5 Things You Should Know About Hemp

January 21, 2016

5 Things You Should Know About Hemp

Chances are, you have probably heard about a new product or use for hemp. Maybe it was hemp clothing, hemp food or even hemp fuel. It’s also possible that up until now, you were only aware of hemp because of some stinky necklace worn by middle a school kid, or it’s association with marijuana. However, hemp is much more than that. It’s an incredible crop that has a wide variety of uses. Hemp even has the potential to drastically improve the health of our planet, and the health of the people who inhabit it. Hopefully, the list below helps you to understand the huge potential of this incredible crop.

Hemp is the same species as marijuana, BUT there is one crucial difference. That is that hemp contains little to no THC, which is the part of marijuana that gets you high. Hemp was widely grown in America before the War on Drugs made it very unpopular in the mid 1900’s. However, as the country is starting to realize its incredible potential, more and more states are enacting pro-industrial hemp legislation. So here are some facts about this wonderful stuff:

  1. Hemp doesn’t get you high

Let’s get this one out of the way, first and foremost. Hemp is often associated with marijuana, and that’s because it is technically the same plant. The term ‘hemp’ refers to the stalk and seed used for industrial purposes. Marijuana refers to the plants flower that is often smoked for spiritual or recreational use. When the goal is to obtain hemp on an industrial scale, the plant is grown very differently. Remember that THC is the ingredient in Marijuana that gets you high. THC levels are around 20% for certain strains of recreational and medical marijuana in legalized states like Colorado or Washington. However, industrial hemp THC levels are around 0.3%-1.5%. So no, hemp doesn’t get you high.

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  1. Hemp is the dream crop of environmentalists and farmers

Hemp is one tough cookie. It is relentless in nature, which means that it most often grows without the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Hemp requires a fraction of the amount of water that cotton needs to grow, and also a fraction of the amount of land. Decreased land use and fast grow rate means a very high yield. Plus, hemp naturally improves soil health so food crops can be grown right after a hemp harvest without any time lost on a fallow period.


  1. Hemp can save the trees

Hemp can be used to create more durable, sustainable and recyclable paper. It also has a low lignin content, which means it requires less bleach and fewer chemicals to pulp and dye. Trees used for paper take around 20 years to grow, whereas hemp only takes about 4 months to grow before harvest.


  1. Hemp can replace plastic and other building materials

Many auto manufacturers have started using hemp composites for various parts. It’s lighter, stronger, more recyclable, and less expensive than commonly used materials like glass and carbon fiber. Another use for hemp is in “hempcrete” for building construction; a carbon neutral alternative to concrete that is just as strong. It can even be used as a highly efficient bio-fuel. And as mentioned before, it’s a fantastic textile that can easily compete with cotton and is grown in a much more eco-friendly way.

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  1. Hemp is a super food

More and more companies are starting to use hemp seeds in various health food products. Hemp seed butters, hemp oil and energy bars are just a few examples. The seeds are a complete protein and are high in omega-3 fatty acids (yes the good fat).


Hopefully these facts shed some light on the ever-amazing hemp. I’m very proud to say my company Bighorn Apparel uses hemp in our clothing, and we hope to see more companies join the movement. Keep an eye out for new products and companies that utilize hemp, as they’re likely better for the environment and high in quality--- just not that kind of “high”.

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