Move Over Cotton, Say Hello To Hemp – The ‘Forbidden’ Crop Taking The World By Storm…

Move Over Cotton, Say Hello To Hemp – The ‘Forbidden’ Crop Taking The World By Storm...

If domestic hemp use and cultivation were practiced and encouraged, we might just be able to change the world…

The cultivation of the plant would be a boon for small farmers, especially organic farmers. We’re talking about industrial hemp this time, not medical cannabis/marijuana, which continues to prove its merits and gain acceptance.

The worldly benefits of using hemp are in plain view and clear to see. But it’s a complex concoction of legal and bureaucratic nonsense even without THC – the psychoactive element found in cannabis – that holds the industrial revolution of hemp back.



Commercial hemp cultivation is legal in Canada but the US government pushed the industry to the side when industry monopolies were threatened when it appeared that a hemp boom may compete for the very products of their monopolist concerns.

Around 1937 the hemp industry was boosted by the introduction of the decoricator machine. It replaced hand shredding of hemp to glean its fibers, fibers that could be used for textiles, clothing, paper, and plastic.

With this new invention, hemp would have been able to take over most competing industries in areas such as  paper, textiles, fuel, and plastics. Growing hemp in abundance was easy, and it’s plant to harvest time was no more than six months.

According to Popular Mechanics during that time:

“10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average [forest] pulp land.”

This was followed by  a  small number of large businesses with competition concerns used high level government connections to push through the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

The inevitable marijuana scare mongering ensued and was hyped by movies such as “Reefer Madness” brought about more legislation that would prohibit all hemp cultivation, even hemp without THC.

George Washington – “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”

Thomas Jefferson – “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”

Move Over Cotton, Say Hello To Hemp – The ‘Forbidden’ Crop Taking The World By Storm...

Hemp for Nutrition

Hulled hemp seeds and their cold pressed oils provide incredible health benefits and contain all the essential amino acids for easily digested high protein. Hemp is not only  high in omega-3, but it provides an almost perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.

It is truly a super food that you can buy in health food stores or online. The seeds will almost always  come from Canada, where industrial hemp is still legal.

Hemp is so nutritional that one could survive on hemp seeds alone during extreme food shortages. If hemp were legal, you could easily grow your own.

Hemp Improves Farming

No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are required to successfully grow hemp.

It’s thick roots ward off weeds, and the growing process even improves the soil’s nitrogen, making that soil better for other crops in the future. They would be useful and lucrative rotation crops for organic farmers.

The growth cycle of hemp is only four months. In mild climates, harvesting hemp two times in one year would create an annual cash cow for farmers. The marijuana taboo is eliminated by allowing the male plants to continually pollinate the female plants. This reduces psychotropic THC to legal levels.

Eliminating Toxic Petrochemical Plastics

Many types of plastics are produced with hemp, from plastic clear wrapping for food to automobile and  motor parts. Hemp plastics are heat resistant and durable and importantly they are bio-degradable. The French auto industry has recently started to use hemp to manufacture some of its automobile parts. Henry Ford pioneered this in 1941 when he built his “vegetable car” with hemp and flax. It was stronger and lighter than steel cars.

Ford’s hemp-mobile also used hemp bio-diesel fuel, which creates very little pollution. The petroleum industry didn’t want to see or hear that. Hemp seeds were even used to make paints and lacquers in the mid-1930s.

Petrochemical plastics for all purposes could be replaced with hemp plastics that are non-toxic and bio-degradable. Bye-bye BPA!

Housing Construction Materials

Amazingly, housing construction materials made from hemp fibers have been discovered to be superior to most cheap materials used in housing construction these days. Ever see a house under construction after its initial framing?

What you’ll usually see before whatever exterior coating is used are sheets of wood substitutes, either pasteboard or particle board or pressboards, some of which are processed and bound with toxic chemicals that can off-gas into interior quarters. It’s cheaper than other materials and used abundantly.

Inexpensive hemp can be made into various different building materials, hempcrete, fiberboard, carpet, stucco, cement blocks, insulation, and plastic. Those materials are stronger and much longer lasting than what’s being used currently. They are also mold and rot free and more fire resistant. And they are environmentally and ecologically friendly and non-toxic.

All The Paper And Textile You Could Ever Need

Anything wood pulp can do, hemp fibers can do better!

It’s thought that the original Constitution and Bill of Rights were scribed on hemp paper.

Paper made from tree and wood material can be recycled about three times. Hemp paper can be recycled eight times.

Since hemp was effectively banned in the USA since 1937, 70% of the USA’s forests have been eliminated. It takes years for trees to grow. Hemp can be gown and harvested within six months.

