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A short History of Hemp in the UK

Raw 3000mg CBD Oil in front of a Saxon bridge at Place mill Christchurch

The UK has grown hemp for thousands of years for food and industrial purposes.

Raw 3000mg CBD Oil in front of Place mill Christchurch Dorset
Raw 3000mg CBD Oil in front of Place mill Christchurch Dorset

The UK has grown hemp for thousands of years for food and industrial purposes.

Many names have derived from Celtic and Anglo-Saxon words for Hemp, one that has survived to this day is of our neighboring county, Hampshire.

During the reign of Henry VIII he made it compulsory to grow a quarter acre of hemp for every 60 acres under cultivation. This was to ensure the supply remained steady.

Farmers from Bridport in Dorset grew a lot of hemp in their day. Mainly used for ropes and sails, possibly to power the Kings and Queens fleet.

People began to find many uses for the crop. It became important part of the British economy.

Hemp protein powder at Gold Hill Shaftesbury Dorset
Hemp protein powder at Gold Hill Shaftesbury Dorset

Cannabis prohibition began in the 1800’s which has had a devastating and lasting impacted on the hemp industry.

Since 1993, the Home Office has began granting licenses for the purposes of cultivating and processing cannabis. This has opened the door for companies to explore the many benefits hemp and medical cannabis have to offer.

To date most of the hemp grown in the UK is for the building and construction industry to use as insulation and building-block material. The insulating properties of hemp make it a viable alternative, to some hazardous materials currently used within this industry. this could soon change, the UN is rescheduling cannabis which in turn will open up research into medical cannabis.

Medicinal Cannabis

The British Government legalised medical cannabis in 2018. There is now one British company that has a CBD based medicine available on the NHS.

To conclude, the rest of the world is now starting to recognize Hemp as a medicinal plant once again. New products are being developed on a daily basis. And CBD and hemp food product are leading the way in a booming health food market. Toppled with the added benefits that growing hemp is so environmentally friendly it is said that hemp will once again be at the forefront of a green revolution.

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