The cannabis plant and its products, including hempen fibres, oil from seeds, the seeds for food, medicine and its narcotic properties, can be produced into hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, rope, resin, cloth, pulp, paper and fuel.
It has no psychoactive effects at all, unlike its close family member marijuana. There is no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found within this unique plant. The best place to start figuring out hemp is to learn its history of how we came about its many benefits.
Hemp has over 50,000 uses,’ and it grows ten times faster than trees do. It only takes three months to harvest an entire hemp crop.
Rudolf Diesel designed his first engine to run on various vegetable oil and plant oils in the late 19th century. He believes these oils were the most vital and most renewable sources of fuels, and Diesel frequently experimented with hemp biodiesel to fuel his engines. Forward to the 20th century in 1916, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a paper stating that one acre of hemp could produce four times the amount of paper than one acre of trees, and the hemp takes one season to grow vs the long maturity rate of using wood pulp for paper production. The USDA published an annual crop report of cannabis from the late 1800s till the early 1900s.
By the early 20th century, industrialization led to the inventions of machines that would do many; the abolition of slavery caused this One of the most important inventions to the hemp industry was the Decorticator machine, and it was hailed as the invention to revolutionize the hemp industry. Popular Mechanics magazine published a magazine article dated February 1938 that talked about hemp as a cash crop soon worth a billion dollars. This was the first time the word BILLION was published to describe an industry.
Shortly after that, one of the worst tax laws would be passed called The Tax Act HR 6385. It legally required a $100 handling tax on the sale of marihuana. The issue for those in opposition to this tax related to the underhanded manner in which this tax was enacted.
As WWII progressed and Japan cut off most supply, trading lines for the US from the US government encouraged farmers to grow hemp. This was called the “hemp for victory” campaign designed to replace the missing supply of hemp for many needed materials during the war.
When eating hemp regularly reduces cravings for food with stimulants, sugars, starches and saturated fats. There are enough essential fats, proteins and most vitamins and other nutrients necessary for promoting good health. People report up to one pound a day.
Increased and Sustained Energy: Frequently consuming hemp, most become more productive, much more energetic and less affected by stress.
Improved Digestion: Hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds) are so easily digested that many claim hemp cures or reduces the digestive system’s chronic problems.
Hemp is good for the heart and blood flow as some studies show that hemp seed can reduce inflammation and improve blood flow, factors of primary importance in the cure and prevention.
Healthy Cholesterol Levels: When added to the diet in a whole like hemp seeds, it improves the cholesterol profile. Hemp oil also contains some GLA (gamma-linolenic) that is absent from the fats we usually eat but is considered beneficial to health by nutritional experts.
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