Do you know what is common to the Magna Carta, first Levi jeans, the first car manufactured by Henry Ford, Christopher Columbus’ fleets, Vincent Van Gogh, and William Shakespeare? The answer is, HEMP! The Magna Carta was signed on hemp paper; the first pair of Levi jeans was made from hemp fabric; the first car Henry Ford manufactured in 1941 was from the resin of stiffened hemp fiber; the riggings and sails used by Columbus’ fleets were made from hemp; Vincent Van Gogh painted on hemp canvas; and yes, William Shakespeare wrote on hemp paper. These facts not only show the various ways in which hemp can be used but also serve as evidence to the rich history of this magical crop.
Hemp, more popularly known as industrial hemp, is a plant variety that belongs to the cannabis genus named Cannabis Sativa. It is cultivated primarily as an agricultural crop and the products derived from it are used for a number of industrial and commercial purposes such as food, fuel, fabric, and construction material, to mention a few. The recorded history has many instances of people cultivating industrial hemp as a source of fiber, oil, food, and many other things used in daily lives. It has been cultivated in many parts of the world for over millennia. Today, many countries cultivate industrial hemp for a number of industrial and commercial purposes. France ranks top among the producers of hemp, closely followed by China. Other major producers of industrial hemp include Chile, Ukraine, Australia, Canada, the Unites States, the United Kingdom, etc.
Unfortunately, industrial hemp is one of the most misunderstood crops because it shares the same plant family as marijuana. Industrial hemp and marijuana are, however, two different plant varieties with distinct uses, features, and biochemical compositions. As a result of the popular misgiving, the cultivation of industrial hemp and the production and commercialization of hemp-based products faced a major setback for several decades in the twentieth century. Recent years have seen an awakening in hemp production, primarily due to the in-depth research carried out on its excellent nutritional profiles. The growing need for ecologically sustainable farming practices also add to the widespread popularity hemp enjoys these days. To know more about the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana, read our FAQ section.
One of the reasons that contributed to the recent revival in hemp production is the manifold benefits of this magic crop. Industrial hemp has several nutritional, health, and environmental benefits. It is a rich source of polyunsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fatty acids, amino acids, Omega-3, Omega-6, plant based protein, and dietary fiber. In addition to these, the Cannabidiol (CBD) present in industrial hemp is known to have many medicinal properties. As for environmental benefits, industrial hemp has high growth rate and low land usage and is naturally resistant to pests and weeds. It is highly adaptable to wide range of climatic and geographic conditions and uses fewer resources compared to many of its substitute crops. More importantly, industrial hemp and the products derived from it leave no carbon footprints and are ecologically sustainable. For more details on the nutritional and environmental benefits of industrial hemp, click here.
Ecological sustainability and numerous benefits make industrial hemp a highly reliable and potential resource for food, fuel, fiber, and many other industrial essentials. NHCO, a company committed to bringing hemp to commercial and agricultural visibility, works towards creating a hemp-based ecosystem that is regenerative, pollution-free, and toxic free. We believe that great changes can sprout from the smallest of seeds, and we intend to unleash the potential that lies within hemp through meaningful and effective interventions in farming, research, and product development.