The Benefits Of Hemp

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Hemp has a long history in the United States as a viable cash crop. Deeming hemp as illegal to grow is relatively recent event resulting from the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act in 1973. The earliest known cultivation was 12,000 year ago and is well documented as being used for textiles such as rope, boat sails, and fibrous paste used to caulk the hull of boats. During WWII, in response to the Pearl Harbor bombing, the United States promoted the cultivation of hemp to decrease the reliance on Japan coining it “Hemp for Victory”. In her article for Newsweek “The great Kentucky Hemp Experiment; Kentucky’s farms are failing thanks to Big Tabacco’s departure. Can cannabis save the Bluegrass state?” Firger points out “in 1942 farmer planted …show more content…
Hemp is argued to have over 25,000 different uses in our economy, which we are currently importing most of our hemp for. Hemp is used in all types of textile from soft fine fabric to course canvas. Even being utilized by big name companies such as Disney and Calvin Cline. As a fiber it’s unique structure makes it idea for moisture wicking, breathability and strength Department of agriculture states that one acre of hemp can yield as much paper as 4.1 acres of tree in 20 years, helping to improve the deforestation problem. Hemp oil is used in cosmetics, skin care products, and can replace most oils used in the kitchen. It is considered a health food and some believe it could be our next “superfood”. Vera Tweed specializes in using science help people lead healthier lifestyles. In her article “Get hip to Hemp” she informs us that “We need an optimum balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fats. The optimum ratio is somewhere between 2:1 and 5:1. In hemp nuts, the ratio is approximately 3:1, in the optimum range. Hemp oil also contains this beneficial ratio. Hemp protein is easily digested and contains well-balanced amounts of all essential amino acids for older children and adults” She offers many different way to consume hemp such as smoothies with powdered hemp, salad dressing with hemp oil and hemp butter to name a few. Aside from the everyday uses that seem to be countless, hemp gained popularity due to highly publicized case where it was utilized for medicinal purposes. Firger highlights a case from Dr.Sanjay Gupta’s documentary where a five year old was given her life by controlling her seizures when her parents were one step away from signing a DNR. CBD has the ability to save live and drastically increase the quality of living for people with many different medical issues. That in it of itself is the most compelling evidence for

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