Unlike marijuana, hemp does not contain the psychoactive compound THC, so it is considered safe and even beneficial. For many centuries, people have used hemp for making different products, including paper, paint, and textiles. Now, the citizens of 21 states in America can legally grow hemp for industrial purposes. So, what are the benefits of growing hemp? For what other amazing purposes can we use this plant? Here are ten facts about growing hemp that will surprise you.
Thanks to its deep roots, hemp can penetrate into different layers of the soil and enrich it. Growers also put the hemp leaves and stems that they do not use into the soil to let them nourish it with nutrients. So, you can expect to harvest a bigger yield next year as your soil will be more fertile.
Hemp is very adaptive to outdoor conditions, but people also manage to cultivate it indoors. It can even theoretically be grown in space and still impress you with high yields. It sounds impossible, but the adjusting abilities of hemp are really impressive.
Hemp is also famous for its absorbing qualities. Unlike other plants, hemp can reduce the radioactive level of the soil and environment. Did you know that hemp was grown in Chernobyl? It was cultivated there with the purpose of eliminating radioactive materials, and it did it better than other plants.
How many trees are cut to produce paper per year? Scientists have estimated that an acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four acres of trees. Just think that one tree takes a dozen years to grow, while hemp is harvested after several months.
Hemp seeds are full of essential vitamins, amino acids, and protein. Thus, hemp oil or flour can be used for cooking very nutritional foods and save millions of people who are dying from starvation in the world.
People can use hemp instead of fuel, as it is easily converted into biodiesel, which is completely environment-friendly. Though there are other fuel alternatives, hemp is also a beneficial replacement.
Cannabis was not always banned in the United States. Until the 1950s, the country had even promoted hemp growing. The “Hemp for Victory” video is a great evidence of this policy. Hemp was used for producing textiles, books, as well as sails and rope for ships. Even the word “canvas” came from the Latin word for “cannabis,” according to Webster’s New World Dictionary.
Hemp was so important to the country that it was mandatory to grow it in the 17th and 18th centuries. Cannabis cultivators could also pay taxes with hemp until the end of the 18th century.
Did you know that the founding fathers were also hemp growers? Thomas Jefferson cultivated hemp after smuggling hemp seeds from China to France and then to America. Moreover, the U.S. Constitution was written on paper made from hemp plants.
Besides clothes, paper, and fuel, hemp can also be used for manufacturing cars and airplanes. The first car made of hemp, plastics, and soybeans was presented by Henry Ford in 1941. Hemp is also an excellent material for building homes, as hemp walls are resistant to fire, mold, and pests. Last year, Derek Kesek, founder of Hempearth, even announced the development of the first hemp airplane. About 75 percent of the plane will consist of hemp composites, and it is also designed to run on hemp biofuel.
Hemp oil is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It also contains essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, omega-6, and linolenic acid, which are very useful for our health. Hemp oil compounds can significantly improve your immune system, slow down the aging of the skin, and treat psoriasis. You can also use hemp oil if you have a high cholesterol level or want to calm your nerves.