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Industrial Hemp


Overview

Currently, U.S. legislation makes it illegal to raise industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) commercially. However, numerous state and national initiatives are working to return industrial hemp production to the United States, where it once was a major crop. Fiber and food uses for industrial hemp are growing rapidly and have increased over 300 percent in the past few years. Much of that growth is coming from the increased sales of hemp food products.  July 2013 ...  Industrial Hemp

Marketing

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Production

Businesses/Case Studies

  • Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, California - This 60-year-old company produces certified organic liquid and bar soaps that contain coconut, hemp, jojoba and olive oils.
  • Hempzels, Pennsylvania - These hand-made artisan pretzels contain hemp.
  • Living Harvest, Oregon - This hemp food company sells hemp milk, hemp ice cream bars, hemp ice cream, hemp protein powder and hemp oil.
  • Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, Canada - Founded in 1998, this company is the only vertically integrated hemp food company in the world. 
  • Nutiva, California - This company markets such organic hemp products as hemp oil, hemp protein and hemp seed.


Links checked September 2013.

 

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