Hemp is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC content. While there’s a few differences between industrial hemp and marijuana, the key distinction as stated before is that industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC. THC, or the slightly harder to pronounce Tetrahydrocannabinol, is what causes the psychoactive affect in cannabis. Due to the low concentration of THC in hemp, it’s impossible to get high from… sorry.
What makes industrial hemp, so attractive is that it has thousands of uses and applications. For example, did you know hemp’s fibers are amongst the most durable natural fibers of all plants in the world. The strength and durability of hemp’s fibers are why they are used for cordage, ropes, twines, etc.
The fibers are extracted from the stalks of the hemp plant by several methods, including retting (soaking in water to soften it), drying, crushing and then shook to separate the plant’s components. According to the Congressional Research Service, there are 25,000 hemp-based products used internationally. The hemp product industry is worth almost $700 million a year in America! And on that note here are our 15 ways to use hemp.
Paper & cardboard
At the moment, we currently use trees to make paper, but the problem here is that trees take decades to grow. In comparison, hemp regenerates in a matter of months and it makes high-quality paper. Hemp paper is acid-free, the paper won’t become brittle or yellow and can be recycled up to seven times, in contrast with wood pulp paper which can be recycled up to only three times. An estimated 220 million pounds of toxic pollution is created annually during wood paper and pulp production. Because hemp paper doesn’t need chlorine bleaching like regular paper, it’s a lot safer as well. Here’s a fun fact to tell your parents, did you know that the original Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper?
Hemp plastic is strong enough to replace oil-based plastics filled with dangerous chemicals. This type of plastic is also 100% biodegradable, so you can throw them into your compost heap without any guilt! This “plastic” is 100% the kind YOU want!
Ok, look; when we were young we might of misattributed Henry Ford as creating the first car or even inventing the first every assembly line. I know I was guilty of it, but I’m our defensive he did kind of master both, so we’ll let ourselves off the hook. But he was the inventor of the world’s first ever hemp car (which as a CBD company we totally think is cooler than steel). It was said the car was capable of withstanding ten times the impact of his normal Model T steel cars without denting, and it was wayyyy lighter! Today, hemp is also used to create building materials such as fiberboard, insulation, concrete, and cement blocks as well as super light cars!
Clothing and fabric
This one might not be a surprise, but you can make a fashion statement with hemp and it gets softer every time you wash it! Since hemp requires little or no herbicides or pesticides to grow, it’s safe on your skin. An acre of hemp will produce triple the amount of clothing compared to an acre of cotton, and it keeps you cold in warm climates and vice versa.
Hemp seed oil is full of vitamin A, C, E, antioxidants, fatty acids and amino acids. It’s great for your skin and has the potential to reduce acne, clear pores, and keep your skin looking younger for longer. Try some of our skin lotions and moisturizer products Skin Care Facial Cleanser, Overnight Rejuvenation Cream, Bath Bombs.
The chemicals in high brand nail polish products are potentially harmful. In contrast, hemp seed oil nail polish is capable of building and repairing your nails. Protein, fatty acids, and Vitamin E are essential to healthy nails, and hemp has all three in abundance.
Diapers make up an incredible 2% of all waste in American landfills. Hemp-based diapers are durable, but not bulky and they’re comfortable and environment-friendly.
Hemp bags are not only eco-friendly; they are extremely durable and unsusceptible to wear and tear.
Hemp oil contains a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for healthy hair. The high level of Vitamin E in hemp boosts blood flow and stimulates the capillaries which helps reduces hair loss. Our hair care products CBD Hair Growth Shampoo, CBD Hair Growth Conditioner
A good pair of jeans should be stylish, comfortable, and durable. Hemp is the perfect material for jeans, and is water and odor resisting properties as well.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are solvents released into the air when the paint dries. They’re REALLY bad for the environment, and while there are new restrictions on these compounds, paints are still loaded with them. With hemp-oil based paint on the other hand, you don’t have to worry about harming the environment or breathing in toxic fumes. It dries quickly, which makes it perfect for varnishing and also results in a durable reliable finish.
Theoretically at least, hemp has the ability to provide the world with an almost unlimited source of energy. It will probably be the most environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient fuel crop on the planet and it has the ability to produce biodiesel and ethanol/methanol as well. Studies have shown that farming only 6% of the United States’ hemp acreage would be enough to replace fossil fuels and nuclear power! Now that’s crazy!
Hulled hemp seeds contain 31% protein and give you over 100% of your recommended daily average for Vitamin B1, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese. It has healthy doses of iron and copper as well. Since hemp seeds don’t contain phytic acid, your body absorbs it and uses practically all of the vitamins and minerals it gets from hemp.
You can create milk by soaking ground hemp seeds in water. The result is a creamy drink that tastes delicious and contains lots of vitamins, minerals, and protein!
Hemp is too dense to be used as baking flour. However, you can use it in combination with other flours in a 1:4 ratio, which will give your dish the healthy boost it needs.
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