It’s a bird, it’s a plane…
It’s hemp! Perhaps the most versatile plant in the world, hemp is cultivated for use in the production of everything from biofuels to building materials. And its uses are growing by the day.
CBD Oil – Nature’s magic elixir (and its exploding in popularity)
Although hemp does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, it does contain cannabinol (CBD). It has a higher concentration of CBD, while most marijuana strains are bred for higher levels of THC and trace amounts of CBD.
Studies have shown CBD oil has the potential to alleviate the symptoms of an impressive array of ailments including, but not limited to: arthritis, anxiety, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, depression, social anxiety, insomnia and more. CBD oil does not lead to abuse or dependence in humans, according to the World Health Organization, which is yet another benefit for those seeking relief without the potential negative effects of a drug addiction.
The stems of hemp plants are composed of the strongest naturally occurring fiber on the planet, known as bast fiber. The stems are made up of 20% fiber and 80% bast, containing up to 77% cellulose. This makes hemp an ideal source of fiber for the production of everything from paper to construction materials.
The durability and quality of hemp materials surpass both concrete and wood. Hemp paper lasts for hundreds of years longer than paper made of wood pulp and hempcrete, an alternative to traditional concrete, is not only pest and mold resistant but also virtually fireproof.
It’s not surprising that hemp grows faster than trees; a hemp plant will reach maturity in approximately 4 months while trees take 20 to 80 years for trees, depending on the species. It is said that an acre of hemp can produce four times the amount of paper as an acre of trees when cultivation time is considered.
Hemp is the top producer of biomass per acre in the world and can be utilized as biofuel to produce clean energy. No sulfur oxides are released during combustion, and very little ash is produced. Biofuels do not leave a carbon footprint and, because hemp is pest-resistant, it does not require the use of harmful pesticides.
Clothes, canvases, cords, and more
Thanks again to its biomass, an acre of hemp can produce 2 to 3 times more fiber than an acre of cotton. It can be used to make ropes, as well as canvas, linens, and textiles that are stronger, warmer, and more absorbent than other natural and synthetic fabrics.
Hemp is also a valuable ingredient in nutritional and beauty products. Hemp seeds come second only to soy in the amount of protein they contain, and the plants are drought resistant, unlike most other plants cultivated for food. CBD is also thought to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, making it in the use of skincare products from lotions to salves to shampoos.
With the recent passage of the Farm Bill in U.S. Congress that made industrial hemp totally legal, we can’t wait to see all the ways it will be used to make our lives better.