The Battle Between Hemp And Cotton: Which Is Best

Hemp Field
Hemp Field

Both industrial hemp and cotton have been around for a long time. Industrial hemp has cotton beat by about 3,000 years, with it’s first know use being about 10,000 years ago, on the Asian continent, around the Thailand area. Cotton’s first known use was about 7,000 years ago, on the North American continent, somewhere in the Mexican region.

Cotton Field
Cotton Field

 

I have no intentions on bashing cotton, as I find it to be a very useful fiber. But the question still remains, is hemp better than cotton? From the research that I have done, I found the answer to be yes, in my opinion.

Why the battle, why not just fair competition? Well, industrial hemp is a superior plant to cotton, so it is not really “fair” so to speak. While cotton has many great attributes, hemp’s attributes are far better in many areas, some are shown in the graph below.

Hemp Vs Cotton Graph
Hemp Vs Cotton Graph

Why There Hasn’t Been Competition Between Hemp and Cotton

Industrial hemp was grown in the United States as a major cash crop well before the introduction of cotton. Our first settlers were mandated to grow hemp for the Royal Crown. Then they began to use the hemp for US battleships, to fight for our independence from the Crown.

Until the late 1930’s, industrial hemp was “The Fiber of Our Lives”, it was still mandatory for farmers to grow hemp until the invention of the steam ship.

Between dirty politics, the introduction of synthetic fibers, wood mills (paper mills), and the big oil companies, the production of industrial hemp came to a halt in 1937.

By this time, cotton had already taken the lead in clothing manufacturing. This was due to cheap prices from the use of slave labor that gave cotton an unfair, and unrealistically cheap price. Being cheaper, cotton became very popular worldwide, and people really wanted the softer material that cotton provided at the time as well, cotton’s popularity didn’t end when slavery ended and drove the prices up.

The uses for industrial hemp for fabrics was limited to uniforms, furniture covers, sails, and ropes, etc… In the end, hemp got pushed out of the United States entirely, it was illegal to grow, so there were no more advancements made with hemp in the United States for many years.

Any hemp product has either been imported or the fibers were imported for the item to be made. Now, industrial hemp is making a fast and furious come back. The American public is being offered items that were unheard-of 20 years ago.

With the most recent vote for legalizing marijuana, which affects the legalities of growing industrial hemp as well, 30 states have approved for medical marijuana and 9 of those states approved for recreational as well.

This lifts the limitations of growing industrial hemp in those states, there will be no more need for importing hemp fibers, which should bring down the prices of hemp products really soon, at least I would think. And we can start making advancements on the fabrics and other products that can be made from the industrial hemp plant as well.

What does all of this mean for cotton, “The Fabric of Our Lives”? It just means that cotton has a renewed competitor. Cotton has a good strong reputation on our market, so it will not stop being grown and used, they just have to be ready for competition.

Some Common Uses For Industrial Hemp and Cotton

They both have multiple uses, industrial hemp exceeds cotton, having over 25,000 uses, to cotton’s nearly 100 (this is just a guess, I have found products other than clothing, but no product count), but you can still do more than just make clothes out of both of them nonetheless.

For safe human consumption, cotton seed oil has to be processed to remove the agent called, gossypol, that is poisonous to humans and other animals in large doses. Aside from that it is fairly healthy.

Hemp oil either from the seed or the flower can be consumed as is, after it’s extraction, with no alterations. It is perfectly safe straight from the plant.

They can both be used to make paper that is much better than paper made from wood pulp. In combination of paper production they could put the wood paper companies out of business. This would save so many trees every year!

It is safe to say that both of these plants can be used for more than they appear.

Growing and Harvesting Each

Industrial Hemp

Hemp can be grown in all 50 states if it was allowed. It adapts to the environment around it and thrives, so location is not an issue for becoming a hemp farmer.

You will not need to use pesticides with hemp as it does not attract many if any pest. This is good for the poor honey bee population that is depleting because of pesticides. And weeds don’t stand a chance in a hemp field, the hemp chokes them out and over powers them for sun by growing taller faster.

