THE MANY USES OF HEMP
Hemp Industry in Australia
- Highly nutritious as a protein source and better tasting and more digestible than soybean
- Contains the recommended 3 : 1 ratio of essential omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, stroke, osteoporosis and diabetes
- Long, strong, durable and superior to cotton
- Natural anti-mildew and anti-microbial
- Biodegradable and serves as an environmentally sound substitute for fibre glass
- Highly absorbent and good for animal bedding
- Dense canopy of foliage prevents weed undergrowth
- Reduces carbon dioxide while producing fresh oxygen
- Highly absorbent and an excellent choice for packaging and animal bedding
- Can replace wood in construction materials
- A bio degradable and environmentally responsible material for use in manufacturing plastics
- Deep penetration encourages good aeration of soil
- Adds organic compost and nutrients to the soil for future crops
PAST USE OF HEMP
The earliest known woven fabric was made with hemp fibres. This work began back in the eighth millennium.
The cannabis hemp seeds were used for food in china.
Cannabis, as hemp fabric, cordage, medicine and food, was incorporated into virtually all cultures of the Middle East, Asia Minor, India, China, Japan and Africa.
Buddha was known to have eaten hempseed.
The French constructed a bridge using hemp hurds and lime. This material nowadays is called Isochanvre.
Gutenberg's bible was printed on hemp paper.
Rembrandt started painting on hemp canvas.
Benjamin Franklin starts one of America’s first hemp-rag paper mills.
The organisation “Spinning Bees” turns hemp fibre into military uniforms,for general Washington’s Continental Army.
Australia survives two prolonged famines by eating virtually nothing but hemp seeds for protein and hemp leaves for fibre.
Extracts and derivatives of the hemp plant are the second and third most prescribed medicines in the US.
116 million pounds of hemp seed were used commercially in America to manufacture paint and varnish .
4 million pounds of hemp seed are retailed as 'song-bird' food in the USA.
Henry Ford manufactured a car fabricated and fueled by hemp.
The Lotus Company released the 'Eco Elise', a new car that used sustainable materials such as hemp, eco wool and sisal in the body of the car.