Hemp is one of the oldest known agricultural plants used by mankind. For over 10,000 years, civilizations have been cultivating Hemp for several uses such as textiles and paper. It is even the reason the European settlers such as Christopher Columbus were able to make their voyage. More recently, people use the valuable chemicals found in hemp, called Phytocannabinoids, or “plant” cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBD, CBN, and CBC for a variety of benefits.
Hemp’s origins 10,000 years ago
Long before the discovery of CBD, hemp’s origins trace back 10,000 years to China during the Neolithic Age, or “New Stone Age”, where hemp fiber was used as textiles and paper. Textiles are cloth or goods produced by weaving, felting, or knitting, such as fiber or yarn.
Remember, 10,000 years ago there was no gas Furnaces or electric heaters inside your home to stay warm, no Walmart or Targets for clothing or jackets, no Bed Bath & Beyond to for Blankets, and no Office Depots for Paper. Hemp was an extremely valuable commodity and widely used for shelter and survival.
How Christopher Columbus used Hemp
What do hemp and Christopher Columbus have to do with each other? Believe it or not, hemp is the reason we are living in the USA right now. Hemp contributed directly to Christopher Columbus’ ability to make his historical voyage to America and all of the other first settlers including the Pilgrims. To explain, the shipping industry relied on hemp to make canvases for sails and ropes to hold most everything in place. Canvas is a durable, heavy-duty woven fabric used to make tents and sails (to name a few). Hemp’s durability as a textile made it an ideal solution and without ropes and sails, boats at that time would not have made it across the ocean.