One of the most important aspects to keep in mind when we talk about hemp is that it is not marijuana.
Although their general appearance is similar and they belong to the same family of plants, their chemical composition is different.
History of industrial hemp
Hemp is an ancient plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years. Some carbon tests suggest from 8000 a. C.
Many civilizations throughout the time have cultivated hemp for different uses, as food or fiber.
Some curious facts
In America, in the seventeenth century, farmers in some states were mandated by law to grow hemp from India. In the eighteenth century, a person could be sentenced to prison if he did not grow hemp on his land.
In 1850, the US census counted approximately 8,400 hemp plantations of at least 809 hectares. 80% of the world’s textile needs came from hemp until the 20th century. In 1940, Henry Ford began using hemp in his cars.
Uses of hemp
Industrial hemp has more than 3,000 known uses, among products and by-products, in sectors such as:
You can use everything from industrial hemp.
The hemp production
The production of hemp has increased in recent years in the European Union, improving the industry and the quality of the product:
Hemp seeds are used to feed animals. Human consumption nowadays is a minority. It is currently increasing the use in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical uses.
The latest technologies in hemp are developed in the field of medical research and product development.