The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast

Telling stories of the innovators and pioneers creating businesses in hemp in the U.S.

Episode 001 Hemp Traders with Lawrence Serbin

February 6th, 2019


Hemp Traders is the largest wholesale marketplace of hemp textiles in the Western Hemisphere. It was started in 1993 by Lawrence Serbin and has become a great resource for hemp entrepreneurs looking to create their own products out of hemp raw materials ranging from hemp knits, stretch hemp, hemp denim, webbing, twine, to hemp board. Ten years ago Lawrence began developing a product to replace manufactured wood with hemp. After many years working with Chinese manufacturers he has created a non toxic hempboard and with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill has decided to create his own manufacturing facility in California.

Hemp textiles are one of the strongest natural fibers in the world. Believe it or not, the more you wear hemp the softer it gets. That is it doesn’t wear out. It wears in. Due to its porous nature, hemp clothing breathes so it is cool in warm weather. And guess what? Hemp clothing doesn’t need special care when it's washed.

Hemp grows very fast. It produces 200% more fiber than cotton and 600% more than flax. It sequesters carbon from the air and maintains soil health. It’s been known to be able to remediate toxic soil conditions over time.

Unlike most wood products, Canna Grove’s Hempboard uses a non-formaldehyde binder rendering it toxic free. 80,000 acres of trees disappear everyday and half are used for paper or wood products. Hemp has the ability to limit and ultimately eliminate the ill effects of deforestation by replacing the need to cut down forests.

In 2018, 78,176 acres of hemp were grown in the United States.

As a devoted hemp pioneer, Lawrence welcomes those that are interested in joining to build the hemp industry in the U.S. and encourages YOU to connect. Lawrence can be reached at or 562.630.3334.




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