July is National Hemp Month! So how are you celebrating? You may not realize it but the hemp market is vast in the U.S. In fact, it's expected to be worth $19.37 billion dollars by 2030!
- The earliest recorded use of hemp dates back to 5000 BC
- From Central Asia, hemp made its way to the Americas and became a cash crop for new Americans
- By 1850, there were nearly 17 million acres of hemp planted across the nation
- Hemp has been used as an eco-friendly fiber for enhancing construction and building supplies, textile clothes, and more
- Cannabis plants and their oils have been utilized more within the health and wellness worlds, supporting both physical and mental fitness
But besides the lucrative business ventures this plant has to offer, hemp remains a staple of our everyday lives, acting as the foundation of our clothing, construction materials, protein intake, and even our mental health when used in the form of CBD.
The number of ways hemp and CBD have been used is reason enough to celebrate. But if you want to join us in giving hemp a proper homage and thank you, then keep reading below!
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A Brief History Of Hemp
Despite hemp plants' mainstream prevalence in recent years, these versatile plants have been used throughout a number of ancient cultures. In fact, the first recorded use of hemp dates back to 5000 BC when hemp fiber imprints were found in a piece of pottery from that era.
Hemp production made its way from Central Asia to the Americas when the English set sail across the Atlantic to establish colonies. And one of their main focuses upon establishing a new nation was creating and implementing a cash crop through hemp farming.
By 1850, nearly 17 million acres of hemp were planted across the nation. Common hemp products of the time included hemp paper, hemp clothing textiles, and hemp building materials.
But once the 20th century rolled around, cannabis plants became criminalized through a series of racially motivated movements and took hemp plants down with them.
Hemp Plant vs. Cannabis Plant
While hemp is derived from the plant Cannabis Sativa, hemp and marijuana remain different species altogether. What differentiates them is their THC content.
Industrial hemp typically contains less than 0.3% THC which is the compound that produces psychoactive effects. Any plant containing more than 0.3% THC in dry weight is considered marijuana.
But recent efforts to decriminalize marijuana and remove it from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act have been a testament to this famed crop plant and its remarkable resurgence in the 21st century.
For these reasons, National Hemp Month celebrates all this versatile plant has to offer. From construction materials to clothing fiber, from hemp oils to eco-friendly fiber paper, this plant has continued to give us a number of benefits throughout history.
How The Hemp Plant Has Been Put To Use
The health and wellness world has seemingly trademarked the hemp industry as one with the CBD world. But hemp cultivation is much more versatile than you may think.
Hemp CBD Oil
From skincare products to CBD oil-infused gummies, hemp CBD has created an entire array of all-natural products meant to offer pain relief and other health benefits. Some studies have even investigated hemp-derived CBD as a potential new treatment for a variety of illnesses and chronic conditions ranging from cancer to mental health disorders.
The founding fathers may have discovered more than the American nation when they put hemp farmers to work across the U.S. Fast-forward to today and hemp is still being used to create textiles such as in clothing and shoes, industrial textiles such as rope, nets, carpets, and tarps, and industrial products such as paper and other building materials.
Furthermore, hemp leaves are perfect for farming and landscaping as this environmentally friendly plant serves as the perfect material for creating mulch, compost, and animal bedding.
You might not realize it, but hemp seeds are an incredible source of protein. In fact, hemp protein powder is a common staple you'll find along the aisles of your neighborhood grocery store as they make the perfect addition to any baked goods or smoothies you're wanting to enhance.
As a CBD company, we're always excited to continue educating folks on hemp oil, CBD, and the various ways you can put these plants and compounds to good use. From skincare products to CBD tinctures and gummies, there are various ways to enjoy the many benefits these plants have to offer.
Hemp remains a rich part of our history. And whether you realize it or not, hemp and CBD play big roles in your day-to-day life. So why not celebrate all that CBD and hemp have to offer?
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