Learn why hemp is the most versatile plant resource on the planet and discover what else hemp is used for.
The ideal source of CBD oil is from mature, Hemp flowers. However, the Hemp plant provides a bounty of other valuable uses.
For centuries, possibly millennia, Hemp has been cultivated around the world for many different purposes including fiber, food, and medicine.
In this article, you’ll learn just a few of the many different resources being produced using Hemp.
Like many other crops including corn, Hemp can be used to create biofuel. However, Hemp grows much faster and yields nearly 10x the fuel per acre than corn.
Hemp begins its journey to biofuel one of two ways: Hemp seed is pressed and the oil extracted to make biodiesel, or hemp stalks are fermented to naturally produce ethanol and methanol. Through gasification or pyrolysis, hemp fuel can be processed into gas, jet and diesel fuel.
Hemp stalk makes great mulch for gardens and helps keep weeds at bay. Hemp is also an excellent insulator keeping plant roots warm and dry, which makes it a great choice for farmers
Hemp’s fibrous stalk is perfect for crafting essentially anything made of fabric including shoes, clothing, rugs, even carpets.
Carpets can be huge sources of indoor pollution. They trap allergens and are often made from synthetic materials that contain toxic chemicals.
Hemp is a raw material and hemp carpeting is 100% natural and biodegradable when manufactured using eco-friendly materials.
The incredible properties of hemp fiber make for a fiberboard that is lighter, stronger, and more water-resistant than traditional insulation materials. When shredded, compressed, and processed properly, Hemp fiberboard lasts for a very, very long time.
Hemp stalk is being used to replace graphene to make supercapacitors. Dr. David Mitlin at the University of Alberta in Canada says that using hemp is about one thousand times cheaper than making graphene.
Mitlin explains, “Hemp [stalk] is a nanocomposite made up of layers of lignin, hemicellulose, and crystalline cellulose. If you process it the right way, it separates into nanosheets similar to graphene.”
Hemp can replace essentially any item that is made from plastic. Plastic is produced using petroleum, a finite resource. Hemp, on the other hand, is a renewable resource and is biodegradable.
Hemp can be up to 5 times stiffer and 2.5 times stronger than polypropylene plastics. Most European car manufacturers have already switched to hemp-based door panels, columns, seat backs, boot linings, floor consoles, instrument panels, and other external components because hemp-based plastic is lighter, safer in accidents, recyclable, and more durable.
Hemp butter is made from hemp seeds and has a rich and nutty flavor. It’s high in fiber, protein, and magnesium too, which makes it a great healthy alternative.
In addition to having an abundance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp contains all 20 amino acids including the 9 only attainable through food sources.. You can easily make hemp butter at homemake Hemp butter at home too!
Nail Polish, Shampoos, and Makeup
For many of the same reasons Hemp Oil is beneficial to internal health, it is great for external uses as well. That’s why many nail polish and makeup brands are using Hemp oil in their products.
Hemp Oil contains vitamin E, balanced omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and plant protein, all of which are needed to maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair.
Sunscreen and Surfboards
Surfboards made with hemp fiber are stronger, lighter, and more durable than boards made from other materials. It also provides a natural protective barrier for the board from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Hemp seed oil, alone, has an SPF rating of 6. While traditional sunblock prevents the important process of absorbing the essential vitamin D from sun exposure, hemp oil does not. Beyond blocking harmful UV radiation, the beneficial properties of hemp oil also keep skin happy and healthy, especially after sun exposure.
More Uses for Hemp than CBD Oil
These are just some of the countless uses from the hemp plant, an amazing renewable resource that could change everything.
One author has a brave idea that hemp could even save the planet from global warming. Check out “Cannabis vs. Climate Change” by activist, Paul Von Hartman to learn how.
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