Hemp - The Textile of the Future

Hemp is being cultivated since 10000 years on planet earth. It is one of the earliest plants domesticated by mankind in Neolithic age. From having more than 25000+ uses, Hemp is one of the most distinct crops for obtaining fibre for textiles since ages. Fashion industry being one of the most polluting industries in the world, properties of hemp are like lifesavers for current environmental scenario. The most amusing fact about Hemp is that it is eco-friendly and sustainable by every means. Hemp refers to all the Cannabis species (Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis indicia etc.) that contain nominal amount of THC. Industrial Hemp is used for its fibre, seeds and hurd which are further used for extracting oil, development of textiles, in the food industry, for manufacturing paper etc.

The earliest mention of cannabis has been found in The Vedas, or sacred Hindu texts. "Asvattha, Darbha, King of Plants is Soma, cannabis and Rice are healing balms, are the 5 sacred plants or herbs mentioned in the Atharva Veda. “To the five kingdoms of the plants which Soma rules as Lord we speak.​Darbha, hemp, barley, mighty power: may these deliver us from woe.”​

The five plants are more clearly mentioned in Book 11, Hymn 8 (or 6), Verse 15:​ These writings may have been compiled as early as 2000 to 1400 B.C. According to The Vedas, cannabis was one of five sacred plants and a guardian angel lived in its leaves. The Vedas call cannabis, a source of happiness, joy-giver, liberator that was compassionately given to humans to help us attain delight and lose fear (Abel, 1980). It releases us from anxiety. It is a part of our medicinal and spiritual culture. In ayurveda, it was used to improve memory, against leprosy, and many other things. The Hindu god, Shiva is frequently associated with cannabis, called ‘Bhang’ in India. Lord Krishna wore hemp flowers, which are used for worship extensively in most temples in India. According to the Puranas, during the churning of the ocean by the gods and asuras, the divine elixir, 'Amrita' emerged from its depths. A drop fell on mountain Mandara and sprouted into a plant, hemp. It's juice was used by the gods and is considered sacred.

Cannabis in its medical marijuana form arguably also treats cancer (yes – brain cancer, throat cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer colorectal cancer, liver cancer, skin cancer, uterine cancer, and more), stops tremors in MS patients, and boasts numerous other health benefits.​

Industrial hemp just happens to be in huge competition with petrochemical companies, the textile industries , logging industries, and pharmaceutical companies. ​Hemp has recently been rediscovered as a plant that has enormous environmental, economic, and commercial potential.

Talking about benefits of Hemp it prevents soil erosion, absorbs carbon dioxide from air, prevents soil erosion and doesn’t strip off the nutrients from the soil.

Hemp is nature’s longest fiber, which translates into an extended garments life. Hemp fabric is softer, warmer, more water resistant and more durable than cotton. Hemp fabric also uses fewer chemicals during production, thus it is safer for consumers to wear It is even known to better screen the UV rays of the sun. While hemp produces 250% more fiber than cotton and can be grown organically, cotton uses more water and pesticides than any other commercial crop, leaving the soil depleted

The fact that makes Hemp versatile is that the fabrics produced from hemp has a look of Linen and hand feel of cotton when worn. It will provide you with warmth in winters and make you feel extremely breezy on a hot summer day. Its antibacterial properties make it the best for people with sensitive skin.

Hemp products are 100% biodegradable and can be recycled several times. The growth speed of the plant is fast enough to meet an increasing hemp products demand without stressing the environment with slowly degrading materials. In addition, hemp processing is zero waste since each of the plant parts and by-products are usable.

Hemp can be called a giver of crops, it provides us with 1000s of benefits and very nominal/no drawbacks. The situation of climatic change in 2019, it pushes us more towards using crops like hemp for making the worsening condition of the environment slightly better.