I don't want to exaggerate or anything, but hemp is probably one of the most amazing plants on the face of the earth!First off, allow me to make a distinction between hemp and marijuana. Sure, these both come from plants in the Cannabis family. However, hemp has far more better uses than its role in cultivating marijuana.
Hemp is commercially grown primarily for its resilient fibers, which can be used in a variety of products, including hemp clothing, cords, cloth diapers, mulch and composite materials such as cement. Additionally, hemp seeds are used in foods and nutritional products. And these are just but a few of its uses. The list goes on and on.
When compared to cotton, which is also used in a myriad of ways, hemp wins out for several reasons, other than that one itsy bitsy minor condition - it's illegal in the largest cotton producing country in the world - the U.S. The world's cotton crops are treated with 50% of all pesticides used on the face of the earth.
Hemp, on the other hand, is naturally microbial, contracts very few diseases and is resilient to most pests, thus allowing it to be grown on a commercial scale without the use of any pesticides whatsoever. And due to the rapid growth rate and density of hemp crops, weeds are suppressed - even through harvesting and the following crop. This means that no herbicides are required either. In other words, hemp is inherently organic!
One of the most wondrous things about hemp is that it improves the condition of the soil by extracting heaving metals from the earth better than any other agricultural crop, reducing pathogenic soil nematodes, returning nitrogen back into the earth in addition, and aerating the soil with its deep tap root. Hemp also improves soil organic matter with foliage that is left on site after harvesting. In fact, hemp does such a good job improving soil conditions that winter crops of wheat grown on plots where hemp grew earlier in the year report increased yields of 10-20%. Using less water and nutrients to grow, Hemp is truly an eco-friendly agricultural phenomenon.
Besides its superiority as a textile, hemp offers excellent nutritional benefits. Hemp seeds are rich in the essential fatty acids, linoleic and apha-linolenic acid, as well as protein building amino acids. In fact, the amino acid composition in hemp seeds in closer to being a "complete" protein source than eggs, meat, milk and all other oil seeds other than that one other miracle plant we all know about - Soy.