If you were a child of the 90s, you probably remember the DIY hemp bracelets and necklaces. Well, hemp is back with a bang. This versatile plant has many practical uses, including producing organic CBD products like Reverie.
You could host an entire trivia night about hemp’s long history and many unique benefits to our health and economy. Here are just a few of the interesting facts about hemp and how it’s helping the world.
But first, what is hemp?
Hemp is part of the cannabis family of plants, which also includes marijuana. Marijuana can get you high because it contains lots of THC, the chemical with psychoactive properties, while hemp does not.
1. The United States was founded on hemp.
Hemp was illegal in the U.S. until recently, but it wasn’t prohibited until the 1950s. In fact, colonial farmers were required to grow it in the 1700s. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Founding Fathers grew hemp, and the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were even written on hemp paper. The first American flag was made from hemp, too.
2. Hemp can make 30,000 different products.
Over 30,000 products can be manufactured from hemp, including everything from rope to jewelry, clothing, food, mulch, paint, paper, and textiles. Until the introduction of the cotton gin in the 1820s, around 80% of all textiles were made from hemp. Henry Ford’s first Model T car was even constructed from hemp and built to run on hemp gasoline. All parts of the plant can be used for different products, so there’s no waste.
3. Hemp helped the U.S. win World War II.
During World War II, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a “Hemp for Victory” campaign to promote the cultivation of hemp after Japan cut off the country’s supply. It has been called “the crop that saved the war” because it was used to make vital products for the military such as ropes and sails for ships.
4. Hemp seeds are a superfood.
Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally dense foods out there. The superfood contains lots of vitamins A, B, D, and E as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp also contains minerals and proteins such as magnesium, zinc, and iron.
5. They’re also a great source of protein for plant-based diets.
Hemp seeds contain all nine essential amino acids, so they’re considered a complete source of protein, which isn’t true for many plant-based foods. By weight, they have about as much protein as beef and lamb, so they’re a great option for vegetarians and vegans.
6. Hemp oil is healthier than most vegetable oils.
Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, cooked, or roasted, and can be found in products like granola, cereals, and snack foods. Mix a few onto your salads, smoothies, or avocado toast, or use hemp oil for cooking, which is healthier than most vegetable oils.
7. CBD wellness benefits range from A to Z.
CBD is one of the biggest wellness trends out there right now. But did you know that it was a hemp derivative? Extracted directly from hemp, CBD can help jumpstart your creativity, soothe your stress, fight acne, help you get more zzz’s at night, and more. You can also find organic CBD, which is better for the environment and your body.
8. Hemp seeds may help with PMS and menopause.
Hemp seeds contain an acid called GLA (or gamma-linolenic acid), which is believed to help with the physical and emotional symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome and menopause.
9. CBD is good for your skin.
CBD research has found that the hemp derivative also has hydrating properties for your skin and helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production. On top of that, CBD has anti-inflammatory benefits, which is a big deal because “Inflammation is the root of all evil, whether that’s acne or the signs of aging,” dermatologist Dendy Engelman told Allure.
That’s why you can find countless CBD beauty products on the market, which are better alternatives to options with acid or chemicals. Here are 12 other CBD facts that might surprise you.
10. Hemp can save the trees.
Hemp can be used to make wood and paper, so it helps prevent deforestation. While trees take 20 to 50 years to grow, hemp can grow back in just four months, so it’s a much more sustainable solution. On top of that, one acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four acres of trees.
11. Hemp can replace harmful chemicals and fossil fuels.
Thanks to hemp, farmers don’t need to use chemicals like herbicides and pesticides. Every ton of hemp also eliminates 1.63 tons of carbon emissions. Anything you can make out of fossil fuel you can make out of hemp, including energy and plastic.
In short, hemp is good for our bodies and our planet. What’s not to love? To learn more about CBD check out our full guide.