Did you know that hemp grows in lush fields, in backyards, in pots placed aesthetically in homes and even in greenhouses? It flourishes in virtually any environment, requires very little care and is a sustainable, carbon-negative crop.
What makes hemp even more unique is that there are a plethora of ways in which you can use it. You can sneak it into your diet (or your pet’s) for an extra dose of health, care for your skin through products enriched with hemp, and even use it to make plastics. Yes, we said plastics!
Keep reading to learn more about the countless uses of hemp.
Food and nutrition
For a while now hemp has been welcomed with open arms as an ingredient that’s packed with nutrition. Hemp seeds, for instance, are a powerhouse of health. They’re rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as high-quality protein. Moreover, they are a good source of vitamin E and several minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorous.
You can eat hemp seeds raw, top smoothie bowls and breakfast muffins with their nutty goodness or turn them into flour. Optionally, you can try Anavii Health Hemp Protein. It tastes amazing and is more beneficial than hempseed protein.
Fabric made with hemp is not only durable, but also gets softer with each wash, making it perfect for loungewear, T-shirts, socks, robes and even towels. When you add hemp clothes to your wardrobe, you can enjoy the following benefits.
- High absorbency and moisture-wicking ability
- Antibacterial and antifungal properties
- Resistance to mildew
- Resistance to UV light
- Quick stain release
Best of all, you can just toss them in the wash; they don’t require any special care. In fact, they dry super quick, making them perfect for a busy lifestyle.
Yes, hemp also lends itself well to the manufacturing of paper. In fact, the use of hemp paper can be dated back to ancient times—to the Han Dynasty in China, more specifically. Besides this, research suggests that even the Bible was written on hemp paper.
What makes hemp a good base material for paper, you ask? The hemp plant is a more sustainable and carbon-friendly alternative to wood. Moreover, hemp plants grow much quicker than trees do. The icing on the cake? Hemp paper is a high-quality product, owing to its incredible strength and resistance to tears.
Hemp seed oil, when extracted correctly through the cold-pressing method, is immensely beneficial for your skin. Its fatty-acid and amino acid content, combined with its vitamin E reserves, make hemp oil a nourishing, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory ingredient in soaps, lotions and creams.
As it is non-comedogenic, hemp oil doesn’t clog pores and suits all skin types—even oily skin. Apart from using it topically, you can also use it orally, after consulting with a doctor.
The harm that plastics are doing to your health and the planet is well documented. So, it’s a relief that hemp plastic is a quality alternative to toxic, conventional petrochemical plastics. This bioplastic is far better for the environment, and can be used to create a range of products—from cutlery and bags to automobile parts.
Hemp plastics are non-toxic, biodegradable, don’t emit carbon dioxide and don’t contaminate the food chain unlike microplastics. Sounds like a solid alternative to us!
If you’ve made it this far into the article, it comes as no surprise that hemp is also great for your pets! For instance, hemp seeds are a nutritious addition to your cat or dog’s diet. Moreover, CBD hemp oil can help build immunity in pets and ease discomfort owing to health conditions such as arthritis. It also calms anxious pets, offers relief from discomfort and soothes skin conditions.
Additionally, for smaller pets such as guinea pigs and hamsters, hemp is an excellent bedding material. It’s highly absorbent, doesn’t kick up a lot of dust, is chemical-free, easy to clean and cost-efficient!
Apart from these uses, hemp is also used in the following ways.
- It is used to manufacture eco-conscious versions of traditional construction materials such as concrete and dry wall
- Hemp is used to manufacture a range of biofuels
- Hemp oil can substitute petrochemical oils in oil paints
- Long hemp fibers make for strong, durable ropes
- Hemp fibers are used to create home décor pieces as well as jewelry
- In addition to textiles, hemp fibers are also used to make shoes
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