What is Industrial Hemp?
Industrial Hemp is the name given to the fiber of the cannabis sativa plant used to create products.
The fiber of the hemp plant is one of the most important parts. Also called the bast, it gives the plant strength and stability. Industrial hemp is different from marijuana. It contains more CBD and less THC. Industrial hemp is environmentally friendly because of it’s strength and recyclability. There are many uses for hemp, such as carpet, batteries, surfboards and makeup.
What is the Difference Between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana?
The hemp plant can contain as little as .1% THC while the marijuana plant can contain as much as 20% THC. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is a substance known for giving people a high.
The reason for why industrial hemp doesn’t contain as much THC as marijuana does is because it isn’t grown to produce pods, which are the key components in giving a plant high levels of THC.
One other aspect of industrial hemp that makes it different from marijuana is that it contains higher levels of CBD. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a substance that weakens the affects of THC.
Benefits of Industrial Hemp
Industrial hemp has many great benefits. These benefits not only cater to the environment, but also to those who use hemp-based products. The fiber creates a quality feel and conserves materials.
One benefit to utilizing hemp is that it is easily recyclable. It’s recyclable life cycle is a lot longer than that of say pine trees. It also contains a lot of protein and nutrients that strengthens the soil. Another benefit to the growth of industrial hemp is that it doesn’t require any chemicals or pesticides that would be detrimental to the environment.
Industrial hemp can be grown densely and in large numbers. This paired with it’s strength as a fiber allows it to be the ultimate crop to grow and use. Hemp fiber is stronger than wood, which means that we can use less of it than wood in order to build what we need. This allows us to conserve materials, which better benefits the environment.