No matter the stigmatic thoughts you may have with hemp, it’s a fact Jack that hemp has been used for hundreds of years for so many things. Aside from the thousands of medicinal uses, here are some other fun facts:
- In 1776, Betsy Ross used fabric made of hemp to make the first American Flag.
- George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. The U.S. Constitution was written on hemp paper. Thomas Jefferson, who cultivated a hemp farm, once said, “Hemp is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.” Colonial farmers were required to grow hemp in the 1700’s. You would be jailed for NOT growing hemp.
- Ben Franklin made hemp paper. Hemp can be used as source material for wood and paper; one acre of hemp can produce as much paper a year as four acres of trees, according to the Hemp Technologies Collective.
- Hemp seed contains a nutrient found in breast-milk- an oil that’s rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Hemp seed oil has other omega-3 and 6 fatty acids as well, which makes it more healthy than most varieties of vegetable oil.
- Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally dense foods; they’re a protein and contain amino acids and vitamins. They can also be made into oil or flour.
- In 1941, 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. Hemp’s popular for home building because walls made from hemp are rot-free, pest-free, mold-free and fire-resistant. Oh, and they can last up to 500 years. Hemp plastics are also completely biodegradable.
- Hemp wasn’t prohibited in the United States until the 1950s. During WWII, when supplies of Japanese-made hemp were cut off, the U.S. Department of Agriculture started the “Hemp for Victory” campaign, creating a thirteen-minute video to promote hemp growing in the United States. The crop was needed to make everything from rope to sails for ships. The word “canvass” is rooted in the world “cannabis,” according to the North American Industrial Hemp Council.
- Hemp has been grown for the last 12,000 years.
- Hemp was used as money in the 1800’s.
- The oil from hemp seed can be converted into biodiesel that’s biodegradable and non-toxic; the fermented stalk can be made into ethanol and methanol. Although there are more efficient fuel alternatives, hemp is good in a pinch. Hemp can not only replace some of the causes of carbon emissions, hemp can eliminate carbon emissions. Hemp has such a high carbon-dioxide uptake that it creates a process called carbon sequestration, which captures emissions. Every ton of hemp eliminates 1.63 tons of carbon, according to Hemp Inc.
- You can make over 25,000 products with hemp.
- Hemp enriches the soil where it’s grown. Hemp has such deep roots that it can easily grow in many different types of soil and terrains. It even holds the soil together, and increases its microbial content. Once the plant is harvested, the stem and leaves are so nutrient-filled that many farmers put what they don’t use back in the soil, which rejuvenates it and results in an even bigger yield the next year.
- Hemp absorbs toxic metals. It is shown to eliminate toxins and radioactive material from the environment.
- CBD hemp oil is legal in all 50 states under the 2014 US Farm Bill, while CBD derived from Cannabis is only legal in Medical or recreational states.
- Cannabidiol (CBD), a constituent that naturally occurs in industrial Hemp, is just one of over 85 cannabinoids that is identified in the cannabis plant.
CBD hemp works WITH our bodies because God created us with an Endocannainoid system. Cannabinoid receptors are found on the surface of cells. Endocannabinoids are small molecules that activate cannabinoid receptors. Metabolic enzymes break down endocannabinoids after they are used. The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vital molecular system for helping maintain homeostasis—it helps cells stay in their Goldilocks zone (you know, where everything is “just right”).
- The US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health (PubMed) comprises more than 28 million citations, life science journals, and online books including links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Medical practitioners refer to this site often. There are hundreds of studies regarding CBD derived from hemp. Go to the governmental website and search for “CBD” and add in the search your health concern. Read about the study on how it can help you.
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