What is Hemp?
Hemp is the distinct oilseed and fiber varieties of the plant species Cannabis sativa L. It is a tall, slender, fibrous plant that has been cultivated worldwide for over 10,000 years. It is important to note that hemp has no drug value. Hemp seed contains little to no measurable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in drug varieties of Cannabis. Using hemp products will not cause a false positive drug test.
A low-impact agricultural product, hemp is a renewable resource that can be grown without pesticides or agricultural chemicals.
A nutrition powerhouse, hemp is also an environmentally sustainable solution for potentially thousands of products ranging from body care to plastics, paper, textiles, building materials and even ethanol. With a rapidly expanding market for hemp products, cultivating hemp is an untapped opportunity for American farmers.
Did You Know?
- Industrial hemp has been grown in the U.S. since the first European settlers arrived in early 1600′s.
- The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper
- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams all grew hemp and actively advocated for commercial hemp production.
- Hemp was a staple crop of 1800′s American agriculture, reflected in town names like “Hempfield” and “Hempstead.”
- Hemp was handled by the U.S. government like any other agricultural crop. More than 150,000 acres of hemp were cultivated as a part of the USDA’s “Hemp for Victory” program during WWII.
- America is one of the only industrialized nations to federally prohibit industrial hemp farming.