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CBD Oil And Third Party Testing: What Does It Really Mean

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With the recent spike in CBD Oil manufacturers, one has to wonder about the quality of the oil they are buying. If you have been shopping for CBD lately you will notice lot of companies offering a Third Party Test result to prove the quality of their CBD products.

Well, what exactly is a “third party test”, and who preforms them? Are they required, as one would think? Just how accurate are they? Who regulates all of this in the first place?

Having the third party test results is supposed to make you feel secure, according to the manufacturer. But if you don’t know what one is, how to read it, or what it is supposed to contain in the first place, the report will do you no good.

These are some of the many questions that I think we as consumers, need answers to!

What Is Third Party Testing?

When it comes to CBD and other drugs, third party testing is done in a laboratory by certified scientist. They break down the components of the cannabis oil to find how much of each cannabinoid is in the oil being tested.

With the laws varying so much between states, this is a very important report!

The best third party test to see as a consumer is an independent third party test result. This means that the laboratory is not in connection with the manufacturer or the consumer, so they have a completely bias report. In other words, the outcome of the results will not benefit the laboratory in any way, so there is no reason to favor either side.

Is Third Party Testing Required And Who Preforms Them?

There is no testing required for any CBD products. This I found hard to believe! But it is true.

There are several labs manufacturers can choose from to preform their CBD level test. Independent labs are reputable, and are more likely to give the biased opinion you, the consumer, are looking for.

EVIO Labs is one of the many labs used by Diamond, as is ProVerde, and Reseach Triangle Park Laboratories, Inc. These three laboratories are the top in the nation.

EVIO Labs is the leading national provider of accredited testing. This is one very professional and busy laboratory, working with both the agricultural and biomedical industries.

ProVerde, is probably EVIO’s biggest competitor right now in the cannabis testing field. They both offer quality test and results, and both have outstanding scientists on their staffs.

Research Triangle Park Laboratories, Inc. test for all sorts of things, like pesticides, contamination, toxic chemicals VOCs; banned substances, and product purity.

Are Third Party Test Results Accurate, Who Regulates This?

The FDA recommends that consumers be cautious of whom they buy their CBD products from, as they are not regulated by the FDA. Some of the companies out there are not being forth coming about the actual CBD contents of their oils. While there is no real regulation of these oils the FDA has been stepping in and randomly testing products.

The FDA has found some companies that are not completely honest about their CBD levels. They have sent these companies warning letters, to let them know they are not in compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. They give them 15 business days to improve their product, or to give a time line in which their product will be improved, otherwise, the FDA shuts them down with possible fines.

So, while there is no official regulation, we do at least have the FDA stepping in and randomly checking these companies out for honesty. We as consumers need this, after all, this is a supplement claiming to support some major health benefits, and it is not completely cheap.

Companies With Independent Third Party Tested Products

Doing the leg work is what I am here for, I have been looking for trusted CBD companies to promote on my site and I definitely have been picking the right ones. So far every single company that I have done reviews for are independently third party tested. There was only one manufacturer that did not show the lab results, CBD Essence.

With CBD Essence, their lab report is not yet available to the public so I did not include their logo. They are third party tested, but I sure do like to see the certificate! I can research the lab to find out if it is independently owned, but only if I have the name.

Diamond CBD Link

Diamond CBD is one of the safe companies to order from. Some of their products have multiple test results from different labs. That goes above and beyond for quality assurance in my opinion. Diamond even provides a report from Toxicology Associates, Inc. to prove there is nothing to get you high in their products.

GGH LLC logo and link

GoGreen Hemp is also a safe company to buy from. They do not say Independent third party, but they are. Upon looking at their lab certification I noticed that Diamond used the same lab for some of their products, ProVerde .

Made By Hemp logo and link

Made By Hemp is yet another reputable CBD manufacturer. This manufacturer also used common labs for testing as Diamond and GoGreen Hemp.

All three readily display tab links to their lab results, this is a very important thing. Not only so you know that you are getting what you paid for, but also so you can prove what the contents are in your cannabis oil in case you’re in a not so cannabis friendly state.

CBD made from hemp is legal in all 50 states, marijuana is a totally different story though. And being able to prove that there is little to no THC is imperative for legal purposes.

Shopping For Quality CBD Made Easier With A Little Help

With so many choices of CBD manufacturers, it is hard enough to make a decision between them for prices, worrying about the quality of the product you are buying is just as important.

Make sure you have a third party test and preferably an independent one at that. After that it is all in what form you want to take your CBD in, and what fits in your budget the best.

