Hemp Power

Hemp Power

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Hemp (Cannabis sativa) is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Its area of ​​origin is located in Central Asia, where it is still produced today. Almost all parts of the plant have been used for centuries: flowers, leaves, fibers and seeds. The fibers were used until the twentieth century for the production of fabrics, ropes and sails, the seeds were used in food, while the flowers were used for healing purposes. Subsequently, hemp fell out of favor for its psychotropic action and its cultivation stopped. Lately, however, the plant has been rediscovered in many European countries.

Environmental sustainability and health

Hemp has a rapid and abundant growth that does not allow the birth of weeds: for cultivation it is therefore not necessary to use herbicides or pesticides. Due to the lack of protein inside, the plant is not attacked by rodents or insects and does not need protective additives.

The use of hemp in history

Evidence of the use of hemp dates back to the Neolithic times. Numerous testimonies throughout the arc of human history report a variety of uses, including the therapeutic one (mainly analgesic, sedative, muscle relaxant).

The cultivation of hemp received a real coup de grace following the Marijuana Tax Act, dated 1937, where it was banned in the USA and then consequently in much of the rest of the world (the famous publishing / paper house Hearst, most an advocate of the anti-cannabis campaign via her newspapers, had just made huge investments in tree paper).

Hemp oil contains substances of vital importance

A quality hemp oil, obtained by cold pressing of ripe seeds, is particularly rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids of vital importance. Among these, two fatty acids (one omega-6 and one omega-3), linolic and alpha-linolenic, of the family of the so-called “essential fatty acids”, that is, those that the body is not in able to produce, although they are essential for various processes such as blood clotting or defense against infections. Furthermore, these fatty acids play an important role in brain function and immune defense mechanisms.

Another element worthy of particular attention

Hemp is one of the few oily plants whose seeds contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). The deficiency of GLA, which in the healthy body is synthesized from linolic acid, can cause serious metabolic diseases. In these cases, the intake of GLA can lead to an improvement of various pathological states including neurodermatitis, premenstrual syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis.

Why was the presentation in capsules chosen for hemp seed oil?

The encapsulation of raw hemp oil allows better protection from oxidation and from the rancidity of unsaturated fatty acids. In addition, commercially available hemp oil capsules are enriched with zinc and some important vitamins, which protect this precious oil from alterations and facilitate its absorption.

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  1. There is always a lot of talk about the environment, but there is also a lot of talk about it inappropriately. In fact, despite the many debates, when there is a possibility of replacing oil with natural and renewable raw materials, no one notices it (just as no one has ever noticed the greatest waste of energy resources in history, that of methane).

  2. Well said. In fact it is one of the most productive plants in vegetal mass of the whole temperate zone: a cultivation lasting three and a half months produces a biomass four times greater than that produced by the same wood surface in a year.

  3. Many farmers want to resume growing hemp if only because, given its very fast growth, it steals the light and suffocates all the other herbs present on the ground, and therefore frees it from all weeds better than herbicides can do.

  4. The hemp plant, more productive in textile fiber than cotton, can now be processed in plants that replace the long and tiring manual processes of the past.

  5. Hemp, as well as for the textile fiber can be cultivated to obtain the seeds. Hemp seeds contain proteins of high biological value in the measure of 24%, and an oil in the percentage from 30 to 40%. For their nutritional value, hemp seeds have been proposed as a remedy for the protein shortage of developing countries.

  6. At one time, paper was also made from this plant. Making paper with hemp fiber and wood has important advantages: first of all because of its enormous productivity in plant mass, and then because it can be obtained from a single cultivation together with textile fiber or seeds.

  7. With the whole stems of hemp, pressed with an adhesive, it is possible to manufacture boards for building and carpentry in place of wood, which are of great strength, flexibility and much lighter.

  8. I read somewhere that with the cellulose of which the plant is rich, through a polymerization process, it is possible to obtain fully degradable plastic materials which, if in many cases they cannot compete with today’s sophisticated plastic materials, have in any case since the start a number of important uses for packaging, insulation and so on.

  9. I confirm the above. The process you are talking about is currently used in some Central American states where this plant thrives.

  10. I knew that in Central and South America they burn it to prevent it from being used for marijuana.

  11. Surely there will be a lot confiscated for those reasons, but that is the leaf already treated, not the plant itself.

  12. Hemp, due to its high yield in plant mass, is also considered the ideal plant for the production of biomass fuels to replace petroleum products. Burning biomass fuels instead of oil does not increase the greenhouse effect. In fact, carbon dioxide is first removed from the atmosphere during the growth of the plant, and then returned to the air at the time of combustion. In this way the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not increase, contrary to what happens if fossil hydrocarbons are burned.

  13. If it is true that all the things listed above (and many others) can be produced with hemp, why are the properties of this plant so little known and so little exploited?

  14. In fact, it is a huge contradiction. If you think that alcohol is legal (with all the deaths from road accidents and various cancers), hemp is still considered a “harmful” herb.

  15. Well let’s not generalize, even the paint or the solvent are harmful if breathed on purpose for their intoxicating effects and yet they are free for sale, this does not mean that we must eliminate them from the supermarket shelves.

  16. Speaking of paint. In the United States the production of hemp oil paints was highly developed until 1937 when, much earlier than the rest of the world, the law had prohibited the cultivation of hemp together with marijuana.

  17. In this regard, however, it must be noted that, even if botanically it is always “cannabis sativa”, it is not possible to obtain the drug from varieties optimized for the production of fiber and seeds.

  18. The cultivation methods must be re-developed, and the processing processes of the raw material must also be redesigned.

  19. For many reasons, the long and heavy manual processes connected with the extraction of the textile fiber, which had already brought hemp out of the market a few years ago, are no longer possible. New technologies are needed.

  20. We should teach the new generations that when we talk about hemp we immediately think of marijuana, but few know that this plant so versatile in many cases can perfectly replace oil, for example as regards the production of fuels and plastics, as well as at the same time represent an ecological alternative to cotton for the production of textile fibers, a food resource not to be underestimated and a raw material suitable for the manufacture of paper and building materials.

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