What could this mean for us? Well, let me explain a few things to you on this subject. The federal government has not previously distinguished the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 will clarify the specifications on the hemp that is included in this act. It will permanently legalize hemp and hemp products in all states. It is Senate Bill 2667 and House Bill 5485.
This means agriculturally speaking we can become financially stable here in the states. Hemp can grow on smaller acreage than other crops and multiple crops can be grown in one growing season. Hemp can adapt well to different types of growing conditions. Hemp plant can also improve the land; it can improve soil quality and improve the nutrients therein. Hemp requires way fewer pesticides and herbicides when grown on larger scales as compared to other crops. So, I say, we truly have an eco-friendly plant here! It is very sustainable. Just simply because it has a very low impact on our environment and is a very renewal source.
Hemp has vast potential. It can be used in multiple ways. It can be used as food; it is easier to digest than soy. Hemp is very high vitamin B and iron. The seeds can be added to several foods and can also be ground into a flour. Hemp seeds are high in natural oils like omega fatty acids, GLA, and EFA that are important to our heart and brain health. Hemp can be used as fuel; it could reduce carbon considerably and can reduce our reliance on oils. Hemp can be used as construction materials like Hempcrete; it could act as a natural insulation as well. Truly a renewable material source. Hemp could be used for clothing; hemp fibers are way stronger than typical cotton is. It would be a very breathable material aiding in regulating body temperature. It would also make the material anti-microbial. Hemp bark has bast fibers and could be used to make household furnishings as well. Hemp could be used for many different textiles like paper and plastics; hemp paper and hemp plastics are biodegradable. Hemp can also be used as medicine; the non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in hemp have healing properties and so do the terpenes found in hemp. The cannabinoids have properties like anti-inflammatory, pain relief, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, sleep aid, and energy aid and so much more.
George Washing once said, “Make the most of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere”. He grew it and actively promoted its growth. You can find this quote in the “Library of Congress” website from George Washington’s diary and letters.
I certainly hope after reading this article you understand a little more about how important the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 could be for us all. Don’t forget to look us up on social media.
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Written by Tina Harris