I know the four companies I listed above will be very safe choices for quality and purity. Feel free to follow any of their links and check them all out. Pick which one is best for you and place an order today!

I hope my article helps you find the quality CBD products you’re looking for. Please feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear your opinion on third party testing CBD products.

As always, thank you for reading my article.

Stacie Fortson

Go Green With Hemp

Do You Need Alternative Energy: Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc. Is Your One Stop Shop

With the growing concern of diminishing fossil fuels, and the carbon emissions being put off from using them, now is the best time to start thinking about alternative energy sources.

Over 65% of the energy consumed by Americans comes from fossil fuels, an alarming 20% still comes from nuclear power, and a mere 17% (and growing) comes from alternative sources. This is where we need to make some huge and radical changes. This information I found on the EIA website, a very informative read I must say. EIA energy usse graph

There are three major renewable and clean energy sources that we have access to and are not using nearly enough. They are sunlight, wind, and water, if all three were used in conjunction for all major power plants, there would be no need to use fossil fuels or harmful nuclear energy, and we would be leaving less of a carbon footprint.

Less carbon foot printing for our energy consumption sounds like a good plan to me. Let’s take a deeper look into solar energy and see exactly what it is and how to harness it for our daily use.

What Is Solar Energy & How Does It Work

Solar energy is energy that comes directly from the sun, we harness this energy by using solar panels. Solar panels are basically made of temper-low iron glass and a product that has been used for electricity for decades, silicon. Of course there is a lot more science that goes into building solar panels, but that is the jist of it.

The solar panel sits in direct sunlight, the light from the sun collects in the silicon molecules and makes them move all around, which creates the energy. The energy created is called a DC current.

We cannot use the DC electrical current that comes directly from the solar panel unless we are only charging a battery. This current must be converted to a current that is usable in our homes, AC, which is also the dominant current used around the world.

How a PV system connects

The diagram above shows exactly how to properly run your home on a PV (solar) system.

What Are The Common Uses For Solar Systems

Solar Panel on Grass Hut

There are many ways you can use a solar power system. There are no regulations saying that it is prohibited for use on any residential, commercial, or public buildings. Finding the picture above, with the solar panel on a grass hut, was the best example of the open range you have with solar.

So, pretty much anything you can think of that you want to run on solar, the door is wide open. From your home to your business, and even your RV. To be honest, when I was younger and went out gold mining (yes that still exists), we used solar panels hooked to batteries to run our silage pumps and to dredge with. It is a very versatile energy source and can be portable.

Arizona State University-Temp uses a field of solar panels to power their campus during the day time hours. This field of panels also acts as canopy for the parking lot it spans.Photo credit: Philip Warburg) That’s a two in one system, covered parking and free power.

I could see using this same concept in my own home and PV System design, how wonderful!

Benefits of Using Solar

IT IS CLEAN ENERGY, that is the biggest benefit right there. We’re trying to leave less carbon footprints behind, using solar and other renewable clean energy sources is a huge step in the right direction.

Not only can you reduce your power bill, but if you choose to not use grid electricity at all you do not have to, which could eliminate your power bill.

Depending on the state you live in, you may be able to have a meter put in at installation. This meter tracks how much power you use and how much you send back to the grid. Which means you get paid for the extra energy going back to the grid. (Only nine states require that the utility company pay the owner for the energy going back to the grid, at the same price they charge for their energy.)

There is also a tax incentive to adding solar to your home. This incentive could end soon, so getting to the poles and voting for that to stay in effect is something to put on your list of things to do, even if you don’t plan on going solar, ALWAYS think green.

And of course, last, but not least by any means, you will always have power using solar. The grid power can crash and everyone that depends on it will be out of power, but not you.

Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc. Your One Stop Shop For PV Systems

I came across Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc. while looking for a job. Well Paul Israel, Founder and President, hired me for a marketing graphic design position. I was and still am very excited to work for this guy and his company. How many graphic designers get their dream job on the first attempt of entering the field? I am going to say not many.

Why is this my dream job? Well, I am designing for a company that I 100% stand behind their service and the product they sell and install. I mean I fully support all their efforts and accomplishments to date and in the future.

Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc. has over 30 years experience in the solar industry, they have a high standard for customer service, as the satisfaction of the customer is vital to their success.

The crew’s in all locations are licensed professional installers, that will impress you with their knowledge of your system and the cleanliness and professionalism of their work.

Sunlight Solar takes pride in every PV system they install. They are equipped to handle all of your solar needs, whether it be residential, business, or recreational, they do it all!

Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc. Logo

When you are ready to install your PV system don’t hesitate to call one of the offices or visit on line at www.sunlightsolar.com, you will find that they are happy to come out and give you a free estimate, and will extensively go over with you the package that is right for you and your expectations of your power system. They have offices in Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

If you mention my name at the time of your purchase, they will also give me a professional referral fee, so don’t hesitate to say Stacie Fortson sent you.

A Solar System Is Worth The Investment

Home Solar System

Yes it is a bit costly to get started using solar, but the system will eventually pay for itself. Every investment you make in your life is costly, you just gotta ask yourself, “are they are worth it, and will they benefit me”.

When it comes to an investment in a solar system, it is worth it, its worth it just the same as purchasing a home or a vehicle is worth it. And it will benefit you with the money you save on power bills, and how you feel at the end of the day. Leaving less carbon footprints behind will make you feel better and benefit not only you but many others as well.

When it comes to powering your home, solar is the way to go. In the long run you will save money, potentially earn money from the system (you won’t get rich but…), and you are using a pure, clean energy source, and leaving less of a carbon footprint.

As always, thank you for visiting my site and reading my articles. Please feel free to leave a comment below to let me know what you think about using solar, I will respond as soon as I can.

Stacie Fortson

Go Green With Hemp

How Hemp Can Be Beneficial To Every Aspect Of Ours Lives

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Okay, so it is no surprise that I am a huge supporter of the use of Industrial Hemp, actually it should be very obvious with the name of my website. I also support the use of Marijuana, I live in Colorado, where it is legal for both medical and recreational use. I have never seen anything bad come from people smoking Marijuana.

I feel it is necessary to explain that there is a difference between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana. Hemp is a relative of Marijuana but has many traits. There are also two types of hemp, there is Industrial Hemp, which is used mostly for the fibers and the making of industrial products. And then, there is the medical hemp grown for the flowers just like marijuana is grown, still containing very low levels of THC, and is used for medical reasons.

The difference between any Hemp and Marijuana is the fact that Hemp does not contain the canabinoid THC in high levels like Marijuana. THC is the canabinoid that creates the “high” when you smoke Marijuana.

Hemp has been around for a very long time, it is even linked to being one of the causes of the beginning of civilization. Not saying that without hemp there would be no civilization, just saying it is one of the crops that helped. Without agriculture there is no civilization and hemp was one of the first recorded agricultural crops.

This plant being legalized again is the best thing for our planet, we just have to start using it again.

Rapidly Renewable Resource

Hemp can be used to make many products including Bio fuels. We can use it for Diesel, Ethanol, and Methanol, that covers all our gas needs. These fuels are much safer than any petroleum or fossil fuel will ever be, to use and store. And they come from a very rapidly renewable resource, a plant that grows like a weed.

Anything that can be done with Petroleum, can be done with Hemp better.plastic bottlegas pumps

Hemp provides more per acre than corn, for making Ethanol, as well as requiring fewer pesticides and herbicides. Hemp is also good for the soil and can be grown repeatedly in the same field, corn has to be rotated each year as it robs the soil of nutrients.

I am throwing paper products in this category as well. We are allowing the clear cutting of trees for paper and construction materials, and this does not have to happen. We need trees, and they take a long time to grow back. We can use hemp for all of our paper needs, it is better quality paper all the way around.

Trees grow very slow compared to hemp. It takes 35-40 years for a tree to reach maturity, it takes hemp about 128 days. Using trees for paper versus hemp just doesn’t make sense. Hemp provides 4 times the amount of product per acre compared to trees, and can be harvested on large scales without harm to the environment.girl among mass of trees from clear cut

Also, hemp can be made into wood like material that is proven to be stronger than its wood counter part. Next time you need a piece of plywood, ask your lumber store if they carry hemp board, save a tree with each purchase.

Environmental Impact of Growing Hemp

Environmental protection is the one of the most important applications of the hemp plant. Hemp has the ability of leaching radioactivity from the soil, preventing mudslides and erosion.

Not only is it very easy to grow, it adapts to almost any climate and thrives with little to no pesticides. Hemp, unlike most other crops prepares the soil for next years crop versus depleting the soil.

The waste products from petroleum based products is toxic and dangerous, the very little waste from hemp is very disposable and can be done safely.

With hemp being very renewable, and an oxygen creating plant, makes it one of the top choices for the manufacturing of many products. Providing materials for food, fuels, clothing, cosmetics, plastics, building materials, medicine, textiles and more.

Hemp plastic products and building materials are environmentally-friendly, and for the most part, recyclable, and are also known to be mold and mildew resistant.

