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You may be wearing more hemp than you know

Cannabis is the original and only “true hemp.” Last century several fiber plants chose on such major kinds of hemp: Musa textilis is Manila hemp which is known as abaca; Agave fourcroydes L. is Sisal hemp is henequen; Phormium tenax is New Zealand hemp; Furcraea foetida is Mauritius; Hibiscus cannabinus is deccan hemp; Crotolaria juncea is Sunn hemp; Corchorus capsularis L. also is known as Indian hemp but it shouldn’t be mixed with Cannabis indica, which used to be named Indian hemp. Foreign-milled hemp-cotton blend teem in hemp fashion today. Though the blend losses strength, it has an advantages, such as more softness, better moisture wicking, and a lower price. Some companies have begun using hemp-cotton twills as well as jeans sewn of denim which consists of 100 percent hemp. Hemp-silk blends have recently been introduced, they combine softness and strength. Pure, 100 percent hemp is nonetheless the way hemp makes its appearance in designs today, usually in its natural off-white color. Today we have Chinese, Hungarian, Russian and Ukrainian hemp fabrics that abound in women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, as well as in accessories such as bags, shoes and hamp hats. The Hungarian and Russian hemp fabric is tougher and darker than Chinese. Also appears English hemp, which is mixed with recycled wool or recycled cotton. For sewing jeans, a mixture of cloth from hemp and recycled cotton is used. One enterprising company, Pan World Traders, traveled to Transylvania to purchase antique hemp linens one household at a time. They hand-dyed and stitched the fine fabric into caps, packs, neckties, and handkerchiefs. Established enviro-wear companies are starting to... read more

Is hemp the same as marijuana?

Hemp differs very much from marijuana. It has different function, cultivation and application. Hemp has a similar leaf shape with marijuana, because they are frequently mixed up. Although these plants are “Cannabis”, they are distinct types of cannabis plants. They are known formally as Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Hemp has high concentration of CBD enzymes, essentially causing no mind-altering effect and contains very little of the psychoactive chemical THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) while marijuana plants contain high level of THC which has an intoxicating effect. Hemp and marijuana are grown for different usage, and therefore they require different growing conditions. Hemp requires minimal care and is adaptable to grow in most climates. Unlike hemp, marijuana is grown in carefully controlled atmosphere. Both hemp and marijuana have invaluable and very important roles in society. As it is widely known, marijuana is used for medical or recreational purposes. Hemp is used in variety of other applications where marijuana couldn’t possibly be used. They include clothing, shoes, accessories and others. All products manufactured from hemp are environmentally friendly, sustainable and psychoactive free. With so many ways of application and with such potential, hemp is the progress of the future! Why isn’t hemp a king of textiles yet? Because, in the 1970s, President Nixon signed into law the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This law included a set of banned drugs and created the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In the law, marijuana was grouped with all types of cannabis and was made illegal to grow in the US. It unintentionally classified hemp as a drug even though it doesn’t include any of chemicals that... read more

What do you know about hemp fiber?

Hemp appears on the world stage at the dawn of human experience. We find its seeds, rope, and cloth in the oldest tombs. Designer Ralph Lauren recently revealed that he has been secretly using hemp fiber in his clothing lines since 1984. In 1995 Calvin Klein included hemp in fall C. K. Home Collection. When Klein was giving an interview to the New York Times, he hinted that hemp would soon make an appearance in his clothing lines as well. The original Levi Strauss jeans were made from hemp. Many magazines have shown hemp fashions on their pages and Rolling Stone listed hemp in its 1993 “hot” list. MTV, CNN, Fox, CBS, and ABC have all focused on the new looks. What is the advantage of hemp? Hemp isn’t a trendy new fabric, however. It’s a classic. Consider the advantages of the hemp: The tensile strength. Hemp fiber bundles are up to fifteen feet long, while cotton fibers are a mere three-quarters of an inch, which reportedly gives hemp eight times the tensile strength and four times the durability of cotton. Good abrasion resistance. Hemp is machine washable and dryable. Although it will wrinkle like a natural linen. Comfort. With proper processing, hemp can be made softer than cotton. Breathability & Wicking. Performs very well when it comes to breathability and wicks moisture away from the body effectively. It is also more absorbent, making it an excellent choice for towels, diapers, and baby clothing. Upholstery fabric, table linens, casual clothing, and high-quality linen wear are all potential markets for hemp.  Aesthetics. Hemp has a natural luster and takes dyes... read more

