CBD, the more commonly known name for cannabidiol, is one of more than a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant, and while there are several perceptions within the public around the benefits of CBD consumption, the most widely known fact about CBD is that it is non-psychoactive.
Civilizations have used hemp for centuries to produce a variety of goods including paper, cloth, and rope. Hemp is the same species of plant as marijuana, just a different cultivated variety of it. As a result, following the criminalization of marijuana, hemp cultivation faded in the United States. In fact, the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 included hemp within the definition of “marihuana,” effectively outlawing the production of hemp without a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) permit.
Hemp, a member of the Cannabis sativa family, can trace its uses back to as early as 8000 BCE. Traditionally, the fiber of hemp was widely used to produce items such as clothing and fishing nets, while the oil was applied for cosmetic purposes.
Hemp is among the world’s most nutritious plants and when hemp in oil and seed form is used in the preparation of vegan dishes, they benefit this particular diet very well, both from a taste and an ethical standpoint.
Since 2011 Heaven Grown has been building simple shelters out of hemp fibers mixed with a simple recipe of lime and water. The process is inexpensive and fast, enabling the crew to build a structure in a matter of days.
After over a century of irresponsible treatment of our environment – our planet – humanity is in need of a quick solution. And hemp may just be one of the pieces to this giant puzzle.