The presence of hemp, Cannabis Sativa, in North America, has dated back to the 1600’s as a multi-use material for the textile and paper industry, particularly in the United States. In 1619, a law was drafted for farmers to grow hemp due to its versatility. Before the time of the Second World War, the United States was dependent on Japan and South East Asian countries for different species of hemp needed for making rope and fabrics for the military. Due to the war, the American supply was cut off and therefore, resurgence for hemp farming in America began again in the 1940’s.
Today, hemp, not to be confused with marijuana, continues to be a multipurpose fiber, although it is not as popular as it once was in the manufacturing industry and, sadly, many people do not know of all the benefits this plant has to offer. It is involved in making anything from food and drink, clothing, beauty and skin products, health, automobiles, used in farming, office supplies and of course for animals and pet products. Hemp cannot only be used for these purposes but, in fact, are superior in quality to the synthetic products we use today. It is easy to grow, harvest, does not require fertilizers or herbicides and pesticides, is strong, durable and biodegradable which makes it eco-friendly. It’s easy to list all the things it can be good for, but the interesting and eye opening uses of hemp lies in knowing the properties that makes it a good natural resource. For example, Henry Ford made a car out of hemp plastic! It was not only made out of hemp but it used hemp fuel to power the automobile. Why is this so amazing? It was tested to be stronger than steel! That makes for a safe automobile! Recently, a Florida man replicated this hemp plastic car and uses hemp as a fuel source, which, in another twist, is four times more fuel-efficient than electric cars.
Turning to the textile industry, clothing can also be made from hemp; it is a breathable fiber, more durable than cotton and requires 50% less water to grow its crops than cotton. This is also true for dog toys made out of hemp; they are long lasting and durable for rough play, and because it is organic and non-toxic. Hemp is naturally mold and mildew resistant so even if you left it out in the yard in the rain, you needn’t worry about any fungus growth that could affect your pup. Hemp dog collars are also long lasting especially when you have a large breed dog constantly tugging and trying to chew off their collars. When the toys are no longer useful or forgotten in the yard, its biodegradable properties will allow it to return safely to the Earth. Because hemp is grown with no pesticides and does not require extra fertilizers, it is safe for pups to chew on or even swallow, as hemp is easily digestible. You wouldn’t lace your family’s food with lead, toxins or chemicals. Why would you let your pup chew on it?