When it comes to versatility, Hemp is one of nature’s wonder materials. Not only is it natural, renewable, sustainable and eco-friendly but it can also be used for more applications that you’d care to imagine. This humble plant can provide food, fuel and fibre and is present in just about every aspect of our lives although sadly much less than it was.
But the single greatest thing about Hemp is that we can just keep on growing it – and as long as we do we’ll never run out of it. How great is that?
Building and Industry
- Hemp can be made into Plaster Board
- Hemp can be used for insulation
- It can even be made into concrete, Hempcrete
- A Hemp crop produces nearly 4 times as much raw fibre as an equivalent-sized tree plantation
- Hemp needs no pesticides because it is unpalatable to insects
- Hemp needs no herbicides because it grows too quickly for any weed to compete
- Hemp grows very close together which helps prevent weeds from growing in the crop
- For more than a thousand years Cannabis/Hemp was our planet's largest agricultural crop. It produced the majority of earth's fibre, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense and medicines, as well as being a primary source of protein for humans and animals
- Hemp uses the sun more efficiently than virtually any other plant on the planet
- Hemp can grow in virtually any climate and soil condition. It is excellent for reclaiming otherwise-unusable land
- The word 'linen', until the early 1800s, meant any coarse fabrics made from Hemp or flax
- Hemp cloth repels up to 95% of UV rays when woven into a tight construction
- Hemp is more water absorbent than cotton and has 3 times the tensile strength
- Hemp seed does not contain the anti-nutrient trypsin inhibitors as found in soy milk
- Hemp Milk can be made into Hemp milkshakes and Hemp ice-cream
- Hemp oil is full of essential (and healthy) fatty acids, that aid a balanced diet
- Hempseed oil is said to burn the brightest of all lamp oils, and has been used since the days of Abraham.
- Scythians used to purify and cleanse themselves with Hemp oil, which made their skin "shining and clean"
- Hemp offers a valuable and sustainable fuel of the future
- Hemp has an output equivalent to around 1000 gallons of methanol per acre year. Methanol is currently being studied as a primary fuel for automobiles, hopefully reducing CO2 levels
- Henry Ford dreamed that someday automobiles would be grown from the soil. The Ford motor company, after years of research, produced an automobile with a plastic body. Its tough body used a mixture of 70% cellulose fibres from Hemp. The plastic withstood blows 10 times as great as steel could without denting! Its weight was also 2/3 that of a regular car, producing better economy. Henry Ford was forced to use petroleum due to Hemp prohibition. His plans to fuel his fleet of vehicles with plant-power also failed due to Alcohol prohibition at the time
- "The earliest-known woven fabric was apparently of Hemp, which began to be worked in the eighth millennium (8,000-7,000 BC)" says Columbia History of the world, 1981
- Cannabis oil was mentioned by name in the Bible. Apparently, etymologists at Hebrew University, Jerusalem confirmed that ‘kineboisin’ (also spelled ‘kannabosm’) referred to cannabis used in a holy ointment. See Exodus 30:23.
- In Elizabethan times, farmers were fined for not growing Hemp
- Napoleon's principle reason for invading Russia in 1812 was due to Russian Hemp supplies
- The war between America and Great Britain in 1812 was mainly about access to Russian Hemp
- Hemp seed, contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life.
- No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form
- Hemp seeds have a perfect a ratio of essential fatty acids to meet human nutritional needs
- Hemp oil can stimulate hair and nail growth
- Can help prevent heart attacks, due to omega 3 oils in hemp.
- ALWAYS CHECK WITH A PROFESSIONAL BEFORE CHANGING YOUR DIET
- Until 1883, more than three quarters of the world's paper was made from Hemp fibre
- 80% of English wood pulp is imported, destroying the forests and their delicate eco-systems in Canada and Scandinavia
- Trees take approximately 20 years to mature. Hemp takes 4 months
- Environmentally-sound Hemp paper is stronger, finer and longer-lasting than wood-based papers
- Hemp paper is used for bank notes and archives
- Hemp paper does not need chlorine bleach, which heavily pollutes rivers near wood-pulp paper mills
- Much of the world's paper was made from Hemp until about 1850. Since the 1900s, all newspapers and most books and magazines were printed on wood-pulp paper
- Our forests, what is left of them, are being cut down 3 times as fast as they can grow
- Green Rizla papers are made from Hemp
- If you know of any other, non drug, uses for hemp then please let us know so we can list them here.