Hemp is a very versatile Plant that has played an important role in the history of mankind.
With the capability to be used to produce crucial resources such as rope, clothing, paper, and more, hemp has been the catalyst for man’s earliest innovations. There is even archaeological evidence that we were using hemp as long as 8,000 BC.
Over the years, the hemp industry has experienced a lot of ups and downs, but with the recent explosion in with CBD and a shift in demand for natural products, the industry is experiencing renaissance.
Due to this new demand for Hemp and Hemp-based products, farmers and entrepreneurs around the world are turning to hemp cultivation as the next big thing.
Before we get to far into the details, it’s best to clear up the matter of what exactly Hemp is, and how it relates to Cannabis and Marijuana.
I know many people are unsure of the answer to this.
First off, they aren’t all the same thing.
Cannabis is a classification of plants with various species, and Hemp and Marijuana are both species of plant within the Cannabis family.
Although Hemp and Marijuana are both species of Cannabis, they have several distinct differences.
The many uses of hemp
We can see how important hemp has been in the history of the human race. But what makes this plant so special? Let’s take a look at the many uses of hemp, as well as why it is so valuable to our future.
As previously mentioned, hemp fiber has been used for millennia. It can be used to make fabrics and textiles, rope and paper. The word ‘canvas’ actually derives from the word cannabis.
The seeds of hemp are extremely nutritious and were first thought to be eaten by the Ancient Chinese and Indians. They have a nutty taste and can be eaten raw, ground up, sprouted, or made into dried sprout powder. Hemp seeds also contain a very beneficial oil that is high in unsaturated fatty acids, including an optimal 1:4 ratio of omega-3 to 6.
Additionally, hemp milk can be made from hemp seeds, while the raw leaves of the hemp plant make a nice addition to salads.
Hemp can be made into a variety of building materials. These include concrete-like blocks called ‘Hempcrete’ biodegradable plastics, and wood replacements.
These materials have been used in the manufacture of many things, including electronics, cars and houses. In fact, the first American home made of hemp-based materials was completed in August 2010 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Remarkably, the oil from hemp seeds and stalks can also be made into biofuels such as
Biodiesel — sometimes known as ‘hempoline’. While this biofuel can be used to power engines, it does take quite a lot of raw material to produce a substantial amount.
In the last few years, the CBD industry has exploded. Across the globe, the all-naturalbenefits of CBD has resulted in a huge demand for CBD products, with hemp being the primary source of CBD.