When growing hemp you do not really need a lot, just the farm land and some help from mother nature and maybe a little water if it doesn’t rain very much. Hemp grows like a weed literally, and matures fast.

Planting hemp is not tricky, it just depends on what the hemp is being grown for as to how you plant it. You plant it very close together for longer stalks and fewer leaves and stems to get more fiber material. If you are looking to get the flowers, you will plant them further apart, allowing for more branches to create more flowers.

There are harvesting machines that cut the hemp low to the ground and leave it lay to dry. This gives nutrients back to the dirt during the drying process when it is done in the field.

Cotton

The southern states are best for cotton, it likes a hot dry climate, but requires a larger amount of water to compensate. If the cotton is not organic, there are a number of pesticides used in its growth, as pest love the cotton plant.

Cotton plants are planted further apart as they require a little elbow room to grow and mature properly. You have to keep weeding a cotton field or the weeds and grass will steel the nutrients from the dirt, and your cotton harvest will suffer, yielding you less cotton.

It used to be that cotton was harvested by hand, but that has long since been replaced by machines. The picker or stripper, which is the harvesting machine, has spindles that pick and twist the cotton from the burrs. The plants must be removed at a later time.

Texture And Comfort of Each

While industrial hemp is known to be more coarse than cotton, over it’s years of absence in the United States, other countries have been utilizing hemp for some time and have created fabrics that feel quite luxurious.

Most fibers like cotton, use an acid wash to soften them for making clothing, but the acids were found to weaken hemp fibers, so it was not used on hemp. In the 1980’s, a new enzyme-based process was invented to soften the fibers of hemp. This made hemp more pleasurable to wear by itself and easier to blend with other fibers as well.

Blending hemp fibers with other natural and synthetic fibers has been experimented with successfully. You can find hemp blended with silk, cotton, and synthetic fabrics as well. This of course increases the comfort of the hemp and in turn increases the quality of the fiber it is mixed with.

After cotton goes through an acid wash it is soft enough to make fine linen, and comfortable apparel as well. Before being acid washed, it is almost as rough as hemp.

Fabric Attributes of Each

Hemp fabric is far more durable than cotton. This is because the length and thickness of fibers in comparison. Over a short time cotton will wear out and get holes in it, whereas, hemp over a long period of time just gets more and more comfortable.

Cotton is absorbent, but hemp is more absorbent, because hemp has a hollow fiber core. This also allows hemp fibers to dry faster than cotton. Also, it is why hemp is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

When grown organically, they are both hypoallergenic and have antibacterial properties. But, hemp also contains natural anti fungal properties that keep it from growing molds and mildews longer, and helps refrain from holding odors.

So Which One Is Best?

This is going to be one of those personal choices.

I, personally, think that hemp is a far superior fiber. It can be made softer and more comfortable to wear, either used by itself or combined with another fiber. The strength of hemp is unsurpassed by any other fiber known to man, and it’s life span is very lengthy. Or, it can be left all natural and be used for industrial uses, like ropes and canvas’ and such.

To me being so multifaceted makes hemp the superior plant to the cotton plant all together. I’m not say that cotton should stop being used, I am just saying that I think hemp is superior and should be used in more applications.

I would love to hear your opinion on this subject. Please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

As always, thank you for reading my article.

Stacie Fortson

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Hemp’s Memory Lane: The Good Times and The Bad Times

Industrial Hemp Plant
Hemp Plant

Industrial hemp is not a new thing at all, this plant has a lot of history, dating back about 10,000 years. It may very well be the first plant grown and processed for textile fiber. This plant was adorned by many royals, and was used by all! Processing hemp is one of mankinds oldest forms of industry.

With agriculture not being “normal”, meaning that it was invented by mankind, and being a direct link to the start of civilization; in 1977 Carl Sagan proposed the idea that marijuana being one of the first agricultural crops, could very well be linked with the development of civilization.

