If you have no idea how multi-faceted and resourceful hemp really is, it's your lucky day! In this lighthearted article, you'll learn all about some of the most fascinating uses that the hemp plant brings to the table. Sit back, grab a premium hemp smoke, and scroll on through a new world of plant-powered possibilities.
1. Hemp is a sustainable alternative to plastic
Yup. You heard it right. Hemp is known to contain high levels of cellulose - which is what plastic is made of. The essential differences are that hemp is non-toxic, durable, and biodegradable. The cost of fickle petroleum-based plastic is cheap, but it will never outweigh the benefits that come from going the green route.
2. It's ancient
Hemp is known to have been domesticated about 10,000 years ago. It was first spun into a reliable fiber throughout ancient Egyptian times. Bringing it closer to home, the first crop grown in many US states was in fact; hemp. Around the year 1850, some states were producing up to 40,000 tons annually, making it the largest cash crop of the century.
3. It's fast, it's tall, and its everywhere!
We love our trees, and their slow-growing process is one that should be respected - not chopped down. Besides, in a single year, one acre of hemp will produce two to four times as much paper material as an acre of trees can. And to top it all off, not only can hemp be harvested in as little as 90 days, but it can grow in all 50 states too. Talk about a #win.
4. Did someone say, hemp buffet?
Hemp seeds can be sprouted, dried into nutritional powders, sprinkled onto smoothies, or ground into meals. Hemp can be eaten raw in a fresh salad or liquidated into hemp milk and juice. Supper is served!
5. It will kill weeds and revive polluted soil
Hemp grows so efficiently and prominently, it's used to quickly overthrow and rid of useless and unwanted weeds. At the same time, it organically purifies and brings life back into the soil it's planted in. #hempmakeshappyfarmers
6. Hemp won't get you high
In case you haven't gotten to read some of our other awesome articles, it’s true! Hemp flower is federally legal (and can be called hemp) if it contains less than 0.3% THC, which is not nearly enough to get you high. Hemp is proud to be a non-psychoactive plant. Meaning, it will still give you the beloved benefits of its CBD, without altering your state of mind what-so-ever.
7. Build a house out of hemp
Forget the sticks and the bricks. Build with hemp! Hempcrete; a fire-proof, bug resistant building material made of hemp hulks and lime - grows stronger the longer it stands instead of the other way around. It's proving to be an incredibly promising alternative for housing in the near future.
8. A super plant makes a super food!
Hemp isn't just for powders and yummy drinks, it makes for super healthy livestock feed as well and is even better for humans. Hemp seeds contain an incredible array of essential minerals, omegas, vitamins and fatty acids that help our bodies stay vibrant. And who doesn't want to shine?
9. Honk if you love hemp
Not only can hemp light simple lamps, but it’s also capable of running a diesel engine. Hempoline was created by Rudolf Diesel to use its powerful mixture of filtered hemp and other vegetable oils to power a diesel engine.
10. Got hemp? You’re exempt!
From taxes, that is. From early 1631 till the 1800s, it was legal to pay your taxes with hemp in America. Guess money really does grow on “trees”.
11. All hail the hemp flag
The first United States flag was designed on hemp fabric by Betsy Ross in 1776. But hemp doesn't stop there, the original U.S. Constitution was written on hemp paper as were the pages of the first bibles ever made. Talk about plant power!
12. Meet the billion-dollar crop
In 1938, the Popular Mechanics magazine donned hemp “ the new billion-dollar crop” stating it can be used to produce more than 25,000 different products. That was more than 80 years ago… today hemp ranges from t-shirts to car parts and goes full circle landing right onto plant medicine. Individual beliefs set aside - hemp is back and it’s here to stay.
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