3 Things to Know About Industrial Hemp Seeds
What comes to mind when you hear the term “hemp seeds?” The words “hemp” and “marijuana” are sometimes used interchangeably in casual conversation. You might be surprised if you learned that a farm near your home, such as CBD Colorado in Colorado Springs, was planting industrial hemp seeds. Hemp is a crop that is becoming more widely available. Here are some facts about this fascinating plant.
Hemp Is Not Marijuana
Both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis plant—but the plants that they come from are very different varieties. Think about a Fuji apple and a Granny Smith apple. They both grew on apple trees. Yet they look different from each other, taste different, and are even used in different ways. You would not see a Fuji apple and a Granny Smith apple growing together on the same tree.
Hemp is a tall plant with thin leaves and a thin stem. It can grow up to 20 feet tall. The leaves are often exclusively on top of the plant. Marijuana plants tend to be short and stocky. They have broad leaves and budding flowers.
Marijuana plants contain high levels of THC, the chemical that gives consumers a “high” feeling. Hemp contains only a minuscule amount of THC. It would not be enough to produce any psychoactive effect. Hemp contains much more cannabidiol, or CBD, than marijuana.
Hemp can be grown in various climates and conditions. It is fairly easy to grow. Industrial hemp seeds are planted close together in large plots or in greenhouses. Marijuana, on the other hand, requires a warm, humid environment. It grows best in a controlled environment, with seeds planted six feet apart from each other.
Hemp and marijuana are not grown side by side or anywhere near each other. Hemp pollen can destroy an entire crop of marijuana plants. The two plants are usually kept as far from each other as possible.
Hemp Seeds Are Nutritious
Industrial hemp seeds can be used in food. Some of the nutrients they contain include:
- High-quality protein
- Vitamin E
Hemp seeds can be eaten on their own, or sprinkled onto foods like salad or yogurt. They can also be used for baking and cooking. Industrial hemp seeds are even used to make a dairy alternative similar to almond milk or soy milk.
Hemp Can Save the World
Industrial hemp seeds grow quickly. When hemp is used instead of trees, the need for deforestation is eliminated. Growing and processing hemp requires fewer chemicals than many other plants. Just the act of planting hemp seeds can be a step in the right direction against global warming. Hemp plants consume four times more carbon dioxide than other plants.
Hemp is naturally fibrous. Some strains of hemp are purposely grown to be even stronger and more fibrous than others.
Traditional oil-based plastics can languish in landfills and oceans for centuries. Plastic made from hemp can replace them. Some companies are finding ways to make 100% biodegradable plastic. It is stronger and more durable than regular plastic.
The list of things that can be made from hemp is nearly endless. Nontoxic ink, carpeting, fiberboard, anti-microbial diapers, and shampoo are just a few. A material called Hempcrete has been developed that can be used to make biodegradable houses. Henry Ford is said to have once made a car out of hemp. It can even be used for fuel!
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To find out more about growing hemp, or to get a head start on your grown contact Remedy Farms in Colorado Springs. We are proud supporters of growers and farmers alike, supplying you with premium CBD hemp clones & mothers to nourish and flourish in your gardens or fields. We will continue to adapt to the growing demands of genetics and CBD.