Hemp

Hemp use dates back to the Neolithic age in China, with hemp fiber imprints found on pottery dating from the 5th century BC.The Chinese later used Hemp to make clothes, shoes, ropes, and an early form of paper.

The classical Greek historian Heroditus(ca. 480 BC) reported that the inhabitants of Scythia would often inhale the vapors of Hemp seed smoke, both as ritual and for their own pleasurable recreation.

Hemp is a Strain of the plant Cannabis Sativa however Hemp has a vastly lower level of THC than its cousin Marijuana and is generally used for fiber and Seed Oil. Today, hemp has been used for industrial purposes including paper,Constuction materials, textiles, plastics,Food and Fuel .

Hemp is currently legal in China(World’s Largest Producer),SpainJapan,Korea, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Africa, Egypt and Ireland.

In Europe and Chile small quantities of the Hemp Plant and Various strains of Hemp are grown for their different properties for example some Strains are fantastic for industrial products while others for their Fibre,Oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis approved for industrial hemp production produce only minute amounts of this psychoactive drug, not enough for any physical or psychological effects. Typically, Hemp contains below 0.3% THC, while cultivars of Cannabis grown for recreational use can contain anywhere from 2% to over 20%.

Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into a type of milk like Soy, prepared as tea, and used in baking. The Fresh Leaves can also be consumed in salads. Products include cereals, hemp tofu, and nut butters. A few companies produce value added Hemp seed items that include the seed oils, whole hemp grain (which is sterilized by law in the United States, where they import it from China and Canada), hemp flour, yes Hemp Cake (a by-product of pressing the seed for oil) and hemp protein powder. Hemp is also used in some organic cereals, even a non dairy Hemp ice Cream.

Hemp Uses:

Cloth,Cordage,Ropes,the fibers can be blended with organic fibbers commonly a Cotton/Hemp Blend. Hemp Clothing, Canvas and Paper, Hemp Fibre for Plumbing seal, Hempcrete for Construction, Hemp Jewelry Hemp Oil,Hemp Fish Bait,Hemp Mulch,Plastics and Paints,Mositurizers,Bird seed,Animal Litter, Dietary supplements(Omega3), A fibre product used for automobile manufacture Hemp can be used as a “mop crop” to clear impurities out of wastewater, such as sewage effluent, excessive phosphorus from chicken litter, or other unwanted substances or chemicals. Hemp is being used to clean contaminants at the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster sitesite.

Hemp, because of its height, dense foliage and its high planting density as a crop, is a very effective and long used method of killing tough weeds in farming by minimizing the pool of Weed Seeds of the soil.  Fuels can be made from the oils in hemp seeds and stalks, and the fermentation of the plant as a whole, respectively. Biodiesel produced from hemp is sometimes known as “hempoline” although production of Biofuels from Hemp is very small.

Hemp

What a wonderful diverse plant and like its Cousin Cannabis, Blindly overlooked and under researched…..Fields of Hemp? or Fields of Palm Oil?