The industrial hemp plant is a plant of many uses, but is it used optimally?

During the history of mankind industrial hemp, scientifically known as Cannabis Sativa Linnaeus, has been our ally. Used as a protein source, medicine, clothing material, paper material and it allowed us to explore the seven seas through ropes, sails, waterproofing. Yet nearly a hundred years ago this came to an unforeseen end, just when the applications of industrial hemp were expected to bloom.

Now as industrial hemp is being rediscovered as one of the plants with the potential to provide an alternative to the polluting source materials at the source of climate change and the collapse of delicate ecosystems. The industrial hemp plant just needs that final push to become a mainstream source material for all the different industrial applications it is suitable for.

If you are not yet aware, I will highlight some of the possibilities. The seeds provide a balanced source of the proteins and essential oils required for a healthy human diet. The roots aerate the soil and are able to draw pollutants out of the earth it is planted in. The stalk can be separated in fibers, which are used for clothing applications, isolation, battery components amongst others, and woody hurd material used for building materials like hempcrete for carbon sequestering housing. The flowers produce terpenes and cannabinoids with medicinal properties and in the case of industrial hemp are below a limit of 0.3% THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid produced by Cannabis Sativa L. After the growth cycle the soil is left in perfect condition for the next crop a farmer desires to grow, as industrial hemp suppresses weeds, requires little water, has a short growing cycles and does not require pesticides or herbicides to grow. Enabling farmers to grow for a circular green economy sourced with locally grown source materials in balance with nature.

But why is this not yet implemented everywhere, all around the world? As there is a lack of experience, knowledge and a stigma surrounding Cannabis after 100 years of suppression. The reiteration of production of industrial hemp started up again just 28 years ago, without specialized farming equipment and all commercial infrastructure dedicated to syntactic materials, cotton, cement et cetera.


To bridge this gap consistency of production and quality outcomes are paramount. For industrial hemp to fulfill its potential it needs to be easy to process and profitable for the parties involved. From the farmer, the processor, the producer, the wholesaler, the retailer and the customer. With the ultimate winner being nature and future generations of human beings. This is where comes in.