We have all heard of how hemp is used to produce CBD oil, CBD gummies, CBD powders, etc. What most do not know is that the hemp plant has a long-standing history of uses outside of CBD making it one of the most versatile plants on the planet. Did you know that even Henry Ford attempted to build his first automobile from hemp to support farmers after the Great Depression? Hemp can also help eliminate toxins and radioactive material from the environment! Below is a list of interesting uses for the hemp plant.

Hemp is a superfood! A superfood contains phytochemicals that support the immune system and antioxidants that help with cellular repair. It provides a source of protein, as well as a high concentration of the following vitamins and minerals:

• Omega-3 fatty acids

• Vitamin E

• Calcium

• Iron

• Zinc

Additionally, A normal serving of 3 tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds/hemp nubs (hearts) has over 14g of healthy fats, 165 calories, and almost 10g of protein. These seeds are also rich in minerals like potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. Hence, hemp is definitely a superfood. 1, 2

Hemp is for Beauty Hemp has a number of cosmetic uses that could be used in any beauty routine. Skincare products and cosmetics containing hemp include a higher concentration of omega and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These acids are what makes hemp an excellent moisturizing agent, in turn, making it a powerful ingredient to:

• hydrate skin

• soothe minor muscle aches

• create a natural barrier from environmental toxins.

• Anti – aging properties; The linoleic acid and oleic acids found in hemp oil can’t be produced by the body but can play a crucial role in skin health and anti-aging3

All-purpose ‘super’ material

• Hemp requires 2 times the amount of pressure placed upon it to crack and break

• Hemp bends and mends 6 times better than steel, meaning it can bend better and has greater potential to be put back together again.

• Hemp can be used to create fiber boards that are both lighter and stronger than wood.

Growing Hemp…Required In early American culture, Hemp cemented its place at the top of the food chain. When the first colonists arrived in the 1600 and 1700s, they were forced to grow hemp by law

• Virginia forced colonists to grow hemp as early as 1619

• Massachusetts and Connecticut followed suit in 1631 and 1632 respectively, bypassing mandatory hemp cultivation laws.

• From 1763 to 1769, those not growing hemp in Virginia could face jail time as their penalty.

Hemp is part of our national history

• George Washington was a hemp farmer and urged everyone around him to grow and sow it as well.

• Thomas Jefferson was also on the hemp cultivation train and even bred different varieties, as well as acquired the first U.S. patent with his hemp threshing machine, a machine that separates the seeds from the stalks. Later, he created a hemp brake that would better separate the hemp fibers from their stalks.

• John Adams wrote about hemp cultivation at length.

• Benjamin Franklin owned a paper mill, one of the first, that made hemp into parchment.

• The original U.S. Constitution was written on hemp paper.

Additional Sources:

• https://lifestyle.livemint.com/health/wellness/what-makes-hemp-a-superfood-111615346471489.html1

• https://www.westword.com/marijuana/hemp-ten-cool-facts-about-a-growing-industry-89349762

• https://www.healthline.com/health/hemp-oil-for-skin#benefits-for-your-skin3