Hemp History Week is the largest educational campaign about hemp in the U.S. The campaign raises awareness about the environmental sustainability, health benefits, regenerative agriculture potential, and new technological applications of industrial hemp.
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a (non-psychoactive) variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of sustainable commercial products including paper, textiles, clothing, food, nutraceuticals, bio-degradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, and animal feed.
Hemp is incredibly good for you! Its seed is delicious and nutritious, high in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and highly digestible protein. Containing super omegas Stearidonic Acid (SDA), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), fiber, various minerals, and all nine Essential Amino Acids, hemp is packed with nutrients! Check out these hemp recipes to add more hemp to your diet!
Hemp can be used to clean soil and water, and is an important rotation crop for farmers. This makes it an excellent choice to incorporate in models of regenerative agriculture.
Hemp can be grown without use of any petrochemicals, and is a sustainable alternative to potentially thousands of every-day products. Hemp buildings are impressively energy efficient, non-toxic, pest-, fire- and mold-resistant, and carbon-neutral. Hemp’s high cellulose content makes it an excellent alternative to wood pulp for paper. Its long fibers make hemp an incredibly durable textile, and given hemp seed’s excellent nutritional profile, it is a great sustainable source of plant-based protein and essential fatty acids.
Participation Vote Hemp
The mission of Vote Hemp is to gain the acceptance of and free market for hemp as an agricultural crop in the U.S.
Vote Hemp is a national nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to a free market for industrial hemp, low-THC varieties of Cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop. Our ultimate goal is having hemp grown on a commercial scale in the U.S. once again and for the crop to be able to be processed here as well. We educate the public on the benefits of hemp farming and work with grassroots activists, legislators, businesses and family farmers to fulfill our mission.
Vote Hemp has been working since 2000 to move federal regulation of industrial hemp farming out of the hands of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to state departments of agriculture.
Vote Hemp also works to defend against any new laws, regulations or policies that would prohibit or restrict hemp commerce.
Vote Hemp is not a drug policy organization, nor do we take positions on drug policy issues other than the improper classification of hemp as a drug.
Vote Hemp was founded in May 2000 by members of the hemp industry and was incorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-profit 501(c)4 organization. Since then Vote Hemp has been the unquestionable lead political organization of the hemp industry. We have demonstrated that Vote Hemp is a strategic organization working for meaningful change in Washington, DC, a necessary precursor to expanding the hemp industry in the U.S. and worldwide.
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Meet Alex White Plume the Resilient Warrior Hemp History Week
“It’s a solution plant,” he said. “And everybody needs to recognize that.” Because of White Plume’s efforts and the Vote Hemp project, the farm bill explicitly gives U.S. tribes equal footing in the regulatory process with the states. White Plume calls it a major victory for first nations across the country.
We had the opportunity to meet up Alex in person in a disaster relief food distribution that we were part of organized by GAP Grass Roots Aid Partnership with Justin Baker, at the end of the journey we meet up with him and he talked to us about Hemp in Pine Ridge.