Cannabis Hemp really can provide all the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, clothing and medicine. It has been said that, “anything made from a hydrocarbon can be made from a carbohydrate.”
Hemp is a commercial fibre crop, which is a variety of the plant species, cannabis sativa. Different strains of the plant have contrasting levels of the psychoactive drug tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp, the low-THC variety, contains less than 0.3% of the chemical. A smoker of hemp would not get ‘high’ and would more likely end up with a bad headache.
- Hemp is one of the most durable natural fibres that exists and has very high tensile strength.
- Hemp softens with use and yet remains hard-wearing.
- Hemp fabrics dye very effectively and retain colour well over time.
- Hemp garments “breathe”, due the porous nature of the fibres, so that hemp cloth stays cooler in warm weather while at the same time retaining heat in cooler weather as body heat warms air trapped in the fibres.
- Hemp clothing naturally stops up to 95% of the sun?s harmful UV light, while being 5 times as strong as cotton; coupled with its strong anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, this makes the fabric a natural choice for hospitals and surgical applications.
- Hemp has good resistance to mould and is fire-retardant.
- Hemp is good for the environment.
What the experts say
“Hemp produces a strong, clean yarn, with a structure that makes the cloth cool in summer, and warm and comfortable in winter.” - Georgio Armani
“I believe that hemp is going to be the fibre of choice in both the home furnishing and fashion industries.” - Calvin Klein
“Hemp is now the height of fashion.” - New York Times
Hemp is the cousin of marijuana. They are from the same plant – Cannabis sativa L. There are over 400 strains of Cannabis Hemp bred for various uses. The term, “Hemp” refers to the industrial use of the stalk and seed. “Cannabis”, or “marijuana”, refers to the smoking of the flowers. Intoxication requires high levels of THC TetraHydroCannabinol. Industrial hemp contains only .3%-1.5% THC. By contrast, cannabis contains 5%-10% or more THC.
The plant itself is easy to grow in temperate climates, and requires good soil, fertilizer and water, but no pesticides nor herbicides. A hemp crop is usually harvested in 120 days after reaching a height of 10-15 feet. At that point one can make it into whatever suits their needs.
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