QUESTIONS ABOUT HEMP
What can hemp be used for?
Hemp has a wide variety of uses. Industrial hemp can create paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, food, health products, and fuel. It is one of the fastest-growing biomasses known is environmentally friendly, making it an ideal crop.
Some benefits of products from industrial hemp include:
Durable Clothing - One acre of hemp can produce as much fiber as up to three acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is more substantial and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew.
More Resourceful Paper - One acre of hemp can produce as much paper as up to four acres of trees and be used for all types of paper products from tissue paper to cardboard. Hemp paper last hundreds of years without degrading, can be recycled, and requires fewer chemicals than used in the traditional paper manufacturing process.
Reducing Use of Plastics - Hemp composites can produce robust, durable, and environmentally friendly plastic substitutes. The use of hemp could convert thousands of products that are now made with petroleum-based plastics.
Versatile Uses - Hemp seed oil can produce non-toxic diesel fuel, construction materials, paint, varnish, detergent, ink, and lubricating oil. Unlike other crops, hemp can grow in most climates and on most farmland worldwide with moderate water and fertilizer requirements, no pesticides, and no herbicides.
Is industrial hemp the same as marijuana?
No, hemp is related to marijuana as they are both varieties of the cannabis plant, but they are not the same. Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug.
Is hemp legal to grow in the United States?
Yes, the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act classified hemp no longer a controlled substance. However, hemp is still regulated by the USDA and other federal and state agricultural agencies. In Ohio, hemp can only be grown and processed with a state-issued permit from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Is hemp easy to grow?
Industrial hemp has proven to be a hardy, fast-growing, resilient, and high yield crop around the world. However, like any other agricultural crop, hemp requires deep experience in planning, planting, managing, harvesting, and many other growing-related skills.