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Hemp vs Marijuana
The word "hemp" is English for a number of varieties of the cannabis plant, particularly the varieties like "industrial hemp" that were bred over time for industrial uses such as fuel, fiber, paper, seed, food, oil, etc. 

The term "marijuana" is of Spanish derivation, and was primarily used to describe varieties of cannabis that were more commonly bred over time for medicinal and recreational purposes, like cannabis indica, and certain strains of cannabis sativa.

The difference is in its use. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same plant - Cannabis Sativa L. The term 'Hemp' commonly refers to the industrial/commercial use of the cannabis stalk and seed for textiles, foods, papers, body care products, detergents, plastics and building materials. The term 'marijuana' refers to the medicinal, recreational or spiritual use involving the smoking of cannabis flowers. Industrial hemp contains only about 0.3% - 1.5% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinoids, the intoxicating ingredients that make you high) while marijuana contains about 5% - 10% or more THC.

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Uses of Hemp
Over 50,000 consumer products could be made from hemp, including the following:
  • All grades of paper 
  • Biodegradable plastics
  • All grades of cloth
  • Instruments
  • Building materials 
  • Concrete
  • Cosmetics
  • Oils
  • Paints & varnishes
  • Fuels
  • Medicines
  • Clothing
  • Carpet 
  • Mattresses
  • Foods 
  • Nutritional supplement

Hemp Clothing and Textiles

  • The usage of hemp for clothing dates back 10,000 years.
  • Until the 1880's (when the cotton gin was introduced) hemp was used in 80% of all clothing and textiles.
  • It was the world's second most-used fibre until the 1930's when DuPont patented its synthetic material 'nylon'.

It should be noted that 50% of all chemicals used in American agriculture and 26% of the world's pesticides and herbicides are used in cotton growing.

  • Hemp needs few pesticides and requires no herbicides.
  • Hemp is superior to cotton in every way; it is lighter, stronger, much more durable, does not shrink or fade, mildew resistant, and much more insulative. This means you will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • The first Levis jeans were made from hemp.
  • Depending on its method of cultivation and processing, hemp could be used for numerous applications, from the coarsest fabrics, to silk-quality linens. 
  • Hemp clothing can be recycled to make new fabrics, or composted and used as fertilizer. 
  • Hemp clothing is currently 10-20% more expensive than cotton, but this is largely because of a cotton/chemical dominated market. Hemp demand is ever-increasing and has future possibilities of being a fraction of the cost of cotton. 
  • Hemp produces 3 times as much fibre as cotton per acre.

Hemp Paper

  • The oldest piece of pulp paper still in existence is made of hemp dating back to 100 BC, and is testament to the Chinese advancements in medicine, knowledge and technology.
  • Until 1883, 75-90% of all paper was made from hemp. Timber-paper processing was patented requiring the use of toxic chemicals and bleaching, and hemp was replaced by trees.

The logistics of this were fuelled by William Randolph Hearst (an advocate of yellow journalism, primarily racist, who owned several newspaper chains across the United States and had investments in timber), Lammont DuPont (father of the chemical corporate-giant, DuPont, whose synthetic chemicals are used in paper, oil, munitions, and plastic processing), and Harry J Anslinger (head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics [known today as the DEA]) who not only used marijuana to persecute blacks and Hispanics, but did so by headlining his apartheid through Hearst’s newspapers.

  • The first books, bibles, maps, paper-money, cards, wallpaper, and even the Declaration of Independence were made from hemp paper.
  • Every grade of paper can be made from hemp.
  • Hemp paper can last centuries; tree paper does not come close.
  • One acre of hemp produces 4.1 times as much pulp than one acre of trees.
  • A growing season for hemp is 3-4 months, trees take 20 years +.
  • Tree paper can only be recycled 2 or 3 times, hemp can be recycled up to 8 times.
  • By utilizing hemp we could stop deforestation, and paper mills would need almost no conversion in order to switch from wood to hemp pulp.

Hemp Plastic

  • The possibility of using hemp as a strong, biodegradable plastic has been well documented, and well suppressed, since the 1930’s.
  • In 1938 Popular Mechanics called hemp the first “Billion-Dollar* Crop”, predicting its usage in more than 25,000 consumer products. This was mainly due to the invention of the decorticator, which greatly reduced manual labour in the process of hemp fibres. *Equivalent to $40-$80 billion now. 

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  • Over 200 billion pounds (100 million tons) of plastics are produced each year. 
    45% of all plastics are produced in the United States. 
  • 29% of plastics produced in the US are used for packaging (15% building, 14% consumer) 
  • The packaging market, in the United States alone is worth $100 billion, a quarter of the global market. 
  • A composite is a solid product consisting of two or more distinct phases, including a binding material (matrix) and a fibrous or particulate material.
  • Plastics have successfully competed with other materials on account of their 'low cost'. An example is a zipper. Previously made of metal, a plastic zipper performs as well as its predecessor. The lesser durability is not an issue as it often lasts long after the application using the zipper fails.
  • In the United States over 60 billion pounds of plastic are discarded into the waste stream each year (from 4 billion in 1970). Most of this is in Municipal Solid Waste.
  • One-half of all discarded plastic comes from packaging. Almost one-third comes from packaging that is discarded soon after use.
  • Beach litter is 40-60 percent plastic, much of which often floats in from the sea. Such beach litter is hazardous to birds, fish and animals who die from ingesting it or becoming entangled in it.

The main ingredient of plastics is cellulose. Today, the cellulose for our plastics comes from petroleum, which is well known to leach toxins into our soil, water and foods, and has a direct link to carcinogens. Hemp hurds can be grown to produce 85% cellulose, meaning no toxins will be released and plastic products would be biodegradable.

In 1920, Henry Ford built a car with hemp plastic panels and fuelled it with hemp seed oil. The panels were 2/3 the weight of steel and 10 times stronger.

Nutritional & Medicinal Uses is an excellent resource for information regarding hemp and marijuana facts. They have assisted us with information for this site and we would like to thank them.

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