What Is Industrial Hemp?

September 01, 2019

Industrial hemp is one of the oldest crops grown in North America. From the colonial days through the 1940s, industrial hemp was a source of high revenue for top tier farmers. Initially, industrial hemp was used for fiber in clothing, rope, sailing ships, and even concrete. Today, as technology has progressed, we know that the essential oils and molecular extracts provided by the plant are just as valuable as the fiber.

Special note: Industrial Hemp is NOT MARIJUANA. The plants, although cousins are different; both by definition and effects.

Hemp is a variety of cannabis plant that contains less than 3/10th of 1% of THC (0.3%). The hemp plant has a long and complicated history in the United States, and many people are unaware of the wide variety of uses. As mentioned above, hemp fiber can be used for producing textiles, paper, compost, rope, insulation, and many other things , but in addition to these practical uses, hemp also produces seeds, which can be used in flour, body care products, cooking oil, and a variety of other things. Many people associate hemp with marijuana, but these are actually different things within the cannabis family.