Despite the fact that hemp has been grown for thousands of years, there’s still a lot of misinformation out there about this super plant. For example, growing hemp in the UK is legal with a license and ingesting hemp seeds will not get you high. Hemp has many uses beyond its obvious association with a recreational drug. Check out these 5 cool things you didn’t know about hemp below.
1. Breast is Best
Ever heard the expression “breast is best”? Based on tons of studies of bottle fed and breast fed babies, the many nutrients in breast milk make it win out every time. Medical professionals and scientists agree that breast milk is healthier for your baby.
What has that got to do with hemp? Well, hemp seeds actually contain a powerful nutrient that is also found in breast milk. Hemp oil is high in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is a nutritious and naturally unsaturated fatty acid, good for the skin and joints.
Hemp seed oil is also full of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, which are beneficial to both your body and mind. And a healthier choice than most other vegetable oils.
2. You Won’t Get High
If you’ve ever felt inclined to cut up hemp fabric or smoke the seeds, sorry to break this to you: They won’t get you high. Why? Because hemp contains just .3 % THC, which is the happy chemical responsible for getting you stoned.
So if you’re hosting a party and expecting your hemp seeds to be a big hit, you’ll be in for a headache in more ways than one. Worse than that? Hemp can also have a pretty strong laxative effect. So, it’s just not a good idea on any level (unless you’re seeking a cure for constipation).
3. As Old as The Hills
Hemp is one of the oldest crops known to man, with remnants of hemp fabric dating back as far as 8000BC. In the UK alone, hemp was grown during the Roman times until around the 1940s.
Under Henry XIII, all farmers were obliged to grow the hemp crop. Its strong properties made it exceptionally useful for making rope, swaddling clothes for infants and materials to cover the bodies of the dead.
4. As Tough as Leather
Hemp fibres are some of the most durable on the planet. So strong, in fact, that they can replace metal and even glass. When used in clothing, compared to cotton, hemp is much more resistant to wear and tear.
Which means that if you buy your clothes made from hemp fabric instead of cotton or man-made fabrics, they’ll last longer and save you money.
5. Good for Your Health
Despite being around for centuries, marijuana is only recently being recognised as a legitimate therapy and relief for many chronic illnesses. Even hemp is used in medicines. The non THC-full counterpart to marijuana is rich in many of its healing properties. Hemp oil is high in CBD, which is good for your health. Many people see extraordinary benefits when using hemp for body lotion, face cream and lip balm.