The versatility of hemp
Hemp has over 50,000 different known uses!
Most people know that CBD is often derived from industrial hemp. What isn’t as widely known, though, is the fact that hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. Industrial hemp is highly sought-after and can be used for a wide variety of purposes. So, what’s the deal with hemp and CBD?
Even today, hemp is often confused with marijuana. It’s a consumer misconception that has, for decades, persisted and hampered the growth of the hemp industry. Both come from the Cannabis Sativa family, but from very different varieties. Industrial hemp is rich in CBD and often specially grown for its fibres, seeds and oil. Hemp isn’t just used for CBD products, however: it’s also used to make everything from construction materials to clothing. Given the versatility of the hemp plant, it’s not difficult to see why using the whole hemp plant is so beneficial.
Through its roots, hemp replenishes the soil with nutrients and nitrogen. In fact, its taproot helps to aerate compacted soil and prevents erosion while absorbing environmental pollutants. In fact, hemp even provides excellent phytoremediation properties, meaning that it takes contaminants from the soil it is grown in and metabolizes these molecules in its tissues. These roots also have a long history of medical and therapeutic use.
Hemp leaves can be used for mulch, in compost and for animal bedding.
Leaves and flowers
The flowers and leaves of the hemp plant have been used to extract CBD and contain a number of other cannabinoids, which is why most CBD products – including supplements, skin care products, and drinks – are made from industrial hemp.
Once a cannabis plant is fertilized and pollinated, it begins producing seeds. Hemp seeds have been taking the health-food world by storm, and it’s no wonder why: each hemp seed is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and amino acids. The protein in hemp seeds is comparable to that in soybeans, but the amazing thing is that hemp protein has a better bioavailability in the body than many other protein sources. It’s also good to note that hemp seeds do not contain gluten, so they both align with a gluten-free diet.
Hemp seed can be pressed into a nutritious oil, and because these seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, they can also be used as an ingredient in animal feed.
Using hemp seed oil can also produce cumulative effects and help cannabinoids build up within the body.
The stalk of the hemp plant contains two types of fiber — the outer bast fiber and the inner woody core.
Bast fibres have a higher tensile strength than many other kinds of fibre and are often used to create high-quality textiles such ropes, yarn, and paper. Hemp fabric has many wonderful qualities: it is breathable, antibacterial, and absorbent, but also incredibly strong and long-lasting,
In addition to textiles, bast fibres can also be used to create felt. This non-woven fabric is often used for a wide variety of industrial applications.
The inner woody core of the hemp plant can be mixed with a lime-based binder in order to create a bio-composite that is often used as a material for construction and insulation. Various properties of hempcrete allow it to be used as breathable insulation.
Hemp fibres are also suitable for the production of a variety of other commercial items including paper and biodegradable plastics.
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