The discovery of hemp dates all the way back to 10,000 years ago. No one really knows who specifically discovered hemp, however, it has been used for a plethora of purposes throughout human civilization.
Hemp was used for pretty much anything you could think of such as clothing, the fibers themselves, the seeds were used throughout the food, as medicine, and so many more purposes.
Hemp was especially used for meditation purposes in order to heighten one’s relaxation and hemp itself was often recognized as a gift from the Divine.
Back when ceremonies were held, hemp was also used to create clothing for these unique events, as well as smoking it for their own enjoyment during the ceremonies.
The difference between Hemp and Cannabis is they possess different purposes and applications.
However, 0.3% of THC can be discovered within industrial hemp, which has been federally illegal due to the level of THC found within it and its relation to cannabis.
With time, things started to change due to the 2018 Farm Bill, which declared that it is no longer classified as a schedule I substance related to marijuana.
This means that Hemp and CBD will no longer be treated under the same stringency of cannabis and will farmer will be legally allowed to grow it.
It will no longer be accounted for under the marijuana drug laws, allowing for increased freedom in hemp cultivation.
Uses of Hemp
There are up to 25,000 different types of products that can all be created from hemp. It can be used for things like clothing, building houses, nutrition, wellness, oils, fabric, textiles, rope, an alternative plastic, and far more uses out there! Hemp’s best attribute it’s strong fibers and durability.
Clothing wise, hemp has tons more benefits over cotton. The fact that it has stronger durability, is softer compared to cotton, doesn’t grow mildew, and can last for longer periods of time, which makes it a more attractive alternative.
During the clothing process, the utilization of hemp can be more environmentally friendly, as well as cost-effective due to the fact that it requires less amount of water to grow.
Whereas it takes a substantial amount of water to grow cotton compared to hemp. Clothing created from hemp also tends to have better breathability in contrast to cotton. Hemp can also be used for construction material by combining lime, water, along with the wood-like portion of the hemp seed to create a substance called hempcrete as the final product.
Hempcrete is resistant to insects, mold, and even fire! It works as a great insulator and is very cost-effective when constructing new houses.
For many years the U.S. has been facing environmental issues on how to minimize the use of plastic production and usage. It’s a pretty tough situation to solve overnight, but this is where hemp comes to save the day by taking place as a healthier alternative for plastic.
Hemp bioplastic is biodegradable, meaning that it can be broken down easily by microorganisms, as well as being cost-effective throughout production. Hemp is also a sustainable bioplastic because the carbon dioxide within it does not escape.
Therefore, this allows for the hemp bioplastic to last longer and decrease the number of carbon emissions from being released into the environment. Replacing regular plastic with hemp bioplastic will create a positive impact on our world’s overconsumption of plastic products.
It will be a small step that will cause a ripple effect of positive change for the environment by cutting down on regular plastic and using better alternatives such as hemp bioplastic for an improved planet.
NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS!
In fact, it can be used as a superfood due to its high supply of (up to) 3 tablespoons worth of protein! The characteristic that hemp seeds are well known for is providing a substantial amount of fiber. Hemp seeds are considered a complete protein because it contains all nine of the amino acids.
This can be quite beneficial especially for vegans or vegetarians due to the fact it is rare to find high protein foods for a plant-based diet. Hemp seeds also contain an abundance of omega-3s, including essential fatty acids.
The omega-3s found in hemp seeds can benefit the human body by allowing for longer life-span stability and length. Minerals and vitamins are great attributes of hemp seeds considering it contains an extensive variety of them. Particularly, magnesium, potassium, niacin, and both vitamins E and B-6.
Henry Ford was a huge advocate for building cars made out of hemp. He felt quite strongly about maintaining resources and cutting down the excessive use of forest and mineral products. Ford did not see a point in using forest and mineral resources when there was a readily an abundance of hemp available. Plus it was a more eco-friendly alternative and cost-effective.
So in 1941, Ford decided to craft a prototype to demonstrate how the car could be created with hemp in an innovative manner. The vehicle consisted of plastic composite, straw, sisal, as well as 70% of hemp fiber. Ford also beat the car with a club to further prove its sturdy durability and the hit left no dents behind.
During 1942, car production amongst other products came to a shortage during the war effort. Farmers were encouraged to grow hemp during the war, but as soon as the war was over hemp was immediately prohibited.
This was an unfortunate event for the hemp industry because it was just beginning to develop a better reputation, especially throughout the plastic industry. The sole reason it was demonized was just that it was closely related to marijuana. Although they are under the same family the two are distinctly different because hemp is not psychoactive like cannabis.
Later in 2017, the idea of driving a hemp car was brought back and established into reality. A Florida man by the name of Bruce Michael Dietzen built a car made from 100 pounds of hemp. His idea was derived from Henry Ford, he too wanted to build a hemp car to introduce a to the vehicle industry, as a more environmentally friendly alternative.
The body of the car is substantially more dense resistant and sustainable compared to regular ol’ steel. It was not easy for him to acquire the material though because in Florida it was illegal to grow. He did find a loophole though by importing the material from China. It cost Dietzen $200,000 to produce the entire car.
The hemp car is powered by biofuel composed of recycled agricultural waste, which decreases its carbon footprint dramatically. Celebrity, Jay Leno also featured this iconic hemp vehicle on his television series, Jay Leno’s Garage. It was featured to prove just how sturdy this vehicle was by taking it for a spin. Throughout the episode, Dietzen explained the amazing attributes of the car to Leno.
Lately Dietzen’s company has been producing even more custom hemp cars through an alternative method instead of the typical assembly line consisting of heaps of workers.
Benefits of Hemp
Hemp has a multitude of benefits and can heal or prevent different issues within the body. The use of Hemp has the ability to reduce inflammation, decreasing acne. Hemp oil is great for treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, lichen planus, and acne rosacea. It’s good at strengthening the skin, as well as resisting infection. The reason for this is due to all of the healthy fats and compounds that hemp oil contains.
Hemp can also be used for treating neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, childhood seizures, neuropathic pain, and multiple sclerosis. It has the ability to relieve pain and reduce tremors. The fatty acid within hemp helps protect the brain from inflammation with the assistance of polyphenols. Regarding heart health, it can help with lowering high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Hemp also contains fatty acids that can aid in diminishing the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is specifically linoleic acid that does this. Hemp oil also has the ability to treat the emotional symptoms pertaining to menopause by the linoleic acid-producing more prostaglandin E1. This is capable of reducing the emotional symptoms and complications of menopause.
Hemp seems to be very similar to CBD however the major difference between the two is that CBD contains cannabinoids, but hemp does not. Hence, why hemp contains very little to no psychoactive effects because most of it only contain up to 0.3% of THC.