Humans have been around for about 250,000 years, but agriculture is only around 10,000 years old. It is hard to believe we went that long without civilization! And to think that hemp/marijuana could be the start is really interesting, and quite astounding as to why or how it was ever considered a bad thing?

It was used for everything from food and medicine to ropes, sails, and paper. There was nothing this plant couldn’t be used for, and it quickly became a valuable trade commodity, as it was introduced worldwide.

To see a wonderful resource like that just die off, is a total shame. It makes you wonder, what happened? How could this plant possibly suffer such a downfall after being used so reliably for so many years.

China’s Real Ancient Secret

The very first use of hemp can be traced back to an ancient Stone Age Village in Taiwan, off the coast of China. A lot of evidence supports it’s use, it was referred to as ma. Being able to decipher the ancient findings tells us that ma was used for food, medicine, hemp products, and believe it or not, to get high.

Don’t think they were just a bunch of stoners that couldn’t function though, it was actually frowned upon to just get “high”, it had to be your medicine, or have a spiritual purpose to be approved of.

China was one of the only countries using hemp for bow strings. Everyone else was using bamboo which didn’t compare to the trajectory and accuracy of the arrows shot with hemp made string. Thus giving a clear advantage above the enemy.

Made from Industrial Hemp
Hemp Twine

While the emperor’s’s wore the expensive silk, the citizens required a more affordable and durable cloth. Hemp was the main fabric until around 1200 A.D., when cotton was introduced.

Also, in about 150 BC, the first paper made 100% from shredded hemp cloth and mulberry bark was made in China. Some of the oldest documents in existence come from a Buhdist Temple in China and are on handmade hemp paper.

Emperor Shen Nung, who was revered as the “Father of Chinese Medicine”, recommended using it for over 100 illnesses.

The seeds were used for food, while it was not a “mainstay”, like rice and mullet, the seeds were used like any other grain for years. Oils were also produced from the seeds to be used in cooking and other products as well.

Seeds From Industrial Hemp
Hemp Seeds

China’s history with hemp is definitely the oldest in history!

Russia

Russia adapted to growing hemp very well since it’s introduction to the plant from China in the middle ages, finding an actual date has been rough! Nonetheless, it became a major cash crop for Russia.

Made from Industrial Hemp grown in Russia
Russian Hemp Products

Russia was the top producer of hemp since the 18 century, in the mid 1700’s they produced about 80% of Europe’s sails, ropes, nets, and other hemp-made equipment and supplies need for the ships, British shipping was almost totally reliant upon Russian Hemp, which cause Napoleon to start a hemp war.

He signed a Peace Treaty of Tilsit in 1807, with Tsar Alexander I, with the condition that there would be no trade with Great Britain, of whom Napoleon despised! France was hoping to cripple Great Britain with this treaty, but in the long run all failed and 4 years later Russia was trading with Great Britain again.

UK

The history of hemp in the UK is almost as extensive as that of China, who introduced the UK to hemp. Cambri Formosa – a Celtic princess, who taught women how to weave and sew, is said to be the first mention of hemp in the UK, this was around 373 BC.

From the 16th century to the 19th century hemp flourished in the UK, due to its versatility of use. It was needed for outfitting ships with sails, ropes, nets, and more, and it was a very valuable trade commodity. The huge demand for hemp and the products made from it, created a boosted many coastal economies, and employed thousands!

Industrial Hemp product
Hemp Ropes on a Ship

This plant was grown in every single country in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, showing just how popular and in demand it was!

The huge demand for this crop eventually lead Henry VIII to enforce farmers to grow hemp. For every 60 acres of cultivated fields, a quarter was mandated to be hemp. It was in such demand that Britain’s American Colonies were mandated to grow hemp for the crown as well, which was later used against Great Britain.

As shipping costs declined the UK found it was cheap to buy hemp. Russia at the time had come up with better ways to harvest and process the plant, and provided it at a very affordable price, and the UK bought it. The Queen knew that even if the trade fell through, she could rely on her own farmers to keep up with the demand.