Shipping and Handling

We now ship globally! We’ve discovered new ways to ship and handle your orders and happy to announce – we are shipping globally now! Where to order Times Hemp Company’s stuff? Times HC currently represented on 4 on-line platforms. Our web site timeshempcompany.com (orders from web site could be shipped anywhere, even Narnia. Just contact us with more specific information and we would gladly work it out for you). Etsy store  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TimesHC (international shipping available). On Amazon https://www.amazon.com/handmade/TimesHC (North America and EU). We meet all requirements for Amazon Prime. And Ebay http://www.ebay.com/usr/timeshempco How long does it take to get order shipped? We usually process order 1-2 business days. Everything gets shipped from Southern California, USA. Tracking number provided with each shipment. Who makes Times HC’s stuff? We are making all our products by ourselves. Everything is handmade with quality organic materials. Plush dolls made in Ukraine, Apparel made in Los Angeles, California and Hats made in China. Everything designed here, in Southern California. All natural. 100% Organic Hemp. No plastics or petrochemicals. Oh okay, and what is TimesHC? TimesHC is some sort of our hashtag for social media and such. Feel free to tag us! Or take pic of how you use our product and share it on your social network, we look forward to... read more

Pure hemp clothing for children: is it okay to dress babies in hemp?

To begin with, hemp fabric has (almost) nothing in common with psychoactive marijuana buds, that is why you do not have to worry about your youngest ones being “high” after you bought them a new hemp T-shirt. On the contrary, unique properties of pure hemp clothing make it absolutely suitable for newborns. Why are hemp baby clothes a good option? 100% organic. First of all, because during the process of growing Cannabis any use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers is excluded (since the plant can manage without those). Therefore there is zero chance of your baby becoming allergic or intoxicated. Bactericidal. Hemp plant contains special natural “glue”, called lignin, which is responsible for its bactericidal properties. Just like you won’t feel any unpleasant smell from under your armpits if wearing a hemp apparel, your little ones will enjoy theirs as well, feeling no discomfort whatsoever and no diaper dermatitis! That is why it’s a perfect choice for newborn baby clothes and diapers (if you feel like giving it a try). Skin-friendly. Your child will find it extremely agreeable to be able to sweat freely in summer and not suffer in hot weather. Hemp maintains normal temperature of the body and absorbs extra moisture (in quantities up to 5 times its volume), which is crucial for your young child’s health. UV. Thanks to lignin ultraviolet rays will not harm the skin of your little one, if she or he is wearing natural organic baby clothes are made of hemp. The garments will filter up to 95% of this dangerous radiation (compared to 30-70% in cotton and other fabrics). Extra protection... read more

Unique properties of industrial hemp fiber: 5 pros of choosing hemp, you did not know about

Industrial hemp fiber and clothing sewn from it used to enjoy an enviable popularity with our ancestors. According to the latest archaeological finds, people already knew how to sew hemp garments around 8 000 BC. Later, the well-known LEVI’S jeans company at the beginning of the XXth century endeavored to establish a mass hemp fabric production. However, at that time it required complex processing, costly equipment, and therefore, considerable capital investments… Soon afterwards the anti-marijuana campaign began. Today industrial hemp is no longer a synonym for marijuana, and new technologies for its processing make it the most promising cloth on the planet. Cannabis products are beginning to enjoy immense popularity thanks to the rapidly developing fashion for organic products and environmentally-friendly lifestyle. We want to tell you why hemp – of all natural cloth – would be your best choice and what its secret beneficial properties are. What is hemp fabric and what are its basic properties? Hemp fabric differs from other materials: it has unique durability and strength of its structure, it’s easy to wash, and does not need any special care, moreover it possesses a vast list of healing properties, which you will enjoy. Hemp fabric is made directly from hemp fiber, which is extremely strong and hard (and is considered to be the sturdiest one on our planet). Longevity. Thanks to its structure, the apparel sewn from hemp fibers will last much longer, than an equivalent made of cotton. One of the main hemp clothing benefits is that the more you wash it, the softer it gets. The fabric can be slightly stretched, keeping its shape... read more

The first American flag: who made it and what it was like

The US Constitution is turning 230 years old this year and the flag is nearly 10 years older. Of course, it has changed a lot since 1777, when the very first American flag, bearing 13 silver stars, was sewn, but the concept survived. Let’s turn to the origins of the Old Glory and recall how it was born. How many stars were there on the first flag of America and were there any? That seems to be one of the most frequently asked ones! Technically, before 1777, when the more or less modern version was adopted by the Congress, it had no stars at all. It was called “Continental Colors” and had white and red stripes all over it and a small British Union flag in the left corner. This old version is considered to be the first truly American symbol, before the other, star prototype was offered. What did the original American flag look like? The symbol adopted in 1777 looked very similar to the modern one, only it had less “mullets” (stars in heraldry) – only 13, which represented the contemporary number of the States at that epoch. Except for the colors and number of mullets, there is another relevant question to ask – which material was chosen? What was the real «Betsy American flag» actually made from? Like most of cloth at the time, it was hemp. Why? Durability (much higher than that of cotton); Not much fading in the sunlight; Industrial hemp growing was an important part of American agriculture and farmers were encouraged by the government. Since a flag is something that needs to... read more