Researchers suggest that one acre of hemp produces more oxygen from CO2 and methane than 25 acres of forest! A novel idea presented by a group of hemp advocates is to have inner city hemp plots that can filter and improve urban air quality… There goes the bogus carbon tax legislation.

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” — Henry Ford

It just goes to show how an amazing, easily cultivated plant with so many beneficial applications has been so remarkably suppressed by the powers at the top (via Organic&Healthy).

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Unsupported agronomic claims in this article. Especially on how hemp is grown. I am a Canadian farmer, and while I do not grow industrial hemp myself, I do know growers who do. It has weed issues like other crops. It requires fertilizer like other crops. It does not “improve nitrogen” in the soil, whatever that means. Most hemp growers do use pre-seed herbicides an inorganic fertilizers. It especially has high nitrogen requirements. And hemp is a disease magnet. Sclerotinia sclerotiorum loves this plant. See this link on growing hemp: https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/production/hemp-production.html
While there are certain market benefits for products from this crop, it should not be billed as a miraculous crop to grow. It has production issues like any other crop. But it is nice to have this as an option for farmers who like to try different crops out, and potentially derive some profit.

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    Crop rotations will mediate and other practices could and will make this crop extremely viable.

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    Not sure I understand. Crop rotations will mediate what? And what other practices are you referring?

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Hemp is a great plant…and you can’t smoke it either.

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Coming soon to all the us

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That’s a lot of forbidden crop!

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taking the world “BACK” by storm

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Well on France here they have been growing it for since the Iron Age about time the rest of the world got on the case.

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’bout friggin time

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The planet’s gift. Such an amazing plant with so many uses. It’s rapid growth could store so much carbon. A quick remedy for the damage done?

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Another thing we will be behind in. GOP is ruining us.

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At one time hemp was a very important crop. It has properties that are better than cotton. It grows rapidly. Its biggest problem to overcome. J. Edgar Hoover and Republican nonsense equating it with marijuana. It makes great rope. It makes good cloth.

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let’s hope it’s grown responsibly, lo-till or no till and water conserving methods–and no pesticides!

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It’s about time!

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This is a crop we need to embrace in earnest. Paper,rope, clothing, oil, cosmetics, feed. The list is to long to put here. Please note our Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper.

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Interesting for you, official hemp- growing-woman, Lyn Stephenson.

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    Thanks, Cherie Goodson ! There are some inaccuracies, but it’s great to see hemp becoming more and more mainstream as time progresses . Back to the future!

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Here’s hoping !!

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And America falls behind in yet another area of endeavor . . .

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Hemp is an excellent crop. Where would the navy have been without strong hemp rope? Trouble is all people think about these days is dope when the word is mentioned instead of all the good things this crop can offer.

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It’s been used for thousands of years!! Grown for it finest and coolest fabrics, and spun for rope,

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This article has some incorrect information on growing this crop. I am a Canadian farmer, but I do not grow this crop, even though I know many who do.

“No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are required to successfully grow hemp… It’s thick roots ward off weeds, and the growing process even improves the soil’s nitrogen, making that soil better for other crops in the future.”

These are incorrect statements. This crop requires fertiliser and pesticides. It does not magically fight off weeds or “improve nitrogen”, whatever that means. In fact hemp had some serious susceptibility issues to diseases like sclerotinia, which requires fungicides to control. To be successful with this crop requires the same levels of crop inputs and care as growing other crops.

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The British empire was built with the help of hemp- caulking in between the ship’s boards, ropes, sails, uniforms and even the paper the maps were drawn up on. Now empires have fallen by embracing oil and stupid attitudes.

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I’ve found it growing wild here 😮

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Why is hemp textile so expensive? It should be cheaper than cotton.

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    It had to be imported and meet conditions which met DEA requirements for importation

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    There were textile mills in Warren County KY which processed nothing but hemp at the turn of the last century 110 years ago

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    Cause it’s so crap and uses massive amounts of water and energy to refine

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    Cris Ward You are misinformed. Hemp is the longest single strand fiber in nature. You can grow more fiber per acre with less damage to the soil than you can with cotton. It’s easier, cheaper to process than cotton and can make as fine a cloth as cotton, canvas, or as coarse as to be used for rope, so it’s far more versatile. The waste can be used to produce bio diesel with a lower carbon footprint than any fossil fuel.
    The U.S. used to grow lots of hemp all through the mid west. As it was so cheap to process into usable goods it had low market value and farmers converted to higher profit crops like corn and soy. You can still find where hemp grows wild in many of these areas. You don’t find that with cotton or any other cash crops.

