Hemp used to just be associated with hippies wearing ill-fitting hemp clothing and smoking something that was a little different to a "normal cigarette". However, the image of hemp has completely changed and we've once again started to use this environmentally friendly resource for all the many products it can create.
What Is Hemp?
Hemp, sometimes called industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that has been bred to contain very low amounts of THC, so don't worry, you can eat all the hemp you want and you won't get high!
The whole hemp plant can be utilized; there are thousands of products that can be made from hemp, as well as many health benefits from eating the hemp seed and its many products.
Hemp Fiber, Hemp Seed & Hemp Oil - The Many Uses & Benefits Of Hemp
Clothing, carpets, shoes, hemp "plastic", hemp concrete "hempcrete", building insulation, paper, cardboard, animal bedding, mulch for gardens, ethanol bio-fuel and more can be created just from the fiber from the hemp stalk.
Hemp seed can be eaten raw and added to meals, salads or smoothies. It is one of the most nutritious seeds on planet! The hemp seeds can also be turned into protein powder, as the seed is naturally very high in protein; almost twice that of flax seeds! They also have a good amount of omega 3 and 6.
Hemp oil can also be made from the hemp seed. The oil is as nutritious as the seed, and can be widely used in the kitchen. You'll also find that hemp oil is great in the bathroom, as the oil can be made into soaps, shampoos, hand creams, cosmetics, lip balm and more. You may even find hemp oil around the house as it can be used for oil paints, solvents, varnish, lubricants, printing ink and even as fuel to heat and power your house!
Grow Hemp, Not Cotton and Trees
One acre of hemp can produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton, or as much paper as 2 to 4 acres of trees! Hemp is also stronger than cotton and doesn't require the huge amounts of pesticides and herbicides that cotton does. Almost half of all of the pesticides and herbicides used in the world are on cotton. Hemp doesn't require much for it to grow, and it will grow almost anywhere. There is some talk of it actually improving the soil as its deep roots churn up the earth.
Hemp In History
The hemp plant has been grown and utilized for thousand of years. However, when Cannabis was made illegal, so was hemp, and in many places it was hard for farmers to get licenses to grow hemp, sometimes even impossible. Over the last few decades there has been a resurgence of hemp, with many countries allowing farmers to grow it and many more hemp products becoming mainstream.
The Netherlands has a long term relationship with hemp, and we don't mean the coffeeshops. During "The Golden Age" hemp was as important as wood for shipbuilding, often the ropes and sails were made from hemp. The word canvas may even come from a variation of the word cannabis.
If you're interested in getting some hemp seeds, hemp oil or hemp protein powder then take a look at the links below and search for hennep (the Dutch word for hemp):