Hemp farming and production is among the oldest industries on the planet. It has been found in pottery over 10,000 years old. It has been noted that the oldest known relic of human industry, a bit of hemp fabric dates back to 8000 BC. The founders of the United States, including Presidents Washington and Jefferson, encouraged the budding Republics farmers to grow hemp as a source of economic vitality. The Declaration of Independence was written on a piece of hemp paper.
The Hemp plant contains less than .3% THC, the psycho-active ingredient found in it’s cousin marijuana, and cannot be used as or converted into a recreational drug Hemp seed oil contains the highest and most balanced levels of essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) of any of the seed oils. It is also very high in proteins and contains all the essential amino acids. The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers, which are among the Earths longest natural soft fibers and are also rich in cellulose. The cellulose and hemi-cellulose in its inner woody core are called hurds. Hemp stalk is not psychoactive. Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulative than cotton fiber.
Hemp can be grown organically. Only eight out of about one hundred known pests cause problems, and hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is a natural weed suppressor due to the fast growth of the canopy. The United States is the #1 consumer of hemp products, but the only industrialized nation in the world not currently growing hemp. The current market for hemp products in over $500 million annually and stands to increase significantly upon legislative changes due to take effect in 2013.