the hemp plant

Let’s Talk About The Hemp Plant In Our World Today!

What Is Hemp?

let's talk about the hemp plant in our world today

The Hemp plant is no stranger to our community. As a matter of fact, it might have a ‘stigma’ attached to it because of its cousin the Marijuana plant. In any event, lately, it has been getting some attention – and in a very positive way. So, let’s talk about the hemp plant!


The Hemp plant is grown from the Cannabis Sativa seeds. It is usually gown in the northern hemisphere. Hemp can be used in its natural plant state as well as being more processed to produce some very interesting by-products.

You can use Hemp:

  • To make clothing, rope, strong fibers which can be woven into many useful products
  • Paper
  • Textiles – used as 100% hemp, it can also be blended with other organic fibers like flax, cotton or silk, to make woven fabrics for apparel and furnishings.
  • Biodegradable plastics
  • Paint
  • Insulation
  • Biofuel
  • Food products – you can use the leaves in salads, the seeds can be ground into meal or even eaten raw and used as a base in granola, can be made into Hemp milk and tea, can be cold-pressed to produce Hemp oil as well.
  • Cosmetics
  • Animal food and bedding
  • Water and soil purification processes, as well as weed control
  • Building sector
  • Automotive sector – the production of insulation mats

What makes Hemp different is that it contains a low concentration of THC (the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol) and a higher concentration of cannabidiol CBD (which lowers or eliminates any psychoactive effects).

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There are several countries that have regulatory laws in place for the growing and processing of Hemp for health (internal and external) use. And lately, more countries are opening up to the versatility and many uses of the hemp plant and the role that it can and has played in the health industry.

Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa is the variety grown for industrial use, while C. sativa subsp. indica generally has poor fiber quality and female buds from this variety are primarily used for recreational and medicinal purposes.[1]

It is interesting to note that the main differences between the two types of plants are:

  • The way they look
  • The amount of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that each plant produces

The Oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis which are regulated for industrial production will produce only minute amounts of this psychoactive drug, not enough for any physical or psychological effects.

Typically, hemp contains below 0.3% THC, while cultivars of Cannabis grown for medicinal or recreational use can contain anywhere from 2% to over 20%. [2]

Types Of Hemp Plants


the hemp plant trees

Nutritional Value Of Hemp

Interestingly enough, a 100-g portion of hulled hemp seeds can provide 586 calories. Other components:

  • 5% water
  • 5% carbohydrates
  • 49% total fat
  • 31% protein

The seeds of the Hemp plant can provide 64% of the Daily Value (DV) of protein per 100-g serving. Also, food for thought (no pun intended) the Hemp seed amino acid profile is comparable to protein sources like meat, milk, eggs, and soy.

Even when comparing the PDCAAS (protein digestibility-corrected amino acid scores) – the attempt to measure the degree to which food for humans is a ‘complete protein’, the Hemp seed measures 0.49-0.53 for the whole seed, 0.46-0.51 for hemp seed meal, and 0.63-0.66 for hulled hemp seed.

Hemp seeds are a rich source of:

  • B vitamins
  • Dietary minerals – manganese (362% DV), phosphorus (236% DV), magnesium (197% DV), zinc (104% DV), and iron (61% DV)], and dietary fiber (20% DV).

About 73% of the energy in hemp seed is in the form of fats and essential fatty acids, mainly polyunsaturated fatty acids, linoleic, oleic, and alpha-linolenic acids. While hemp has a very low amount of THC, it does have other cannabinoids, as well as terpenoids.[3]

hemp oil products

Benefits Associated With Hemp

A few of the more common benefits associated with the Hemp plant, whether it is used in its natural state or undergone any processing to make it more refined:

  • Soil fertilizer
  • Weed and soil control – hence use of less pesticides
  • Health-based healing and wellness– arthritis, muscle pains, anti-aging cell production, anti-depressant
  • Great natural source of plant protein (more than 25%), vitamin E, and minerals (phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc)
  • Helps to reduce the risk of heart disease (contains arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease)
  • Helps with skin issues (a healthy source of fatty acids -a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 – helps provide relief from skin discomforts like eczema)
  • Can be a source of relief for symptoms associated with PMS (premenstrual syndrome and menopause)
  • As Hemp has a high amount of soluble and non-soluble fibers, it does provide some relief with digestive disorders

Producers Of Hemp

france hemp producer

The world’s largest producer of the Hemp plant is France.

It produces more than 70% of the world’s output. China comes in second place with about 25%. Other producers in smaller quantities: Chile and North Korea.

More than 30 countries all together produce industrial Hemp: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and Ukraine.

My Final Thoughts On Let’s Talk About The Hemp Plant

Based on the nutritional value alone, the Hemp plant provides a good source for basic dietary needs. Using it in its natural form as with most things, is probably the best way to reap all the benefits. Of course, there is much to be said when it comes to the by-products that it can produce once it has gone through various refining processes.

ctfo bottles of cbd oil

In all fairness, this plant has so much to offer despite the stigma that might be attached to it. However, I am sure that once there is educational information being presented, people will come to realize and appreciate the Hemp plant for what it has to offer in the way of health and healing. I hope this article is a source of useful information about the Hemp plant.

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[1][2] Wikipedia

[3] History Of The Hemp Plant

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10 thoughts to “Let’s Talk About The Hemp Plant In Our World Today!

  • Dany

    Thank you for an informative article. I also use hemp seeds in salads and different types of dips.
    The only problem I have is to buy from a trustworthy source.
    Do you recommend a specific brand?

    • Michelle

      Hello Dany,
      Thanks for your visit and thoughts. That sounds yummy…hemp seeds in a salad. I am a very ‘nutty’ person as well. I usually get my health stuff from health food stores near where I live. It is just about shopping around or ‘word of mouth’ from someone you trust. All the best.

  • Melinda

    Interesting. I didn’t know that hemp had so much fat in it. I have been taking some cbd oil to see if it will help with my epilepsy. I’m surprised to find that is helping so many people.

    • Michelle

      Hello Melinda,
      Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, hemp oil is great for a lot of things. And lately, a lot of people are now voicing the great relief and healing that they have been getting from hemp oil. I wish you good health as you try hemp oil for your health issue. All the best.

  • Bhavik Mistry

    Who knew you could do so much with hemp! Interesting read!

    • Michelle

      Indeed, if we only would take the time to look around at the goodness being offered by Mother Nature, who knows, we might ALL be much more healthy. All the best.

  • George

    Hey Michelle,

    Your post about the hemp plant is brilliant, and has very valuable content. I learn something new today, thanks 🙂
    I’ll be checking your website very often, just to learn new things.
    Keep up the good job !

    • Michelle

      Hello George,
      Thanks for stopping by. I am glad that you were able to ‘learn something new’ today. Yes, the hemp plant is a wonderful plant chock-full of goodness!
      Stop by any time.

  • James John

    Hi there, Michelle.
    I have to be honest and say I was very ignorant about this plant, hemp, at least ’til I read your article. I was under the impression that it was some kind of herb used for cooking. I know, I deserve to be shot at dawn…but at least I’m honest.
    Your article has left me gobsmacked. I had absolutely no idea just how powerful this plant is, and of it’s capabilities, both in its natural form, and also when processed.
    Thank you for writing such an informative article, and I really enjoyed reading it.

    • Michelle

      Hello James,
      Your words left me with a ‘Cheshire grin’ on my face while reading. Yes, hmm…shooting at dawn???!! The Hemp plant is a wonderful healing plant and we need to use more of Mother Nature’s gifts to us. Glad you enjoyed the article.


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