The hemp plant might be one of the most underrated plants of modern civilization. It can be used as medicine for pain and inflammation, to make clothing, rope, and paper, and it’s seeds are one of the densest sources of nutrition available. Humans have understood for centuries it’s abundant uses, and now modern civilization is beginning to catch up. Here are three fascinating facts about the hemp plant you probably don’t know.
1. Hemp has been used throughout human civilization and is possibly one of the earliest plants to be cultivated by humans.
That’s right—the hemp plant was the first plant we saw enough value in to try and cultivate ourselves. And it wasn’t just one civilization, it was just about all of them! In an archeological site in Japan, they found remnants of the plant, signifying its use from around 10,000 years ago. Herodotus, the classical Greek historian reported hemp-seed smoke was used for ritual and recreation in ancient Greece around 480 BC. Hemp is referenced in the Mishna, the first major written collection of the Jewish oral traditions, signifying Jews in the 2nd century were familiar with its cultivation. It was employed in cooking in medieval Germany and Italy and later in Europe, it was used for ropes on many ships, including those of Christopher Columbus. Our ancestors knew hemp was a super plant, which makes the reasons why it became demonized in modern western civilization even more bizarre!
2. Hemp can be used as a “mop crop” to clear impurities out of soil.
Hemp, through a process known as phytoremediation, clears a variety of other toxins and hazardous contaminants from the soil, water, and air. In 1990, hemp’s ability to accumulate heavy metals and other toxins from the soil was confirmed in a study done on contaminated fields near Chernobyl. That’s right! Hemp is helping to clean Chernobyl.
3. The seeds that come from the plant are considered a superfood.
Hemp seeds are considered a superfood because they contain an uncommon amount of vitamins and nutrients. With a nearly perfect balance of omega 3 to omega 6, plus iron, vitamin E, and all of the essential amino acids (comparable to other sources of protein such as meat, milk, eggs, and soy), hemp seeds are said to be one of the most nutritionally complete food sources in the world. They’re notable in providing 64% of the daily value of protein per 100-gram serving; they’re a rich source of dietary fiber, B vitamins and high in minerals like manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
Whether it’s used for food, medicine or as a toxin remover, hemp’s diverse applications and utility continue to make it one of the most important plants on the planet. If you’re interested in learning more about how we extract CBD from hemp, check out this article.
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