The Long and Exciting History of Hemp

Hemp is a Cannabis Sativa and is one of the oldest and most useful plants known to man. By various estimates people have been employing it for 10 and some say 12 thousand years. It is believed that the birthplace of the plant is Central Asia, from where it was spread throughout the world by sailors. Its mentions at the times can be found in every corner of the world.

Before different strains with different levels of cannabinoids had appeared or been selected, hemp was used for a myriad of everyday things due to its great water resistance and durability, which made it perfect for seafarers. It was also used by peasants to make ropes, cloths, bags and so on while different cults took advantage of its intoxicating qualities.
 
In XVI century was introduced in the Western hemisphere by the Spanish. In fact it is closely intertwined with American history. It was used on Christopher Columbus’ ship, it was later grown – and some say smoked to treat pain - by George Washington and six other presidents, and even the first U.S. flag was sewn from hemp cloth by Betsy Ross.

Cannabis and hemp had never been in trouble with the law until the clergy of the Middle Ages decided to condemn cannabis and instituted a ban in Spain and later in France but it still thrived throughout the world.

Taxation, prohibition and regulation of hemp industry came about in the XX century. Numerous countries have prohibited hemp alongside marijuana destroying whole industries and stopping the progress in discovering new medical uses of the plant. Recently, the laws on hemp cultivation have been loosened and hemp made products are trending once again with the industry reviving and striving to bring about a great alternative.


25 October 2018