What is hemp?
Hemp is historically one of the most helpful and used plants on Earth. Humans have employed various parts of the hemp plant for eons for food, textiles, paper, fabric, and currently for bioplastics and fuel oil (which could help eliminate fossil fuels and ozone depletion).
Like a weed, hemp grows quickly in most environments and has developed strong natural defenses to deal with pests. Hemp is a bio-accumulator so it picks up toxins from soil like a sponge. This is why we maintain utmost integrity with our agricultural practices so there are no residual toxins. Hemp is amazingly also a bio-remediator, meaning hemp improves the quality of the soil where it grows. The hemp plant itself is a renewable resource that can be domestically made.
Hemp is a plant in the Cannabis Sativa family. This family contains numerous varieties, the most famous of which is known for psychoactive properties (often called cannabis, marijuana, or “weed”). What distinguishes hemp as different within this family (according to the United States Farm Bill of 2018) is that hemp plants produce less than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main compound in cannabis that makes users feel high. Hemp is the industrial variant of cannabis which is cultivated for its fiber, stalk, and seeds, as well as the other natural healing compounds like CBD (Cannabidiol).