Hemp Can Be A Food Source

Yes we can use hemp in our daily diets and it is very beneficial to our health. It is gluten free, lactose free as well. If you have nut allergies, you can still enjoy hemp food products too.

Hemp is one of the few plants that contain a perfect balance of omegas 3 and 6 at a perfect 3:1 ratio, plus all the other essential fatty amino acids that we need. It is gluten free, lactose free, and GMO free as well. If you have nut allergies, you can still enjoy hemp food products too.milk shake

We can consume hemp in a few different ways. Hemp seeds (hemp hearts), hemp oil, milk, and flour.

The seeds can be used as a snack or on salads, in milk shakes, and in baking dishes as well. They have a light nutty flavor that is a mix between cashew and pine nut, and they have a creamy texture. They are unexpectedly delicious.

The milk can be enjoyed just as a beverage or you can add it to shakes, and cereal. I have not tried cooking with it yet, I was considering making some fudge with it to see how it works. I would love to try to make ice cream with it. Being able to replace all animal dairy products is a goal of mine. Cheese will definitely be the hardest to give up for me, I love cheese.

Using hemp flour is a bit more tricky. The flour from hemp is very heavy, used in baking it makes it hard to make a cake and light fluffy breads are totally out. You have to cut the flour with a lighter flour, to keep it gluten free, I think rice flour would be a good companion for the hemp flour to make a pound cake or bread, but you will not achieve a light fluffy cake texture. It would be the same with breads, you would get a type of flat bread using hemp flour, even combined with another lighter flour, your bread will be a little heavier.variety of breadssalad oil

Using hemp oil to cook with is a great addition to your recipes. I do not recommend frying in hemp oil, it has a low heat tolerance. You can safely bake with it, just no frying. You can also add the oil to salad dressings and dips, it can compliment just about anything.

Hemp can also be used in animal feed and helps to provide better nutrients for our livestock. It is already in most bird seed sold nationally.

Textiles and Fabrics

Industrial Hemp has a lot of uses in this category. There is not much you can not make from hemp. It can be used to make products that range from ropes and paper to soft linens. It all depends on how far you take the processing of the hemp fibers.

Jean material                      hemp rope                   Hemp T-shirt

When used for clothing items, hemp is unsurpassed in quality and longevity. It has a natural wicking ability and is anti fungal, and antibacterial and hypoallergenic as well. Hemp fabric does not hold odors and is resistant to mold and mildew.

The hemp plant has one of the longest and strongest fibers known to man and last longer than competitors like cotton. And growing hemp leaves less of a carbon footprint than cotton. Cotton requires a lot of water, pesticides, and herbicides that hemp does not.

Health and Beauty Care

Hemp is just as beneficial for your skin as it is for you internally. Our skin and hair also require the essential fatty amino acids found in hemp. Hemp will help to maintain a moisture balance when used on a regular basis as needed. This in turn helps your skin stay healthier and younger looking for longer.applying lotion

Our bodies are made with certain receptors, and we have ones that are triggered by cannabinoids of all types from CBD and CBG to THC and more. There are over 400 types of canabinoids in the typical hemp or marijuana plant, and scientist are studying them all to see what effect(s) each one has.

But this is why our bodies react to hemp and marijuana is these receptors, without them, these plants would be like spinach or broccoli.

Economy Booster

If the United States started using Industrial Hemp on a large scale, it would open jobs immediately. I say this because we would need facilities to process the hemp in every manner, from processing the fibers to the seeds.growing money

These facilities do not exist yet, and need to be constructed or renovated to work, there are thousands of jobs right there. Then comes the growing harvesting and processing of the plant. Even more jobs right there, and more jobs will continue to expand as each crop is grown.

By growing this crop in every country, it has the potential to make each country self-sufficient on many levels. Being able to be in control of your own fuel supply, and textile needs is huge and creates job within each country. Wars are fought over these things, think about it, it is so senseless.

This would put a new twist on things, the world trade would change a bit as products would be traded for desire versus need and this would create less tension.

Longer Lasting, Safer, and Better Quality Products

By growing and using hemp, we can have products that last longer, are safer to produce and store, and are of better overall quality in comparison to most products available. Not to mention the environmental and economic advantages to using hemp.

I see no reason that hemp should not be grown on a very large scale worldwide. There are just too many benefits that come along with using hemp products, economic, environmental, and personal.

Hemp truly is beneficial in every aspect of our lives.

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 for reading my article.

Stacie Fortson

Go Green With Hemp

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

Go Green With Hemp

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

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