Industrial hemp is a reemerging crop worldwide, sparking interest in uses from plastics to foods to nutraceuticals.
What is Industrial hemp??
Industrial hemp is Cannabis sativa that is cultivated for fiber, seed, and flower while having less than 0.3 percent THC. Industrial hemp has traditionally been divided into three main categories: fiber, grain and high-cannabinoid producing, such as high-CBD hemp varieties.
Industrial Hemp Plant Uses
Industrial hemp and marijuana are different cultivars bred from the same species, Cannabis sativa. While biologically related, the plant has been bred for different purposes, and the traits exhibited in cultivars grown for industrial hemp and marijuana are distinct. Industrial hemp is grown for its fiber, seeds, and non-psychoactive plant compounds, while marijuana cultivars are grown for high levels of THC. Industrial hemp is a plant with many uses, including food, fiber, fuel, industrial, and personal care products. The following is a partial list of potential uses of industrial hemp:
• Textiles: clothing, shoes
• Industrial textiles: rope, nets, carpet, tarps
• Industrial products: paper, building materials.
• Farm and landscaping: mulch, composting, and animal bedding
• Foods: oil, food supplement; birdseed
• Personal care: soap, beauty products, moisturizer
• Seed cake
• Protein flour
• Animal feed (currently illegal)