The truth about hemp and marijuana: science and popular myths

When it comes to hemp products, many people tend to think about it in terms of drugs – legal or illegal. Actually, industrial hemp and cannabis are the same species, but that does not mean, that buying a hemp apparel, you buy «weed» that you can smoke. Let’s look at the differences between hemp and marijuana from the scientific point of view. Here are a few facts and myths about industrial hemp, that will surely make the whole situation a lot clearer for you. 1. Is hemp marijuana? If so, why the first one is legal, and the other one is not? No! Hemp and marijuana belong to the same species – Cannabis sativa. The hemp industry uses fibers of the plant for clothing, oils and for food (seeds etc), but neither ropes, nor seeds involve any sort of intoxication. Marijuana is obtained from female plants of especially bred type of Cannabis, which has resinous glands on its flowers and special leaves (buds), which have high levels of hallucinogenic cannabinoids (THC). The same species may have different varieties, depending on what product is needed. Hemp does not contain THC or has very low concentration of it. That is why even if hemp is the same plant as marijuana, they are not identical. 2. Can you smoke hemp? No, you can’t. Well, you may, but it won’t feel any different from smoking any other plant. Industrial hemp has extremely low levels of THC (which is responsible for the state of being «high») – less than 0,2 – 0,3%, that is why no burning hemp rope will make any wonderful effect.... read more

How to care for products made from hemp in questions and answers

There are things, you don’t immediately start to think about after you’ve bought a new piece of clothing, but after a while one of these might become a constant source of anxiety. The first and the crucial one is how to wash clothes properly, especially when it comes to organic fabrics, such as: Wool; Silk; Bamboo fabric; Cotton and products made from hemp. What you should and should not do Even though hemp is considered one of the strongest and the most durable natural textiles and does not require any special care, there are a few don’ts, that you will need to respect in order to extend your item’s lifespan. Here are a few helpful pieces of advice in questions and answers: 1. Does hemp clothing shrink? They say it’s bulletproof and totally laundry-friendly, but hemp garment does shrink. In order to escape any risks, don’t dry clean your furnishing, upholstery and apparels even if it seems a much wisier choice. Secondly, avoid high heat in your dryer : hemp fabric has large pores and dries quickly enough on the line, if you need to use the dryer, just don’t try too hard. 2. How to wash hemp clothing – should I opt for hand wash? If you want to keep your hemp apparel sturdy and durable, wash it by hand, using natural detergents such as organic soap etc (avoid residual brown soap, which might leave dark stains on your hemp apparel). On the other hand if you want it to become softer, opt for machine wash, but on a gentle cycle. Try adding vinegar during the rinse cycle:... read more

Hemp fabric history : how and when was the first clothing made?

Cannabis sativa is the scientific name of hemp – a plant, that has been growing on the planet for thousands of years and became one of the first materials, used by humans. It is very common in the northern hemisphere and is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth! Nowadays cannabis is known as a drug, banned in several countries, but it hasn’t always been like this. We decided to tell the story of the hemp fabric and dedicate a series of articles to hemp fabric facts, since it’s the main material for all our organic apparel and toys. When and where did it start? The hemp fabric history started long ago – about 10,000 years ago and has developed a lot ever since. Archeologists found remnants of hemp cloth in Iraq, that had been spun around 8,000 BC. The Europeans had learned about this material in 1,200 BC and the knowledge spead around the continent extremely fast. The Chinese knew about the hemp material benefits too: around 2700 BC the legendary Chinese emperor Shen Nung taught his citizens to cultivate Cannabis sativa and to weave clothing out of it. The country is now considered to have the longest history of hemp cultivation – around 6000 years! Thanks to it they managed to produce the first sheet of paper in 150 BC, which was made completely from hemp fiber. This is how hemp gave impetus to the whole history of human civilization! What is hemp fabric and how was it made? 100% hemp fabric has never been widely popular until new industrial ways to soften it were invented... read more

New Year wishes to all those who have been with us this year

Our team is wishing you all happy holidays and an amazing start of the new year! Pursue your dreams, be truly great at what you do, and eco-friendly thanks to our stylish organic apparel! This year has been extremely productive for the Times Hemp Company – full of intense activity, creative inventions, and achievements. We hope, that you have had as much entertainment as our team! The members of our team have been working hard throughout the year to offer you the best of our eco friendly fashion, which is designed especially for men and women, seeking both comfort and style. We are constantly working on developing our eco products, such as unique plush hemp toys (among which you can still find some cute Christmas gifts on sale!), extremely comfortable casual outfits and exclusive accessories. Next year we are planning to improve our assortment, adding a few unexpected creative items to become your number one among the hemp clothing... read more

New Structured Cap

Our favorite hat so far is now in stock. This is our 100% hemp structured cap with a hemp rope accent. Available in navy blue with our embroidered logo. These will go fast so get them while they’re still available. read more