Legalization of Hemp


Benefits

 

 

Benefits of Hemp

Industrial Uses

Hemp Fiber

  • One of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers
  • Using hemp fibers instead of wood fibers to make paper would be less expensive and conserve trees
  • Hemp Paper
  • Until the 1880's between 75% and 90% of paper was made with Hemp fiber
  • Hemp Fabric
  • Lasts longer and withstands harsh conditions
  • Provides all the warmth and softness of a natural textile but with a superior durability
  • Can be used in cloth, rope, canvas, sailcloth, sacks, carpets, paint, and car upholstery

Hemp Fuel

  • If developed it could be used as a biodiesel/bio fuel

Nutrition and Food

Hemp Seeds

  • Hemp seed oil is amongst the lowest in saturated fats
  • Only plant oil that contains Vitamin D
  • Contains a ratio of 4:1 of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Hemp seeds contain all the essential Amino Acids and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) necessary to maintain healthy human life.
  • Because a variety of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, weakened immune functions, and more are linked to EFA deficiencies, some scientists are trying to link hemp with aiding in the cure for cancer.
  • Hemp contains 25%-32% protein, second only to soy (35%), but the protein in Hemp foods is more easily digestible and requires less processing
  • Hemp seeds contain .7g more fiber than soy and 1.5g more than calcium
  • Hemp Seed Oil can be used as cooking oil and can be added to hot pastas or mixed with salad dressings.
  • Can be used in tea, smoothies, baked goods, breads and as a seasoning
  • Hemp seeds are so cheap and abundant that they can easily feed 3rd World countries
  • Hemp seed oil can be used in many personal care products
  • Has the ability to quickly moisturize and condition the skin
  • Used for aging, acne, sun care, makeup, hair care

Environmental Advantages

  • Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land.
  • Most products made from hemp are biodegradable
  • Seeds can grow in dry climates
  • Grows without fertilizer or pesticides

References

Kulpa, Jennifer. "Healthy Hemp Hype Builds Momentum. Drug Store News. 25 Oct 1999: 61-62 Business Module. ProQuest. Hagerty Library Philadelphia, PA. 19. Feb 2008 http://www.proquest.com/

"United States: On a High; Hemp." The Economist 23 Jun 2007: 54 Research Library Core. ProQuest. Hagerty Library Philadelphia, PA. 19 Feb 2008 http://www.proquest.com/

Marcus, David, and Ernest Small. Trends in New Crops and New Uses. Alexandria: ASHS P, 2002.

"The many uses of Hemp." Hemptons. 11 Feb2008. 18 Feb 2008 http://www.hemptons.co.za/Uses/HempUses.htm