Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The Hemp Industry in Illinois-- Part 2: Growing Hemp Was Patriotic Duty
Industrial hemp contains less than .03 % THC, the active chemical compound that provides the psychological effects sought by users.
Industrial hemp looks like bamboo. Its fiber is used to make cloth and fabric while its seeds and oil are used in foods and other products. Now, most hemp in the U.S. comes from Canada and China.
Illinois became a leading hemp producer in 1943 with the opening of the Polo Hemp Mill (located an hour west of Elgin). Local farmers grew hemp as part of their patriotic duty for the war effort.