by Jay Hartenbach
July 19, 2017
Hemp was first discovered about 10,000 years ago. It was spun into tough fibers to create various items like rope, clothing, paper and more.
Every part is useful
Every single part of the hemp plant can be used for something great. In its raw form, it’s good for mulch, animal bedding, and even litter. The seeds can be used to press CBD oil, which provides various health benefits. The stalks are where we harvest fibers for textiles, plastics and more.
Yes, you read that right. Concrete from hemp. It can be used for insulation or even replace wood in order to build durable, but breathable homes.
Purifying water and more
Hemp purifies dirty wastewater and filthy soil. It can even reduce the effects of radioactive material. It was used to reduce the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, clearing the radio isotopes and other impurities out of the soil.
Hemp can be turned into biofuel that’s actually powerful enough to run a diesel engine. This “hempoline” would be mostly renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic.
Man the sails
At a time when hemp was more commonly used, 90% of the rope that sailors used on their ships was made out of our favorite plant.
The hemp car
Henry Ford’s first Model-T was constructed from hemp and was meant to run on biofuel derived from hemp plants. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels with impact strength that was 10 times stronger than steel.
Hemps legality used to be reversed
While a few years ago you could be punished under the law for growing hemp, it wasn’t so in the 17th and 18th centuries. Back then, refusing to grow this wonderful, little plant could actually land you some jail time in Virginia.
Pay your taxes
As a further history lesson, from 1631 until the early 1800s, Americans could actually pay your taxes with hemp.