Wednesday, September 22, 2004
The hops - hemp connection in beer
I just discovered that one of the essential ingredients in beer, hops, is actually an extremely close relative of the hemp or cannabis plant. about hops:
"The hops used to make beer are the flower of the hop vine, which is a member of the hemp family (Cannabaceae). Hops are closely related to another member of the hemp family that you may have heard of -- cannabis, or marijuana, although hops do not have the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana.
Hops contain acids, which give beer its bitterness, as well as oils that give beer some of its flavor and aroma. Adding hops to beer also inhibits the formation of certain bacteria that can spoil the beer. "
Despite what that excerpt says, I'm sure its absolutely NO coincidence that hops and cannabis are related. There must have been a practice way back at some point of combining the two... Ah, for more detailed information, I just found this article, Marijuana in Beer. It goes into a bit of the history of hemp and some of its uses with beer.