The benefits of organic hemp for commercial use are huge and growing every day. Hemp has been a huge industry in the United States for years, despite decades of prohibition preventing U.S. farmers from growing this hardy crop. In 2012, the Hemp Industries Association estimated the retail market for hemp-based products to have reached $156 million. That’s $156 million worth of textiles, foods, bath and body products, and non-dairy milk grown with imported hemp from Canada, Europe, or China.
Needless to say, there are many benefits to growing and buying organic hemp for commercial use. Its complex American history goes all the way back to the 19th century when it was a mandatory crop in Jamestown, Virginia. The first settlers used it for everything from ship sails to bed linens to the Declaration of Independence.
Then in 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act was passed. This contributed to the negative stigma associating hemp with marijuana, which led to fewer farmers growing the crop as police harassment became commonplace. The last hemp crop was harvested in Wisconsin in 1958, and by 1970 it was fully prohibited by the Controlled Substances Act. Companies like Ford Motor Company and Patagonia continued to import hemp for their products.
Thankfully this is no longer the case since the passing of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which allows American farmers to grow hemp for industrial purposes. Finally, we are allowed to harvest one of the world’s most diverse crops.
We grow organic hemp for industrial production of our CBD oil products, but that’s only one of many ways hemp is used.
The Many Uses for Industrial Hemp
CBD Oil – Organic hemp plants are grown for many brands of CBD oil, including the oils we produce here. The more cannabinoids like CBD a plant contains, the more useful it is for full spectrum plant oils. We grow industrialized hemp that contains a cannabinoid content of 10% or higher and THC levels of 0.3% or lower, so there are no psychoactive effects during consumption.
Textiles – Hemp has been used to create clothing, linens, canvas, papers, and other textiles for thousands of years. This is where the male hemp plant really comes in handy due to its soft fibrous makeup. Male hemp plants are most commonly used to make soft textiles like clothing and bed linens, while female plants are used for rougher textures like canvas. The fibers made with male plants also happen to be more durable, flexible, and tear-resistant than those from female plants.
Garden Companionship – Hemp can be used to produce tons of products, but it’s also a handy crop to have in the garden if you’re growing veggies that are prone to infestation. Hemp has been grown next to cotton fields to prevent cotton worms from running rampant, in vegetable gardens to ward off cabbage caterpillars, and near potatoes to prevent fungus and blight.
Health Foods – Hemp seeds, hemp milk, and hemp oil are popular supplements for smoothies and other recipes. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, essential fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Hemp milk is a nutritious non-dairy milk alternative.
Body and Skin Care – Hemp oil is a popular ingredient in anti-aging beauty products. The essential fatty acids help with skin moisture and elasticity, preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. On its own, it makes a great moisturizer for dry, cracked skin.
The benefits of organic hemp for commercial use are huge, with benefits for our bodies and our economy. Mana Farms is proud to be a part of the hemp revolution with our organic CBD oils we’re producing in Boulder, CO.