Uses of Hemp – The drive for hemp

There are so many Uses of Hemp it’s pretty near impossible to even know them all.

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If, when you hear the word hemp, you think of marijuana, weed, or pot, think again. Although both stem from the cannabis plant, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive component, and a group of people are driving through the U.S.A. to make this distinction clear.

The Hemp Road Trip bus has already travelled to 44 states, and is currently stationed in South Carolina. The group of travellers is on a mission to educate legislators and others about the hemp plant and its many uses.

Rick Trojan, founder of the hemp road trip, says their ultimate goal is to have industrial hemp removed from the controlled substances act, and to grant permission to farmers across the U.S. to grow hemp.

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Uses of Hemp – Montego Bay minister rallies for alternative construction materials

A Minister in Montego Bay is encouraging the construction industry to take a look at the Uses of Hemp as an option for building materials.

In St. James, Montego Bay, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Horace Chang, is asking those involved in the construction industry to consider other technologies besides the conventional use of concrete and steel that builders have become so accustomed to using.

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Dr. Chang says there is too much dependence on the traditional heavy materials, such as the desire for thick blocks and slabs of steel. He is encouraging the use of alternative materials that are less harmful to the environment but still retain the ability produce aesthetically pleasing construction.

The minister was a speaker at the recent opening of the inaugural Build Expo and Conference, scheduled to take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 9-11.

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Uses of Hemp – Wisconsin lawmakers wish to join the hemp industry revival

Recognising the many Uses of Hemp, Wisconsin lawmakers want to see hemp production legalised in the state, to encourage a revival of its past success. It would give farmers the opportunity to cultivate an adaptable and resilient crop in their fields, and research from several other states gives a promising indication that hemp has great potential as a cash crop.

In March, Rep. Jesse Kremer and Sen. Patrick Testin presented a bill in favour of legalising hemp production. The plant has many uses. Its fibre can be used to produce fabric, rope, and insulation and its oil and seeds can be used to make food products and cosmetics. Hemp is also being used to create large scale batteries and auto parts.

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At a time in history, Wisconsin was America’s leader in hemp production. During World War II, at the height of its success, the state was responsible for seventy-five percent of the hemp grown in the country. But a crash followed, and China moved in on the market. Today, all across the U.S., states are signing up to bring back their hemp industry, and Wisconsin lawmakers want to get on board.

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Uses of Hemp – Colorado to conduct study in favour of hemp in animal feed

There are countless Uses of Hemp including a supplement for animal feed, but it is currently illegal in the U.S.A.

However, due to a recent bill that was passed, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is about to begin research on the benefits of adding industrial hemp to animal feed. If all goes well, farmers will be able to add hemp to the diet of their livestock by next year.

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Being able to add hemp to animal feed would be a huge plus for hemp farmers. According to Mike Sullivan, owner of Johnstown-based Hemp Farm Colorado, a major hurdle for hemp farmers is finding processors that will buy direct from the farmer.

Hemp in animal food is illegal because the Food and Drug Administration sees it as contamination, rather than a healthy food supplement.

State Sen. Kerry Donovan and Rep. Jeni Arndt sponsored Bill 109, which gives the order for the study. The commissioner of agriculture will lead the research project. The research team will include several people experienced with the industry, such as a hemp producer, a hemp processor, a legal expert, a person with knowledge of hemp policies, and a veterinarian.

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Uses of Hemp – How Italian farmers are cleaning their soil with cannabis

In Taranto, Italy, farmers are benefiting from one of the many Uses of Hemp – to remove toxins from the soil of their fields.

In past years, this area of Italy had been celebrated for its production of cheeses, but the fields that were once filled with roaming sheep, are now filled with a species of cannabis. It’s not the smokable kind of cannabis, however, it’s the kind of cannabis that can be used to extract toxins from contaminated soil – hemp.

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Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive component that gives the high.

CBS visited a local farm in the region, owned by Vincenzo Fornaro, and witnessed a barren farm that was once home to more than six hundred sheep. Fornaro said that his family made ricotta and meat for many years, passing the tradition down through generations.

Everything changed in 2008 when the Italian government ordered all his sheep be destroyed, after the toxic chemical dioxin was found in his sheep. An enormous nearby steel plant was responsible for the toxins. It released contaminants into the environment, which had a detrimental effect on the surrounding areas.

To detoxify his land, Fornaro planted fields of industrial hemp, which is known to draw heavy metals from contaminated soil. The process is called phytoremediation.

