HEMP 101

WHY HEMP?

Natural Sustainability 

Hemp’s mission as a truly sustainable crop is driven by natural durability, longevity and a minimal impact on the environment and its resources. The crop matures in under 4 months, producing roughly 6 tons per acre and does not require herbicides or insecticides. Hemp’s irrigation needs can be met via rainfall, requiring less than 1/3 the amount of water as cotton. Once harvested, hemp can return up to 70% of its nutrients back to the soil and can be cultivated all around the world in any climate while absorbing 150% its weight in CO2.

WHAT IS HEMP?

Hemp ≠ Marijuana

Hemp is a robust and healthy crop that is commonly confused with marijuana. While both plants are in the cannabis family, the difference is in the content level of CBD and a psychoactive component, THC. Hemp contains significantly more CBD and only 0.3% THC compared to marijuana which contains 5-20% THC. The flowers contain the highest concentrations of CBD and produce edible seeds. The stalk consists of strong and durable bast fibers on the outside, and a woody core at the center, known as the hurd.

Current Uses

Hemp Today

Oil, food, fiber and char can be extracted or produced from hemp. Hemp seed oil can be used in cooking, beauty and paint products while the CBD oil from the flowers has pain relieving and anti-anxiety benefits. More products from the seed include milk, flour and protein. Industrial textiles, paper and building materials are manufactured from the hurd and fiber of the plant. Hemp Biochar is the result of burning the entire plant to remove all elements except for carbon. This char unlocks a host of limitless possibilities for the plant through its natural properties.  

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA?

The Hemp Plant is commonly misidentified as its cousin, Marijuana, as they are both in the Cannabis Sativa L family. With different chemical make ups, there are major differences and uses for each plant. Marijuana is known to be high in THC content and industrial hemp is very low in THC, less than 0.3% to be exact. This means that hemp cannot get you high. CBD Oils derived from either source are the same and are non-psychoactive

WHERE DOES YOUR CBD COME FROM?

We use our sister company, Ananda Hemp’s CBD for our products. Proudly grown in the state of Kentucky, they are also working to bring domestic production back to the USA. For more information on our CBD, click here: https://anandahemp.com/faq/

WHY ARE YOUR PROCESSES DIFFERENT THAN TRADTIONAL INDUSTRY PROCESSES?

At Hemp Black, we are innovating the uses and processes of the industrial hemp plant. Taking existing processes and applying them to the industrial hemp plant, we can create a high-tech fiber, conductive ink, vegan leather, and the newest anti-bacterial products. We always keep sustainability and our carbon footprint in mind through any process from raw material development to product development. As the processes and researches continue, new product ideas are limitless.

WHY NOT TRADITIONAL HEMP FIBER?

The typical hemp fiber is produced through an intensive process, including high level uses of chemicals, water and emissions. To get the fiber off of the hurd, the stalk goes through a decortication process, creating a hemp fiber that has an itchy, scratchy, I-want-to-smoke-my-t-shirt feel. At Hemp Black, we are looking at innovative ways to create performance fibers from the hemp plant.

HOW DO YOU TEST AND CONFIRM MATERIAL ATTRIBUTES?

Our company originated from research at Thomas Jefferson University, who is a stakeholder in Ecofibre. Research and ideas are continuously tested in academic labs by graduate and undergraduate students, along with an external industry company as well. Teaching the future of our industry, and confirming at a commercial level, our material test and bio test findings are never ending, bringing new opportunities and ideas daily.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HEMP?

With a past shrouded in misconceptions, it’s hard to believe our country was founded on the use of hemp. From the 1st draft of the Declaration of Independence to the first American flag, this plant is known for its durability. The plant reaches full maturity in about 3 months, requires no herbicides or pesticides, and replenishes the soil while absorbing carbon. In addition to its durability and sustainability, hemp is resistant to mold, bacteria, UV rays, and insects.