“Growing Hemp as nature designed it is vital to our urgent need to
reduce greenhouse gases and ensure the survival of our planet”
Cannabis Sativa Sativa is a subspecies of the Cannabis Sativa plant that also gives us the Cannabis Sativa Indica strain. While it’s cousin is bred to contain between 5 – 10% of THC, or the intoxicating substance - delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, Cannabis Sativa Sativa, also known as “Industrial Hemp”, contains < 0.3%, less than one tenth that amount.
The story of Hemp begins in ancient Asian kingdoms that first cultivated the plant around 10,000 B.C. Back then it was used mainly as a source of fiber for fabric. Hemp was used in the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, it was used to power the sails of Columbus’ ship as he set sail for America, it made the paper that we know as the American Declaration of Independence. Vincent Van Gogh painted on Hemp canvases, in fact, the word “canvas” originates from “cannabis”. Throughout human history, Hemp has been the most widely used cash crop for apparel, medicine, nutrition, wood, construction, paper & more.
It was only in 1970 that the United States passed the Controlled Substances Act, classifying Industrial Hemp as Marijuana, hence criminalizing it. Very soon, all countries trading with the U.S were forced to criminalize it as well.
In India, the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), passed in 1985, assigned the authority of growing and controlling Industrial Hemp to the States.
The incredible value of its seeds and fiber have earned it the designation of a “cash crop”. Hemp is unique among other crops in that every part of the plant has utility and potential market value. While its fiber can replace textiles and synthetic materials to manufacture ropes, canvas, paper and clothes, Hemp seed/oil has has many uses in the food, hygiene and industrial markets.
Not only can Hemp be used to create an astonishingly wide range of products, but its net environmental benefit is also very impressive. Among its most appealing features, hemp grows in a variety of climates and soil types and is naturally resistant to most pests. It also grows very tightly spaced allowing it to outcompete most weeds.