Hemp, Hemp Hurray: It's Nationwide Hemp Day!
In fact, hemp has a pretty colorful history. One that spanned thousands of years in most countries around the world.
Most cultures around the world have not only used hemp for all sorts of purposes over time, but all of them have greatly appreciated the plant as well.
It is less than 100 years ago that hemp has been hiding in the shade, considering that hemp has been an integral part of humanity for 10,000 years.
The History of Hemp
The earliest surviving use of hemp dates back to around 8000 BC in what is now Taiwan.
In ancient China, hemp was so revered that the Chinese called their land "land of mulberries and hemp."
In Atharvaveda, one of the ancient Hindu-Vedic sacred texts, hemp is listed as one of the five sacred plants of India.
Hemp is considered one of the first crops in the world and has long been considered one of the most important agricultural crops of humanity.
In 1977, Carl Sagan even suggested that Cannabis sativa probably led to the development of civilization itself.
Take a look at the following timeline to see how important Hemp in history really was:
- 8000 BC: Hemp fibers found in ancient pottery in present-day Taiwan as one of five sacred Indian plants
- 600 BC: Hanfseil discovered in Russia
- 500 BC: Cannabis leaves and cannabis seeds found in Germany
- 200 BC: Hemp rope discovered in Greece
- 850 AD: Vikings use hemp rope and introduce it to Iceland
- 900 AD: Hemp paper is made by the Arab people.
- 1533: King Henry VII I. (King of England) imposes fines on farmers who do not grow hemp.
- 1616: Jamestown (the first English settlement in America) grows hemp to make ropes and fabrics for clothing and sails.
- 1700s: George Washington builds hemp and hemp is cited with the words: "Make the most of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere. "
- 1776: Declaration of Independence in Written on Hemp Paper
- 1916: Article published by USDA that hemp is 4x that much paper Produced per hectare as trees
- 1937: Marijuana Tax The law is enacted and the production of hemp becomes something that is strongly discouraged.
- 1938: Article posted by Popular Mechanics explains how 25,000 different products can be made from hemp
- 1942: Henry Ford builds a 10x stronger Hemp car as steel
- 1942: Program "Hemp for the Victory" that was launched by the USDA and farmers in the middle West and Southeast encouraged to grow hemp to support the war.
- 1957: The last commercial hemp fields in the US are classified in Wisconsin
- 1970: The Law on Regulated Substances is adopted and hemp classified as a Schedule I substance (the strictest regulation that exists) and cultivation becomes illegal
- 1998: Food grade hemp seed and oil are imported to the USA
- ] 2007: Two farmers in North Dakota receive the first licenses for hemp cultivation for over 50 years.
- 2014: The Farm Bill is signed by President Barack Obama Hemp Cultivation
- 2018: The Farm Bill of 2018 is passed and finally legalises hemp production in the USA
Did you know that the word "canvas" goes back to the Latin word " cannapaceus, " that means "made from hemp?"
It is believed that the word comes from the Greek "κάνναβις", which means "cannabis".
Why Hemp is Important
Hemp was once considered to be the most important crop in the country for a good reason History.
Some might even say that hemp is the tree of life itself.
Although this is certainly controversial, there is no denying that hemp is one of the most beneficial and versatile plants ever.
Fiber, food, fuel, medicine
Seriously, is there anything hemp can not?
According to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA), "Hemp Industrial Hemp" is the most important plant in the world World . "
What exactly makes hemp so amazing that some consider it the most important plant on the planet?
Take a Closer Look
The Many Uses of Hemp
Did you know that hemp is grown in over 30 countries, in which it is produced – packed in countless different commercial products?
According to the National Advisory in Hemp and CBD (NAIHC), over 25,000 different products can be made from hemp.
We can not imagine another plant (or anything else on Earth) that can do the same! What are the many uses of hemp ?
As it turns out, they are practically endless. Listen.
Food and Beverages
Nutritionally, the fat and amino acid profiles of hemp are consistent with human DNA and provide omegas, protein ] and fiber that perfectly fits our needs.
C Considering that hemp has such a unique nutritional profile, it can be made into amazing foods and beverages.
Hemp seeds, hemp flour, hemp burgers, hemp seed oil, hemp protein powder, hemp milk, hemp seed butter and hemp beer (yes, it's a thing) Everything can be made from this fascinating plant.
Clothing and accessories
Hemp fiber has been used to make clothing for thousands of years.
While some people regard hemp clothing as something reserved for Bohemian counterculture, hemp has been favored by some of the world's best designers for years.
The most popular hemp apparel and accessories include: shirts, dresses, pants, shoes, flip-flops, sunglasses, ski and snowboard goggles, and more. Beauty Products
Hemp beauty products have been enjoying increasing popularity since the late 1990s. While once reserved in a small number of select health food stores across the country, hemp beauty products have become increasingly important.
