In a world where we are used to disposable synthetic products and environmentally harmful processes, can hemp be the secret weapon in the fight against the plastic age? This plant, as a practical and renewable resource, has many uses. Read on to find out about our top 10. Hemp is often referred to as the “gift of God to mankind” because it is a sustainable and renewable resource that has many practical everyday uses. At the same time, however, cannabis is not yet fully integrated into modern society, largely due to decades of stigma and misinformation. This, in turn, has led to the fact that, despite its versatility, hemp is currently underutilized.
What is the difference between cannabis, cannabis and marijuana?
Hemp, cannabis and marijuana all come from cannabis plants, but have different connotations. Contrary to popular belief, hemp is not a distinct subspecies like c. Indica, c. Sativa or c. Ruderalis. Instead, we are dealing with a selectively bred species of cannabis grown primarily for its seeds and fibers.
Given this use, plants must consistently contain only trace amounts of the psychotropic cannabinoid THC in order to be classified as industrial hemp. This criterion for THC content is the main legal difference between hemp and other types of cannabis.
Marijuana is just a strain of cannabis that gives you a high. Currently, this term is rarely used to refer to cannabis plants, but rather refers to the final product (flowers). Finally, the term cannabis is perhaps the most universal and describes both the plant itself and all manifestations of its components.
10 best modern uses of cannabis.
The ban, which stems from corporate and political interests and continues to operate, has led to the fact that non-psychoactive cannabis was banned as a resource for many years. It is only now that the need for renewable and sustainable resources has become more acute than ever that the cannabis plant has returned to take its rightful place as an important technical crop
Here are 10 of the most interesting and important uses of cannabis. You may be able to replace some of your synthetic products with hemp alternatives!
1. Clothing and textiles.
For thousands of years, hemp fibers have been used to make clothing and textiles. Tough hemp fibers can be used to weave everything from ship sails to ropes and soft, comfortable clothing. The use of hemp in the garment industry is not new; it has been pushed out of regular clothing only by pressure from cotton and synthetic fiber producers.
Growing hemp does not require as much water as cotton, and it grows very quickly. The end result is a durable material that can help reduce the extremely damaging environmental impact of cotton production. Although hemp clothing has a higher average price tag, it is often superior in quality and should last longer.
It is believed that up to 90% of the world’s paper is made from hemp, as this plant is a viable alternative to wood as a raw material for papermaking. Due to prohibition in modern society, we don’t see too much hemp paper. Some people even believe that many industrial giants, such as the chemical company dupont and gulf oil, have advocated limiting the use of hemp because hemp is a threat to larger industries.
Overall, hemp paper is much stronger than wood paper and has performed well. In isolated cases, 1500-year-old hemp paper was found that was still intact. Compared to the wood-based alternative, it can be recycled much more frequently. Because of its natural strength, companies like raw love to use hemp paper to make roll paper. Is there a better way to enjoy natural herbs than using 100% natural roll paper?
Unsurprisingly, hemp also features on our list as a plastic substitute. Plastic, as one of the most common materials in everyday life, is one of the most harmful to the environment, mainly because it is not biodegradable. On the other hand, hemp is 100% biodegradable.
There are already alternative plastics on the market, many of which are made from vegetable cellulose, an important component found in abundance in hemp. Hemp plastic is stronger and more environmentally friendly than petrochemical plastic.
It is documented that Henry Ford, a renowned automaker and founder of the Ford motor company, made a car from hemp plastic. It was not only ten times stronger than its steel counterpart, but it was also safer and cheaper to manufacture. According to Ford, it was a car that “grew up in our own land.”
Hemp can revolutionize the construction industry and make homes more environmentally friendly. Builders can use all of the main components of hemp (oils and fibers) to replicate the properties of wood, concrete, plastic, brick, insulation and even cladding.
A popular and innovative building product is hempcrete, a hemp concrete mix. It is ideal for building walls and foundations because it is seven times stronger than regular concrete, but half the weight and three times more flexible. Hempcrete has established itself as a decent building material, environmentally friendly and easy to handle, but is still expensive today.
In this area, which is constantly being scientifically researched, there are many benefits to be gained from using hemp as a natural care product. Both hemp oil and CBD oil can be consumed daily to improve nutrition and support overall well-being or internal balance.
