Cannabis Sativa (Hemp)

Let’s talk about Cannabis Sativa

What had been an essential crop for the manufacture of paper, rope, canvas, oil, food, and more became a villain with the introduction of synthetic fibers in the 1930s. It started as class and race warfare with major publicity campaigns to attack Mexican’s, Blacks, and Chinese.

Then in the ’80s and 90’s the war on drugs became a major moneymaker for municipalities to buy military-grade toys and rack in big profits. The entire focus of this plant was to vilify those who found pleasure in getting high with their friends.

No evidence exists to show that it is more addictive than caffeine, sugar, or alcohol. Certainly not as addictive or damaging as nicotine. Yet, Cannabis Sativa is classified as a Schedule 1 drug alongside Heroin, and other very hard drugs that kill.

The 2018 US Farm Bill reclassified Cannabis Sativa with less than .3% THC as Industrial Hemp and opened a path for the crop to be developed. We are now completed with our second year of growth. Most were grown for CBD oil. That is changing.

Hemp is another term for Cannabis Sativa and is generally used to describe Industrial Hemp. In reality, it is all the same species of plant with different genetic expressions being bred.

In the late ’90s, scientists discovered that we have an endocannabinoid system. Receptors for Cannabinoids built into our well being. These receptors receive the cannabinoids and bring your body into balance.

Research is rapidly growing with legalization. Researchers have found that the endocannabinoid system will affect sleep, mood, appetite, memory and reproduction, and fertility. All animals have an endocannabinoid system, mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish.

“Building the Future with Seeds of the Past”
Dave Crabill

CBD is one of more than 112 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. As CBD is becoming more recognized in the health and wellness world, skincare, personal care, and pet products, many scientific studies are already confirming there are unlimited health benefits related to using CBD.

  • Promotes Healthy Weight
  • Aids in Discomfort Relief
  • Supports Recovery
  • Compliments Wellness Routine
  • Enhances Clarity & Focus
  • Supports Joint Health
  • Supports Immune System
  • Balances Mood
  • Enhances Performance
  • Nourishes Skin
  • Relieves Tension & Stiffness
  • Hydrates & Moisturizes Skin
  • Promotes a Sense of Calmness
  • Aids in a Better Night’s Sleep Promotes Regeneration
  • Enhances Hair & Skin Health

CBG and CBN are the next big Cannabinoids that are being grown. When looking for what is best for you, you have to understand some terms. Visit to learn more about Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Water Soluble, Nano, and more.


Our bodies have cannabinoid receptors in every layer of our skin that work to keep our cells functioning properly. Our bodies are already designed to receive CBD, which is the main reason why these products are so exciting when it comes to skincare. CBD affects the skin because it will be picked up by receptors that are close to the surface of the skin.

CBD promotes a healthy inflammatory response to help calm, soothe, and reduce redness, making it beneficial for a variety of skin problems. Those same redness-reducing properties could make CBD helpful for those with sensitive skin. CBD contains antioxidants that help strengthen the skin barrier to retain moisture, keeping pathogens out, leading to healthy skin that’s not easily compromised or irritated.

Hemp Can Save The World
When growing to produce Cannabinoids, you focus on the female plant. Male plants are removed to avoid pollination. The hemp pollen can travel twenty miles in the right conditions!

As greater amounts of open-pollinated hemp are grown the production of Cannabinoids and THC will all have to go inside behind HEPA filters. To save the world we need these open pollinators for energy, food, and building.

Hemp Fiber
The stalk of the hemp plant offers two valuable products.
Hurd: The inner woody hurd is a sought after animal bedding for the absorption properties, odor-free, naturally antibacterial. It is also used to create hempcrete. Hempcrete (hemp-lime) is a combination of hurd and lime to create a concrete-like product that is ideal for insulation.
Bast: The long outer fibers are known for their strength. Rope and textiles are obvious choices for bast. The US and Canadian military are looking at going back to hemp fabric uniforms. Get shot through cotton and you infected, not so with hemp fabric. Again, hemp is naturally antibacterial.

We have the technology here in Michigan to mill the hemp fiber fine and dry enough to be used in existing injection molded plastics.

Battery manufacturers are using hemp fibers. Hemp can be made into a Graphene like a nanomaterial on par or better than commercial graphene. Canadian researchers claim it is ten times stronger than carbon fiber, which is 300 times stronger than steel.

Hemp Grain
The seed on female plants is the grain. Hemp grain is 30% protein and high in amino acids 3,6 and 9. It is also rich in other nutrients and vitamins. We can feed the world with hemp. You can buy hemp hearts in your local grocery store. You likely will find that they are from Canada. Michigan hemp hearts are coming. Hemp seed oil is a healthy alternative to olive oil.

Hemp On and Keep Learning!

As we work to perfect every stage of hemp production from seed to store shelf it is a fun journey. Hemping is hard but rewarding. For our ecology and economy, hemp is the answer.

iHemp Michigan’s mission is to educate, inform, and promote the research, development, and cultivation of industrial hemp in Michigan.

iHemp Michigan advocates for wellness in people and the planet through Hemp… and it begins with the farmer.