Hemp beauty products have been enjoying increasing popularity since the late 1990s.
While once reserved in a small number of select health food stores across the country, hemp beauty products have become increasingly important.
Since CBD has always been the most popular supplement for natural cosmetics, hemp beauty products are more popular than ever.
Hemp has been used as a health aid for centuries.
Chinese scientist, botanist and researcher Hui-lin Li said: "The use of cannabis in medicine was probably a very early development.
Since the ancient people used hemp seeds as food, it was natural for them to discover the medicinal properties of the plant as well. "
The fast-forward to modern times and the use of hemp for health are exploding with the plethora of CBD products available on the ever-expanding CBD market.
It is suggested that we run out of fossil fuels before the 21st st century is over ,
Hemp, however, could help. Some say that one hectare of hemp can produce the same amount of energy as 1000 gallons of gas.
Could hemp save the impending gas crisis we are facing? Maybe. After all, hemp can produce two types of fuel: biodiesel and ethanol.
In a cycle of 20 years one hectare of hemp produce as much as 4 to 10 hectares of trees.
Over the last 40 years, global paper use has risen by 400 percent, and it is estimated that 35 percent of the world's deforested trees
The production of hemp paper could not save the world, it certainly could help.
Did you know that every year 8 million tons of plastic land in the oceans??
Although hemp plastic has not established itself exactly, it offers a durable and environmentally friendly alternative to the worldwide plastic problem.]
The interest in hemp plastics is increasing, and maybe one day hemp could completely replace plastic.
Hemp It is known that it absorbs everything in the soil in which it is planted. This process is called phytoremediation.
Hemp is so skilled at cleaning the soil that it was planted in abundance at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to extract radiation from the ground.
Move over conventional concrete. Hemp concrete is the new master builder on the block.
Hemp concrete is made from the inner, woody core of the hemp plant and makes not only about 1/8 of the weight of the conventional concrete plant, but its amazing insulation and can reduce energy costs by 50-70% per year.
What are some of the problems hemp could possibly solve?
Now that you have a better idea of how many things hemp can be used for, it's easy to see how this can possibly help solve some very serious problems.
Some even say hemp can simply save the world.
UCLA researcher and biochemist R. Lee Hamilton once honored hemp for his "life-giving values" and suggested that this could be the answer to ending the world hunger.
Recent research suggests that could help hemp to rescue the bees .
Hemp could replace plastic.
Hemp can be used for the production of biofuels represents an alternative to rapidly decreasing fossil fuels.
The cultivation of hemp for paper could contribute to the reduction of deforestation.
The transition to Hemp paper could literally save thousands of acres of trees and ultimately save the planet itself.
Hemp could substitute cotton for a more sustainable crop for fiber.
Get that It may require more than 5,000 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of cotton, while it requires about 600-900 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of hemp.
Hemp could be the bie save our trees, save plastic from our oceans, an alternative to fossil fuels, possibly end global hunger and much more.
Is there anything else (plant or anything else) that can boast of it?
How hemp has made a comeback (Note: CBD has helped a lot)
In recent years, hemp has made serious progress Come back.
Why is hemp suddenly in the limelight after all these years of repression? Honestly, it has a lot to do with CBD.
When CBD was identified as a "panacea" for seizures related to rare forms of epilepsy, CNN delivered a story In 2013, that exploded Interest in the cannabinoid.
The Farm Bill of 2014 paved the way for increased hemp production and research.
Five years later, hemp became (again) a household name.
When the Farm Bill was passed in 2014, hemp production began slowly, and Kentucky grew 33 acres.
By the end of 2018, 78,000 acres of hemp had been planted nationwide. The top producers? Kentucky, Colorado and Oregon.
It is estimated that the global industrial hemp industry will reach $ 10.6 billion by 2025.
"Growing populations and increasing disposable income are expected to drive increased demand for high-quality cosmetics, personal care products, protein supplements and other health food products," said Grand View Research in a press release from 2018. "These factors are expected to be the key factors in the market over the projected period."
A Recently Published Rolling Stones relativizes article "So far, CBD products were mostly available in head shops, and some doctors recommend them for various illnesses. But in 2017 and 2018, the products spread in health food stores, beauty alleys, cafes and medical practices. So far, the industry is well on its way to generating $ 591 million in 2018. "
According to the Brightfield Group this is the hemp CBD market" growing at a breathtaking pace. "Brightfield is the most bullish forecasting group. They predict that the CBD industry could reach $ 22 billion by 2022.
If this is indeed the case, hemp's comeback will be greater than anyone would have expected.