Hemp is NOT a
Whenever the word, "hemp" is
mentioned in a crowded
room, visions of illegal drugs dance in the heads of many, but this
common first impression couldn’t be further from the truth.
The technical term for hemp is Cannabis sativa L, and although it
originates from the same plant genus as marijuana, the strains of the
plant are much different than the horror stories you hear about
This crop possesses its own magic with the ability
spells over the industrial and consumer product world in a manner that
is easy on the planet. Unfortunately, most of the benefits associated
with it are publicly unknown, overlooked, and often overshadowed by the
negativity caused by its plant cousin.
The concept and use of cannabis sativa L is not a
new one, as the
earliest known woven fabric was fashioned from the plant during
8,000-7,000 BC. The following 1,000 years before the time of Christ
would see cannabis as one of the largest agricultural crops,
responsible for a multitude of common products.
Hemp was the prime fiber in ancient times, as
inhabitants were able to create fabric, lighting oil, incenses, paper,
and medicine. The plant also served as a main source of essential food
oil and protein for both humans and animals.
Over the years, thousands of products have been
this versatile crop, including the ship sails of the Phoenicians; 1st
century Chinese inventions; 15th century maps, logs, and shipping
charts during Columbus' time; and various Western European items from
the early 1900's.
Up until 1820 in America and the 20th century in
countries, an estimated 80% of all textiles and fabrics were a product
of cannabis fibers. This included bed sheets, rugs, baby diapers, and
even the proud flag of the United States.
The stalk also became quite significant in the
seafaring exploits. The plant was used to make anchor ropes, cargo
nets, and fishing nets. The sailors wore clothing made from cannabis,
which included the stitching of their nautical threads to the canvas
shoes that shuffled across the deck floor.
the word "canvas" is actually the Dutch pronunciation of the Greek
word, "Kannabis." Today hemp is used as a food source, such as hemp hearts,
oil, and hemp protein powder. It's also used to
make clothing, fuel, candles, crafts, building supplies and so much