Info on hemp 

click to enlarge A field of hemp at Purdue. Unlike marijuana, hemp has very little THC — it's impossible to smoke this stuff and get stoned. - JIM POYSER
  • A field of hemp at Purdue. Unlike marijuana, hemp has very little THC — it's impossible to smoke this stuff and get stoned.
  • Jim Poyser

NUVO's article on Purdue University's research on hemp as an industrial product can be found here. Below, we've got some handy factoids to combat ignorance regarding this incredibly beneficial plant.

Hemp at a glance:

“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere.” — George Washington, Mt. Vernon, 1794


• Seeds can be used in industrial products such as oil paints, varnishes, printing inks, fuel, solvents and coatings.

• Seeds can be used in body care products like soaps, shampoos, lotions, balms and cosmetics.

• The stalk can be used in textiles, paper and building materials.

• Hemp naturally suppresses weeds and can improve soil in cropping systems.

• Hemp suffers very little disease and pest problems.

More info:

• Brandon Pitcher’s Hemp Circle Industries: hempcircleindustries.com

• Indiana Hemp Industries Association: inhia.org

• Purdue Hemp Project: purduehemp.org/research

• The Lugar Center for Renewable Energy co-sponsored a capstone project with INHIA, conducted by grad students in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). The “Hope for Hemp” team studied economics and logistics associated with hemp farming. They derived cost equations showing the monetary value to farmers at various levels of crop yield. This report is available to the public through request to lcre@iupui.edu.

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Jim Poyser is Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana, a statewide organization that was one of over two dozen nonprofit partners in Greening the Statehouse. A former managing editor of NUVO, he won HEC’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2013.
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