Use and nature of Hemp
Hemp, textile hemp, industrial hemp, or agricultural hemp is a variety of cultivated plant of the family of Cannabaceae. It is an annual
plant and is selected for the size of its stem and its low content of THC or other cannabinoids from the species that botanists call cultivated hemp (Cannabis sativa L.). It is sometimes locally called "weed seed", as the name of the hemp seed. Although designating the same botanical species, the term weed is now preferably used to designate the industrial plant and its vegetable fiber, while Cannabis is the scientific name also used to designate the psychotropic form, used as a drug or for medical purposes.
Cultivated for millennia
Hemp is one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans. We have also found traces of its use over 8000 years old! It is even believed that hemp would have contributed to the development of intelligence in humans because it is a complete food and beneficial for the functioning of the brain.
A food source
Hemp seeds are very nutritious. They are eaten whole, shelled, in oil or in the form of protein powder. They are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, protein, fiber, and many minerals and vitamins. Beneficial for all body systems, they are easily digestible and suitable for everyone, even animals!
A very useful plant
Hemp seeds have a host of other uses, ranging from hygienic and healing skincare to stains and wood preservatives. For its part, the fiber is very durable and resists mold well. We make cordage out of it, paper, textiles and great ecological building materials. It even served to print the Bible and the American constitution!
An ecological solution
Hemp is very ecological and can be used in more than ten thousand ways. It is found in food, personal care, construction, automotive, fuel, agriculture, animal care and accessories, clothing, everyday items, and much more!
Unlike trees or cotton, hemp is ecological. It grows quickly while needing less water. In addition, it is grown without pesticides. It, therefore, represents a healthy and sensible solution to meet almost all of our needs.
Why is hemp not better known?
Economic interests are too often stronger than logic. In the 1930s, in the United States, a group of powerful men seeking to control the financial, media, paper, and petrochemical markets launched a malicious campaign against hemp. For any cultivation of hemp and for simple possession of cannabis, a fine of $ 5,000 was therefore imposed. It represented a colossal sum at the time!
Associated with crimes, hemp has become dangerous and evil in the eyes of the population. We, therefore, prohibited its cultivation, even beyond the United States. In Canada, hemp has been cultivated again since 1998, with a government permit. These strict conditions will change shortly, as Canada is preparing to amend the law surrounding cannabis and hemp.
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