Hemp is an amazing plant. It is pretty much illegal to grow and cultivate, here in the United States, because of its close relation to Marijuana. I actually wrote a paper on this for my English class. There are SO many benefits to the cultivation and use of the hemp plant. Hemp can be used for over a thousand different uses. For instances, clothing (which is the main usage of hemp nowadays, it seems) can easily be made of hemp. These types of clothing allow heat to stay with in the clothing, and under it, during cooler temperatures, and it allows cooler air in when it is warmer weather (I will be honest I don't know how exactly this works, but it is just the plant doing this and allowing different temperatures in and out, i'm guessing). Also, hemp seeds have a ton of amino acids in them, that are beneficial to our health. It might not taste that good, I doubt it would though I have never tried it, but it would be EXTREMELY healthy. Hemp paper is also another thing, it would help save trees around the world, for those that love trees this is a good thing. Hemp can grow really easily in most climates, especially the Midwest. It also is good for the health of the soil.
Alright, most people will automatically label me as a "hippy" due to this post on hemp, but in reality it is amazing for environment, costs of production, and humanity in general! It is pretty damn cheap to produce and cultivate. True, we would have to alter all our factories in how they produce goods, so that would be a ton of additional costs to add onto the switching to hemp. That is pretty much the only negative, in my mind, of switching to hemp production of clothing and paper, especially.
Furthermore, hemp is classified as having less than 1% THC, the drug that makes you high from marijuana (for those who don't know this), while marijuana is classified as having 3% or more THC. What is the plant called that has 2% THC? I haven't found this, but I bet it would probably fall into marijuana.
Anyway, hemp is awesome pretty much. There are so many benefits to it, so in my mind we should all lobby for it. Though for hemp to be legal, most likely marijuana has to be legalized. Otherwise, people for the legalization of pot could easily cry "They are pretty much the same plant herp derp!". Hopefully this will occur sometime soon, so then trees can be saved, and we can all enjoy nice forests to go chill at (until they are cut down for more space for housing).
What are your opinions on hemp?