Hemp, a plant that has so many uses.
Hemp is a soft, durable fibre that is cultivated from plants of the Cannabis genus,It is one of the earliest domesticated plants known, thought to have originated in north-east China and south-eastern Siberia.
The earliest indirect evidence of hemp use is from decorated Chinese Neolithic pottery with cord impressions on it; the ancient Egyptians even used hemp (cannabis) in suppositories for relieving the pain of haemorrhoids.
It is estimated 50,000 products are made from hemp (No, I'm not going to list them all here but here are some)
- Biodegradable plastics
- Health food
- Cordage (That’s rope to you and me)
- Everlasting clothing
- Nutritional products
- Casual shorts
- Beach wear
- Animal bedding
- Animal Litter
Concrete-like blocks made with hemp and lime, have been used as an insulating material for construction in China.
OK I'll stop now but I guess you get the drift; Hemp is quite a unique product.
It’s use for medical purposes is also well know and argued about, evidence dating back to 2,737 BC have shown the Hemp is invaluable in the treatment of certain medical conditions, it has been found to help with chemotherapy treatments and for AIDS patients, its effective for treating glaucoma, as well as gastrointestinal illness, Hemp oil has been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema.
Marinol a Synthetic cannabinoids is available as prescription drug in United States and Canada, and Cesamet,another Synthetic cannabinoid is available in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and also in the United States.
Although the recreational use in most parts of the world is illegal, its use as a medicine is legal in a number of countries, including Canada, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Italy, Finland, and Portugal and In the United States
Hemp is one of the faster growing biomasses (a renewable energy source) known, it can produce up to 25 tonnes of dry matter per hectare (About 10,000 square metres) per year, it’s very environmentally friendly (Well apart from the chemical fertilizers used in some industrial agriculture) it requires few pesticides and no herbicides. China is the world leading producer of hemp
The fruit of the hemp is a seed, apart from being used in bird seed mix it is sometimes used as fishing bait, when made into oil it has been used in paints and moisturizing creams, but now we get to the interesting part.
Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life but unlike soya beans Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, and like soya beans can be made into milk, Hemp tea is very healthy drink, grind the seeds into a meal and it can be used in baking some other Products include cereals, frozen waffles and hemp tofu.
Hemp is a good source of dietary fibre, calcium and iron, and contains antioxidants and chlorophyll. Whole hempseeds are also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese.
Also unlike the Soya bean there are no known allergies to hemp foods, hemp contains no gluten, The fresh leaves can also be eaten in salads, the seeds contains a large dietary supplement of omega-3, higher even than walnuts.