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What Else Can Hemp Be Used For?

If you’re interested in CBD products then you’re probably most familiar with hemp as a CBD source. But that isn’t all that this plant can do. Hemp is an extremely versatile plant that is used to create a wide range of products. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about hemp in this article.  

What is hemp?

Hemp is a type of cannabis plant, characterized by its low THC content – specifically 0.3% or less THC. 

While hemp plants don’t contain significant levels of THC, they do contain high levels of CBD. Because of this, hemp is often used as the extract source for many CBD products. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD products are legal in the United States. 

What is Hemp? Other uses of hemp

While hemp is well-known as a CBD source, it also has a lot of other uses. Hemp is an extremely versatile plant that is used in a range of commercial industries. 

Rope

One way that hemp is used commercially is in the production of rope. Hemp fiber can be worked into strong materials and has been used in industrial materials for centuries. 

Hemp rope, in particular, can be woven into various sizes and strengths, making it extremely useful for building work. 

Clothing

Hemp fiber can also be woven into textile materials to make clothing. Hemp has long been used to make clothing, and with good reason! Hemp clothing is especially strong, breathable, and retains color dye very well. 

Hemp clothing has similar properties to linen, it softens over time with washing and is extremely durable. Not to mention its sustainability thanks to this fast-growing crop. 

Shoes

Thanks to the durability of hemp fiber, this plant is a great material for shoe production. Hemp fibers hold up well to wear and tear, so you can expect to get a lot of life out of a pair of hemp shoes. Hemp fiber is also very breathable, helping to keep unwanted odor out of your shoes!

Food

Hemp isn’t just for making clothes and rope. This versatile plant can also be made into an impressive range of food products. 

You can almost fill your pantry with the amount of food that can be produced from hemp. Hemp seeds, in particular, are an extremely versatile ingredient. Hemp seed food products that you can find include:

  • Hemp seed oil
  • Hemp seed milk
  • Hemp seed flour
  • Hemp seed protein powder
  • Hemp hearts – hulled hemp seeds, can be used in baking, salads, smoothies, and cereals 

Hemp seed products contain a range of essential nutrients including protein, balanced fats like omega fatty acids, fiber, calcium, iron, and zinc. 

You can find hemp food products at your local health store and in many grocery stores.

Paper

Forget about trees, you can even make paper out of hemp! Hemp paper is made out of the pulp of hemp fiber. In fact, hemp fiber is much longer than that of wood pulp, making hemp paper much stronger and resistant to tear. 

Hemp pulp can be used to make products such as banknotes, writing paper, industrial filters and cigarette paper.

Biofuel

Hemp could even help you run your car! The potential of hemp-derived biofuel is an especially exciting sustainable development. 

The seeds and stalks of hemp plants can be used to create a type of biodiesel that can then be used to power diesel engines. Currently, hemp biodiesel production is low, but it offers a lot of potential as a future sustainable fuel source. 

Bioplastics 

Hemp plants continue to offer sustainable alternatives with their ability to be turned into bioplastic. Bioplastics produced from hemp are durable, can be used in both wet and dry environments, and are biodegradable. This makes hemp bioplastics a useful and sustainable alternative to standard plastics. 

Insulation 

Hemp can also help keep you warm, and not by lighting it on fire! Thanks to its ability to be compressed and its flexibility, hemp makes a great insulator. It’s also non-toxic, and naturally lightweight, making it ideal for installation. 

Hemp insulation can be used in a range of spaces and buildings. 

Concrete

One hemp use that you probably haven’t thought of is concrete. Known as hempcrete, this hemp mixture is extremely light and easy to apply, making it extremely useful in use on walls and roofs. 

Hempcrete contains different physical properties to the more traditional materials typically used in concrete, meaning that hempcrete isn’t as strong as traditional concrete, but can be used structurally when supported by other materials.

So… What is Hemp? The Bottom Line

Hemp isn’t just for making CBD. This plant is extremely versatile and is used to make a range of industrial materials. One impressive benefit of hemp plants is their ability to create more sustainable alternatives to traditional products. 

 

Fast-growing, strong, and containing a range of properties and nutrients, hemp is a useful product in industries ranging from construction to food manufacturing.

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**Standard Disclaimer: CBD is not FDA-approved. We make no such claims that using our products will guarantee relief. Moreover, research regarding CBD is still ongoing and in the early stages.**

 

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