GROW YOUR KNOWLEDGE

#1. What’s Hempcrete you ask? An original recipe dating back as far as 500AD comprising of hemp hurd/shiv, lime powder and water. This binds to form a hempcrete that’s carbon negative, fire resistant, top thermal properties and lasts 100s of years! 

#2.We can save up to 4 BILLION trees a year when we make paper from hemp rather than timber. Don’t forget trees can take up to 100 years to mature to harvest, hemp only takes 100 days with 4 times more pulp than timber!

#3.A Cannabis Car? Yes you read correctly. One of Henry Ford’s first cars ran entirely on Hemp Ethanol and its body was made of Hemp Plastic which is 10 times stronger than steel! Real OGs roll up in environmentally friendly swag wagons - riding clean! 

#4.Education about hemp is crucial to right the wrongs of propagated misperceptions about Cannabis. This is not a drug - it’s a solution to many of SA’s socio-economic difficulties including housing, jobs, food and more!

#5. In 1938 (yes, that long ago) Popular Mechanics describes hemp as the new billion dollar crop. The article was actually written in the spring of 1937, before cannabis was criminalized. Also in February 1938, Mechanical Engineering Call’s hemp the most profitable and desirable crop that can be grown

#6. Did you know that Rembrandt, van Gogh, and other early paintings were painted on Hemp Linen Canvas?

Hemp Decortified  


Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa family that is grown specifically as a fibre crop on large scales. Hemp is a non-psychoactive plant with only 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) - so you wont get high if you smoke this. The outer part of the plant (fibers) is used for clothing and the shiv/hurd inside the stalk is used for the hempcrete when mixed with lime powder and water.

Industrial hemp farming yields crops that can be used for an array of products. From hempcrete houses to personal care products, to clothing to food - the list goes on and lets not forget about the jobs stemming from this industry.

Currently in South Africa, Cannabis is illegal. What is interesting to note is that we can import hemp and all is by-products - supporting foreign markets and neglecting our non-existent one. Imagine an SA where we could actually benefit from the over $500 million industry. We are in the favourable position of being able to sell hemp products (like our Hemp Linen Shirt) but are taxed by having to import the fabrics from China.  

After the Western Cape High Court decision in April 2017 which found Cannabis can be used for Religious purposes to smoke, posses and grow privately - Parliament was given 24 months to legislate Cannabis into law. One of our directors represents on the Cannabis Industry Development Co-Operative WC and this association represents all those looking to go in to the Cannabis industry, both medicinal and industrial. We will be working with Parliament to set up a licensing structure that will enable and regulate this bountiful industry in a manner that best serves its users.

OGCT’s aim is to educate South Africans about the uses and potential of this plant in SA, to allow for this plant to boost SA in the space of housing, jobs, food, clothing and to make sure this plant isn’t ‘sold off’ by the government to the highest paying pharma or industry capitalists. Stay tuned for our next article about the history of the plant.

FAQ


What do y’all at OGCT do?

With the many uses of the Hemp plant, we are determined to tackle the socio-economic difficulties we are facing as a Nation. Whilst keeping our fingers on the pulse of the legalisation process sitting with the legislatures, we are seeking opportunities for hemp in various markets.

Currently we sell hemp clothing, as well as ‘ready to grow’ hydroponic kits for sustainable veggie and herbs cultivation. You get to choose the seed.


What is Industrial Hemp and its uses?

Hemp farming on big enough scales to support the hemp industry South Africa deserves. The outcome is not only the creation of jobs but also using the parts of the plant to make Hempcrete and Fabrics supporting the sustainable construction and textile industries (more jobs there too).

The Hemp plant is a specific strain of Cannabis (Sativa) that must have less than 0.3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which means you won’t get high if you blessing up 4.20 with this loaded. It is used for industry replacing products ranging from clothing to houses to ‘plastics’ to personal care products and more. It’s probably worth mentioning one can extract Ethanol as a biofuel to propel an engine - Henry Ford thought it was a good idea back in 1941.


Dude, isn’t Hemp and Weed the same?

Technically true, as they come from the same Cannabis family. However, hemp is completely different from marijuana in its chemical composition (THC and CBD Levels), cultivation methods and is not grown or used as a recreational stimulant/drug.


What products do we sell?

Currently we sell a range of Hemp clothing, from Summer Linen Shirts to Kaftans as well as ‘ready to grow’ Hydroponic starter kits for you to grow just what you like with far less effort and water. See our store for the different options.


How do you wash the Hemp Summer Linen shirts?

Place delicate hemp articles in a lingerie bag before putting them into a washing machine. Use cold to warm, not hot, water. Wash colored hemp in cold water.

One cup of white vinegar in the rinse water removes all traces of soap and leaves fabrics smelling fresh. Residual soap can leave cellulose, which oxidizes and leaves large brown spots on hemp, making it very important to soak hemp items in clean water thoroughly for a while after washing them.