Hemp (from Old Englishhænep) is a commonly used term for varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. In many countries regulatory limits for concentrations of psychoactive drug compounds (THC) in hemp encourages the use of strains of the plant which are bred for low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content or otherwise have the THC removed. Hemp is refined into products like hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, and fuel.
MARIHUANA TAX ACT OF 1937
The laws of supply and demand were effectively thrown out the window starting in the 1930′s when the market wrecking pogram that is Reefer Madness was unleashed on an unsuspecting populace. Hemp’s association with marijuana undoubtedly caused reluctance in farmers to grow it, while the bureaucratic red tape surrounding the enforcement of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 effectively regulated the hemp industry out of existence, destroying a huge money market in the process!
Has been grown for thousands of years by many cultures, and is a plant with thousands of uses, yet was made illegal in the United States in the 1930s with a short respite with the “Grow Hemp for Victory” campaign during World War II. In the early 1600s it was illegal NOT to grow hemp in many states because of its importance for Naval purposes, sails ropes and other cordage all relied on the production of hemp; though a majority was imported at the time. By the Early 1900s hemp was being grown across the country from New England, Virginia, Missouri through Kentucky, down to the Carolinas, in Wisconsin and out to California. It was found to be a cure for deforestation caused by the wood pulp paper industry, producing a more efficient, and superior grade of paper from a resource that was quickly renewable, unlike trees.
HEMP: What are we waiting for?
Hemp is one of the fastest growing bio-masses, typically producing between 2.5 and 3.5 tons per acre, and has a vast amount of uses, yet remains illegal til this day despite the lack of THC content and carbon negative environmental impact. From the original uses such as cloth, rope and paper, the plant has applications in numerous industries. The economic impact of hemp usage in the United States via domestic production of hemp and utilizing its amazing versatility in all these industries is profound. Consider the number of jobs that could be created by the legalization of hemp products, the lack of logic to the laws make me ask WHY IS HEMP ILLEGAL?
Hempcrete Could Change The Way We Build Everything
Hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp into its mixture. Hempcrete is very versatile as it can be used for wall insulation, flooring, walls, roofing and more. It’s fire-proof, water-proof, and rot-proof as long as it’s above ground. Hempcrete is made from the shiv or inside stem of the hemp plant and is then mixed with a lime base binder to create the building material. This mixture creates a negative carbon footprint for those who are concerned with the carbon side of things.
Hempcrete is much more versatile, easy to work with and pliable than concrete. In fact, earthquakes cannot crack these structures as they are 3 times more resistant than regular concrete.Through it’s growing life cycle, it takes in large amounts of carbon which is then built into the home or building it is being used to construct. This does not allow the carbon to be released into the atmosphere. A home can save about 20,000lbs of carbon when being built out of Hempcrete. Over time, the lime looks to turn back to a rock, so the material becomes harder and harder until it petrifies completely. This means the wall will last thousands of years vs. 40 – 100 like normal building materials today..