To learn more about hemp

What is it?

Belonging to the Canabinaceae family, hemp has experienced increasing popularity with the public in recent years. Having been used for a long time, hemp is present everywhere on the planet whether as food, fiber or textile. Unlike cannabis, hemp does not cause any psychotropic effects since its THC level, which corresponds to the psychoactive molecule, is below 0.03%.

A brief history

The use of hemp spread across continents, in which China was already producing textiles in -600 BC. The Arabs perfected the technique of making paper from hemp. Between the 17th and 18th centuries, ships required ropes and sails to navigate. Hemp therefore took the place of a strategic material during this period, just like coal for steam engines or oil for our society today. Later, during World War II, several countries equipped their soldiers with uniforms made of hemp due to the material durability.

On August 2, 1937, the American Congress passed the “Marijuana Tax Act”, which lost its status as the first textile and utilitarian material for hemp. For several years now, many countries have realized the strategic scope of hemp and its distinction from cannabis. Little by little, legislation is currently making it possible to revive hemp’s image and its initial place in the market: a functional material with multiple benefits for a good number of industrial sectors.

Did you know?

Did you know?
The first Bible by Gutenberg, was printed on hemp paper
It was also the prop for the United States Declaration of Independence.

Did you know?
In the 18th century, as an American farmer, growing hemp and distributing it to the state could be used as a tax payment.

Did you know?
The prototype of the first car designed by Henry Ford, the “Hemp Body”, was developed in 1941. It was a vehicle made almost entirely from plant materials!

5 unknown benefits of hemp

Ideal for the skin

Whether it is for moisturizing, repairing or treating the skin, hemp oil is an ideal solution for these problems. Thanks to its moisturizing properties, it is popular in the cosmetic and therapeutic world. Whether in the form of anti-aging cream, creams against psoriasis, eczema or even herpes, this is an effective natural solution. Hemp oil is also recommended for mild burns, sunburns, skin irritation, and as an aftershave to reduce redness and soothe the skin. Hemp also helps in the production of collagen, which leads to firmer skin and a glowing complexion.

For better health and nutrition

The nutritional benefits of hemp are undeniable! Hemp seed and oil are sources of protein, minerals, vitamins, and fiber for both humans and animals. They also have the advantage of having a balanced content of omega 3 and omega 6, which promotes a better immune system and a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Hemp also has the effect of lowering cholesterol in the blood and having beneficial effects on arterial health thanks to the anti-oxidants it contains. Another contribution of hemp is that it helps with digestion by accelerating intestinal transit and preventing constipation.

A multi-use material

Hemp is made of very strong fibers that are durable and will resist mildew. In addition to reducing the use of fossil fuels, hemp fiber is used for many purposes such as: textiles, building materials, rope, insulation, paper and more.

An ecological plant!

hemp is a plant requiring little water to grow and generally, without the use of pesticides. Also, with its long and large roots, hemp greatly helps in the improvement and optimization of soils through its biodegradable properties. In addition to removing heavy metals, growing hemp increases the microbial content of the soil as well as its nutrients. In addition, this plant helps protect soils by preventing erosion and promoting stabilization.

Therapeutic and nutraceutical benefits

Hemp has phenomenal properties on health, both physical and mental, thanks to the molecules. This plant acts as an anti-inflammatory for pain as well as a muscle relaxant. It is also anti-seizure effects, which greatly helps in reducing and controlling seizures for people with epilepsy. In addition, by its richness in minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium, and in vitamin B, hemp helps to counter depression, reduce anxiety and stress by acting as a natural calming and mood regulator. Finally, its high level of vitamin E would help prevent the risk of certain cancers appearing and fight against premature cellular aging.