I’ve always wondered how our ancestors long ago found the hemp plant and used it for their own benefit, especially when technology was yet to be discovered, today we can breakdown and identify elements in almost anything. How far we have come in such a short time.
I’m looking to cover some history of the hemp plant, cultivation and hemp benefits, for this plant has really been quite significant for us throughout history, it has only been in the last century that the hemp has fallen off the radar and in a way people barely recognize it. However, as time goes on, slowly but surely people are discovering there are countless ways in which this plant is helping us.
Hemp has been around for thousands of years, the first traces of hemp were found in Asian regions 10000 years ago where they used hemp cords for there pottery and used the hemp seed and its oil for nutrition. Hemp continued to spread across the globe Asia, Europe, Africa and South America were all using the hemp plant for there day to day lives. The hemp plant must have shown great results for it to travel across the globe so fast.
The discovery of the medicinal qualities of the hemp plant is also not recent. History of using hemp as a medicine was located in China where they used hemp to make tea, the hemp teas were used to help rid people of aches, pains and fever. Hemp cream was also used to combat rashes and skin irritations.
So it’s safe to say that the hemp plant is certainly not something new to the people of this planet, people from all walks of life all over the planet have been using this plant for thousands of years and through research we can determine what makes this plant so resourceful and powerful for our bodies.
Growth and Cultivation
Hemp is usually planted between March and May in the northern hemisphere, between September and November in the southern hemisphere. It matures in about three to four months, people that grow only a small area of hemp can usually harvest by hand. The plants are cut at about 2 to 3 cm above the soil and left on the ground to dry. Mechanical harvesting in larger plots is now common and state-of-the-art machinery is used to make cultivating all the more efficient. It then goes through the process of being dried which generally takes up to four days.
Hemp uses less space and can grow quite dense, it grows quite quickly and after harvesting the next plants to be grown actually benefit from the previous crop. The previous crops roots can grow to about three feet loosening up the soil, it can also be beneficial in suppressing any unwanted weeds to help for the next growth. In the early stages of the hemp plant a nutrient rich soil and a controlled water flow is preferred, once well-established the plants can with stand some pretty cold temperatures down to -5 in a frost, so once well-established the hemp plant can become quite resilient
Hemp can be used in so many ways and its quite astounding as to what has actually come from one plant. I’m going to try to list as many things that hemp has been used for to date.
- Hemp creams
- Hemp lip Balms
- Hemp capsules
- Hemp oil
- Hemp paper, textiles, clothing, bio degradable plastics
- Hemp paint, insulation
- Hemp bio fuel
- Hemp food
- Hemp animal feed
I’m sure there are more uses I don’t even know about, but to look just at the list above, really is reassuring moving forward. Apart from being a big believer of the creams and capsules I really like the idea of the bio degradable plastics, there is a big push to go green and I’m certainly all for ways in which we can do that.
The benefits of growing hemp is advantageous especially when compared to other resources. When the world is looking for more sustainable and climate conscious ways of farming, hemp looks to be up there with the best. When comparing hemp to say cotton, annually one acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long and will not mildew. On a yearly basis, one acre of hemp will produce as much paper as 2 to 4 acres of trees. From tissue paper to cardboard, all types of paper products can be produced from hemp. It takes years for normal trees to be fully grown, but it only takes roughly 120 days before the hemp plant is ready for harvest. Through the hemp plant and its easy and beneficial farming, it only makes sense that we shall see more and more of this wonderful plant.
- Bio degradable plastics is a huge one specifically when a lot of plastics aren’t.
- We have paper that can last longer than everyday paper, it can be recycled many more times.
- We can make fuel, fiber board, hemp seed oil can go into making non-toxic diesel fuel, ink, detergents and lubricating oil.
- Hemp seeds can also be used to make foods for our own consumption, they are highly nutritious, the protein found in the hemp seeds can go into making veggie burgers, butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream and milk.
- Hemp seed can be ground into flour, so breads, pastas and baked goods can also be made.
- Of course lets not forget, creams, lip balms, capsules which are great for our overall health and well-being.
It really is the real deal and has so many uses, it amazes me as to its limitless potential.
What a miracle
To me this plant really is a miracle wonder, its easy to grow, takes up less space, is good for the earth. It can outclass so many other resources and outlast so many other resources. Within it possesses powerful elements which are great for our consumption, great for our skin in more ways than one.
I dare to say that we should be seeing much more hemp made products in all aspects of its uses as time goes on. It helps us, it helps the world. What more could we ask for?
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day