Eventually with new inventions, came new demands. There was less and less of a demand for hemp. With the growth of the cotton industry hemp took a major hit, as people wanted the softer feeling fabric that cotton provided. And cotton was easier and faster to process.

America made the price of cotton deceptively very cheap, using slaves to tend the fields. This was giving a cotton a head start on the competition with hemp, with cotton being so cheap, and people preferring the texture hemp was losing the battle. When slavery was abolished, cotton had already become known and preferred for everyday fabrics.

Hemp took the back seat with being used for uniforms, camping and military gear, and other such uses. But then was outlawed in 1928 when the war on drugs campaign began.

It wasn’t until 1993 that the UK legalized the growth and production of hemp.

North America

Brought to the British Colonies in the early 1600’s, with the intentions of supplying the royal crown with the hemp grown. It was even mandatory to grow hemp, and you could use it to pay your taxes with. The nation’s founder’s were all growing and cultivating hemp as well.

Rumor has it, the first flags on our naval ships were made of hemp fabric, as no other fabric was strong enough to with stand the salty air the ships endured. The original drafts of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States were both drafted on hemp paper, later to be copied onto other paper.

Drafted on Hemp Paper
Constitution of The United States

Hemp was a staple crop for the United States, not only did we use every part of the plant for some purpose, we sold and traded it to other nations.

This all came to an abrupt end with anti-marijuana campaigns that lumped hemp right in with marijuana. This rendered both pants illegal pretty much worldwide. Hemp had some major competitors in the US market. Oil companies, cotton farmers, and paper mills, were the major ones.

A “smear campaign” swept the world, not just the United States. This campaign lumped hemp in with marijuana, the form of cannabis that gets you high, and falsely scared people from even wanting grow it.

There were films that said things like, it would make you psychotic and would be the end of civilization. These lies scared many people, and cotton had already taken hold of the American fiber economy so it was easy to push it the rest of the way out of the picture with a few “stories”.

Created for the smear campaign of marijuana and hemp
Anti-Marijuana Symbol

The big oil companies and paper mills wanted to see hemp’s demise as it was now, their biggest competitor. Making it illegal was perfect for them, it did not matter that what they were saying was not true of hemp or marijuana for that fact.

The attempted revival of hemp during WWII ended as quickly as the campaign began. The U.S. government put out movies and fliers trying to get farmers to agree to grow hemp for the war. A lot of farmers agreed and signed contracts and all. This all ended when the war came to an unexpected end and left farmers with broken contracts and empty pockets.

The newest craze for CBD Oils, has pushed a lot of people in the right direction of legalizing hemp and marijuana. Hemp is now legal on the federal level in all 50 states, but not every state agrees with the farming and cultivation of hemp yet.

You can legally purchase and use Hemp CBD Oil in all 50 states, marijuana is a different story! Each state has it’s own laws, and it is still not federally legal.

People have again, begun to realize what hemp can do for our society, and that it is not dangerous or threatening in any way. It could actually help a lot of our current environmental issues fairly quickly.

Conclusion

Industrial hemp’s heritage has been linked as far back as the beginning of civilization, and possibly accredited for it as well, according to Carl Sagan.

For this plant to have such a rich history at one point, it saddens me to see how few people even know what it looks like, or any of it’s potential uses. It was intended for us to be using it in our everyday lives, God put these plants here for a reason!

Talk about a renewable resource! Hemp is the fastest growing renewable resource we have at our disposal, and yet, we do nothing with it, compared to what we should do with it, which is everything possible.

Cotton may produce the shorter softer fibers that everyone loves, but at what cost to our environment? Growing cotton requires the use of pesticides, 50% of the pesticides used in the U.S. to be exact.

We are loosing honey bees at an alarming rate
Honey Bee

This is a huge issue as we are loosing honey bees at an alarming rate due to pesticides. Hemp requires no use of pesticides as it grows so fast, and does not attract pests. But it does attract honey bees!

