What is International Hemp Day? Well, let’s start from the beginning.
Hemp is thousands of years old. There is irrefutable evidence of cannabis and hemp use from all kinds of cultures and civilizations that date back to 6,000 years. Humans have been using it for food, clothing, medicine, and a myriad of other uses. It’s no wonder it’s making a comeback in our modern era. Why not give this glorious plant its own special day of celebration and honor? Well, that’s exactly what April 21st is about.
Say hello to International Hemp Day!
When is International Hemp Day?
International hemp day has been appropriately placed in between International Cannabis Day (April 20th) and Earth Day (April 22nd). What is more, fitting than to celebrate the most versatile plant between these two days?
Hemp, as you may know, is the form of Cannabis sativa that allows for dozens of different industrial use cases like fibers, fuels, and more recently a sustainable concrete replacement known as “hempcrete”.
Just a few years ago, International Hemp Day was being celebrated by a select few, yet passionate hemp producers and enthusiasts. With the recent boom in the hemp industry, more and more are realizing the importance of this plant. The broader awareness is rapidly growing due to this recent boom and is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon.
Why Celebrate Hemp?
If you think that you’ve never touched hemp in your life, think again.
Most likely, you’ve been near hemp when you’re out and about during your normal shopping routine.
There are plenty of beauty products out there that include hemp in their formulas but, it might not be so apparent from the packaging.
Hemp has anti-aging properties and fights inflammation. It does wonders for your skin, especially if you suffer from chronic dryness or redness.
When you needed some fashionable new clothing, more than likely your hand brushed up against a shirt that was partially or entirely hemp-derived.
Soon enough, your house’s foundation and infrastructure will be built using “hempcrete” instead of concrete!
Why celebrate International Hemp Day? If you’re from the U.S., you should know that during WWII, hemp was promoted to farmers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a means of supporting our troops at war.
There’s PLENTY of reasons to celebrate hemp. It’s all around us and that’s only going to increase as the industry matures.
Who Celebrates International Hemp Day?
There are enthusiasts of all sorts that celebrate cannabis and hemp. Let’s take, for example, the people that celebrate International Cannabis Day (4/20) and Earth Day. The first group of people have loved cannabis for what I would hope is an obvious reason. While cannabis comes with its own set of medicinal properties, it is hemp that truly brings the majority of medicinal properties to the forefront. We all know that cannabis enthusiasts have been pro-hemp for quite some time. You could say that celebrators of 4/20 have helped pave the way for hemp and cannabis alike.
The day after International Hemp Day is Earth Day. The individuals that celebrate Earth Day have an understanding that the planet and environment are very important things to protect and to celebrate. If you have any friends that celebrate Earth Day and/or 4/20, then pull them aside and let them know about International Hemp Day! These are the people who are most likely to celebrate international hemp day.
How to celebrate it?
So, how does one properly celebrate this special day?
If you have any hemp clothing, then wear it! If you don’t, then go out and find some! Ideally, you should find a local/small business to support by purchasing some artisan hemp-wear. This way, you can show your support for your community while celebrating a more sustainable fiber: hemp!
Give the gift of hemp to someone close to you. We all have friends or family that could probably use some CBD, they just don’t know it yet. Nothing makes a greater gift than relief from chronic pain and a natural sleep-aid. Plus, who doesn’t like chocolate, gummies, or feeling great?
Having difficulty finding others to celebrate with? Be the first to start the International Hemp Day meetup!
You can be sure that you’re not the only one looking to celebrate the festivities. Use tools like Facebook Groups and Meetup to initiate the first meeting with others. Bring a banner made entirely out of hemp! Bring some hemp-based food dishes for others to enjoy like hemp seed salad! Hemp seed is full of nutrients including magnesium which is difficult to get in our regular diets. There’s nothing better than a celebration with plenty of healthy food to go around.
If you’re really trying to go the extra mile, try rolling up to the party in your vehicle fueled by hemp biodiesel! Nothing will incite more questions and conversations than a car powered by this amazing plant!
Even though hemp is currently being rediscovered by the larger populace (partially due to the legislation changing around the world), we have seen International Hemp Day celebrated for at least a decade, if not more.
Now, it’s becoming so widespread that with enough time, we’ll see this holiday celebrated alongside 4/20 and Earth Day like it was always there.
Be a part of the movement that’s changing the world as we know it. Hemp is transforming things like plastics, medicine, food, clothing, fuel, mortar, etc. There is almost no industry that won’t be affected by the hemp movement.
Whether or not you decide to join in and celebrate hemp, this amazing plant and its various uses are without question here to stay.