When people think of hemp, they often associate it with the psychoactive high that marijuana delivers. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, industrial hemp, which has less than 0.3% THC content, has zero psychoactive effects. Industrial hemp is a game-changing plant that can be used for a variety of means. Below, we cover some popular uses for hemp that don’t involve smoking.
In the recent past, hemp was discovered to be a fantastic resource for multiple types of building materials. In fact, the first iteration of hempcrete (a concrete like mixture with a hemp base) debuted in France in 1986, when Charles Rasetti restored the Maison de la Turque in Nogent-sur-Seine. Industrial hemp fibers are extremely strong and durable, making them perfect for a wide range of construction projects. Typically, hemp is used to reinforce traditional building materials like brick, steel and wood. But, recent advancements in industrial hemp have given way to hemp-based materials that can completely replace wood – which has led to very strong, breathable homes. Industrial hemp for construction is also used as insulation, building panels, fiber boards, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation. If you’re taking on a building project, you may want to look at hemp-based construction materials.
Clothing and Textiles
The first use – and the most popular use – of hemp is as a source of fiber. Hemp is one of the oldest sources of textile fiber, with remains of hemp cloth dating back to ancient China, around 6000 BC. From Asia, hemp as a source for fiber exploded into Egypt and Europe between 1000 and 2000 BC, and eventually making its way to North America in the early 1600’s. In fact, hemp cultivation boomed during WWII, when allied forces were running low on cotton to produce textiles. Unfortunately, the “Marihuana Tax Act” of 1938 essentially killed hemp production in the United States, which is only recently making a strong come back.
Hemp is an incredibly versatile nutritional supplement, and it all starts with hempseed. Hempseed is packed with healthy fats, b-vitamins, calcium, iron, and protein. In fact, it has more protein than almonds and flax seeds, making it a popular post-workout meal for athletes and gym-goers. It is classified as a “complete protein,” meaning that it has an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans or other animals. Hempseed can also be ground into a meal, sprouted, or made into dried sprout powder. Hemp leaves can be made into hemp milk, juice and other baking mixes. Hemp’s versatility is great for vegetarians, vegans, and those that want a plant-based protein.
In 1892, Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine, and intended to power it with a variety of fuels, including vegetable and seed oils. Biofuel made from hemp is derived hempseed oil. Biofuel is a much cleaner alternative to gasoline, and the modes of production have a far smaller carbon footprint than traditional gasoline and natural gas extraction. If you have a diesel engine, then hemp can power your car.
Industrial hemp is also a great resource for cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, which is used to treat a variety of ailments in animals and humans. Some cannabinoids, like CBD which occurs naturally in industrial hemp, do not cause the high associated with marijuana. CBD is used around the world to treat multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiety, muscle tightness and fatigue, and depression. In Canada and the United Kingdom, a patient can get medical CBD products with a prescription. Currently, you do not need a prescription to obtain CBD in the United States.
Hemp Production Matters
Utilizing hemp is almost as old as humanity itself. Hemp offers the marketplace a versatile product that could be a true cash crop. Contact Holistic Hemp Company if you would like more information on hemp oil products, or the hemp industry. We would be happy to discuss our products, as well as the future of hemp products in America.