I’m genuinely amazed by the versatility of this astounding material. It must be one of the most useful, natural materials on this planet. Read on to discover the surprising benefits of hemp.
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The Surprising Benefits of Hemp
It absorbs toxic materials. It was planted at Chernobyl and it removed chemicals from the soil better than any other plant.
It contains a nutrient that is also in breast milk.
In 1941, Henry Ford displayed a car that was made from soybean, hemp and plastics which was lighter than steel and withstood 10 times an impact – without denting.
Walls made from hemp are rot free, pest free, mould free and fire-resistant. Hemp plastics are biodegradable.
Can reduce carbon emissions.
Can be used for wood and paper; 1 acre of hemp can produce as much paper a year as 4 acres of trees.
It has powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It has been used as food and medicine in China for at least 3000 years.
Until about 1820s, more than 80% of all clothing and textiles were hemp. One of the oldest relics of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to 8000 BCE.
In 1533, Henry VIII made hemp cultivation compulsory by law. For every 60 acres, farmers had to grow 1/4 acre of flax or hemp or face a fine.