HEMP – Facts That Are Fascinating!
Hemp is a multi-billion-dollar crop with a long history whose benefits are endless. The hemp industry creates jobs, reduces unemployment and its legalization improves the economy while reducing drug related crimes. Today, because people are discovering the medical benefits of hemp, the once taboo plant is becoming widely accepted.
Hemp can be smoked, eaten, used to make clothing and paper but here are some things you may not know.
- Hemp is an all-natural substance that could replace plastic, fiberglass and other toxic substances that are polluting our environment.
- It is the perfect substance to make all kinds of consumer products from window frames, to floors, car parts, clothing and so much more.
- Hemp is readily available and inexpensive to produce and is also recyclable.
- Full legalization of Hemp will help promote more hemp growing and bring costs down even further.
- In addition, hemp is becoming increasingly popular in the building of new homes, because hempcrete walls are resistant to fire, rot, bugs and mold and they are 100 percent biodegradable.
- Hemps seeds are more nutritious than flax and chia seeds.
- Hemp contains high levels of Vitamins A, B, D, and E, have antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.
- They are high in vital minerals, fatty acids and proteins, reduce inflammation and also contain a nutrient, gamma linolenic acid, found in breast milk.
- A serving of hemp seed contains the human daily requirement for protein.
- Because Hemp seeds have high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, hemp oil is a healthier alternative to most vegetable oils on the market.
- Hemp was used in over 80% of clothing products until the 1820s, until the cotton industry took over. Hemp makes extremely durable and comfortable clothing products and while there are only a few companies that produce hemp clothing today, we can expect to see more in the near future.
- It is the healthiest meat alternatives and could eliminate world hunger.
- Henry Ford constructed a car out of hemp in 1941 that also ran on hemp. The hemp car was able to withstand a strong impact without a single dent. The only steel in the car was the welded frame.
- More recently an experimental sports car was produced from hemp.
- Hemp is cannabis, but it is not marijuana because it contains almost no tetrahydrocannabinol, the ingredient in marijuana that causes you to get high. Enjoy your morning cereal that contains hemp seeds!
- Cannabinoid, cannabidiol (or CBD) is found in hemp and studies suggests, that as a nutritional supplement, it has numerous potential health related benefits.
- Hemp can be ground into flour and used for baked goods, pressed into oil, or sprinkled over foods like cereal, salads or yogurt.
- You can make hemp milk by putting two cups of water into a blender along with a half a cup of hemp seeds and then sweeten to taste.
- Using hemp paper products and other products made from wood can stop or slow down deforestation. (An acre of hemp can produce the same amount of paper as 4 acres of trees)
- When scientists planted hemp at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, they found that it removed toxins and radioactive chemicals from the soil.
- Hemp can help fight global warming. Hemp consumes four times as much CO2 as trees do!
- Cannabis used as a truth serum on World War II prisoners.
- Hemp is the crop that saved the World War II. It made many products needed by the military, from sails for ships to ropes.
- Hemp was legal until after the war when the Federal Government decided to make it illegal
- Cannabis is an appetite stimulant and some countries use it to fatten up livestock.
- The Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research found trace quantities of cannabis in the air of 8 cities in Italy.