aA
The revival in the cultivation of hemp for use in practical products in Lithuania is a revival of a thousands year-old practice according to archaeologists.
Hemp revival follows ancient Lithuanians who used plant thousands of years ago
© Shutterstock nuotr.

Lithuanian archaeologists have found evidence of products made from the Hemp plant several thousand years years old, including Hemp twine and hemp nets in excavations in Šventoji. The finds show that ancient Lithuanians cultivated hemp quite widely and that Hemp was one of the oldest cultivated plants in Lithuania.

Almantas Kulbis, the head of Nature Division at the Lithuanian students non-formal education centre, said the hemp revival began in Lithuania in 2014 when President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed an order to allow the cultivation of hemp fiber.

“Lithuanian hemp is now being exported to Japan and other foreign countries,” said Kulbis.

The central place of hemp as a raw material is also confirmed by surviving recipes for dishes passed down through centuries with Lithuanian folklore also giving a central place to the plant.

“The use of hemp is far wider. Hemps seeds are usually made to make oil, which is as good as fish oil and is used for food or medicine and also in construction,” said Kulbis.

It’s qualities as a recreational drug are overblown according to Kulbis. “There is a very small amount of psychoactive substances in hemp, only about 0.2%. Scientists say that a person would have to smoke a few kilos of it in one go to get an effect.”

New rector of Vilnius University elected

Rimvydas Petrauskas , dean of Vilnius University 's Faculty of History, has been elected its rector...

Lukiskes prison in Vilnius gears up for popular Netflix's series

The 4th season of the Netflix drama Stranger Things will be shot in Vilnius , with preparations...

Lukiškės Prison: bringing the past into the future

The prison complex in Lukiškės has always been a multifunctional space. At the time of its...

Lithuanian actor and director Sabulis dies

Lithuanian theater and movie actor Remigijus Sabulis has died at the age of 65, his colleague...

Gaon and Gimbutiene anniversaries put on UNESCO list

The anniversaries of two people from Lithuania have been put on the UNESCO list of anniversaries for...

Top news

Crazy about coffee: Ukrainian is looking for best cafe in Vilnius (4)

Some people have a passion. For Ukrainian student Oleksandra Kyryliuk coffee is her number one...

Plans to commemorate Baltic Way by naming roads

Lithuania plans to commemorate the Baltic Way , which took place more than 30 years ago, by naming...

Official: ban on Ukrainian poultry imports won't affect our market

The European Commission's ban on imports of Ukrainian poultry meat and poultry products will have...

Foreign ministry advised against travel to central China due to coronavirus

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has advised Lithuanian citizens against traveling to China 's central...

Number of barred people up as immigration grows

The number of people barred to enter Lithuania rose last year, and the country's State Border Guard...