FACTS ABOUT HEMP
When you say hemp, most people either think that it was sent by the devil himself or that it is a miracle plant (I would like to believe that the members of this community tend to be the latter). There are a lot of studies where you can read about the many great qualities of hemp and there are a lot of lesser-known facts about it. Here are some of them, for your enlightenment and joy.
The first known written records of hemp cultivation date back to 5000 years in ancient China.
The oldest relic of human industry is a piece of hemp tissue dated back to 8000 BC.
From 1631 until the early 1800s, it was legal for the US to pay hemp taxes.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, US farmers were prohibited from refusing hemp cultivation.
Until recent history, 90% of hemp sails and ropes have been manufactured worldwide.
By 1820 and the introduction of cotton, 80% of hemp fabrics were produced worldwide.
The word canvas derives from the old English word “Canevas”, the Latin word for cannabis.
In England, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I issued decrees urging his cultivation, emigrants were rewarded with the citizenship for the cultivation of hemp.
The United States Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp on their plantations.
Hemp seeds are one of the best sources of omega-3 and healthy fatty acids that help to control cholesterol levels.
Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant.
The huge amounts of fiber in cannabis seeds help keep the digestive tract clean and healthy.
The antioxidants and plant sterols contained in hemp seeds help lower the risk of colon, prostate and breast cancer.
Fuel from hemp burns cleanly and does not contribute to global warming.
In 1916, the US government predicted that it would be able to stop all 1940 logging if hemp were used instead. Their studies concluded that the yield of 1 acre (~ 4km²) of hemp is 4.1 trees and it is much easier to grow.
He is the fastest producer of biomass in the world; 10 tons can yield 10 tons in four months – much higher yields than any wood.
Planting 6% of the US land mass could produce enough biomass to meet the US total energy needs.
Hemp biomass can be converted into gasoline.
Hemp has a higher cellulose content than wood, about 77% compared to 60% for wood. This makes it a better source for most things that wood is used for.
Hemp is very easy to grow because no pesticides or herbicides are needed to grow it on an industrial scale.
Almost anything that can be made from wood, cotton or petroleum can be made from hemp.
There are currently more than 25,000 products made from hemp.
By treating the plant fibers, it is possible to produce cost-effective, heat-resistant and practical building material.
Hemp plastic is biodegradable, plastic is not.
As you can see, hemp has a lot to offer and that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you are really interested in all the wonderful properties of hemp, then you will be advised to look out there for what you can do with it.