What is hemp?
Hemp is the plant called cannabis sativa, an annual herbaceous plant in the Cannabis genus. Industrial Hemp is allowed a maximum 0.3% THC which is not nearly enough to give even the slightest psychoactive effects. This is the main thing that separates Industrial Hemp from recreational or medical marijuana.
Where did the word marijuana come from?
The word “marijuana” is a Mexican slang term which became popular here in the 1930s during the “Reefer Madness” movement. Marijuana refers to the type of cannabis with an effective THC level that causes psychoactive effects.
What is hemp used for?
Hemp is grown as a source of fiber used for textiles, rope, paper, and building materials. Hemp seed is used for food. See our blog for more hemp uses.
What part of the cannabis plant is good to eat?
Hemp seeds are highly nutritious, an excellent source of protein and essential fatty oils. In fact, if you have ever read a story where poor people were eating “gruel” that gruel was probably made of boiled hempseeds.
The oil that comes from hemp seed is 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids. The essential fatty acids contained in hemp seed oil are required in our diet more than any other vitamin, yet our bodies do not produce them. They must be obtained from the food we eat so hemp seeds are of high nutritional value. Hope Hemp Cat wrote a blog about the nutritional value of hemp here.
Where is hemp cultivated?
Hemp is commercially grown in just about every industrialized country in the world besides the United States. It is easy to grow and has a short growth period of 85 to 120 days. In fact, it grows like a weed giving it the nickname, “Ditch Weed.”
Why is hemp illegal in the United States?
In 1929 Herbert Hoover became President and Andrew Mellon (president of Mellon Bank and a major investor in DuPont) was appointed Secretary of the Treasury.
In 1930 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was established and Mellon appointed his future son-in-law, Harry Anslinger, to head it up.
Andrew Mellon’s close ties to DuPont are significant because DuPont specialized in chemical and paper processing operations.
Hemp processing technology was becoming more efficient, challenging the paper, chemical, petroleum, and pharmaceutical industries that were emerging at this time.
The story is long, but it boils down to money, corruption, and greed. Read more about this in Hope Hempcat’s blog.