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    David Johnston only jute would compete and it is imo inferior

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    Cris Ward One of the strongest of natural fibres and was much cheaper to produce than polyester which is why Harry Anslinger outlawed it on the false pretext that Cannabis Indica contained THC. It can be woven as a material as fine as silk! Every shred of a Cannabis Sativa plant grown in Colorado is now used for commercial use and Mercedes door panels are made in a composite from the stalks! FACT.

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    Look 100 years ago a horse was one of the most useful things on a farm but today it’s replaced by a car and tractor . Just like hemp in its day was useful today it’s been replaced . It might come back as a hobby product but in reality it’s well finished.

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    Cris Ward Obviously the world wide pollution from plastic is something that doesn’t concern you. Apart from that consideration Hemp is so easy to grow and you should also factor in improved farming methods. Oil will run out and become too expensive in the long run. Your anologies are not relevant to this situation since horses were less efficient and became less cost effective to run than cars and tractors. Hemp production was stopped BECAUSE it was so cheap to produce and the new polyesters couldn’t compete on the market place. I have worked in the oil business and it is obvious that finding, recovering, pumping and refining oil is both complex and expensive compared to hemp farming! Have you ever been on an oil rig or in a refinery and seen the amount of staff required? Factor in the massive costs of the wars being fought over oil rights worldwide and oil resources as well and Hemp production costs are a fraction of that of oil !!!!! Think about it, Less demand for oil, less war crimes! Think outside the box mate. Perhaps a toke of Cannabis sativa would help! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Maybe because its still illegal in a lot of places

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Because it WAS ILLEGAL

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This is okay, but if we don’t use our forest, we can expect to see more forest fires. People need to learn to balance everything.

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    Not true. At most, careful culling of tree or strategic burns would be sufficient to maintain a forest. Not the wholesale waste of clearing for lumber that decimates much forest habitat.

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    It all about a rotational grid. Our civilization needs to progress. The Locked Macro Economic Order is not allowing us to progress and develop. it is keeping us in a perpetual loop of agonizing defeat abuse and greed. Time to make this all different. It is not working for us the way it is. So change how it is all done from with in. We are the With In.

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And not a moment too soon!

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There is no market for hemp . Farmers are going bust growing it

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    Umm, bullshit lol. There are TONS of uses for hemp. Paper, textiles, clothing, rope, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed; as hempcrete for insulaton, mulch, animal bedding and litter. It also can decontaminate wastewater, sewage effluent and other chemicals. When oxidized, hemp oil can be solidified and used in oil-based paints, as a moisturizing agent, for cooking, and in plastics. In 2011, the U.S. imported $11.5 million worth of hemp products! There is pushback from the paper and fuel industry to keep hemp out of mass production in the US because they couldn’t take the competition, and because of rank prejudice.
    There IS and has been for some time, a market for hemp.

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    Sharon Dalpé if there was a market then farmers would grow it . Sure there are many uses but still no market .

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    Sharon Dalpé I live in Australia idiot . Hemp is grown here under licence yet there is no market for the fibre . It’s grown for seeds and oil .

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    No need for incivility. Fine. You didn’t explain, you just said “no market” which I took to mean you meant no use for. Now I understand what you meant.
    From what I gather, Australia is working on it. So you will at some point have the markets. China is the largest source of industrial hemp currently so hopefully in the near future Australia will have a share as well.

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    No market means no one wants it . Sure it can be used for lots of things but there are just as many other products that are much better . A horse can plow a field and your kids could ride it to school but there is no market for horses . You won’t convince the masses to buy a horse will you . Just like the masses don’t want hemp

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    You insist on stating that nobody wants hemp. Well, your belief is contradicted by the growing industrial hemp industry worldwide. China alone imported $36.9 million dollars worth of hemp products to the US in 2013. The products I listed above are ALREADY being produced, marketed and sold, so there very much is a market for hemp, and its expansion is certain. You don’t have to take my word for it – the evidence is out there for you to investigate for yourself.

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    Lovely and soft to wear and easily washed

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Before I get excited about this–what are the impacts on water and soil? It needs to be conservation-based as Northern California is water starved, particularly for the 5-month dry season. Part of the problem is our soil has lost its water holding capacity from conventional farming practices, and loss of native perennials

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bought garden twine of hemp… much prefer it to the old jute twine… in case you do not know jute is the current 2nd in veg/fiber use

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Hailey Davis 🙂

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It is taking off like a commodity would like corn and pork. Monsanto wants it bad. This is the next Stock to invest in, and Cannabis Industry and Cannabis CBD Oil. which is the equivalent of Liquid Platinum or Gold on the open market.

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