Hemp and The Industrial Sector

By |Published On: June 19th, 2020|
Cannabis Can Help South Africa

Industrial Cannabis is derived from the Cannabis plant, but particular cultivars contain low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the active ingredient found in parts of the Cannabis plant that induce psychoactive effects. Hemp is a sustainable alternative that can be used to make a multitude of different products, with the added benefit of being eco-friendly.

Industrial Cannabis Product Examples

  • Quality clothing fabrics, canvas and linens: Hemp is wonderfully versatile and durable, it can be blended with other fibres. It is also very strong, so the likelihood of the lightweight, absorbent material tearing or breaking is slim. Hemp can be made into clothing, carpets and any other fabric related product.
  • Nutritional supplements: Hemp seeds, oil, and protein are examples of nutritional ingredients that can be added into diets. It’s considered a superfood by many people, being excellent for improved heart health, skin and joints.
  • Hempcrete: A mix of the inner stalk of the hemp plant with lime, makes a natural, breathable, and sustainable building material.
  • Cosmetics: Hemp has multiple skincare benefits, and can be made into a range of different cosmetic products including soap, cream, shampoo and conditioner and more!
  • Bio-fuel: Although (unfortunately) currently still unavailable in South Africa, hemp can provide two types of fuel: biodiesel and ethanol/methanol.

Fields of Green for ALL stresses the importance of Industrial Cannabis by listing this use as one of the Four Platforms for our evidence in The Trial of the Plant, as well as one of the Four Pillars of our Full Spectrum Model for Legal Regulation. There can be no argument against this eco-friendly, and sustainable use of the Cannabis plant. Due to its relation to Cannabis, the laws surrounding prohibition and licensing corruption, Industrial Cannabis has yet to take off completely in South Africa. This is despite research permits being issued since 1996. Massive economic benefits will never be realised unless, taking into account the success and organisation of the CURRENT Cannabis industry in South Africa, fair and sustainable regulations are crafted by those entrusted with changing the law.

Fields of Green for ALL is fighting the good fight with a campaign called #CannabisCanHelpSouthAfrica (CCHSA).

The aim of the campaign is to communicate directly with government to ensure that the regulations around the law are fair for the entire South African population, and not simply another opportunity for exploitation of our people and our resources. Fields of Green for ALL’s Manifesto will be accompanied by their Dagga Re-Legalisation Petition, showing the South African government that the community is standing together for the fair regulation of Cannabis in South Africa.

Fields of Green for ALL will stop at nothing until their Manifesto and Petition, accompanied by a widely endorsed letter, reaches the desk of President Cyril Ramaphosa, our Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni and ALL 22 government departments who MUST be involved in crafting both the laws and the regulations around Cannabis in South Africa. For more information, get in touch with our team.

Cannabis Can Help South Africa

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About the Author: Marleen Theunissen

Cannabis lover, spreader of love, hater of injustice and recently-turned activist.

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