Hemp is a great renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products.
Hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct, hemp contains less than 1 percent of THC, often less than .3 percent, while marijuana can contain anywhere from 5-30 percent THC content. They are also very different in use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods.
Hemp is used in countless clothing materials such as for jeans, shoes and athletic wear. According to Hemp Basics, “On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew.”
With hemp being easier to grow and produce it makes it a great product and durable which makes it great for the clothing industry.
Hemp can also produce very high-quality paper compared to tree-based paper. Hemp paper can last hundreds of years without degrading. Not to mention it can be recycled more and it even requires less toxic chemicals when being manufactured compared to tree-based paper.
Also according to Hemp Basics, “On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much paper as 2 to 4 acres of trees. From tissue paper to cardboard, all types of paper products can be produced from hemp.” Hemp is overall more efficient, cleaner, and healthier to use rather than using trees to manufacture paper.
Food & Drinks
A large part of the hemp seed is hemp oil, a highly edible and nutritious oil containing essential fatty acids, proteins, calcium, iron and even contain more omega-3 than walnuts. Hemp oil is about one-third of the hemp seed’s weight, making it pretty abundant.
Hemp can be used anywhere from hemp milk to beer, wine, and even iced tea. As far as food goes hemp is used in veggie burgers, butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream and can even be ground up into a flour to produce baked goods.
Hemp is also known for its plastic substitutes. It is able to produce strong, durable and environmentally-friendly plastic substitutes.
Hemp has been made into items such as shower curtain liners, CD & DVD cases, and numerous other products.
As with pretty much any other vegetable oil you can also take hemp oil and process it into biodiesel. Not to mention hemp could also be utilized to make liquid fuels that are chemically identical to petroleum-based gasoline or diesel as well.
Similarly to the fact that corn can be converted into clean-burning ethanol fuel, so can hemp, making it have great potential to be a large ethanol fuel source.
This may not help you in your everyday life but can be extremely helpful to construction workers or for any household product. Hemp can be used for insulation, fiberboard that is stronger and lighter than wood, and pressboard. It can even be used to make a stronger, lighter, and more environmentally friendly version of concrete.
Last but not least hemp can be used for cleaning up soil contamination. Hemp shows high potential for cleaning up land that is contaminated with fly ash, sewage sludge, or other heavy metals.
As you have hopefully learned by now, hemp is an extremely useful product and can be used to make countless other helpful and environmentally friendly products.