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University of Kentucky: An Introduction to Industrial Hemp, Hemp Agronomy, and UK Agronomic Hemp Research, D.W. Williams, UK Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and Rich Mundell, Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center.

The confusion between industrial hemp and marijuana is based on the visual similarities of widely differentiated varieties of plants. By definition, industrial hemp is high in fiber and low in active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that makes some cannabis varieties a valued drug. Canada and the European Union maintain this distinction by strictly regulating the THC levels of industrial hemp, requiring it to be less than 0.3 percent, compared to THC levels of between 3 to 30 percent in marijuana.

Industrial hemp is from the plant species Cannabis sativa and has been used worldwide to produce a variety of industrial and consumer products. Hemp is a source of fiber and oilseed grown in more than 30 nations. In the United States production is controlled under drug enforcement laws. To produce industrial hemp in the United States the grower must obtain a permit from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

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Hemp Industries Association – Association working to change regulations and policies prohibiting the use of hemp for commercial purposes.

Vote Hemp, 2017. Production, Research and Legislation update.

Industrial Hemp Production, University of Kentucky Extension., Cheryl Kaiser, Christy Cassady and Matt Ernst. 2015.

Industrial hemp is marketed a fiber, as a seed, or as a dual-purpose crop. Although detailed market information for hemp is not readily available, estimates from Vote Hemp show that the total retail value of hemp products in the U.S. in 2017 was $820 million. This includes food and body products, clothing, auto parts, building materials, and other products.

Other applications of hemp for homes are soundproof hemp walls and bash-proof hemp roofing.

The greatest thing about hemp biofuel is that it can be used in cars that currently used regular oil. Unlike electric cars, nobody needs to buy new cars. We can use our existing infrastructure!

Most insulation is full of dangerous chemicals and fibers that can irritate our bodies inside and out. A safer, more sustainable option is hemp fibers. In this form, it’s sometimes known as hemp wool — and Robert Downey, Jr. recently selected HempWool to insulate a new project, a private studio in Santa Monica, California.

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Making hemp bracelets used to be super popular for kids. The ropes (for the bracelets) were essentially indestructible and you could do so many things with them. When you mention hemp to somebody who doesn’t know much about it, you’ll find many of them first think of hemp bracelets that they made when they were young.

Thermoset compression molding is currently producing car panels and other parts for several global auto manufacturers. A Mercedes car panel is made using this technology. The process involves taking a sheet of the hemp fiber matting, injecting it with thermoset resin, placing into a mold, heating it to high temps for a set amount of time, then popping the panel out of the mold for cleanup and final drilling/cutting. Currently, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are few of the auto companies that are using this in their vehicles.

Check out our full list below and see what hemp has to offer. One thing that’s clear is that as more people start using hemp, its misconstrued stigma and its confusion with marijuana will more quickly disappear in the modern world.