Theres been a lot of controversy over hemp as being an alternative to many things we use today; such as cotton, oil, paper, or maybe even food. Hemp grows easily, and doesn't take a lot of room to grow, whereas cotton, or trees for paper, use a lot of room. Hemp has a natural pest resistantance, decreasing the amount of pesticides needed, if any. It doesn't require a lot of soil, and is very cheap and easy to maintain. Environmentally, hemp is a better crop to grow than cotton, especially the way cotton is grown nowadays. In the United States, the cotton crop uses half of the total pesticides. (Yes, you heard right, one half of the pesticides used in the entire U.S. are used on cotton.)Cotton is a soil damaging crop and needs a lot of fertilizer. The chemicals used to make wood chemical pulp paper today could cause us a lot of trouble tomorrow. Environmentalists have long been concerned about the effects of dioxin and other compounds on wildlife and even people. Beyond the chemical pollution, there are agricultural reasons why we should use cannabis hemp instead. When trees are harvested, minerals are taken with them. Hemp is much less damaging to the land where it is grown because it leaves these minerals behind. The pulp (hurd) of the hemp plant can be burned as is or processed into charcoal, methanol, methane, or gasoline. The process for doing this is called destructive distillation, or `pyrolysis.' Biomass fuels are clean and virtually free from metals and sulfur, so they do not cause nearly as much air pollution as fossil fuels. Even more importantly, burning biomass fuels does not increase the total amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Hemp paper and clothing are just as good as the paper made of wood, clothing made of cotton, and oil we use in our cars, a lot of people use them now as alternatives. Of course, the controversy starts with the government prohibiting much hemp production, because cotton growers tree farmers, and oil drillers would either go out of business, or lose a lot of it. And theres the fact that a lot of people would much rather use the resources they've been using for so long because they can rely on it. I'm not being selfish when I saw I would much rather see cotton, oil and tree makers lose some money so a much more efficient and clean alternative can make its way into the business. I dunno, this is just my opinion about things. What do you guys think? http://naihc.org/hemp_information/hemp_facts.html - A site for facts about hemp. http://www.cannabis.com/faqs/ - Reasons why hemp is good.
It's already well known.
You mean well known as in a lot of people use it? From what I have seen, and looked up, it could be a lot better known than it currently is.
People have been using hemp for this stuff for centuries... It'll never happen, though, for one because some people will always think "OMGZ WE CANT GROW HEMP ITS TEH EVIL!!!1" So, yeah...
It's good for some things, but it's not the savior of the planets as some people say. It should be legalized, but then again so should marijuana.
Wow, it sure can be used for alot of stuff! Maybe if it was grown alongside the cotton, ect, it would help slow down the cotton "Taking over the world! Oh noes! *Runs around Screaming* *Runsback and Presses Submit reply*
People obviously don't understand that you cannot smoke hemp, it is related to marijuana, but it doesn't produce THC. I am all for legalizing both, however.
If anyone's interested in the subject, they really should read The Emperor Wears no Clothes. (scroll down this link for chapters) It is a very comprehensive and interesting read on the subject of hemp & marajuana.
Too bad I get random tests at my job, or I'd still smoke. :smokin:
Yep, hemp is good. And it's been around more than a few centuries--archaeologists in China have found 'mummies' with hemp clothing, and so it appears that it's been around for at least 5,000 years.
Growing more hemp for industrial usage? Good. Legalizing cannabis products in general (including marijuana/marihuana and hash)? That's a totally different story.