Hemp is a widely misunderstood plant. It has all kinds of benefits and uses. From its ability to purify contaminated soil, being a durable and sustainable manufacturing material, all the way to its health benefits as a superfood, hemp is hempsational!
Here are five interesting facts about hemp:
1. The first Ford Model T was made out of hemp
In the 1940s, Henry Ford intended on building cars from hemp. In fact, the first Model T was constructed from hemp and ran on hemp biodiesel. The hemp plastic panels on the car had an impact strength ten times stronger than steel. This isn’t surprising because hemp contains one of the strongest and longest plant fibres of any plant on earth.
2. Hemp can be used to build houses
Speaking of building with hemp, Hempcrete, a bio-composite of hemp hulks and lime, is showing promise for quickly becoming the building material of the future. This fire-proof, bug-resistant material gets stronger the longer it sits instead of decomposing. Hemp has been used to build many homes around the world already.
3. Hemp is a sustainable alternative to plastic
Plastic is made out of cellulose and hemp is known to have a high cellulose content. While the cost of producing petroleum-based plastic is significantly cheaper, the benefits of hemp-based plastic still outweigh its counterparts. Hemp is a more sustainable choice - it is biodegradable, durable and non-toxic.
4. Growing hemp plants helps clean up radiation
Hemp plants can also help clean up the hazardous mistakes of humankind like it’s doing in Chernobyl, the site of one of the worst radiation disasters known to the world. How does it help you ask? Hemp can remove radiation from the ground and air. The contaminated plants are then cut down and burned. This process is known as phytoremediation.
5. Hemp is a superfood
The incredible hemp plant is edible too! It makes amazing livestock feed and is considered to be a superfood for humans. Hemp seeds contain a balance of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and omegas. On top of that, they are also an excellent source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a nutrient found in breastmilk.
Want to know more about hemp? Read the What is Hemp? information page.