About Hemp

One of the most often asked questions at FOR MOTHER EARTH  is ‘What IS HEMP, anyway?”We are asked that question by the little kids, by the moms and dad’s, by politicians and civic leaders, and even by the grandma’s and grandpa’s who should be old enough to remember when HEMP rope, burlap, and canvas was still common in the garden sheds and barns of America. Most, however, don’t really know if it’s animal, vegetable, or mineral.

This page is a causal attempt to touch upon some of the talking points of that question.

The subject itself is HUGE. The casual researcher can spend hours on the web reading material about HEMP, and the serious researchers give their lifetimes to the subject. If this page is interesting to you, FOR MOTHER EARTH  encourages YOU to research the subject for yourself by either exploring the thousands of Internet pages devoted to HEMP, or by obtaining and reading books on the subject.

To begin with, HEMP is a common name for CANNABIS SATIVA, which is a green, leafy plant that can grow more than 15 feet tall. It is also known by the slang terms MARIJUANA and POT,  however, in English it was, until the mid-20th Century, most commonly known as HEMP. In German, it is known as HANFin Danish as HANP, in Chinese it is called MA. Nearly every language has a world for HEMP, for it has been grown all over the planet, and for all known human history.

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CANNABIS SATIVA is rather like the CORN plant in the sense that it can be grown for many uses. CORN can be cultivated for human consumption, for seed, for popping, for animal feed, fuel production, etc. In the same way, CANNABIS SATIVA can be grown for fiber, for food, for oils used in industry, for fuel, and for medicinal and recreational use.

HEMP grown for food, fuel, or fiber is called INDUSTRIAL HEMP. These are the types of uses for HEMP that we focus on at FOR MOTHER EARTH.

HEMP bred for these uses has a VERY low amount of the active chemical TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL, which is the chemical found in high amounts in RECREATIONAL AND MEDICINAL CANNABIS. Even the tiny amounts of THC found in INDUSTRIAL HEMP makes it illegal to cultivate any form of HEMP in the United States of America.

Over 30 countries globally DO allow the cultivation of INDUSTRIAL HEMP however, and it is legal to import this type of HEMP into the United States for it’s use in birdseed, body care products, food, clothing and other textiles, etc.

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HEMP is considered one of the most Earth friendly of the industrial plants because it thirves in almost any soil and climate without need of fertilizer. It is insect resistant, so it requires no pesticides. HEMP draws heavy metals and other toxins from the soil, and is much easier on the land than COTTON, and, with two or more crops per season, much more of a renewable resource than TIMBER or COTTON.

There is far too much to say about CANNABIS SATIVA HEMP than can be related in this article, so let us end with the statement that virtually anything that can be made with PETROLEUM, COTTON, or TIMBER can be made with HEMP in a less toxic and more sustainable way. By switching to a HEMP based economy the United States could save it’s forests, reduce pollution and toxic waste in nearly every industry, improve the Land, reduce the pollutants in the landfills, BOOST THE ECONOMY, and much, much more.

Please attempt to learn more about this important subject and support the HEMP INDUSTRY efforts to promote every use for this versitle plant. You will be helping yourself, the Earth, and the generations to come each time you support non-toxic renewable resources.