Believe it or not, the plant was also used to make textiles. In fact, its very first documented use in ancient China was taking its fibre to make clothes, shoes and various household utensils out of it. Not too far from there in Central Asia, hemp was smoked or otherwise inhaled for various purposes - from purely recreational to religious rituals. Hemp does not give the typical “high” you get from smoking marijuana, it still possesses psychoactive properties but they are more about relaxation, introspection and the feeling of being connected with nature. This is why it has been used across so many different cultures for religious and spiritual practices.
Many years later, during the medieval period in Europe, hemp was also used for cooking. That’s right, you can make a super healthy soup out of this plant, or if you have a sweet tooth you can try mixing it in your cakes and biscuits. During the cooking process, some of its healing properties will inevitably be lost, but it will add flavour and a unique texture to your culinary creations.
The ancient history and recent boom of hemp products are probably due to its incredible versatility - you can virtually make anything out of it! So be creative, experiment with it. You can purchase hemp in many different forms, try a few types and see what works best for you - it won’t do anything but good to your body!