Look for products that can verify lab-test results from trustworthy sources. High-quality products are more likely to be found in health-stores, spas, salons – as opposed to vape stores, convenience marts, and gas stations. Pricing can fall anywhere along a wide-variable, so it is important to take multiple factors into consideration.
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Source: Hemp.com, Hort.purdue.edu