The Virginia Hemp Company was founded with the goal of reviving a lost industry that once flourished across the Old Dominion State. Industrial Hemp is one of the worlds most versatile and valuable natural resources. With 50,000+ uses ranging from fuel to fiber it has the potential to greatly reduce our dependence on petrochemicals and pave the way for a more sustainable future.
Why Industrial Hemp?
Not to be confused with other members of the Cannabis family, Hemp refers to the industrial, non-drug variant that is cultivated for its seeds, fiber and hurd. Hemp has played the most significant role of any crop in the history of mankind. Cultivated over 10,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, Hemp was used to produce the world's first paper and is the oldest textile fiber on the planet.
Environmental Benefits of Industrial Hemp Cultivation
Fight Climate Change | Reduce Carbon Footprint
Through carbon bio-sequestration, the process of capturing carbon emissions from the atmosphere through plants, Hemp is able to "sequester" significant amounts of CO2 from the environment. For every ton of Hemp we harvest, it reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide by 1.62 tons. Making Industrial Hemp products inherently carbon negative.
One acre of Industrial Hemp can produce as much usable fiber as four acres of timber. Industrial Hemp and can be harvested every 100 days whereas timber takes decades. Substituting Hemp for tree-based products will benefit rare, threatened and endangered species that rely on forest habitat.
Uses of Industrial Hemp
Fiber | Hurd | Seeds
Discovering the New World, early explorers relied on Hemp to provide the rigging, pennants, sails, oakum and paper for their maps and logs. With advancements in technology Industrial Hemp can now be processed into an incredible array of applications ranging from bio-fuels to skin care products with new uses still to be found.
Industrial Hemp Products
Fibers are used in textiles, cordage, insulation, plastic composites, paper products and automotive components.
Hurd (the woody inner-core) used in animal bedding, hemp-based building material and particleboard.
Seeds are extremely nutritious and used in oils, protein powder, soaps, lotions, paints, solvents, and fuel.
Advantages to Farming Industrial Hemp
Drought-Resistant | Increase Soil Productivity
Industrial Hemp can be grown on unproductive land and between seasons and can even be used to enrich soil which has become leached of minerals. It is a great rotation crop and has been noted for its incredible ability to actually filter and clean polluted soil in a process called, phytoremediation.
Better Than Cotton
Industrial Hemp consumes 6x less water and produces double the fiber of cotton per acre produced. Industrial Hemp can also be grown using no herbicides or pesticides. Cotton accounts for half the pesticide use in the U.S.
George Washington encouraged all citizens to sow hemp seed and did so himself. The fiber of the plant was critical to manufacturing canvas and cloth for military purposes. In colonial times you were even allowed to pay your taxes with cannabis hemp.
Thomas Jefferson experimented with seed types and bred improved hemp varieties. Also, as the decorticaton process is a very difficult and labor intensive task he invented a special brake for crushing the plant’s stems during fiber processing.
What is next for the Virginia Hemp Company?
The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that prohibits the cultivation of industrial hemp, yet is the largest importer on the planet.
This means we must import all of our raw materials from outside of the U.S. Greatly increasing our price and taking away opportunity from farmers here in Virginia.
VHC is educating the public and working with local advocacy groups to lobby for positive hemp legislation that will allow for this incredible resource to be cultivated and sold here in the United States.
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Virginia Hemp Company is located in lovely Purcellville, Virginia