Features of Hemp
- Pure hemp is an amazingly durable fabric. When washed it constantly reveals a new surface, becoming softer with use. Given reasonable care it will render a lifetime of service.
- Hemp fabric rapidly absorbs moisture, which accounts for its coolness and comfort when used for clothing or bedding.Because of its strength when wet it does not weaken with washing. Canvas is hemp! (The term canvas describes the materials used to make the cloth and comes from the Arabic name for hemp – Cannabis). Until recently whenever the word canvas was used it referred only to hemp cloth.
Some Facts About Hemp Fabric
- Hemp is one of the oldest plants used by mankind. It has been cultivated for thousands of years and Hemp seeds have been found in archaeological excavations over much of the World.
- Some of the oldest paper found in tombs in China was made from hemp fibre.
- Hemp cloth has been found in the tombs of ancient Egypt.
- Hemp ropes, cords and fabrics were essential to the early exploration of the World, providing ropes and sails for ships, shelter and clothing for settlers.
- Hemp was, for many years, essential to the economy of many countries.
- In the United States of America, for 200 years, taxes could be paid in bales of hemp.
- The first drafts of the American Constitution were written on hemp paper and William Shakespeare wrote on hemp paper.
- Many famous artists painted on canvas (hemp).
Some Facts About Hemp fibre
- Hemp is the longest and strongest natural plant fibre.
- Hemp fibre is stronger when wet than when dry.
- Hemp cloth is extremely hard wearing. It outwears cotton and other natural fibres.
- Hemp fabric improves with washing and wearing. Over time it becomes softer without losing its shape or appearance.
Some Facts About Hemp Seed Oil
- Hemp seed oil is a natural plant product.
- Hemp seed oil oil has been described as “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil.” It contains an almost ideal balance of the essential oils required by the human body.
- Hemp seed oil is easily absorbed into our skin, and helps clear up Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis.
The Marijuana Issue!
- Both industrial hemp and marijuana have the same technical name of Cannabis Sativa. They are essentially different varieties of the same plant.
- Industrial hemp contains almost untraceable amounts of THC, the “active” ingredient in Marijuana.
- All the products sold by the Margaret River Hemp Company are produced from industrial hemp.
- The growth of hemp was first made illegal in the United States of America in the early part of the 20th century to the economic advantage of the timber, cotton and synthetic fibre industries. The rest of the “Western” World followed the US lead.
Some Environmental Issues
- Hemp can be grown in most climates and is tolerant of a wide range of conditions including a high degree of salinity in the soil.
- Hemp requires little or no use of fertilisers, insecticides, fungicides or herbicides to grow successfully.
- Hemp can be used to make paper without the use of chlorines currently used in the wood pulp industry.
- When compared with timber, hemp can produce up to 4½ times more paper per acre.
- When planted as a “break” crop hemp outgrows all weeds and chokes them out leaving the field clean for the next year.
- Hemp has a deep taproot, which penetrates the soil raising nutrients towards the surface and aerating the soil.