What is Industrial Hemp?
Industrial Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of it’s derived products.
It is one of the fastest-growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber over 10,000 years ago.
The bark 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 current industries with uses for hemp-derived products, from woven textiles to batteries, surfboards, and even cosmetics.
What is the Difference Between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana?
The hemp plant can typically contains as little as .1% THC while the marijuana plant can contain as much as 20% THC. (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is a substance known for it’s mind-altering psychotropic/psychedelic properties, which are absent from Industrial Hemp fiber.
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 higher levels of THC.
One other aspect of industrial hemp that makes it different from marijuana is that it contains higher levels of 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 can be processed into woven textiles which are integrally strong and can be soft to the touch, creating a quality feel and conserves materials.
One benefit to utilizing hemp is that it is easily recyclable and it’s recyclable life cycle is a lot longer than that of traditional woods such as pine trees, it also contains a lot of protein and nutrients that strengthen 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 Sustainably and viably densely in large numbers with relatively lower requirements of care and protection from plagues than most other crops,
An average acre of Hemp can produce similar volumes of fiber in 3-4 months than the same area would produce in 25 years if planted with any other cellulose fiber producing crops such as pine trees.
Orders of magnitude more productive and effectively viable, all without the negative impact on soil-nutrient profiles that other crops suffer.
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 in order to build what we need. This allows us to conserve materials, which better benefits the environment.