Hemp Originated in India and it has had a chequered history, it is one which has always caused both social and botanical difficulties. The plant is hemp, the name given to it by Dioscorides. The generic name covers two sub-species; the first is Cannabis Sativa subspecies. Indica. It produces the now banned substance THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The second is Cannabis Sativa subspecies, Sativa. This is grown without narcotic implications and which is now widely grown under the name of Industrial Hemp.

Hemp Seeds

The plant was used by the Romans and for at least a thousand years before the Seythians, a tribe who inhabited the northern shores of the Black Sea. As it was cultivated throughout the Roman Empire, it could well have been grown in England including Yorkshire. When it entered Britain from India during the fourteenth century, it was known as Canapus, Hanff or Devils Flower, and was recommended for dropsy and distended stomachs. The hemp seed itself could be distilled into varnish and until comparatively recently , was also added to birdseed mixture. The plant was grown as a conventional crop until the nineteenth century, being used in the manufacturer of rope which was always in great demand, in particular the Royal Navy.

Hemp Rope

One long-lost tradition was to sow the seeds on Good Friday, which in some places was known as Hangman’s Day, the ultimate us of hemp rope. Have you ever considered where the word Canvas comes from? Cannabis? Actually many years ago the canvas for painters was made from the plant.

Benefits of Hemp

The seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.