Hemp for Sustainable Living

Hemp can serve as a feedstock for virtually anything that is currently produced from cotton, petroleum, soybeans, and of course trees.

The difference between hemp & marijuana
While hemp and marijuana are of the same species - cannabis sativa L. - they are seperate varieties. Each has their own uses and can not be substituted for one another. Hemp does not produce a favorable amount of THC and marijuana is poor at producing quality fiber. The psychoactive ingredient that produces the “high” in marijuana is delta–9 tetrahydrocannibol or THC. For optimal results, marijuana smokers want a THC content of 6–20 percent. Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, usually less than three tenths percent (0.3%).  There is not enough THC in industrial hemp to give a marijuana smoker their desired effect.

The Hemp Revolution - Part 1

"This documentary covers a whole lot of ground. It deals with every historical and contemporary aspect of hemp usage and cultivation (mainly in the U.S.), which turns out to be a lot. From describing the production of a fibre much more durable and economic than wood, the documentary discusses hemps multilateral uses as e.g. food products, as a non-polluting fuel and as a pharmaceutical product with much less griveous sideeffects than chemical pharmaceutical products. The film also investigates why America went from a country which produced vast quantities of the non-narcotic industrial hemp, to the complete ban on hemp production in 1938. This story in particular is interesting, and it points out that the large oilbased industries actually had a key role in the aforementioned ban. Food for thought! The conclusion of the documentary could be that hemp may prove to be a valid alternative to both oil and wood in the future."

The Hemp Revolution - Part 2

This is a link to a list of online videos about hemp & marijuana.