Hemp is centuries old. In fact, since the days of Julius Caesar the Romans have been using it—but not to get high. To put it in perspective, President Washington and Jefferson grew it.
While marijuana has is legalized for medical and recreational use in some states—the cannabis plant itself is underutilized.The most sustainable part is hemp. Hemp has been used in many different ways throughout history because the inner layer is the source of tough fiber which is used for dozens of commercial products like rope, paper, canvas and other textiles.
Hemp is normally planted in northern climates in March and May and below the equator in September and November. Traditionally, once cut by hand it’s left to try before it’s bundled and put into water which helps to swell the stalks.
Industrial hemp is different from marijuana because it only contains 0.3% THC and for some manufacturers and in our case 0% THC. Also, the two strains called Sativa and Indica look different. Sativa is taller, while Indica is shorter with resiny trichomes responsible for the psychoactive effects.
Industrial hemp is not grown in an indoor hydroponics like pot. The roots need to spread so outdoor growing is essential. Also, the plant’s seeds and leaves can be eaten raw as well as created into dried powder or pressed into oils. The one important thing to remember is that no tree or plant species on earth is known to have the economic, environmental, and commercial potential of hemp—let alone the health benefits.
As George Washington once said, “Make the most of the hemp seed, sow it everywhere.”