Hemp...A Help For Today


For our purposes, hemp is the plant called cannabis sativa. There are other plants that are called hemp, but cannabis hemp is the most useful of these plants. In fact, cannabis sativa means "useful (sativa) hemp (cannabis)". "Hemp" is any durable plant that has been used since pre-history for many purposes. Fiber is the most well known product, and the word "hemp" can mean the rope or twine which is made from the hemp plant, as well as just the stalk of the plant which produced it. Cannabis is also the most durable of the hemp plants, and it produces the toughest cloth, called "canvass". Canvass was widely used as sails in the early shipping industry, as it was the only cloth which ...

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variety of purposes.
Hemp seed is a highly nutritious source of protein and essential fatty oils. The leaves can be used as roughage, but not without slight psycho-active side-effects. Hemp seeds do not contain any Marijuana and they do not get you "high." Hemp seed protein closely resembles protein as it is found in the human blood. It is fantastically easy to digest, and many patients who have trouble digesting food are given hemp seed by their doctors. Hemp seed oil provides the human body with essential fatty acids. Hemp seed is the only seed which contains these oils with almost no saturated fat. As a supplement to the diet, these oils can reduce the risk of heart disease. It is because of these oils that birds will live much longer if they eat hemp seed. With hemp seed, a vegan or vegetarian can survive and eat virtually no saturated fats. One handful of hemp seed per day will supply adequate protein and essential oils for an adult.
Hemp requires little fertilizer, ...

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Unfortunately, because of various political factors, starving people in today's underdeveloped countries are not taking advantage of this crop. In some places, this is because government officials would call it "Marijuana" and pull up the crop. In other countries, it is because the farmers are busy growing coca and poppies to produce cocaine and heroin for the local Drug Lord. This is truly a sad state of affairs. Hopefully someday the Peace Corps will be able to teach modern hemp seed farming techniques and end the world's protein shortage.
The stalk of the hemp plant has two parts, called the bast and the hurd. The fiber (bast) of the hemp plant can be woven into almost any ...

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