The hemp industry is on the rise and projected to grow from USD 4.6 billion in 2019 to USD 26.6 billion by 2025. Awareness of the benefits this plant is becoming better known as well as its reputation hemp, (Cannabis sativa), also called industrial hemp is a plant of the family Cannabaceae cultivated for its fiber (bast fiber) or its edible seeds.
Here are 10 interesting facts about this super plant:
1. Consuming hemp is like consuming breast milk
Hemp seeds are a complete protein with an omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of 3:1. The seeds have found themselves onto the superfood list because they contain all of the essential amino acids needed by the human body in perfect proportions. Hemp also contains Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is incredibly healthy and is found naturally in breast milk. Many moms who take a more holistic approach to parenting appreciate making hemp milk and the benefits it provides their children.
2. Paper can be made from hemp
Hemp paper is an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional paper which follows a very similar process to traditional paper making methods.
On an annual basis, an acre of hemp will produce as much paper material as 2-4 acres of trees.
Fibres cultivated from the stems of hemp plants are among the strongest plant fibres from which we can make paper and other textiles. Did you know that the original U.S. Constitution was written on hemp paper?
3. You can make clothes out of hemp
Hemp was first domesticated 10,000 years ago when it was spun into usable fibre for the very first time. An acre of hemp will produce as much fibre as 2-3 acres of cotton. Clothing made of hemp fibre is lightweight and absorbent, with three times the tensile strength of cotton. Legend has it that the first pair of Levi's jeans were made of hemp canvas…
4. Hemp can build houses
Mixing hemp’s woody core with lime and water produces a natural, light concrete that retains thermal mass and is highly insulating.
Using hemp is a sustainable building material because it is carbon negative (it stocks more carbon in the fibre of the plant than is used to grow, harvest, and process it). Times stronger than concrete when mixed with lime binder and water.
5. Hemp can power cars
In 1941, Henry Ford displayed a car that was made out of soybean, hemp and plastics; it was lighter than steel and withstood ten times the impact...without denting. Hemp's popular for home building because walls made from hemp are rot-free, pest-free, mold-free and fire-resistant. Hemp plastics are also completely biodegradable and apparently can last up to 500 years!
6. Hemp will not get you high!
Industrial hemp contains little or no THC, the psychoactive chemical known for the high created by marijuana.
7. The weed that kills weed
Because of its fast-growing nature and tall plants, hemp is used to kill other forms of useless and unwanted weed. It’s a good choice for crop rotation, that will yield hemp produce and will organically purify the water and soil.
8. Hemp can reduce carbon emissions.
According to Hemp Inc. Hemp can not only replace some of the causes of carbon emissions, but hemp can also eliminate carbon emissions. Hemp has such a high carbon-dioxide uptake that it creates a process called carbon sequestration, which captures emissions. Every ton of hemp eliminates 1.63 tons of carbon. Can hemp then save the world?
9. The first president of the United States grew hemp.
As did the third president, Thomas Jefferson.
10. The last fact is a crazy fun one for all the pirate fans out there...
Did you know that Blackbeard (AKA Edward Teach) known as the most terrifying pirate in the world would weave hemp into his beard and light it on fire before capturing a ship—an intimidation tactic that made him look demonic. Yes, Blackbeard – that would scare us, too!