Then & Now: The History of Hemp

Then & Now: The History of Hemp

Hemp is truly a wonder plant. It is a variety of the cannabis plant known for its high content of CBD and being one of the fastest growing plants on earth. Hemp’s durable fibers are used over 60,000 ways that can help improve our lives and our ecosystems. This multifaceted plant can feed us, make clothing, and build houses. Its sustainability and versatility make this plant truly amazing. 

Hemp’s use dates back to 8000 B.C, being found first in Asia. It then made its way to Africa, Europe and eventually South and North America. There was even a time in American history when farmers could actually face fines or jail time for not growing hemp because of its value (1).

Today, hemp is still used for a wide range of things. Some of the most popular uses include fabric and textiles, cosmetics and skincare, food and beverages. Hempseed is a great plant-based source of protein that can be found in a plethora of wellness products. Hemp is making a comeback stronger than ever to reclaim its throne as a plant that has many positive and resourceful uses. 

Four Little Facts about Hemp:

  1. The health and beauty industries are embracing the many uses of hemp and incorporating them into luxurious spa services and wellness products that may help melt away stress and boost your mental health.
  2. Your pets may benefit too. There are many products on the market that are specifically designed for your furry friends who may suffer from anxiety or are dealing with a range of health problems. 
  3. Hemp can grow in all 50 states, and is ready for harvesting in as little as 90-120 days.
  4. U.S Department of Agriculture studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. It’s simple, grow hemp and save trees — it’s a win win!

L8 is a sparkling beverage that embraces the many benefits of this amazing plant. Our beverages include broad-spectrum hemp, designed to elevate and luxuriate your everyday life. Broad-spectrum hemp is great for those who wish to avoid THC and want to simply soak up the wellness inducing effects. Hemp is more than a trend, it’s a part of life that is being embraced again. 



(1)  G. M. Herdon. Hemp in Colonial Virginia.



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