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Uses of Hemp – North Carolina begins hemp program

North Carolina will become more familiar with the Uses of Hemp as the state begins cultivating and researching the new crop.

This year, some farmers will be replacing their corn fields with fields of hemp. Farmers in North Carolina are being encouraged to participate in a trial across the state, to grow industrial hemp.

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Although hemp is a cousin of marijuana, it is not used as a recreational drug. Rather, it is used to make a vast amount of products such as cloth and oils, and it will be a huge boost for farmers who can replace lower priced crops with the more lucrative hemp.

According to Sandy Stewart, director of the Research Station for the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Resources, NC farmers are extremely interested in growing hemp.

Being in the same plant family as marijuana (cannabis), the two plants look exactly the same. When the federal government made cannabis illegal in the 1930s, hemp was included.

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Uses of Hemp – Northern home builder eager to see hemp legalized in Alaska

Building materials are one of the many Uses of Hemp, and a home builder in Alaska sees the potential of using hemp for northern living.

Although Alaska was third on the list of states to legalize marijuana, it has yet to recognize the benefits of its close cousin, hemp. Marijuana and hemp are both species of the cannabis plant.

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With building interest for new industry and business in Alaska, the issue of hemp legalization is drawing attention amongst lawmakers. For Alaska to legalize industrial hemp cultivation for economic purposes, would be to follow in the footsteps of at least thirty other states.

Home builder Jack Bennet of Homer, Alaska, has invested time and expertise on a model home that could potentially be a very viable housing solution for the northern state. His building material of choice is made from hemp, and he has been working on the development of a brick that is suitable for the cold northern temperatures.

Unfortunately, the hemp needs to be imported from Holland because it is still illegal to grow in Alaska. Bennet would love to be able to acquire hemp from local farmers.

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Uses of Hemp – Hemp’s health, environmental and economic benefits

There are health, environmental and economic Uses of Hemp. Hemp can be used to reduce cholesterol levels, cut down on toxins, help with joint inflammation, make a sustainable replacement for concrete, and bring jobs to farmers and manufacturers while boosting the economy. It’s a miracle plant, but it is illegal to grow in the U.S.A.

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Hemp and marijuana are both species of cannabis sativa, but hemp contains a mere fraction of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. So you can’t get high from smoking hemp, but the U.S. government has still deemed it illegal for the past 80 years.

There are so many uses for hemp it’s hard to know where to start. The long list of uses includes fabric, rope, sails, paper and canvas. It is a sustainable and environmentally friendly crop, as it needs substantially fewer pesticides than other common crops like cotton, soy, corn or wheat. It needs less water to grow, which helps reduce soil erosion, and makes it easy to grow in dry climates.

The benefits of hemp are endless, from the ability to reduce deforestation with the production of hemp paper, to the health benefits of hemp’s seeds and oils that contain healthy proteins and essential fatty acids.

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Uses of Hemp – North Carolina gets ready to grow

There are many Uses of Hemp, from horse bedding and particle board to fabric and car-door interiors. It’s a long list of over 30,000 uses.

Patrique Veille, co-owner of American Hemp LLC in Winston-Salem, has been in the industrial hemp business for a number of years and up until now has had to depend on imported hemp. But this year he’s hoping to start buying industrial hemp from local farmers in North Carolina, rather than importing from other countries.

In 2014 U.S. Congress loosened the laws surrounding hemp cultivation, permitting the growing of hemp for research purposes.

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In North Carolina, state legislators carried this further by establishing the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission. This week the commission will hold a public hearing to present and discuss a potential pilot program for industrial hemp farming in North Carolina.

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Uses of Hemp – Kentucky’s Conn Center to pursue hemp research

Kentucky’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, located at the University of Louisville, received generous funding for research into the Uses of Hemp and it’s economic benefits.

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Industrial hemp is a whole new venture for the centre but it’s an appropriate addition to its study of biofuels, catalysts, and other chemical productions, according to Henry Hank Conn. He and his wife have invested millions of dollars into the centre, including a recent $160,000 to assist in the centre’s upcoming hemp research.

A second contribution is from a family endowment established over 30 years ago by Ray Schnur Sr. of Louisville. Schnur Sr. graduated from the Speed School, which is where the Conn Centre is located. Initially, his donated funds were directed to Speed’s electrical engineering department, but the family of Schnur Sr. has requested that the money go towards the hemp research team instead.

Schnur’s son Ray Jr., who is 81, believes there is a bright future for hemp.

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