Hemp has been used for centuries. They were and are appreciated not only for their health properties, but also for their versatility. How were they used?
There are several interesting uses of cannabis that are taking the form of this plant to a whole new meaning – not only industrial but also historical.
Over the years, hemp products have contributed little to the making of history and great discoveries that have revolutionized the world. Some uses of cannabis may surprise you, but one thing is for sure – these plants have been around for thousands of years.
Here are 7 fun facts about cannabis that you didn’t know about!
1. Ford from hemp
One of the amazing facts about useful hemp is the amazing durability of its fibers. Hemp is used in the production of durable fabrics and in the construction industry. Interestingly, the world-famous FORD, in 1941 produced the first car made of hemp! Not only the bodywork and joints are made of a mixture of substances made of hemp. The engine of the vehicle was powered by special hemp fuel. Although nowadays such an ECO car would be very enthusiastically welcomed, at that time, the hemp car was approached a bit more critically. Nevertheless, the vehicle worked, it was incredibly durable and much lighter than the massive cars made of steel. What prompted Henry Ford to implement such an innovative project was the shortage of metals, especially steel, which was successively transferred to the needs of the military during World War II.
2. The Emperor’srobes
hempJapan has been using hemp in the weaving industry since the dawn of history. In the Edo period, it was admittedly the material from which kimonos were made for the lower social class. Nevertheless, Japanese religious tradition required the emperor to wear hemp robes. This plant had a sacred meaning in Japan – very important to Hinduism. The tradition of wearing hemp robes is still valid today (the Japanese are traditionalists), and decorative Japanese fabrics with hemp fibers are a valuable import product.
3. One hectare of hemp in 3 months produces as much oxygen as a 60-year-old forest.
One of the amazing advantages of hemp, which has a significant impact on the environment, is its unique feature of negative (!) CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. When growing freely, a hemp plantation absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produces more oxygen than an old forest of the same size. According to the GWP determinant, i.e. the generally accepted Greenhouse Effect Potential, cannabis shows a negative result! It is – 0.62 kg of CO2 equivalents. Cannabis not only retains CO2, but also produces huge amounts of oxygen, and its cultivation does not contribute to dangerous, global warming.
4. Hemp – giant
Many people, when they think about cannabis, imagine little green bushes. Nothing could be more wrong! Even in the prehistoric era, the land was covered by the so-called hemp forest. The hemp of that time was real giants, the height of which could even exceed several meters. The current species of cultivated hemp are the great-grandchildren of this prehistoric plant. However, they have a similar appearance and incredible height. The average length of hemp, in good cultivation conditions is about 4 – 5 meters, but the hemp has ideal conditions for development and the right climate, it can grow up to 8 meters! This height exceeds the level of the 2nd floor of an apartment block.
5. More durable than jeans – hempHemp
clothesclothes have been known for thousands of years. The long and solid fibers of the hemp plant are incredibly durable – more durable than most known natural materials. Hemp was once a very common and valued material in the weaving industry. The hemp fields did not require as much water and fertilizer as, for example, a cotton field. What’s better, even after the harvest, the hemp plantations left the soil in perfect condition. Hemp fabrics are very durable and almost indestructible. Additionally, depending on the accessories, they are very pleasant to the touch and aesthetic. Natural and ecological, durable leashes, collars and bridles for pets are also made of hemp.
6.always been legal
Hemp hasEven before the outbreak of World War II, hemp occupied several dozen hectares of cultivated fields in Poland. At that time, people had not heard of psychoactive cannabis and no one had any doubts about the legality of cannabis. Unfortunately, after the „hippie” period of the 90s, cultivated cannabis, due to the incorrect association of its operation with cannabis, lost its popularity. Currently, with the growing awareness of the beneficial health effects of cultivated cannabis, they are returning to favor and becoming a desired by consumers and more and more willingly cultivated plant with many applications.
7. The Hemp House Hemp
fibers are also an ecological way to obtain a sustainable building material. It is hempcrate – hemp concrete. In addition to being ecological and perfectly muffling sounds, it is also a breathable material and perfectly insulates heat. What does this mean for residents? Lower prices for the energy needed to heat your home, reducing the risk of excessive moisture and the harmful allergenic fungus. Filling a wooden wall with hemp concrete increases its durability and prevents the natural deterioration of the wood. Although such a solution is still not very popular in construction, people who value ecological aspects are increasingly looking for healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives. This applies not only to the search for renewable energy sources, but also natural, vegan building materials. Perhaps hemp concrete will soon become the future of construction?
As you can see, hemp serves not only as an excellent supplement, food and medicinal product. Currently, hemp plants can be used to produce over 25,000 products with versatile applications in the food, medical, construction, textile, energy and many other industries.
Hemp is a plant that can help fight the problem of hunger in the world in the future (due to the high content of nutritious, valuable protein), help to improve the environment and reduce the effect of global warming and become one of the most-cultivated plants again, not only Poland, but all over the world. Already, the health benefits of hemp-derived CBD oil are appreciated by many neurologists who care for patients suffering from chronic neurological diseases such as MS (multiple sclerosis) or Alzheimer’s.
Hemp oil also helps to combat many skin problems that many specialist remedies and good cosmetics cannot cope with. The cosmetics industry is also increasingly inclined to use real hemp oil in their ECO cosmetics, and users are increasingly looking for hemp oil in various body and hair care products.