You’ve probably heard the buzz surrounding the Cannabis Sativa Plant. The cultivation and consumption of the plant has been blasted on the news and social media. Here you will learn the most interesting facts about the Cannabis Sativa.

What is Cannabis Sativa?

Cannabis Sativa is an annual herbaceous flowering plant. Its origins date back to South Asia over a thousand years ago. The plant is composed of at least 500 compounds and at least 113 cannabinoids. Cannabis is also composed of many terpenes and sesquiterpenes.

Brief History of Cannabis Sativa

Ancient Chinese records show evidence of Cannabis Sativa dating back to 6000 bc. Those records contain evidence of medicinal use and hemp seed consumption. Hemp fibre cultivation dates back to China as early as 2800 bc.

Until the early 20th century, hemp was a staple in the United States. However, the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act placed an economic burden on hemp farmers. In 1970, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act went into effect making all cultivation of cannabis illegal. In 2014, the Farm Bill/Agricultural Act passed limiting hemp cultivation.

Hemp Becomes Legal

In 2018, Hemp, containing less than 0.3% THC, became fully legal, which sparked the Cannabis Sativa come back. According to Port City Daily, over 30,000 products can be made from hemp.

Interesting Facts About Hemp

  1. Records of Hemp Fiber date as far back as 10,000 years ago.
  2. In the early 20th century, hemp was legal tender. People could actually pay their taxes with this plant!
  3. The US Constitution was originally written on hemp paper.
  4. Hemp fiberboard are lighter in weight and stronger than their wooden counterparts.
  5. It takes three to four months to harvest planted hemp.
  6. Hemp belongs to the same family of flowering plants as marijuana. The only difference between the two varieties is the amount of THC naturally present in the plant. Hemp has about 1% or less THC concentration. While marijuana has about 20 times more THC concentration.
  7. You can not get high from smoking hemp.
  8. Hemp plants can enrich the soil adding microbial content.
  9. Hemp cultivation can help combat the rising levels of carbon dioxide in the environment. According to Hemp Inc., hemp could eliminate more than 1.6 tons of CO2 from the surrounding areas.
  10. Hemp is a highly versatile plant. For example, clothes, paper, plastic, medicine and even bio-fuels can be made from hemp.

Interesting Facts We Missed?

There is still so much we don’t know about Cannabis Sativa. Do you know any more interesting facts about Cannabis Sativa that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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