Hemp Uses and Benefits
Thanks to recent legalizations around the world, more and more people are beginning to become interested in the world of marihuana, specifically in hemp uses and its benefits. Hemp is one of the most beneficial and handy plants to ever have grown on this earth, as it can be used to obtain important materials and medicines. It’s also easy to grow, and when grown it can be used to actually improve the soil that it’s been grown on.
It’s already known that hemp uses have been common knowledge since 10,000 years before Christ – hemp has always been closely related to humanity and spiritualism. Hemp uses began to grow, as we discovered more and more, and if you look into it, hemp is present in almost any historical event that you can think of.
For example, a large amount of hemp was used for the sails and ropes of his ships which were used to travel (erroneously) to America. They also used hemp as food on the voyage. Another interesting detail is that the United States declaration of independence was written on hemp paper.
There’s a reason why hemp hasn’t been exploited as one of the best, strongest and most efficient materials in the world, and this is largely due to large cotton and nylon companies. At the start of the century, these types of companies were against hemp growing, as it would soon knock them out of the market due to how versatile it is.
Due to being faced with a material that was cheaper to harvest and make, which could ruin them, various large companies and manufacturers began working together against hemp for their own benefit.
Once these companies got together, they began a slanderous campaign against cannabis and hemp. According to these companies, hemp and cannabis were the same plant, both of which came directly from the Devil. This is why many of the signs from the times include some sort of imagery that relate cannabis to the devil and to hell, telling people that they would begin to steal, rape and rob. This was also accompanied by a racist campaign that painted cannabis smokers as purely black or Latinex individuals, who were always perpetuating crimes in these campaigns.
During the 60’s, however, society was soon becoming more interested in using eco-friendly, natural products and hemp was at the forefront of those products. Of course, hemp and cannabis never went away, as it was being grown in other parts of the world almost constantly. Towards the end of the 60’s, however, due to new laws and classifications, hemp uses and fields began to disappear all around the world.
Over the years, thanks to investigations held by ecologists and a few companies interested in working with hemp, it has finally found its way back into the industry. It’s not as widespread as it should be, however the world is slowly changing and we’re slowly seeing more and more hemp products on the market, as well as hemp fibers and fabrics.
After this brief account of hemp history, we’re going to have a look at actual practical hemp uses; there are over 20,000 different uses attributed to this amazing plant, and we’re going to go over a few of them.
Hemp uses in agriculture
Hemp, as well as being grown for extracting fibers and flowers, has been grown for improving the physical-chemical properties of fields which are poor in nutrients due to climate or over-use. One of the main benefits of hemp for this purpose is that it substantially improves the structure of the soil it’s used in, and it can also be used to clean contaminated soil.
Hemp benefits in agriculture:
- It improves the structure of soil
- Stops ground erosion
- Oxygenates soil
- Gives your plants nutrients
- Avoids weeds growing
- It removes contaminants and heavy metals from soil
Medicinal hemp uses
CBD or Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoids that cannabis plants produce, and it’s obtained in large quantities from hemp plants. Hemp is known for producing much more CBD naturally than cannabis plants, and it turns out CBD is high in demand right now. It can be found in herbal teabags, sub-lingual oils with CBD, sweets, pomades and quite a long etc.
Medicinal hemp benefits:
- Can reduce epileptic attacks
- May reduce chemotherapy side effects
- Can be used to calm Parkinson’s spasms
Textile hemp uses
One of hemp’s main uses is for obtaining fibers, and it’s most likely the first thing that it was used for – by simply opening up the trunk you can extract the fibers. Many different cultures have used hemp to make holsters for their weapons and other things. As time went by, they decided to start using it to make items of clothing, which turned out to be much stronger and durable than other items.
Benefits of hemp in textiles:
- Sturdy fabric
- Strong rope
- Sustainable growth
- Organic growth
Dietary hemp uses
Some parts of hemp plants have been used for years as dietary supplements now due to their magnificent properties; consuming hemp seeds or hemp seed oil is incredibly nutritional. Hemp seed oil is actually considered the best oil in the world due to the amount of fatty acids and vitamins that it contains – it’s highly recommended for daily intake.
Dietary hemp benefits
- Vitamin E
- Omega 6 and Omega 3
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves skin health
- Improves hair health
Cosmetic hemp uses
Hemp oil’s properties are perfect for making cosmetic properties thanks to the fatty oils it contains. When combined with essential oils, it becomes an incredibly nutritional cream that can be used on the skin or even as a shampoo.
Hemp uses in cosmetics:
- Hydrates and rejuvenates skin
- Regenerates scars and cuts faster
- Can treat psoriasis
- Can treat acne
Green building with hemp
Using hemp for making building materials may, at first, seem like a crazy idea, but when you really think about all of the properties that hemp has, it doesn’t sounds that strange. Hemp is currently one of the most demanded materials for housing right now, especially when it comes to repairing old houses; hemp makes incredibly sturdy structures and can be used as an insulator, too. One of the most important things, however, is that making this material doesn’t contaminate the environment nearly as much as cement blocks do.
Benefits of using hemp in building:
- Low-contamination method
- Less materials needed
- Not dangerous for workers
- Incredibly strong and durable
- Can be made into bricks
- Insulation panels
As you can see, hemp can be used to make an incredible amount of materials, and we’ve only gone over a few in this article; we’d be here forever if we kept going.
Hemp is growing as a concept and as an alternative for many different daily situations; it contaminates the environment much less when handled, and we consider it to be one of the biggest steps towards keeping our environment cleaner and making our planet better.