It is a huge part of the “Circle of Life” and should be recognized for all the good it can do.

I would love to hear your opinion on this topic. Please feel free to leave a comment below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

As always, thank you.

Stacie Fortson

Go Green With Hemp

 

Hemp Made Plastics: Are They Available

European Hemp Field

As of right now there are some hemp made plastics available on the market. The more laws we change the more hemp made plastic products you will see. You will see an increase in many hemp products, not just plastic.

Most of the progress that I have seen with hemp products have come from California and Colorado. Colorado is in the lead for plastics as of right now too.

This is a screenshot from my phone to show that Colorado is leading the way with this! All it takes to start saving our planet is changing some laws and growing some hemp! We have the geniuses to create our products that we need already!! They are bored and need something to do too!

Screenshot from my Galaxy S6

This is a much-needed change for our environment! Hemp products are biodegradable and more recyclable than other products available. With as renewable as hemp is, we will not run short on the supply as long as there are farmers willing to grow it.

Right now most of our hemp products are either imported or the hemp fiber is imported so the product can be made. This is way more expensive of a production than need be. And creates higher prices for the consumer in the long run, how crazy is that!?!

If we grew our own hemp the cost of production would drop significantly, and we would have more American made products on our shelves at better prices for the consumer, that are better for the environment. And they would help significantly improve our economy as well. That is clearly a win win for the United States.

Molded Plastics

There are quite a few companies that are using hemp in their plastics and composite materials. The uses vary depending on the need as with any material.

Ford, GM, BMW, and quite a few other car manufacturers use hemp in the creation of the interior plastic door panels and more. Pretty much anything that is hard plastic inside and out. Your gas cap probably contains hemp products and all the fixtures around the lights that are plastic.

Hemp Plastic Molding for Car Assembly
Hemp Resin Sink Basin

There are building supplies that contain hemp like the molded sinks and bathtubs. PVC could be made from hemp, and should be with as much is used in the construction of one house or office building alone!

Clear Plastics

The screenshot I provided above is the first I have heard of clear plastics like water bottles and straws, which are two of the major environmental crusades right now, and rightfully so! This is why we need to change some laws, I should be able to find a bunch of hemp made plastic items available. You can reach the company’s website at www.growhempcolorado.com

Hemp Made Plastics Could Help The Environment A Lot

As I stated we need to change the laws so we don’t see more of this!

Plastics and Other Pollution in Water Ways

Our oceans are so filled with plastics and other crap that just won’t biodegrade. It washes up on beaches, and if you are out in the ocean you can come across mass collections of plastic bottles and junk that is just there forever, I guess. It was not there in the past, before these harmful petroleum based plastics were created!

Recycling Bins

No matter what we change to making our plastics out of we still have to remember to recycle, it is still important! Even with totally biodegradable plastics, at the rate we use them and dispose of them, we would be facing issues without recycling. They may not be as alarming, but issues are issues.

I will be researching more on this topic as it is just as important at the fuel and paper.

Please feel free to leave a comment about this article. I will get back to you as soon as possible, I love a great discussion.

Thank you as always.

Stacie Fortson

Go Green With Hemp

 

 

There Is No High From Industrial Hemp: Why Was There Ever An Issue With It Being Legal

It is true, there is no “high” from Industrial Hemp. This species of the cannabis family contains CBD and little to no THC. THC is the compound in marijuana that does create the “high” feeling. Industrial Hemp only contains about 0.3% THC, which is not nearly enough to get anyone “high”, your lungs would fail first.

So how did this plant get lumped in with its cousin marijuana? Well that all goes way back to the late 1930’s, when the Marijuana Tax Act was passed and enforced. This made marijuana illegal in the United States. Industrial Hemp was lumped in because it was said to be too much like marijuana. This is so false!

Marijuana Plant in Full Bloom
English Hemp

They do not look the same while growing, they do not mature at the same rate, and they have different uses and effects. The such notable differences, one still wonders how they got lumped together, it just makes no sense!

