Hemp is one of the most versatile crops that the Earth has gifted us. It is believed that the hemp industry has existed since 8,000 BC, making it one of the oldest industries in the world, and that hemp has over 50,000 uses.
While hemp had been cultivated and used for a variety of purposes, the industry began facing trouble in 1937, when the Marijuana Tax Act placed a heavy tax on all cannabis, discouraging its production. In 1970, hemp was classified as an illegal Schedule I substance through the Controlled Substances Act; however, this status was removed from hemp in 2018, allowing hemp to be produced as an ordinary agricultural product.
Due to a push for sustainable, eco-friendly practices and an increasing demand for natural products, the hemp industry is in the process of expanding and will thrive once again.
So, what is hemp, and why is it a miracle plant? What are its benefits?
Hemp is a variation of Cannabis that contains negligible amounts of THC, making it non-psychoactive and a non-drug. Yes, hemp is different than marijuana, and no, it cannot get you high.
Hemp does contain Cannabidiol (CBD), which provides the plant with extensive health benefits, in addition to its seeds, fiber and stalk, which are incredible for industrial uses. What makes hemp so special is the combination of the benefits derived from its CBD, its thousands of uses as an industrial material, and its incredible sustainability.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis that is safe, non-addictive, and does not get a user “high.” CBD has the ability to suppress seizures, reduce nausea and vomiting, and relieve both nerve and muscle pain. Additionally, CBD can be potential life saving as it combats tumors, cancer cells, and neurodegenerative disorders. CBD has also been shown to help with anxiety and depression disorders, among many other benefits to the human body. It’s no wonder the popularity of CBD has skyrocketed in recent years, given that natural remedies are naturally more beneficial for our bodies.
As the strongest natural fiber in the world, hemp fiber is now known to have over 50,000 different uses.
The seeds of a hemp plant are commonly used for industrial purposes, such as printing inks, oil paints, fuels, and solvents. Body care products can be made from hemp seeds as well, including soaps, lotions, and shampoos. Furthermore, hemp seeds are also used nutritionally, and can be consumed as a protein powder, seed oil, and hemp seed hearts.
Both the leaves and roots of a hemp plant can be used for compost, and the roots can also help relieve arthritis or joint pain, fibromyalgia and eczema.
The stalk of the hemp plant is the strongest part, and serves primarily industrial uses. The hemp fibers within the stalk can create building materials, such as fiberboard, insulation, and serve as a fiberglass substitute, as well as compose industrial textiles, including rope, canvas, carpet and netting. Hemp fibers can also be incorporated into clothing, denim, shoes and handbags, and are a much more green alternative to apparel made from cotton and paper made from trees. In its industrial forms, hemp fibers are both anti-odor and anti-bacterial, fighting off even the resistant MRSA strain, exemplifying hemp’s power.
Additionally, hemp is used to create biofuel, that is 86% greener than gasoline and that can be used to fuel existing transportation vehicles.
From that, you can tell that hemp is a huge tool in creating a more sustainable lifestyle and saving our Earth. The input required to produce hemp is miniscule in comparison to the output, so much so that it is essentially a net-gain transaction between humans and the hemp plant.
The growing process for hemp is more eco-friendly in and of itself than that of other commonly grown crops for industrial purposes. The hemp plant requires very little irrigation to grow, and does not need any pesticides or herbicides. It also uses 50% of the amount of water that cotton needs to grow, and creates half the carbon footprint. Compared to trees grown to produce papers, hemp plants produce four times the amount of paper per acre, making it evident that hemp is the smarter alternative. Lastly, Hemp products are biodegradable and non-toxic; therefore, at the end of its lifecycle, hemp “waste” will do no harm to the planet.
Hemp can also be used for soil remediation, further emphasizing what it means to be a “miracle plant.” That’s right – not only can hemp prevent damage to our Earth, but it can also remove toxins in the soil and help reverse damage done to the soil.
Hemp is undoubtedly a miracle plant. In Chinese, it means both “grand relief” and “grand magic.” In order for hemp to be born, all five elements of nature had to align and coordinate interdependently.
The five elements that provide sustenance to Earth are fire (Sun), Earth (soil), metal (minerals), water (H2O), and tree (foliage). Hemp is endowed with the best attributes of all five elements, as it thrives in desert sun, cleans soil, destroys bacteria like metal silver, needs little water to grow, and produces the strongest tree fiber.
Hemp embodies the sublime harmony of the five elements of nature. When all five are aligned and flowing, hemp is truly nature’s finest bounty.
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