The big blog of Hemp facts
Hemp, it’s an ancient plant! Infact, it’s one of the oldest cultivated crops on the planet.
It has been in continuous use by human civilization since at least 10,000 years ago and carbon tests have actually suggested that the use of wild hemp dates as far back at 8000 B.C
Cannabis has been found on every single continent on the hemisphere, and more than likely, it was used long before it’s first ever recorded uses. A piece of hemp fabric is one of the oldest artefacts that’s ever been found on earth.
In 1977, Carl Sagan, an American astronomer, astrophysicist, and astrobiologist, suggested that marijuana may have been the world’s first agriculture crop, leading to the development of civilization itself.
It’s mind bowing stuff, so, we thought we would write a blog post about some of the amazing facts about hemp.
There at LEAST 30,000 known uses for hemp-and the list is still growing…
- Hemp seeds are more nutritious than chia and flax seeds. They contain high levels of vitamins A, B, D, and E, as well as vital minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. In fact, hemp seeds are a super food, Hemp has powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, making it a medical and scientific wonder too.
- Hemp breathes in 4 times the carbon dioxide of trees.
- The hemp seed contains a nutrient that is also found in breast milk.
- Hemp seed can be converted into a biodegradable toxic-free biodiesel to power cars.
- Approximately 4 billion trees would be saved every year if we used hemp paper rather than timber.
- Hemp planting reduces deforestation and actually improves the soil on which it is grown.
- The founding fathers grew hemp!
- 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc., were made from hemp until the 1820s, with the introduction of the cotton gin.
- Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.
- If there is one thing you probably didn’t know about hemp is that it can eliminate toxins and radioactive material from the environment. So much that scientists who planted it at Chernobyl found that hemp conducted phytoremediation and removed chemicals from the soil better than any other plant.
- The oil has other omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, too, which makes it healthier than most varieties of vegetable oil.
- Hemp can be used to make cars. In fact, this first happened back in 1941, when Henry Ford had a car that was made out of soybean, hemp and plastics. Not only was it lighter than steel, but it withstood ten times the impact, all without denting.
- These days, hemp is popular for home building because walls made from hemp are rot-free, pest-free, mold-free and also fire-resistant – hemp plastics are also completely biodegradable, too.
- Not only could it replace some of the causes of carbon emissions, but hemp can also eliminate carbon emissions. This is due to it having such a high carbon-dioxide uptake that it creates a process called carbon sequestration that captures emissions.
- Due to being a protein that contains amino acids and vitamins, hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally dense foods, which can also be made into oil or flour.
- In 1938, hemp was called ‘Billion Dollar Crop.’ It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars.
- On its own, hemp seed contains the human daily requirement for protein.
- Because hemp seeds are an amino- and vitamin-rich protein, they are among the most nutritionally dense foods on earth. They are edible as is or can be roasted or shelled and eaten as “hemp hearts.” They can be ground into flour, pressed into oil, or sprinkled over other foods like salads or yogurt.
- Its short 12- to 14-week growing cycle makes it a highly sustainable crop that effectively fights global warming.
- Marijuana and hemp seeds originate from cannabis plant, but hemp and marijuana are not the same. Agricultural hemp contains almost no tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that causes you to get high. That means you’ll never have to worry about feeling weird at work after you enjoy hemp seeds for breakfast.
- Hemp stalks provide an excellent source of fibrous material for making composite panels of all shapes, sizes, and functions, from doors to floors, car parts, window frames, and everything between.
Whether you wear it, turn it into paper, or eat it, we hope this article has convinced you to give hemp a try.