by Elizabeth Seward – Staff Writer
With all of the talk about the psychoactive side of cannabis and its medical uses these days, the other healthy hemp uses might get lost in all of the fanfare. But hemp is an incredibly useful resource and it can pack a punch with healthy benefits, too. Read on if you’re interested in learning more about the myriad uses for hemp.
Hemp is a wonderfully versatile plant. An issue of Popular Mechanics from 1938 proclaimed that the hemp plant might have as many as 25,000 different uses. Because hemp is more sustainable and renewable than many other plants, turning to hemp products as alternatives to traditional products is a smart choice for the environment.
Hemp Uses For Everyday Life
The fibers of hemp are strong and can be used to create hemp cord (which you might have seen used in hemp jewelry). These fibers can also be used to create textiles for apparel or furniture, but they are often combined with other fibers when used for this purpose for a softer finish. However, hemp excels in its toughness, so it’s an especially good material to use for shoes, sport clothing, and other products that need to be durable.
Hemp as Food
Hemp can be used as a food product. Hemp oil, hemp milk, and hemp seeds are popular hemp-based food items. Hemp seeds are a source of a complete protein. Beer can be brewed from hemp, wine can be fermented from it, and even teas can be made from the plant. Hemp can also be used as feed for animals.
Hemp has a long history of being used for paper – at least 2,000 years! The best part? Hemp pulp is much more sustainable and renewable than tree pulp for paper.
Hemp For Body Care
Hemp makes a great base for body care products. It can be used in soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, cosmetics, and more.
Hemp can actually produce fuel as a by-product. Biodiesel fuel can be made from the oils found in hemp and biofuel can be made from the stalks of hemp.
Hemp contains over 50% cellulose and because of this, hemp can be turned into a biodegradable plastic. Unlike plastics that are oil-based, hemp plastics do not produce by-products of carbon dioxide and sulfur.
1. The history of cultivating hemp goes back over 10,000 years.
2. President Washington and President Jefferson both grew hemp.
3. Hemp is much more easily grown organically than other crops because there are very few pests that cause problems with hemp crops.
4. Paper made from hemp fiber is slow to decompose and does not yellow over time so long as a process is used that does not contain acid.
5. During the 17th and 18th centuries in the USA, it was illegal to refuse to grow hemp.
6. Taxes could be paid with hemp until the early 1800s in the USA.
7. The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were made from hemp.