Before all that nonsense, industrial hemp was used worldwide. It was hard to process the fiber from the core, but one farmer created a machine that could do it easier. His name was Bernagozzi he created the decorticator in the early 1861, and it was the foundation to finding ways of easier removal of hemp’s fiber from the core.

Industrial Hemp Characteristics, Facts, and Uses

Let’s start with this plant’s appearance and how you would plant and grow this species. Industrial Hemp can reach heights of 20ft. and has very few branches, leaves, and flowers that are mainly located at the top of the plant. This gives a long stalk for long fibers.

Hemp Farm

When you plant hemp, you plant the plants’ very close together, like maybe 4″ apart at the most. This leaves no room for competitive weeds to integrate your hemp crop.

This plant will grow in just about any climate aside from Antarctica, and requires very little attention. Insects are not drawn to it, so there is no need for pesticides. Pesticides are a huge part of the honeybee population issue!

Female Hemp Flower

Hemp is actually good for the soil compared to crops we use for similar product making. Acting as a filter of sorts, hemp removes a lot of toxins from the dirt and air. Growing hemp cleanses the air we breathe better than trees and most other plants’ as well.

Eating hemp products is very good for you and you have some choices as well. You can eat the seeds either raw or toasted, you can use hemp seed oil in a variety of things, there are hemp protein shakes, and milk and ice cream as well. There are a variety of foods and beverages to choose from.

The fibers from hemp have natural anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties and are naturally hypoallergenic as well. It is considered to be one of the strongest fibers known to mankind. There are many uses for the fibers including, but not limited to, rope, canvas, clothing, linen, and paper.

There are two different types of oils that can be made from this plant, CBD Oil, and Hemp Seed Oil. CBD Oils are more for medicinal uses, whereas Hemp Seed Oil has unlimited uses from food, make-up, and shampoos to wood stains. Every part of this plant is rich in fatty plant protein (a perfect balance of omega 3 and 6 at a 3:1 ratio). It is very healthy for the human diet and for skin and hair care products as well.

Believe it or not, plastics can be made from industrial hemp as well. This is not a new thing, but laws prohibited the study of what hemp’s possibilities are, so we are revisiting old inventions and coming up with new ones every day. From what I understand there are plastic moldings that can be made as well as drinking straws and water bottles.

Alas, there are three kinds of bio fuel that can be made from hemp as well as everything else. Hemp Bio Diesel, Ethanol, and Methanol. We can safely use all of these fuels, their emission is what we breathe, that is no joke! The bio diesel is made from the seeds, where the ethanol and methanol are made from fermented stalks. We don’t even have to modify the vehicles we use now!

Industrial hemp would be grown mostly for industrial and consumption purposes, and right now is legal in all 50 states.

Marijuana Characteristics and Uses

Marijuana plants are a beautiful plants’ if you enjoy their foliage. These plants’ have more branches, leaves, and flowers (buds) and are very aromatic. They grow more bushy and need some room for proper development. They also require more attention, and climate control for the optimal product.They are in a sense more fragile and needy compared to industrial hemp even though they “seem” to grow like a weed as well and are very hearty plants.

Marijuana Bud Haze
Marijuana Bud Diesel
Marijuana Bud Kush

While there are two types of marijuana, Indica and Sativa, there are many strains of marijuana, some more powerful than others, some more tasty than others it depends on what you like in your marijuana.

For this particular type of cannabis there are two uses, medical and recreational. The medical uses are still being studied, and some are yet to be approved. This is when doing your research comes in very handy! Make sure you get your information from a reliable source as well. I like to use Britannica or Wikipedia (depending on what I am looking for).

As always, check with your doctor or physician, never self diagnose or treat any illness, whether it is physical or mental!

I am sure that if someone wanted to take the time to make something from the stems, there could be an industrial use as well, but as far as I know there is nothing of the sort yet. I am sure that this would have a lot to do with it being illegal in most states right now.

Before trying to use marijuana you should check your states laws so you know where you stand legally!

