Hemp is widely considered to be one of humanity’s first domesticated crops. Scientists believe that humans have cultivated hemp for its nutritional, medicinal, and industrial properties for more than ten thousand years. Check out the following hemp facts for more info…
Every part of the hemp plant offers huge value:
- Flower: powerful medicinal and spiritual properties
- Seed: amazing source of protein and the essential amino/fatty acids required to sustain human life
- Stalk: contains the strongest natural industrial fibres in the world
- Roots & leaves: feed the soil with valuable nutrients – a farmer can grow multiple crops of hemp per season in the same field without seeing a decrease in soil nutrients.
On top of that, you won’t find an easier plant to grow. The incredibly hardy hemp plant thrives in almost any environment without the need for pesticides or herbicides. It is one of the easiest possible plants for humans to domesticate.
Here are just a few of the common goods and products that humans have made from hemp in ancient and modern times:
- Building materials
- Sailing cloth
- Cardboard & packaging
- Lamp Oil
- Agro-fibre composites
- Compression-molded parts
- Brake/clutch linings
- Oil paints
- Printing inks
Given its economic value and significance for so much of human history, it’s astonishing to consider that some countries – such as the U.S. – banned its industrial production simply because one particular strain of the plant has hallucinogenic properties. Talk about throwing out the baby with the bathwater!
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