Hemp is illegal in the United States of America, but legal almost everywhere else in the world. The USA views hemp as a drug because it’s related to marijuana, but hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to get you high. The many uses of hemp are still unknown to most Americans and because of the controversies surrounding marijuana, most choose not to pay attention to the massive benefits of this plant. In this article we’ll go into many ways hemp is an all around better alternative.
The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Hemp is naturally acid free. This prevents paper made from hemp from becoming yellow or brittle. Hemp grows much faster than trees. It can take trees over thirty years unlike hemp that is ready to harvest in months. Saving countless trees and forests. Paper made from trees can be recycled, at most, three times while hemp paper can be recycled up to seven. Air pollution is one of the greatest consequences of using paper made from trees.
One acre of hemp can produce as much material as two or three acres of cotton. Hemp fabric also wears better than cotton, getting softer with every wash. It is warmer than cotton, but will also keep you cool in warmer weather. Growing hemp is also better for the environment because there is little or no need to use pesticides or herbicides to be successful. The most amazing thing about using hemp for clothing and fabric is that hemp is naturally fire retardant, so there’s no need to add chemicals.
Hemp is all around better for the environment, which also applies to it’s use in making various different building materials. Plastics used today are made using chemicals and have been filling our landfills for far too long. Hemp is biodegradable and made without the use of chemicals. Hemp can be used to make cement blocks, insulation, fiberboard, carpet, stucco, plastic and more! Walls made from hemp are mold, rot, and pest free. They can last for hundreds of years and are fire resistant. Talk about a sustainable resource!
Hemp seeds contain high amounts of essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and are one of the most nutritious seeds known to man. Hemp seeds are high in protein and contain almost every vitamin and mineral that the body needs. They’re a great addition to any diet!
There are so many advantages to using hemp that it’s hard to see what’s taking so long for the laws to catch up. Hopefully with the recent changes in legality in over 20 states, hemp will soon be recognized as our most sustainable, inexpensive, and eco-friendly resource available.
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