How Would Legalizing Marijuana Help Industial Hemp

Legalizing marijuana would be the start of opening doors for the growth and production of hemp nationwide! As mentioned before, they were lumped together in the same bill that outlawed them.

For marijuana to become legal, it would bring hemp right along with it, and all the restrictions that were put on the growing and processing of hemp would lift. And this could happen nationwide if we are smart and vote for it!

Marijuana is not the dangerous drug it was said to be, it would be beneficial to legalize it. In fact, my personal experience with it is, that it is quite calming and relaxing. I do not get agitated or overly excited, and I can still function quite well!

I work at a high stress job that requires a lot of physical energy as well. Smoking before work for concentration on opening the restaurant, and then I smoke when I get home to calm down from the busy hustle and bustle of a day. I choose not to smoke during the day, it is just my personal choice. I do live in Colorado, the laws here are for medical and recreational, which I find quite wonderful!

Legalizing these plants nationwide would be a public service in the long run! There are many environmental factors, health and nutrition factors, and it would open many new jobs if we begin using hemp products, not just CBD, but industrial products as well!

Thanks for reading my article, I hope you found some insight, or I shed the light on any shady areas. Please feel free to comment below. I love a good discussion.

Thank you as always.

Stacie Fortson

Go Green With Hemp

Could Hemp Completely Replace Petroleum

Rush Hour Traffic

With our country having well over 30 million miles of roads to drive on, and the amount of people we have driving on them; we should be thinking about the fuel that goes into our gas tanks, and what it is putting into our air.

We all know, or should know by now, that the petroleum fuels are very harmful to our environment, and our own health. Which leads me to wondering why we as consumers have not demanded a safer fuel much sooner.

The technology for making bio fuels is not new at all. As a matter of fact, the very first diesel engine invented by Rudolf Diesel was made to run on peanut oil that he made as well. He displayed his invention at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900, that’s well over 100 years ago people!

Instead of using fuels made of vegetables, we somehow ended up with petroleum based fuel instead. Big money in the wrong hands can create very evil things is all I can say.

Hemp Diesel Really?

Yes you can make diesel fuel from hemp just like any vegetable or nut. I am not a scientist at all, but I don’t have to be to say that we should be using a renewable resource that is non-invasive to our planet, to make our fuel from.

Biodiesel is the only type of alternative fuel that can run conventional, unmodified diesel engines without creating issues.

It is as biodegradable as sugar and less toxic than salt, so it can be stored anywhere and is very safe to transport. Petroleum fuels cannot make these claims. The flash point for this fuel is 300 degrees versus petroleum’s 125 degree flash point.

This fuel is 11% oxygen by weight and has absolutely no sulfur in it. Using this fuel can extend the life of your diesel engine because it is more lubricating than it’s petroleum counter part.

I was surprised to find out that you can just dump hemp oil into your diesel tank, just the way it comes from the press. I would have thought there had to be more processing involved.

Hemp Oil

I got my information from cannopycorp.com, they are a company that is dedicated to developing Industrial Hemp in all aspects. They are involved with developing hemp in many ways including foods, bio fuels, plastics, construction materials, and phyto chemicals studies and productions.

Ethanol Made of Hemp Too!

While the biodiesel is made from the seed of the plant, ethanol is made from the stalk fermenting. Through gasification, acid hydrolysis, and enzyme processes hemp can be made into ethanol and methanol. Yeah that’s a mouth full for me to, say it ten times real fast.

Ethanol Currently at Gas Stations

All joking aside, this fuel is a wonderful replacement for ethanol. You will not need to modify your vehicles gas engine at all to use it either.

Hemp beats out corn in making methanol, it can make 10x more than corn, corn is the leader in bio fuels right now, but Industrial Hemp is a much better source, and can be grown without the use of pesticides. This is good news to our poor honey bees that are dying off at rapid rates due to pesticides.

We all know that the petroleum fuels are putting carbon monoxide into our air at rapid rates. Well Bio fuels like Industrial Hemp, help to maintain the natural balance of the earth’s natural 02 andCO2 levels.

