What is Hemp
Hemp is a plant that is grown all over the world, in some countries like the United States it is illegal to grow Hemp but exporting hemp to the United States is legal. The US is Canada’s largest consumer. Hemp has over 50,000 different uses in today world; food, building materials, fuel, makes biodegradable plastic, textiles, and technical textile, new use industrial products, building material, industrial products and paper. Hemp can be recycled up to 10% times than pulp paper. The whole hemp plant is used in today’s world. It has many benefits to the human body as well as the environment, economic issues in today’s world.
The Hemp plant matures in 8- 12 weeks it can be grown with other crops it is
grown without pesticides and herbicides, produces oxygen and can be planted 1-3 times a season. Hemp long top roots crops can be used to reclaim land in areas prone to drought or flooding. Once Hemp is harvested the crop has a high yield of cellulose, edible protein, unsaturated oils, dietary fibers and insoluble fibers. Hemp is known as superfood. It is 100% plant based food with the most natural ratio for the human body and essential fatty acids. Humans can survive consuming only hemp for 3 months with the nutrients that are found in the plant Hemp. Hemp is a whole food, chemical free, and has essential nutrients the human body needs to be balanced. Hemp is gluten free, peanut free, high in fiber, a whole protein, perfect ratio of Omega 3 6, excellent source for calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, Anti-Oxidants, Phytosterols, Potassium, Vitamin E, Essential Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids (omega 3,6,9), Chlorophyll, phospholipids, carotenes and GLA (gamma-Linolenic acid).
The Hemp seeds are whole foods, energy and environmental products, oil as food and fuel, body products and technical products. Hemp offers so many different uses that can promote a more sustainable world; eliminate forest exploitation, food resources, material products non-toxic, bio-fuel better than ethanol, disease and pest resistant, green jobs, help eliminate greenhouse gases, durable products, Fossil fuel and petroleum based products have created a substantial impact on our environment.
History of Hemp
Hemp fibers were founded back 4000 B.C. In 1606 Hemp was first grown in Annapolis Royal (Port-Royal, Acadia 1606), Nova Scotia Canada by Louis Herbert. In 1930, there numerous hemp mills across the country and by 1937 there was an estimate of 25,000 different uses for hemp said the magazine Popular Mechanic’s. Popular Mechanic’s also stated the hemp plant as the next billion-dollar crop. At this time, Henry Ford created a vehicle made from hemp plastic that ran on ethanol. 1938 the Federal Minister of health classify all varieties of cannabis as a regulated substance. In 1946 the Government lifted the first ban on growing hemp and was encouraging farmers to grow hemp in support of the war. In 1957, the US Government banned hemp once again and still remains illegal in many parts of the United States.
In the early1990s, Martin Moravik started advocacy efforts in Canada. Martin and Alex Chwaiewsky opened a store for a hemp textile during this time in Alberta. In 1998, Hemp was legalized in Canada and was being exported to the United States for hemp food products. The Manitoba Hemp Alliance Successfully secured a government grant to source hemp seed plant and hemp plant trials. Aligned with university students/academics, farmers and local government to begin organization advocacy legalization of Hemp.
It is still illegal to grow hemp in the united stated but hemp products are offered at numerous leading retails and hemp foods are becoming a part of everyday diets and is known as a Super-food. In Canada it is legal to grow hemp however with the very few processing plants there is in in Canada, it makes it nearly impossible for hemp farms to sustain a living by growing hemp especially on the east coast.