10 Fun And Interesting Facts about Hemp
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10 Fun And Interesting Facts about Hemp

Did you know that hemp contains gut-friendly fiber? Yes, hemp's fiber content comprises soluble fiber, which may decrease blood sugar and cholesterol levels. After the legalization of hemp in the 2018 hemp farm bill, people are getting more interested in hemp. From recreational uses to medicinal properties, hemp plants have a lot to offer.

You might be acquainted with the health benefits of the hemp plant, but you may not know unique and fun facts about this plant. So by the end of this article, you will learn ten surprising facts about hemp that you didn't know before.

10 Fun And Interesting Facts about Hemp

1. Hemp Enhances The Soil In Which It Grows

Hemp has such a deep root that it can quickly grow in many different types of soil and regions. It holds the soil collectively and improves its microbial content. Once the plant is harvested, the leaves and stem are filled with nutrients. Farmers put what they don't use back into the soil, which rejuvenates it and results in an even bigger yield the following year.

2. Hemp Carry A Vital Nutrient

Hemp seeds contain many nutrients that can yield health benefits. One of the fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is available in breast milk, exists in the hemp seeds. Apart from GLA's health benefits for infants and newborns, it also works quite well for people with health conditions like Arthritis, Muscle inflammation, and other skin conditions.

GLA and other vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and fiber also exist in the hemp plant. Hemp seeds can be the natural source of such vitamins. Consider using hemp seeds in your diet if you are a vegan or a vegetarian.

3. Eliminates Toxins in the Environment

You might be staggered to know that the hemp plant can eradicate toxins and radioactive materials in the surroundings. While researchers growing hemp in Chernobyl found that hemp cultivation did Phytoremediation.

Phytoremediation cleans up the atmosphere and land around it while cultivating, destroying pollutants from the ground, and restoring the environment. After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, hemp helped reclaim hundreds of square miles of wasteland in Eastern Europe, allowing it to be used for farming again.

4. Superfood

Superfoods are those having a high density of nutrients, and also they house phytochemicals. Such a composition improves the immune system and stimulates antioxidants to aid in cellular repair. The hemp plant comes under the superfood category. It is a natural source of protein, other vitamins, and minerals such as Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, Calcium, Zinc and Iron, etc.

5. Hemp Vs. Hitler

Until 1937 hemp farming was forbidden as per the marijuana act. During WWII, the US Department of Agriculture lifted this law and urged farmers to grow hemp to help the war crisis. Despite the lack of crucial imports of hemp products such as rope, canvas, tents, kit bags, and sails (critical supplies for troops) from Indonesia and other countries, the government lifted the ban on hemp farming. The authorities recognized how efficiently hemp could be grown to generate these products. The US government reportedly prepared an eleven-minute short film broadcast in movie theatres around the US, motivating and pushing landowners to contribute to the military cause by growing hemp.

6. Hemp Can Lessen Deforestation

The hemp plant is a cellulose-rich plant that can be great for paper manufacturing. Trees contain 30% cellulose, while hemp has 85% cellulose in its composition. Paper manufacturers extract cellulose to transform it into pulp, where the pulp is further converted to papers. Hemp pulp is inherently a higher grade than wood pulp, resulting in thicker and excellent quality paper.

Moreover, hemp also grows far faster than trees as trees take somewhere 20-80 years to develop to the point where they can yield paper, whereas hemp needs just 120 days. And, because hemp activates the ground it roots in, it can grow as early as farmers pluck it. On the other hand, trees require years to properly restore all the nutrients needed to develop a fresh harvest. 

7. Hemp Cars

In 1941 Henry Ford introduced a car developed with hemp and other materials. Long before the electric cars, we are seeing at Auto Shows today, Henry Ford conceptualized and built a car from Cannabis-derived hemp. It could actually run on hemp oil too! 

Nevertheless, hemp was not the main component since hemp fibers were used as an alternative for plastic materials of the car.

Recently, Bruce Dietzen introduced another prototype of a car, which was mainly created from hemp. As hemp absorbs carbon, creating such a car diminishes carbon dioxide from the environment instead of emitting it.

8. An Alternate for Steel

Hemp fibers are more robust than steel. Yes, you read it right. Hemp fibers require 2x more pressure than steel to crack or break. Moreover, the hemp bends and patches are 6x better than steel. In other words, you can play with hemp as you can bend it and then put it back to its original form again. Henry Ford and Bruce Dietzen know the potential of hemp, which is why they came up with creating hemp cars.

9. Hemp for Canvas

Mainly the canvas comprises cotton or linen and a mix of synthetics fabric, and the canvas is made of the hemp plant. Alongside sails, tents, backpacks, it was also used to create the artist's canvas for oil paints in 1700. Because of its convenience of cultivation, it was cultivated for a variety of uses for many decades. Although with its demise in the mid-to-late 1930s and 1940s, the products created from hemp were halted. Another fascinating fact is that the word "canvas" originates from the Anglo-French word chanevaz, which means "made of hemp."

10. Hemp Clothes

Unlike cotton and synthetic fibers, the hemp plant has antifungal and antimicrobial features that make hemp fibers odor-resistant. The hemp fibers can serve best for manufacturing outdoor products with these odor-resistant and antifungal properties. From wearables to clothes and carrying backpacks, the hemp fibers work well for all outdoor product manufacturing.