With the new laws being passed legalizing the use of Indutrial Hemp, in turn it gives the right to grow hemp back to the American farmers. Industrial Hemp could very well become the new fuel of the world. Not to mention all the other products that can be made with this wonderful plant.

Lamp Oils

Using oil lamps is an old school thing of course, but did you know that hemp seed oil can be used as lamp oil as well. Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States was drafted on hemp paper, and more than likely the oil used to fuel the lamp for light was hemp oil.

Oil Lamps

It is said to illuminate a room better than any other lamp oil. And the cook off is probably a lot more pleasant than other oils as well. Used with a hemp wick it was probably a cleaner burning combination than what is used now.

My mom used oil lamps when I was a kid, she kept them around for the power outages and what not. I have no clue what was in the oils we burned freely in our living room and bedrooms, I can bet you my whole paycheck that it was not hemp oil! And we did not have the hemp wicks either. I do know that when set close to a wall, the smoke turned the walls black.

Lubricants

I have been searching for a motor oil made from hemp seed and so far I have not found one. I keep getting turned back to the bio diesel. Hemp Oil is said to be more lubricating in the engine than petroleum fuels. I will keep up my search on this one.

Okay, so we are all adults here, did you know that they are making lubrication for sex from hemp seed oil. Apparently this has been in practice for some time now, in past years it was combined with animal fat to create sexual lubricants. Honestly I had no clue what-so-ever.

The reviews I read say it is slippery, and does not get that sticky feeling that other lubricants leave you with. Rather, it leaves your skin smooth and almost silky, with no odors to mingle with our natural aroma.

Then there are the health and beauty lotions and oils made from hemp as well. These lotions claim to not only soften the skin, but also to be a naturally anti-aging agent as well.

As to which, this I can say, I love my hemp lotion and after shower/bath oil. I get compliments on how young I look all the time. I am 45 years young and very proud of every year of it! Most women are ashamed or embarrassed of their age, NOT ME!

Hemp Really Can Do Everything Petroleum Can!

Yes it can and more!

Industrial Hemp can be used in every single aspect of our lives, that is how versatile hemp is. It can do everything that wood, cotton, and petroleum can do combined.

Russian Hemp Field

It is beginning to make so much sense as to why the competitors felt the need to shut down the growth and production of Industrial Hemp. Hemp was just to well know, too reliable and renewable, and had way too many uses for them to compete with.

Thank heavens times are changing! People across the world are starting to see through the lies we have been blinded with for so many years. The world being told that hemp and marijuana are dangerous to our society and mankind as a whole, that’s just the biggest crock I have ever heard!

Whereas these competitors of Industrial Hemp, used lies and fear to get the public to stop using Industrial Hemp, I want to persuade people to use Industrial Hemp with the truth. I do my research to find facts.

One fact that I have found is that the 100% hemp car supposedly built by Henry Ford isn’t quite all the stories claim. Firstly it is not 100% hemp, there are many other materials that were used as well, and the car was never finished.

Not saying anything bad here, I just don’t want people to be mislead. I want people to make a clear and honest decision about using Industrial Hemp, not one filled with myths and lies.

In recent times there has been a car body that is made of 100% hemp, that also runs on hemp fuel. Jay Leno drove it on his show “Jay Leno’s Garage”. This car body is said to be more durable than any car on the market today, and lighter as well.

This vehicle was made by Bruce Dietzen a retired Dell executive. Bruce created this car in 2017 and named it Renew. Bruce was inspired by Ford’s hemp vehicle creation, and took it a step further, he drives his.

I am fascinated with every search that I do on Industrial Hemp and it’s uses. I encourage everyone to do some research on this topic. I am sure you will be quite stunned as to what you find as well.

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Created: 26 July 2018

I would love to hear what you think on this topic, and the general theme of my page. Please feel free to enter a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you as always.

Stacie Fortson

Go Green With Hemp