Hemp - pop quiz!
It’s about time, this lesser glorified super plant gets its due lime light. In this article we’ve covered some super fun and not so commonly known facts about Hemp and it's very intriguing journey from way back when!
The more we learn about it each day, the more respect this amazing plant earns.
A: Ready to have your mind blown?
- Henry Ford displayed a car that was made out of soybean, hemp and plastics; it was lighter than steel and withstood ten times the impact without denting
- Scientists planted Hemp at Chernobyl and found that they were able to eliminate toxins and radioactive material from the environment
- Rembrandt’s, Van Gogh’s, Gainsborough’s, as well as most early canvas paintings, were principally painted on hemp linen
- The U.S. Constitution was written on hemp paper
B: Fact checked! Practises and facts from waaay back when
- The use of cannabis as medicine can be traced back to 5000years
- Hemp has been used and is continued to be used in a variety of commercial items such as paper, textile, biodegradable plastic, paint, insulation, biofuel, food and animal feed. Said to have over 25000 use cases
- India was amongst the majority at the United Nations who voted to remove cannabis from the list of classified drugs
- 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
- China is the largest producer of Hemp producing over half of the world’s supply
C: The lesser known nutritional values
- Hemp seed produced for human consumption typically contains 37gms of pure protein for every 100gms of powder
- Hemp seed contains oil that's rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is also found in breast milk plays a crucial role in balancing omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
- Cold pressed hemp oil is high on unsaturated fatty acids
- Hemp protein is a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids
D: Hemp: The most sustainable crop!
- Hemp can reduce carbon emissions. Every ton of hemp eliminates 1.63 tons of carbon, according to Hemp Inc.
- Hemp enriches the soil where its grown, increasing microbial content therefore making the soil extremely fertile
- Biodiesel can be made from the oils in hemp seeds and stalks and is called Hempoline
- Hemp aids in preserving forests. An acre of hemp can produce as much paper a year as four acres of trees
- Hemp being a sustainable crop cause of its carbon neutral/negative qualities – shoes, clothing and accessories made of hemp contribute to the ‘Sustainable fashion’ industry which is more durable than cotton
We hope to have given you enough perspective of what this incredibly powerful plant is capable of.
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