Natural Health

Healthy living, herbal remedies and DIY natural beauty.

Add to My MSN

It’s High Time for Hemp

3/30/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: hemp

More than a decade ago, Calvin Klein predicted that hemp would become “the fiber of choice in both home furnishings and fashion industries.” Hemp is a viable—and desirable—alternative to cotton, which requires pounds of pesticides to grow. This miraculous weed produces a sturdy, absorbent, anti-microbial fiber that’s three times stronger than cotton and naturally resistant to UV light. It’s rapidly renewable and can be grown without pesticides or herbicides—something of a miracle plant. 

Sadly, it’s illegal to grow hemp in the United States.

Hemp is a cousin to marijuana, a different breed of the Cannabis sativa plant—but with only minute levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. According to a recent article on, “to get high you’d have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole.” The U.S. legal system has, however, lumped hemp with pot, and the last legal hemp crop was harvested in 1957. Seven states have introduced legislation to legalize hemp cultivation, but the federal government has refused to grant them the licenses they need under current drug laws. That’s a shame. 

Products made from hemp grown in Canada, China and Eastern Europe (where it’s legal) amounted to $300 million in annual retail sales in North America last year. These include wonderful items for the home, including dish and bath towels, curtains and drapes, rugs and blankets.

Hemp fibers
Hemp fiber is strong and durable. Photo By Mike Wade/Courtesy Flickr. 

Hemp is getting more attention these days as tough economic times force Americans to look toward new growth industries. “We’re in the midst of a dark economic transition, but I believe hemp is an important facet and has tremendous economic potential,” Patrick Gogin, a board member on the California Council for Vote Hemp, told Alternet. 

Hemp could help provide the economic stimulus and green jobs we need. Let’s tell Congress and President Obama to take another look. 

Related Content

Renewable Energy Faces Show Benefits of a Green Economy

The Union of Concerned Scientists created a new Web feature to show the success of green-collar jobs...

Growing Hemp as a Money-Making Crop

As American manufacturers buy increasing amounts of hemp from Europeans, American farmers argue they...

Busting Herbal Myths: The Facts on 7 Herbal Remedies

These seven herbs have historically been used medicinally, but all have failed the scientific test o...

Navitas Naturals Adds Organic Hemp Seed to Leading Line of Superfoods

Hemp seed is a powerful source of protein, Omega-3, vitamins and minerals, and has a delicious nutty...

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.