Twelve great hemp facts we think you probably didn’t know.
- Hemp is nutritious
Okay, this may not be new news, but did you know that the hemp seed has the same nutrient that is also in…. wait for it… breast milk. The hemp seed holds an oil that is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), just as in breast milk.
- Hemp helps the environment
Did you know that hemp can eliminate toxins and radioactive material? It’s true! To test this, scientists planted hemp at Chernobyl and discovered that hemp conducted phytoremediation and decomposed chemicals from the soil better than any house plant, or any plant for that matter.
- Hemp helped fight the Evil Axis
The hemp plant wasn’t prohibited in the US until the 1940s. Only a decade prior, during WWII, the United States Department of Agriculture promoted the “Hemp for Victory” campaign, making a 13-minute video to raise awareness of hemp growing in the US.
Why? Because of the supply shortage of Indonesian-made hemp due to the wartime crop was used for making everything, including rope and sails for ships.
- Hemp enriches
Hemp is equipped with deep roots that allows it to grow in various types of soil and terrains. Not only is it versatile, hemp can even hold soil together. In the past, it has been used for this purpose after clear cutting of trees. Bet you didn’t know that?
When the hemp plant is reaped, the stem and leaves contain so many nutrients that many farmers take what they don’t need and put it back in the soil. This process rejuvenates the soil even more, enriching the soil with nitrogen, aiding with an even larger yield for the next season.
- Hemp can build houses and even cars
Whaaat? Yes, really! It all started in 1941, when Henry Ford owned a car made of soybean hemp and plastics. It was lighter than steel, but it was durable, withstanding ten times the impacts, without a single dent. In 2008 Lotus launched their eco friendly sports car, featuring lush hemp wool on the steering wheel, to hard compressed hemp making up the seats.
Today, hemp is a popular choice for building homes because structures made from hemp are pest-free, rot-free, mold-free, and are fire-resistant. Plus, hemp plastic materials are 100% biodegradable.
- Hemp can power cars
Sure, a car can be made of hemp, but can it go? Absolutely! Hemp seed oil can be converted from into a biodegradable and toxic-free biodiesel.
- Hemp is a superhero – it could save the world
Now, hemp is no Captain Planet, but close enough. It could replace some of the effects that lead to carbon emissions, but hemp could also eliminate them. You see, hemp has a really high carbon-dioxide uptake and it starts a process named carbon sequestration that traps emissions.
- Hemp prevents deforestation
Hemp can be used as a resource material for wood and paper, which make for a healthier earth and it’s inhabitants, humans and animals. For a one year supply of paper, it is said that one acre of hemp is equivalent to four acres of trees.
- Hemp could help eliminate world hunger
Hemp is a protein that holds amino acids and important vitamins. Hemp seeds are a nutritionally dense food, which could be made into many different foods, as with soya and most significantly into oil or flour. Don’t forget that hemp is a hearty plant that can be grown in different types of soil and land.
- Hemp founded the United States
Okay, maybe it helped. Did you know the U.S Constitution was scripted on hemp paper? Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father and hemp farmer, stated, “Hemp is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.” This statement was the catalyst for colonial farmers to be required to sow and harvest hemp in the 1700s
- Hemp canvas
Ready for something really cool? The North American Industrial Hemp Council states that the word “canvas” is derived from the word “cannabis.”
- Healthy oil
Hemp oil contains omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, which makes hemp a healthier alternative to vegetable oil.