The Evolution of Hemp: A Journey Through Time

Cannabis, also known as hemp or marijuana, has a long and fascinating history that dates back millions of years. A close relative of the common hops found in beer, the plant evolved in the eastern plateau of Tibet about 28 million years ago. Since then, it has been cultivated for fiber in China since 2800 BC, and spread to the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages. Hemp was also planted in Chile in the 16th century and North America a century later.

Today, hemp is grown in many countries around the world, including Australia, where state governments have issued licenses to grow hemp for industrial use. This has led to the development of new high-speed kinematic decoration technology that can separate hemp into three streams: liber fiber, wool and green microfiber. Hemp seeds can also be made into a suspension used in baking or for beverages, such as hemp milk and herbal teas. The cannabis or hemp plant was originally native to Central Asia before people introduced it to Africa, Europe, and eventually the Americas.

It is an annual plant that can reach a height of up to 5 meters (16 feet) and is easy to grow due to its fast-growing nature. This is why it was widely cultivated in colonial America and in Spanish missions in the Southwest. Hemp production does not typically require the use of pesticides as diseases rarely affect its yield. However, as its role as a global source of textiles, food and oilseeds declined in the 20th century, its use as a recreational drug increased.

The first modern research into the potential of cannabis was conducted by the state of Tasmania in the early 1990s. As mechanical technology evolved, it became possible to separate the fiber from the core by shredding rollers and brush rollers or by milling with a hammer. This process involved hitting the hemp against a screen until balls, smaller liber fibers and dust fell on the screen. In addition to being used for textiles, hemp has many other uses.

George Washington imported hemp from India for fiber production and some producers used it to make intoxicating resin. Hemp can also be used to create concrete by absorbing CO2 during its growth period and during its creation. There are other plants that are sometimes referred to as hemp but are not true hemp plants. These include Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum), Mauritian hemp (Furcraea foetida) and sun hemp (Crotalaria juncea).

Evolutionary findings challenge the traditional legal divide between hemp and marijuana, suggesting that it may be more arbitrary than scientific in its rationale. Scientists have now been able to answer questions about where hemp comes from originally and how it differentiated itself from its closest relative, hemp. The answer is wilder than you might think!.

Tamara Lutze
Tamara Lutze

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