Throughout history, hemp has been widely used around the world for paper, fabrics, and even medicines. It was one of the first cultivated fiber plants, with archaeological records of its use dating back to ancient civilizations in northern China, as early as the year 10,000 BC. Hemp had many uses, such as oil or fuel, cloth, and construction materials. It was imported to Japan and is still used today to dress Buddhist monks and sumo wrestlers.
The history of the hemp plant dates back 10,000 years ago. Carbon tests suggest that hemp was used as early as 8,000 B. C. During the 16th century, Henry VIII told farmers to plant hemp plants in large quantities to provide materials to the British naval fleet.
Adult hemp is 10 to 15 feet tall and has a fibrous trunk to support its weight.
HEMP isfound mainly in the Northern Hemisphere and is a variety of the cannabis sativa species. Hemp is cultivated for the industrial use of its derived products. It has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a substance that alters brain function, and higher levels of CBD (cannabidiol).
As highlighted in the introduction, hemp has existed for many years. The ancients found this plant useful in several ways and, to date, the hemp plant has several uses. In Great Britain, hemp was used in the construction of battleships and their components. Nowadays, hemp has been used in several recipes because of its health benefits for human beings.
It is rich in fatty acids and amino acids, which are essential components in a diet. Like regular walnuts, hemp nuts can be consumed in the same way. Widely, hemp has been used to produce salad oil that is used on many farms today. Because of the many benefits of using the products from this plant, many people prefer salad oil made from hemp to any other on the market. The hemp plant is also used in pet food when mixed with cat food, it makes their coat healthy and shiny.
The plant is also used as a food supplement for dogs, cows and horses. In the west, the hemp plant is used in the textile industry. It is used to make a variety of fabrics that are similar to cotton but more durable. The oldest known fabric, the first pair of jeans and even the first American flag were made from hemp. Hemp oil has been used as a fuel for a long time until oil was introduced.
Today, hemp oil is used to create biofuels that replace the gasoline5 used in diesel engines. Biofuel is much better for the environment since it does not produce hazardous gases such as carbon monoxide. Hemp also provides an alternative to plastic products since most of what we buy are wrapped in plastic bags which are hazardous to the environment since they are not biodegradable. Hemp offers a better alternative through the production of recyclable packaging. It should be noted that industrial hemp is not cannabis and there are several countries where it is considered illegal to consume the plant or plant products. Hemp seeds have nutritional value since they contain more than 30% fat and are rich in alpha-linolenic acid and fatty acids.
The seeds also contain gamma-linolenic acid which has numerous health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease when consumed while insoluble fiber has been identified to reduce cases of diabetes. In fact, side effects of drugs used for medicinal purposes similar to CBD are much worse than those of CBD which is important to consider when administering medications to patients. Since ancient times, hemp has many uses and benefits for both humans and animals including its seeds which have more health benefits than anyone could imagine. Hemp can be refined into a variety of commercial items such as paper, ropes, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food and animal feed. Global awareness is changing and hemp is once again in the foreground as awareness of its benefits is better understood. Save my name, email and website in this browser for the next time I comment.