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Hemp has always been a better natural resource than trees. The truth is, because hemp was not legal throughout most of the world for the last 80 years, it was never given a chance to compete on an equal footing with wood, or any other natural fibers. I learned that the stalk’s bast fiber is 10 times stronger than the fiber in Douglas Fir, the most revered softwood fiber for structural framing in the North American construction industry.
In terms of quality and performance, hemp fiber stands out as probably the strongest and most durable fiber in nature. In addition to being 10 times stronger than wood fiber, hemp is four times stronger than cotton. Industrial hemp is lighter and less expensive to process than wood. One acre of hemp planted for 40 years has 400% more usable fiber than one acre of trees through their 40-year lifecycle. Hemp is the most efficient biomass source in the world. In less than 91 days, the plant can generate stalk to the stage where its fibers have contained their full CO2 content and are ready to be properly processed.
More and more scientific publications underscore hemp’s other important characteristics: high absorption properties, IR and UV radiation protection capacity and natural low flammability. Further new, promising tests also indicate natural anti-bacterial properties of hemp fibers, believed to result from the alkaloids, cannabinoids and other bioactive or phenolic compounds. Planet friendly Hemp also represents an alluring investment opportunity for those companies looking for an effective way to “decarbonize” their goods – in other words, decreasing their carbon emissions profile. Because of the strong carbon storage capability based on its high biomass content, and the low levels of water it needs, hemp is probably the most sustainable fiber of all.
Hemp plants have an exceptionally high capacity to draw out and contain CO2, which is much higher than trees. According to several scientific articles, one acre of a common hemp varietal can absorb 8.88 tons of CO2 annually, whereas an acre of forest sequesters roughly 2.5 tons – only about 30% as much.
But wait, there’s more, research has shown that, hemp varietals being grown for fiber generally yield up to five times the biomass of leftover “seed” stalk – up to 42 tons – and that the CO2 displacement when hemp is substituted for traditional raw materials, in end products such as plastic, textiles, steel, construction and other materials, can reduce CO2 by as much as 200 tons!
Although plant life produces oxygen in the atmosphere through photosynthesis, this natural process decreases as plants age. It would seem logical that big trees with considerable leaf area would generate more oxygen, especially because they are alive much longer than a hemp plant, however this is untrue.
While there is actually a decline in the capacity of older and larger trees to produce oxygen, hemp, on the other hand, is a fast-growing, large plant which is harvested at only 12 weeks. Well before it can be “aged,” the plant is pumping oxygen full throttle. This is ideal for shared crop agronomy.
Truly renewable Considering that less than 5% of the United States’ virgin forest remains, it only makes sense to plan for the future and protect what is left of this once naturally balanced resource by growing hemp. We can help to regain that balance by planting, harvesting and processing hemp into the many cellulosic applications for which trees have been predominantly used since wood-based paper replaced paper made from hemp in the 1930s across North America.
Cellulose is the main chemical that adds strength to paper and other composite products such as chipboard and particleboard. With a concentration of 72%, hemp bast has a higher concentration of cellulose than wood, which provides only 42%.
Not only does hemp grow at a much faster rate than trees, but its high cellulose content allows for a faster, lower conversion cost and doesn’t require the significant quantities of toxic chemicals required for wood processing.
Making paper from wood requires polluting agents such as sulphuric acid, bleach and chlorine to remove its non-cellulose fiber mass during the pulping process. Hemp fibers, on the other hand, can be whitened using hydrogen peroxide, which doesn’t chemically damage water. In addition, compared to its wood pulp counterpart, paper made from hemp fibers resists decomposition and does not yellow or brown with age. Hemp fiber can play a pivotal role in commerce and economic development. But the most important thing governments need to understand is hemp’s potential for healing the planet and advancing human health.
As hemp fiber gains momentum it’s not a question of phasing out other fibers and completely replacing them with hemp. The interesting feature of the “hemp business model” is that the synergies with existing industrial capacities are virtually unlimited.
(RobertZiner)Founder&CEO,CanadianIndustrialHempCorp.Toronto,which is developing an advanced hemp stalk processing and optimization system.30+ years in the building materials distribution and secondary wood processing industries.(Excepts from article.)
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Both hemp and cannabis belong to the same species, Cannabis sativa, and the two plants look somewhat similar. However, substantial variation can exist within a species. After all, poodles and chihuahuas are both canines, but they have obvious differences.
The defining difference between hemp and marijuana is their psychoactive component: tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Industrial Hemp usually has 1.0% or less THC, meaning hemp-derived products don’t contain enough THC to create the “high” traditionally associated with cannabis.
THC is also a cannabinoid. Clinical research indicates that CBD is effective at treating epilepsy. Anecdotal evidence suggests it can help with pain and even anxiety – though scientifically the jury is still out on that.
Marijuana, containing both CBD and more THC than hemp, has demonstrated therapeutic benefits for people with epilepsy, nausea, glaucoma and potentially even multiple sclerosis and opioid-dependency disorder. However, medical research on cannabis is severely restricted by federal law.
CBD comes in food, tinctures and oils, just to name a few. Here are some commonly used terms used to describe CBD products in the store. While the terms “CBD tincture” and “CBD oil” are often used interchangeably, the two are actually different.
“Full spectrum” CBD, also called “whole flower” CBD, is similar to broad spectrum but can contain up to 0.3% THC. In states where recreational marijuana is legal, the list of cannabis-derived products greatly expands to include CBD with much higher THC content than 0.3%.
There is no standardized dosage of CBD. Some retailers may have enough knowledge to make a recommendation for first-timers. There are also online resources – like this dosage calculator. Consumers concerned about content and the accuracy of CBD products, which are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, can look for certification from independent lab testing or by scanning a QR code on product packaging.
Note that CBD oil is different from hemp oil – which comes from pressing cannabis seeds, and may not contain CBD – and hempseed oil, which is a source of essential fatty acids and contains NO CBD. It’s a nutritional supplement, more like fish oil than CBD oil.
Another big difference among hemp, cannabis and CBD is how the law treats them. Though 15 states have now legalized recreational cannabis, it remains illegal federally in the United States. Technically, those in possession of cannabis in a legal weed state can still be punished under federal law, and traveling across state borders with cannabis is prohibited.
Hemp, on the other hand, was made legal to grow and sell in the United States in the 2018 Farm Bill. One would assume, then, that hemp-derived CBD should be federally legal in every state because the THC levels don’t surpass 0.3%. But CBD occupies a legal gray area. Several states, such as Nebraska and Idaho, still essentially regulate CBD oil as a Schedule 1 substance akin to marijuana. Our recent study found that Americans perceive hemp and CBD to be more like over-the-counter medication and THC to be more like a prescription drug. Still, the average person in the U.S. does not view hemp, CBD, THC or even marijuana in the same light as illicit substances like meth and cocaine – even though both are classified by the DEA as having a lower potential for abuse than marijuana.
The current federal prohibition of marijuana, in other words, does not align with the public’s view – though state-based legalization shows that society is moving on without the blessing of politicians on Capitol Hill.
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