Hemp is commonly know as the cannabis plant, which is usually sold as marijuana. However, hemp has many other valuable and beneficial uses that are not as readily known about.
Nutritionally, the hemp seeds can provide us with many vitamins and minerals, all 10 amino acids and essential fatty acids needed for good health; making it a complete protein. Hemp can be used in the same way as soya beans to make many highly nutritious meals.
You may be surprised to learn that hemp can also be used to make clothing, biodiesel, paper and plastic, and many other products. It has been reported that 1 acre of hemp can provide the same amount of paper and 2 to 4 acres of trees. Perhaps that could go some way towards saving the rain forests.
Hemp clothing is said to be one of the strongest and most durable fibres nature provides. It is very easy to grow and does not require much water. Plus, it needs very little fertiliser and no pesticides are required for it to grow. In comparison, cotton is harder to grow and requires more water, and a high percentage of the worlds pesticide production.
It seems logical that hemp is a far more natural way forward. With the stigma of the marijuana connected with it, this plant has been less available or valued. Perhaps it is time for this plant and its seeds to be more widely acknowledged.
Medicinally, hemp has some highly beneficial qualities, ranging from relaxation to a topical antibiotic. Due to marijuana being misused it is illegal in most countries and is famously sold as a recreational drug which, when taken as such, may cause paranoia, and create an addiction. For this reason it is less available for its medicinal purposes.
There seems to be some conflicting information around about hemp and itís benefits, though most seem to agree that it is definitely a crop of many merits and needs more consideration than previously given.
When we give thought to its potential, there appears to be more positives than negatives. Hemp on its own has a low concentration of THC, that which makes it addictive, and attractive for recreational use.
The leaves when cultivated in such ways and the oil which can be created into a resin for smoking seem to have attracted the most attention, however when you consider the impact of cultivating this plant and the potential for making stronger paper, more resilient fibre and its sustainability; it makes me wonder why it is not being taken more seriously.