Throughout the ages, hemp has been lauded as an excellent fibre for paper, clothing, and building materials. Just after WWII, though, cannabis was demonized, and hemp (being the non-potent cousin of marijuana) stopped being produced.
We are here today to reintroduce this wondrous plant.
The articles listed below can give you many details about this plant, but let me quickly summarize its benefits and dispel some myths.
- Hemp can be produced in very large quantities, on marginal soils, with no chemicals or genetic modifications.
- Hemp contains trace elements of THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets you high. You would probably have to smoke the equivalent of a living room full of plant in order to get high.
- Hemp has many benefits to clothing industries, building materials, feed for animals, biodegradable plastics production, and medical therapies, among others.
- Hemp looks like marijuana, and can sometimes be confused with the more potent cousin, and this causes many people to worry that illegal growers are invading their neighbourhood. Signage and flyers can help people understand the differences, and can make growing hemp more of a community-watch situation.