Impress Your Friends with Interesting Stories and Facts About Hemp and Cannabis!
"Hemp is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country."
Hemp is a Phyto-Remediator!
Hemp is an extremely versatile substance, but did you know that it's phenomenal at cleaning up the soil? Hemp is a phyto-remediator, which means that it sucks up all the pollutants and nitrates in the soil so it can preserve it's nutrients and prepare it for another grow season.
Before the prohibition of Hemp and Marijuana, farmers used hemp as a cycle crop to clean up the soil.
Scientists are also using Hemp to remediate radioactive strontium and cesium from the soil at Chernobyl, making it one of the only plants known to man that can help clean up radiated areas!
Hemp Farming was Required by Law in America!
In the colonial times, hemp was one of the biggest cash crops grown for export and production of items like ropes, masts, and clothing.
The demand of the product was so great, the Virginia Assembly of 1619 created a law requiring every farmer to cultivate hemp.
"Every planter as soone as he may, provide seede of flaxe and hempe and sowe the same.” - 1932 Virginia Assembly
Hemp was Bartered and on the $10 Bill!
During colonial times, Hemp was allowed as legal tender in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.
When paper tender was introduced, Cannabis was on the $10 bill up until 1900.
Hemp Seed Oil Contains a Nutrient Found in Breast Milk!
Among the many beneficial vitamins, nutrients, and Omega's hemp seed contains, it is also rich in GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which is also found in breast milk.
People use GLA for conditions such as arthritis, nerve damage due to diabetes, eczema, high blood pressure, and other conditions.
NOTE: Studies on the use of GLA for these conditions are limited and not proven.
Henry Ford Unveiled a Car Made with Hemp!
Henry Ford was known for his ingenuitive ideas on creating cars that are lighter, more efficient, easy to manufacture, and cost effective.
One such prototype was unveiled on August 13, 1941 at Dearborn Days, an annual community festival. The exact ingredients of the plastic panels are unknown because no record of the formula exists today, but there were articles around the time that claimed they were made from a chemical formula that, among many other ingredients, included soybeans, wheat, hemp, flax and ramie.
Ford wasn't the last person to do it. Several leading car manufacturers (Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Lotus, Honda, Mitsubishi, Iveco, Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Volvo) have started to use hemp for making composite panels. Mercedes has 20 kg of hemp in every Mercedes C-class.
Hemp was the First Domesticated Crop!
Before cotton and flax, Hemp was the first domesticated crop known in human history, with the first archaeological signs dating back to 10,000 BCE on pottery.
Hemp is an Effective Bio-Fuel!
Although not the most effective bio-fuel, hemp oil can be converted into a biodegradable and non-toxic bio-diesel. The stalks can also be processed into Ethanol and Methanol.
Hemp can be Made into Concrete and Wood Subsitutes!
And are also very effective. Hemp is processed with lime to create a concrete-like material can be used for insulation in houses. Hempcrete can replace wood to build very durable and breathable homes. It also is more water resistant!
Hemp can Reduce Carbon Emissions!
Not only is Hemp a fantastic Phyto-Remediator, it also sucks up Carbon Emissions in a process called carbon sequestration. Every ton of hemp eliminates 1.63 tons of carbon!
Hemp can Prevent Future Deforestation!
With the numerous ways you can utilize Hemp, it can replace most, if not all, the items created from wood. Hemp can also grow much faster than Trees, with a full grow cycle of no more than 4 months.
According to the Hemp Technologies Collective, one acre of hemp can produce as much paper a year as four acres of trees.
Hemp used as Canvas and Paper for Famous and Important Works!
Hemp was used as canvas and paper for centuries. In the 1820's, 80% of all textiles, fabrics and clothes were made from hemp.
Many of the first Bibles, Betsy Ross’s flag, maps, charts and first drafts of American constitution were made from hemp.
In the art world, Vincent Van Gogh’s Gainsborough and other early paintings were made on a hemp made canvas.
Hops is a Distant Cousin to Hemp!
The Hemp plant has many cousin plants that come from the same genus. Hops and Mint are two of them. The major terpene in Hops is Humulene, which is one of the primary terpenes in Hemp.