Things you might not know about Hemp

  • The First Hemp Crop

French Botanist Louis Hebert planted the first hemp crop in North America in Port Royal, Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia), in 1606.

  • America was Founded on Hemp

The U.S. Constitution was written on hemp paper. Thomas Jefferson, who cultivated a hemp farm, once said, “Hemp is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country”

  • Not Growing Hemp Could Land you in Jail

Going back to 1619 America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, VA. All farmers in  Jamestown Colony, VA, were ordered to grow Indian hemp seed IN 1619. Cannabis hemp was even used as legal tender in most of the Americas from 1631 until the early 1800’s. The reason for making it legal tender was to encourage farmers to grow more. You could then pay your taxes with cannabis hemp throughout America for over 200 years. If you did not grow hemp during periods of shortages, you could be jailed.

  • Hemp absorbs toxic metals.

Hemp has shown it can eliminate toxins and radioactive material from the environment. Scientists planted it at Chernobyl and found that hemp conducted phytoremediation and removed chemicals from the soil better than any other plant.

  • We can build cars with hemp.

In 1941, Henry Ford displayed a car that was made out of soybean, hemp plastics; it was lighter than steel and withstood ten times the impact…without denting. Hemp’s popular for home building because walls made from hemp are rot-free, pest-free, mould-free and fire-resistant. Oh, and they can last up to 500 years. Hemp plastics are also completely biodegradable.

 

  •  Hemp can also be used as fuel for a car.

The oil from hemp seed can be converted into bio diesel that’s biodegradable and non-toxic; the fermented stalk can be made into ethanol and methanol. Although there are more efficient fuel alternatives, hemp is good in a pinch.

  • Hemp can reduce carbon emissions.

Hemp can not only replace some of the causes of carbon emissions, hemp can eliminate carbon emissions. Hemp has such a high carbon-dioxide uptake that it creates a process called carbon sequestration, which captures emissions. Every ton of hemp eliminates 1.63 tons of carbon, according to Hemp Inc.

 

  • The First People to use Hemp may have been from a small island off the Coast of China

Archaeologists found pottery bearing impressions of cannabis cord, while unearthing a Stone Age Taiwanese village, according to the 1980 book, “Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years” by Ernest L. Abel.

On mainland China during Second Century B.C., people made clothes from hemp.

And hemp’s use as a cloth for swaddling infants and covering the bodies of the dead was mentioned in the sacred Confucian texts known as the “Book of Rites”.

  • Hemp Seed Contains a Nutrient also found in Breast Milk.

The Oil found in hemp seed is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a nutritious unsaturated fatty acid, which is also found in breast milk.

In addition to GLA, hemp seed oil is packed with other omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, making it a healthier alternative to many other vegetable oils, Ambrose told PBS NewsHour.

 

  • Leftover Hemp Stalks can be used to Charge your Phone.

Last year, a team of scientists led by David Mitlin at the University of Alberta made a supercapacitor, an energy storage device, out of leftover hemp, the BBC reported.

While supercapacitors store less energy than regular batteries, they can be charged in a shorter amount of time and deliver that energy in a speedier fashion.

Mitlin told the PBS NewsHour that these supercapacitors are great for things that need a fast, potent burst of energy — like charging an iPhone in minutes for two hours of talk time.