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.
Hemp was used in the United States until the early 20th century. In 1937, the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was passed which 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. It wasn’t until 2014, when the Farm Bill/Agricultural Act passed that limited hemp cultivation was allowed again in the United States.
Hemp Becomes Legal
In 2018, Hemp, containing less than 0.3% THC, became fully legal. This sparked a huge opportunity for Cannabis Sativa to make it’s come back. Port City Daily reports that over 30,000 products can be made from hemp.
The following list was complied to help you understand the origin and benefits of the Cannabis Sativa plant.
Interesting Facts About Hemp
- Records of Hemp Fiber date as far back as 10,000 years ago.
- In the early 20th century, hemp was considered legal tender. People could actually pay their taxes with this plant!
- The U.S. Constitution was originally written on paper made from hemp.
- Hemp fiber was initially used for making fiberboards. These boards are lighter in weight and stronger than their wooden counterparts.
- Once planted, Hemp can be harvested in as little as three to four months.
- 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.
- You can not get high from smoking hemp.
- Hemp plants can enrich the soil. The soil where they are grown has a higher microbial content.
- 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.
- Hemp is a highly versatile plant. It can be used for making clothes, paper, plastic, medicine and even bio-fuels.
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!