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Why hemp


How hemp helps.

Earth’s premier, renewable natural resource.


There is only one plant that can completely substitute for fossil fuel.

Hemp is a plant that can be grown for food, oil, fiber, building products, and fuel. It really does seem to be the all-purpose plant, and yet it’s mostly illegal to grow it here in the United States because of its botanical relationship to marijuana. At Hempsmith, we not only see the immense benefits of the Hemp Industry - we see a future in it. The culture surrounding the Hemp Movement is changing rapidly, and we want to be at the forefront of that change.

The plant is an annual that grows in all 50 states.

Hemp grows easily in variable soil conditions, and uses low amounts of chemical and water inputs. Hemp is also a great cover crop, helping with phytoremediation of damaged soils, or simply to improve and aerate existing healthy soils, helping to reduce the presence of nematodes and fungi. Hemp is often considered a very drought-tolerant plant, making it suitable for many types of climates. It grows naturally like a weed without the use of herbicides or pesticides (like the ones used in the growth of cotton).


It is the fastest growing sustainable biomass on the planet. It can produce paper, fiber, food, and fuel.

Hemp is the most durable of natural fibers: Over three times more durable than cotton. The extended life of hemp means that if everyone wore it, we could reduce by one third the resources needed to clothe the planet - and we think that's worth striving for.