The scientific name for hemp is Cannabis Sativa L. and despite being marijuana’s sister, hemp has no psychoactive effects.
Hemp has been grown since ancient times, in 3-4 months hemp can grow to produce over 50,000 commercial products including anything that wood, paper, cotton or plastic can be used for. A very versatile plant where the whole plant is used for a variety of purposes including food, paper, clothing, concrete and building, animal bedding, skincare just to name a few!
The cultivation of hemp can be traced back 10,000 years, 2000 years ago when paper was first invented by the Chinese, they used hemp, Buddha famously ate hemp seeds through his fast of enlightenment, the American declaration of independence is written on hemp.
One of the most ethical and sustainable crops on the planet hemp can grow organically anywhere, so no need for fertilizers, pesticides or other chemicals. Hemp grows very quickly and can outgrow most weeds, when densely planted it blocks light from weeds and kills them off. Hemp’s deep taproot protects against erosion by loosening the soil, every part of the hemp plant can be utilized paper, fertilizers, soil nutrients and animal bedding can be made from left over waste when processing hemp. Each plant returns as much as 70% of the nutrients back into the soil providing a natural fertilizer for future crops, it has an amazing ability to remove chemical contaminants and heavy metals from soil and can then be used safely as fibre and biofuel. Because of its excellent source of raw materials it conserves forests replacing the need to fell trees for paper and wood, it takes an average of 20 years for trees to mature but just an amazing 4 months for hemp! Hemp can yield 3-5 dry tons of fibre per acre, FOUR times what the average forest can yield.
Hemp plastic is completely biodegradable and can replace harmful oil-based plastics
Nutritionally rich hemp seeds are one of the few seeds on Earth that are a complete protein, packed with vitamins and minerals hemp is one of the most nutritionally complete foods in the world. Containing all 20 essential amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids the body cannot produce itself, hemp contains the highest amount of edestin, a plant protein that is constructed entirely of amino acids and can be used by the body to build important antibodies, enzymes, hormones, haemoglobin cells and blood clotting agents.
One of the few plant-based sources of the important sunshine vitamin hemp is high in vitamin D and vitamin E an important antioxidant. Rich in essential minerals; iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc and high in fibre, with a perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6, Hemp protein is very easily to digest and is an excellent source of plant-based protein for vegetarians and vegans.
*Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information is generic and should be verified by a qualified health practitioner for specific & individual needs & requirements.
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