The Hemp Revolution
The use of Hemp in the UK dates back to the year 373bc. Early records tell the tale of a Celtic Princess, Cambri Formosa. Born the only heir of the Celtic King, the Princess gained the love of her people with her beauty, sharp mind and warm heart. During the Celtic era clans survived through trading with their neighbours. With successful trading came periods of peace. To maximise this the Princess taught the women of her clan to sew and weave with Hemp, crafting clothing, ropes and sacks.
The use of Hemp as a commodity continued through the years, reaching its peak demand during the Tudor period. The use of Hemp in ropes, sails and riggings allowed the Tudor dynasty to sail and conquer much of Europe. The production of Hemp was so vital to the UK’s economy that Henry VIII made it compulsory for Farmers to grow!
The industrial revolution saw the demise of Hemp in the UK, as production with cotton and steam shipping became more viable.
During the 1920’s the USA introduced the prohibition, which included the use of Cannabis. Due to the lack of understanding surrounding Hemp it was included within this ban, even though the majority of Hemp plants have no Psychoactive side effects. The UK soon followed suit and in 1928 all types of Cannabis were outlawed in the UK.
Over the past 10 years Hemp has been making a revolution!
With thanks to our desires to be more eco-friendly and use less man made plastic products Hemp has been able to offer a solution to this. Hemp is one of the natural worlds most strongest compounds, being 62% stronger than Cotton!
Due to this strength Hemp can actually replace glass and metals. Recently the worlds construction sector have invested heavily in using Hemp creating items such as Hemp Bricks, Tiles and Insulation sheets.
Hemp can be fully grown in under 4 months, without the use of pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. Hemp paper and cardboard are again becoming increasingly popular and available to buy more readily. Due to the density of Hemp fibres, one Hemp plant could make the same amount of paper as 12 trees!
Now that’s something worth raising a HIN & tonic too!