Hemp is a plant that has a long and illustrious history with men, women and children that dates back many thousands of years. The reason being is because it is a plant with a multitude of benefits: food, (animal) feed, fibre, fabric, fuel, to name a few. It has also long been recognised for health and healing: as a medicine. Hemp is a very versatile plant – anything made from wood or plastic can be made from hemp. As a natural food supplement hemp has many known benefits for all mammals – making it the most healthy, nutritious and beneficial plant on earth.
Jack Herer’s book ‘The Emperor Wears No Clothes’ will tell you all you need to know. There are also other great books, a lot of very good videos, interviews, presentations and documentaries, and a multitude of articles, blogs, websites and social media pages. You are an on-line search engine away from finding out all you want to know. Libraries (if still open) and new/used bookshops are also reliable sources for information.
What is relevant here and now today regarding hemp is all down to bio-chemistry.
As little as 25 years ago science discovered that the hemp/cannabis plant produces chemical compounds that are very similar in their construction and function as chemical compounds that are naturally produced by mammals. Furthermore, we have learned that the system in the mammal body that produces these similar chemical compounds exists to regulate homeostatic function.
These chemical compounds in mammals have been called endo-cannabinoids. Endo is a prefix for endogenous, meaning ‘originating from within an organism’. In the hemp/cannabis plant these chemical compounds have been called phyto-cannabinoids. Phyto is a prefix for phytogeography, meaning ‘relating to a plant’. The system in the mammal body that produces these chemical compounds has been called the endo-cannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is consists of a network of inter-connected receptors throughout a mammal body.