Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It’s also one of the most useful and versatile plants. Like all the ancient grains, it’s history goes way back.
It was found in a 10,000 year old archeological site near Japan. It’s popularity quickly grew as people discovered the variety of its uses. It is a very fibrous plant and was used anciently by the chinese to make paper, clothes, ropes, and shoes. It was also used for drug and food purposes across Europe during the Neolithic period and later became common for textile use.
In fact, it was so strong, it was used to make rope for ships like the ones Columbus used on his voyage.
Hemp was one of the first crops brought to the new world. The Spaniards brought it to Chile and other South American countries.
In America, it gained a foothold early on. George Washington himself was a strong advocate for its cultivation because of its utility in rope and textiles. Several other presidents were known to have farmed it as well. It was common on Antebellum plantations but came to a halt in 1937 when the Marijuana Tax Act was passed. Recently it has risen in popularity.
Some are confused about the relationship between Marijauna and hemp and wonder if it’s safe to consume. Industrial hemp and the drug form are both derived from Cannabis Sativa but are different strains of the plant. They both contain the psychoactive component, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The levels of THC vary greatly between the two, being MUCH lower in industrial hemp.
Hemp hearts are the insides of the hemp seed and are safe to consume. They contain less than 0.3% THC, and you’re not getting any of the psychoactive effects. They can be a healthy addition to a balanced diet!