Hemp is a versatile plant from which 25,000 different products can be produced
Hemp or canabis (Cannabis sativa) originates from Asia. It was used in China 10,000 years ago: seeds were used as food, and clothes were made from fiber. The oldest known archaeological find and record of hemp in Europe is 5,000 years old. Herodotus mentions hemp fiber and the ancient Greeks and Egyptians made and used hemp clothes. The Greek physician Galen (200) was familiar with the effects of hemp cakes, which cause “relaxation and joy”, while Pliny the Elder and some other authors mention the use of hemp to relieve pain. Hemp was such an important plant that it was the cause of the struggles of Rome and Cartagena for supremacy over the hemp market.
The hemp plant can be divided into 3 types:
-Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is a fibrous type, less than 0.25% THC
-Ruderal hemp (Cannabis sativa-sponatanea or ruderalis) is a wild and wild species, medium type, mostly THC.
-Indian hemp (Cannabis sativa-indica) has a high percentage of THC of 2-6%, little CBD.
THC and CBD
Cannabis is the only plant that contains a unique class of molecular compounds (cannabinoids). Many cannabinoids have been identified but 2 predominate: THC (psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) and CBD (anti psychoactive ingredient). One type of cannabis has a high percentage of psychoactive cannabinoids and a small percentage of antipsychotic cannabinoids. This species is known as “marijuana”. The second type has more CBD and less THC. Variants of this species are industrial hemp. The substance THC is the strongest on the female flowers of the indica plant. Hemp grows differently from marijuana and is harvested differently.
Due to the high content of useful and natural oils (which have the property of softening and moisturizing the skin), hemp is becoming a common ingredient in creams and other cosmetic products. It is an excellent alternative to toxic petroleum-based chemicals (present in many body care products).
The American Tax Act of 1937 clearly defines the term “marijuana” and allows the cultivation of all types of hemp for industrial purposes (except marijuana). America made progress in the cultivation and production of hemp after the adoption of this law during World War II. They even encouraged farmers to cultivate to help the U.S. military. That law was repealed in America in 1970, and all hemp cultivation became illegal. At the moment, hemp is legally grown in 29 countries around the world. In 1996, about 100,000 tons of hemp were produced worldwide. The federal government has long recognized the difference between hemp and marijuana in America. Today, the U.S. Office of Narcotic Drugs is trying to convince Americans that hemp and marijuana are the same plants. However, it is clear to everyone who knows this topic a little better that money is in the background. Namely, these beginnings of the “war on drugs” happened due to the growth of the cotton oil industry, which had a direct financial benefit from the ban on cannabis.
Hemp is good for the environment
Hemp has an extremely long and strong root that can penetrate up to 150 cm in depth. That is why it was often planted in hard and compacted soils, which it would loosen and prepare for other crops. It was often planted in the steppes, which threatened to turn into a desert because it would overshadow the soil with its long thick leaves and height. Hemp is a renewable resource that can be produced. It grows fast, has resistance to plant diseases, requires little watering, thrives in most climatic conditions and enriches the soil. Hemp is also a high value food. No other plant has an essential amino acid in such a digestible form as hemp. Nor does it have essential fatty acids in such a perfect ratio for human nutritional needs. Hemp is an excellent source of minerals, protein and dietary fiber. The uniqueness of protein in hemp is that 65% is globulin edistin (which is the highest percentage in the plant world). The human body needs the necessary types of amino acids in sufficient quantities to create a protein (such as globulin). The best way for the body to provide sufficient amounts of amino acids is to consume foods rich in globulin protein. Since hemp seed contains 65% globulin edistin and also includes amounts of albumin, its protein is readily available in a form similar to that in blood plasma.
The Henry Fond held a media event in 1941. Ford then swung an ax at a prototype car made of hemp and other plant materials to prove the power of that vehicle. Technology has never been put into mass production.
Hemp is a high value food
By eating hemp seeds we provide the body with all the essential amino acids needed to maintain health and provide the necessary types and amounts of amino acids to create albumin and human serum globulin like the immune gamma globulin enhancer. The seeds can help and even cure people suffering from immunodeficiency. The seeds also contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a very rare and nutritious substance found in breast milk. Essential fatty acids are also essential. Many people source these acids not found in fatty fish. But due to overfishing and various chemical contaminants of water and fish then hemp seed should be the first choice. Hemp seeds contain the most balanced sources of omega 3 and omega 6 important fatty acids and a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (so-called good fats). The seeds also contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D and E. Hemp seeds can grow anywhere from Scandinavia to the dry Sahara desert. Although planting seeds is banned this would be an ideal solution to the world’s hunger problem.