First and foremost, it’s vital to understand that hemp isn’t marijuana. Both plants have their specific uses and identities. They are often mislabeled and confused.
Marijuana is used for medicinal purposes and to get high. Hemp, on the other hand, is used for more industrial uses such as the fiber and the environmental applications.
Both hemp and cannabis are from the genus Cannabis Sativa L. Hemp is utilized mainly for its fiber, and the benefits are amazing. Hemp has long been considered a sustainable resource that is renewable.
It grows well in many climates and under many conditions which make it a favorable choice for fibers and rope. It creates a sturdy quality paper as well as string, and it’s very environmentally friendly.
It would take just over 4 acres of trees to create the amount of paper and line that hemp can make from one acre. This saves on the environment and makes hemp a great sustainable resource for green living.
Additionally, just one acre of hemp is an ideal alternative to using trees for paper. It also produces a cotton and as much fiber as 3 acres of cotton would produce. As an added benefit, the hemp outlasts regular cotton and is much stronger and more durable.
Cotton requires hefty amounts of herbicides and pesticides and is harmful therefore to the environment. Hemp, on the other hand, requires only moderate amounts of fertilizer to produce a strong supply of fiber and cotton.
Hemp is also an alternative to clean burning fuel; it lowers the need to rely on fossil fuel. Just one acre of hemp can produce up to 1000 gallons of methanol in just one growing season.
Using hemp as fuel saves our atmosphere as it releases carbon dioxide into the air instead of taking it from our atmosphere. This is considered a closed carbon cycle and it’s very efficient.
This makes one wonder why then hemp isn’t more widely produced in the United States and used as the primary source of fuel, rope, fiber, cotton and more. It just makes sense to choose green living options over those that deplete our land and atmosphere of vital nutrients and elements.
In spite of the fact that you can’t get high off of hemp, it’s been put into a category of mystery in that many don’t understand its place in agriculture. It’s unfortunate that many don’t know the value of hemp and consider it illegal when it could solve so many of our green living issues.