Cannabis’ Crafty Cousin: the Wonders of Industrial Hemp

The most versatile plant on the planet is illegal to grow in large parts of the United States. However, that fact may change quickly as lawmakers in both parties are rediscovering the amazing benefits and potential uses of industrial hemp.

Botanically speaking, hemp is marijuana’s close cousin. However, it does not contain THC, which is pot’s psychoactive ingredient. As a result, you can’t get high from consuming hemp. Nevertheless, industrial hemp, which was a fixture in the American economy up through WWII, has been a casualty in the War on Weed.

State and national leaders, perhaps recognizing their folly, are moving to legalize industrial hemp. In fact, many economic experts believe the commodity is so promising that it could supplant coal and revive other dying industries.

Here are 10 amazing things you can do with industrial hemp:

1). Hemp Oil is rich in omega fatty oils, which can help lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, and promote cardiovascular health.

2). Hemp can be used to make microbe-resistant bedding for horses and small animals

3). Moisturizers and body lotions can be made from hemp.

4). Hemp can be used to make one of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly ethanol type fuels.

5). Cereals and granola bars made with hemp are rich in dietary fiber.

6). Hemp can be used to make non-allergenic and non-polluting detergents.

7). Industrial hemp can actually be used to make biodegradable plastics, which can be fashioned into a variety of objects by utilizing 3D printing technology. Indeed, cellulose plastic made from hemp can be used in aircraft and cars

8). Hempcrete is a form of building material made from lime, water, and hemp. It is strong, durable, flame-retardant, and very bio-friendly.

9). Hemp fiber furniture. Yes, you can make sturdy chairs solely from hemp.

10). Hemp and recyclables. It’s possible to make consumer electronic items — such as speakers — from Zeoform, which is a mixture of hemp and recycled water bottles.

The possibilities of industrial hemp are almost as unlimited as the human imagination. Our forefathers recognized how important hemp was. For example, Thomas Jefferson, America’s third president, wrote, “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”

Indeed, experts say that more than 25,000 useful products can be made from this environmentally friendly and sustainable crop. It’s pretty obvious that allowing U.S. farmers to grow hemp will be a win-win for the consumer, the economy, and hard-hit industrial regions across the country.