Recently, in the health and wellness world, hemp has been a very popular poster child for any number of health benefits that it offers. This is particularly true for the CBD that is extracted from it. Without question, CBD is somewhat of a wonder supplement and has achieved its popularity because it is safe, natural, and non-addictive.
Understandably then, because hemp is the plant that CBD is sourced from, hemp has received a lot of positive attention lately. In truth, however, hemp has been around for ages and has always played an important and beneficial role in our world – even when we may not have realized it.
Beyond simply providing extremely beneficial cannabinoids like CBD, hemp has any number of other beneficial uses. In fact, hemp has been used for thousands and thousands of years by people all over the globe in any number of helpful ways. Taking a look at the history of hemp and its uses over time can help us truly appreciate the wonder plant that it is and the many useful benefits it provides to us today.
The History of Hemp
Hemp is typically grown in the northern hemisphere and is a strain of the cannabis plant. Hemp is one of the fastest-growing plants in the northern hemisphere and grows across a wide number of climate zones. One of its primary advantages from a farming perspective is that it matures quickly and is a very hearty plant, making it suitable to grow in any number of conditions. Hemp is often grown for industrial use, though it has many nutritional benefits as well. In fact, for thousands of years, people all over the world have used hemp in a wide variety of ways. Hemp has been in use almost as long as history itself has been recorded. It is, in fact, assumed to be one of the first plants cultivated by mankind and one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber as long as 10,000 years ago. Since that time, people have continued to use hemp for a variety of industrial and nutritional purposes.
When it comes to the industrial uses of hemp, the possibilities are truly almost endless. Some of its most popular uses include:
Clothing: Hemp fabric is incredibly durable. It is known for having a soft feel and for extensive wear capability due to its strong fibers. Moreover, when grown free of chemicals, it is an environmentally-conscious choice for every day clothing.
Paper: Hemp paper is made largely from pulp obtained from industrial hemp fibers. While many of us typically think of every day printer paper or notebook paper that we write on when we think of paper, hemp has also been used to make papers like cigarette paper, filter papers, and even bank notes. Compared to wood pulp, hemp pulp has a 4 to 5 times longer fiber and a higher tear resistance, making it an excellent choice for a variety of paper needs.
Plastics: Increasingly, and with much excitement, hemp has been used to create biodegradable plastics. In our world where the human population is increasing and available space to put our trash is decreasing, biodegradable hemp plastics are a very attractive choice. Hemp cellulose can be extracted and used to make a variety of plastics like cellophane, rayon, celluloid, and others. Hemp plastics are also known for being very durable.
Biofuel: In much the same way that hemp is an attractive alternative to traditional plastic from an environmental perspective, so too is it an attractive alternative fuel choice. Innovators are currently working toward a greener future in which hemp biofuel can be used as an alternative to fuels currently produced using fossil fuel materials. Easing our dependence on fossil fuels and protecting the environment is just one of the many amazing ways that hemp positively impacts our world.
Though these are four of the most common uses of hemp as an industrial product, there are many other potential uses. It has also been used to create building materials, paint, lotions, soaps, rope, and countless other products. Truly, hemp is a plant of endless possibilities.
In addition to its industrial uses, hemp has also been described as a “super food” and has great nutritional value as well. This is certainly, in part, due to the fact that beneficial cannabinoids like CBD can be extracted from it, but hemp is valuable in its own right as a food source itself. Hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and contain a variety of fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc. Hemp seeds are also a wonderful source of protein. In fact, more than 25% of the total calories consist of high-quality protein.
Research has shown that hemp seeds and hemp food products are effective in providing a wide variety of health benefits. Any number of companies are creating wonderful nutritional products that are hemp-based and would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s diet.
Truly, hemp is one of the most versatile, helpful, and beneficial plants around. At Rejuvia, we are proud to sell CBD that is sourced from only the finest organically grown hemp. From seed to bottle, our focus is on quality by ensuring strict controls throughout the entire production process. Our team successfully integrates the talents of chemists, clinical researchers, product formulators, and industry experts to guarantee that the product our customers receive is pure, potent, THC-free, and effective – every time. Try Rejuvia today.