History for growing hemp crop dates back more than 10,000 years.
Many ancient civilizations have grown hemp and utilized the plant for a number of items from food to fiber. Evidence of growing hemp can be traced among many countries including China, Egypt, Russia, Greece and Italy. For centuries, painters used hemp canvases from the Renaissance artists to 17th century masters like Van Gogh and Rembrandt. The word “canvas” is derived from the word cannapaceus, a latin adjective that literally means “made from hemp.” In Canada Nova Scotia was the first to grow Hemp in North America. During the 1600’s in Cape Breton when the French were building the Fortress of Louisbourg hemp along with corn and flax were grown. The growth of hemp is steadily growing among Canadian farmers and has been recognized as one of Mother Nature’s most useful crop. To find out more about hemp products in Cape Breton, reach out at any time!
Once it was illegal NOT grow hemp.
Farmers in American history could actually be fined or jailed for not growing hemp. Hemp was such a valuable crop in Virginia, the Assembly of Jamestown Colony passed legislation in 1619 making it mandatory for every farmer to grow Indian hempseed.
Hemp was known as a “billion dollar crop” before the U.S. government banned it under the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.
A 1938, “Popular Mechanics” article declared hemp a new cash crop. It was to become the staple fiber of the world, easy to grow and could replace imported materials and manufactured products. Advantages of using hemp for fiber in industry include: excellent physical properties in strength, durability and modulus, cost effectiveness in composite and paper applications and increasing availability. A wide range of fiber formats and qualities are now possible. Hemp fibers can be fabricated to be lighter, stronger and cheaper than fiberglass.The wood–like inner core fibre of the hemp plant can be used for animal bedding (animals don’t eat it and it is highly absorbent), garden mulch, and an assortment of building materials such as hempcrete.
Hemp oil is a super food.
Highest in protein compared to other hemp seeds
Complete source of protein for humans and animals
Excellent source of Omega 3,6 & 9 fats
Dietary benefits of hemp are reducing bad cholesterol levels, neutralizing free radicals and improving nervous system function as the abundance of nutrients found in hemp oil can help. Hemp oil is rich with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium, vitamin E and carotene. When it comes to oils, hemp oil also has the highest level of polyunsaturated fats (healthy fats) at 80 percent, with flax seed oil coming in second. A 1999 workshop by the U.S. National Institute of Health demonstrated the impressive benefits of a balanced Omega–6/3 ratio in our diet: reduced risk of atherosclerosis, sudden cardiac death and certain types of cancers, decrease in the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, mood improvement in bipolar disorders, and optimized development in infants
Hemp Reduces Environmental Impact
Its botanical composition, hemp can actually leave soil better off than when it started by improving soil with nutrients and nitrogen. Toxins, heavy metals and other pollutants from the ground are reduced through a process called phytoremediation. Hemp’s use in industry is also attractive because it can be grown and manufactured in accordance with sustainable and ecological principles.
Hemp is used in over 25,000 products.
Hemp is commonly used in everyday items like yarn, paper, rope, carpeting, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and body care products. Hemp oil has skin healing properties and used in medicines.The multifaceted fiber with anti-bacterial properties is actually used in everything, from durable textiles for making suits by Giorgio Armani to interior car parts by BMW. Derek Kesek, the founder of Hempearth, announced that he would produce the very first airplane made almost entirely of hemp& that will run on hemp-based biodiesel. Though the project has yet to take flight, many have high hopes about what its successful execution could mean for the future. The Marihuana Act of 1937 banned US Hemp production.
Currently twenty one states can legally grow hemp under the passing of the Farm Bill 2018. Though hemp has negligible THC, its tissues are rich in CBD, a non-narcotic cannabinoid that hemp growers can now legally extract and share with cannabis corporations. In Canada according to the most recent data from Health Canada, 77,800 acres of industrial hemp were planted in 2018 – 30,000 acres (38.5 percent) in Alberta, 27,100 acres (35 percent) in Saskatchewan, and 11,500 acres (15 percent) in Manitoba.
Annual retail sales for hemp growing.
People are really starting to give hemp a chance by incorporating the plant into their lives in a big way. In 2014, there was $620 million worth of hemp products sold in the U.S. alone, with food and personal care items totaling about $200 million. Canadian hemp sales in 2018 were estimated at $500 million; by 2023, the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) estimates that could be as high as $3 billion. Jan Slaski, a hemp researcher at InnoTech Alberta and a CHTA director, thinks more food companies, pet-food producers, and the livestock industry will flock to hemp, too. “The market for CBD will be much bigger than THC and marijuana,” Slaski says. “In three years, we will be taking CBD like we take vitamins.”