It’s not uncommon these days to see hemp or CBD products in local supermarkets or health food stores. This is partly due to the recent rise in popularity of CBD. In fact, one of the most popular hemp products is CBD oil. While they can vary in quality and concentration, all CBD oils enhance the effects of non-psychoactive hemp-derived CBD.
Hemp oil (also known as hemp seed oil), on the other hand, contains no cannabinoids, but is highly nutritious and can be used for skin care and cooking. It can also serve as a carrier oil in CBD oil to take full advantage of the benefits of the hemp plant. There is no doubt that the popularity of CBD oil has reached an all-time high.
6. Cosmetics and skin care.
Hemp is rich in natural nutrients, oils and minerals that are beneficial for skin and hair. As a result, hemp is often used in all types of cosmetics and skin care products. Even in countries where hemp is prohibited, the cosmetics industry has been able to benefit from the plant’s beneficial phytochemicals.
Some of the most popular hemp skin care products and cosmetics include:
- Anti-aging creams.
- Skin cleanser.
- Shaving products.
- Tanning cream.
- Hair care products.
With decreasing reserves of fossil fuels and greener solutions, it is not surprising that hemp is also being used as a substitute for traditional fuels. It is specially used as biodiesel, a fuel that can be used in conventional diesel engines without any problems.
Why hasn’t this fully renewable and sustainable resource become the most important fuel in modern society? This is due to the big oil companies and their attempts to suppress the free market and make their fuel the “only” option.
There are so many benefits to using hemp fuel:
- Independence: Cannabis can be grown anywhere and is environmentally friendly.
- You can do it yourself – although it is a complicated process, biodiesel can be made by yourself at home.
- No bottlenecks: hemp is a true renewable resource, so there will never be a shortage of it.
- Non-toxic: fossil fuel processing is harmful, with hemp there is no such problem.
- Biodegradable: Biodiesel is biodegradable, which reduces environmental impact.
8. Agriculture (bioremediation).
Hemp is not only environmentally friendly to produce, but it can also be used to repair damaged environments. As a hardy and sturdy plant, hemp can be planted in areas that other plants find inhospitable and essentially “cleanse” the surrounding soil. This is a process called phytoremediation. Because hemp absorbs and removes pollution from the soil, other plants can then grow where they could not.
This is an area in which a lot of scientific research is constantly being carried out. The potential for bioremediation for the environment is enormous and should not be underestimated. Since the demand for agricultural crops is constantly growing, it is necessary to maintain the corresponding acreage.
9. Food and drink.
Hemp has a long and well-documented history as a food source. Centuries of fine tuning have resulted in some interesting products and developments.
Hemp seeds are very nutritious and contain the right amount of fatty acids, amino acids, protein, and more! In fact, hemp seeds are so healthy they are often referred to as a superfood! Many healthcare professionals and personal trainers believe that hemp protein supplements are far superior to the conventional powders available.
The average person who just wants a delicious hemp snack or a delicious hemp drink can choose from a variety of foods. In terms of drinks, you can find refreshing hemp juices and smoothies, as well as hemp teas for a nice warm treat. And if you are looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, hemp cnusper chocolate is what you need! A delicious blend of coffee-flavored milk chocolate, cornflakes and copious amounts of roasted hemp seeds, it turns into a delicious snack that will become one of your favorites after the first bite!
10. Animal feed.
Now that we’ve explained how nutritious and wholesome hemp-made foods and drinks can be for humans, it’s only natural that this plant should also be used in animal feed.
Hemp seeds are a common ingredient in wild bird seed mixtures because they are a rich source of energy. It is well documented that birds that have added hemp to their feed can live 10-20% longer, produce more offspring, and fly even longer because hemp benefits their feathers.
For farm animals and other animals that require a much more complex diet, there are hemp seed cakes. It is a byproduct of pressing hemp seeds and is an extremely nutritious and practical animal feeding solution. Hemp seed meal satisfies the general nutritional needs of most pets and non-pets. Compared to conventional animal feed, hemp is an effective substitute.
Without a doubt, as you can see, we are just beginning to understand what cannabis is capable of. Despite the fact that this plant has been used for centuries, we continue to discover new and interesting ways to use it.
Some of the other uses:
- Litter for animals.
The list of possibilities is endless. After the stigma associated with this miracle plant has been lifted for a long time, we will definitely see that new hemp-based products will constantly appear over time.