What are the different uses for hemp?

 

Let’s explore all the different uses for the hemp plant!

Hemp is one of the planets most versatile plants. This is one of the reasons it was made illegal in 1937. (That’s a story for another post.) With hemp becoming available for farmers to legally grow in the USA, we will start to see more and more products made from hemp. Many of the products and uses are already on the market. In fact, you may have a few of them in your household right now.


Hemp Fabric

One of the most common uses for Hemp is fabric. Hemp fabric is used to make t-shirts, shorts, bags, backpacks, and many other types of clothing/apparel. Due to hemp’s amazing properties, hemp clothing doesn’t shrink or stretch out over time. Also, you will find hemp t-shirts get more comfortable over time. The old saying with hemp clothing is “Hemp doesn’t wear out, it wears in.”.

Other Uses for Hemp Fabric & Textiles are:

  • Rope

  • Canvas

  • Rugs

  • Flags

  • Nets and more

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Hemp Plastic

Hemp plastic is a relatively new product on the market. Hemp plastic is known as a “Bioplastic” due to it being plant based and biodegradable. So, why don’t we see hemp plastic everywhere? Once hemp production becomes viable and more popular cash crop, hemp plastics will be cheaper to produce. At the moment hemp plastic has a high production cost, so naturally businesses want to save money with packaging instead of using a higher cost biodegradable alternative.

Other uses for Hemp Plastic:

  • Packaging

  • Grocery Bags

  • Buttons

  • Electronics

  • Tupperware and more

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Hemp Fuel

Yes, you read that correctly. Hemp can be used to produce fuel. A long time ago, hemp oil was used as lamp fuel until the 1870s due to petroleum production. Today hemp fuel can be used to replace gasoline and other fossil fuels. On top of the ability to replace gasoline, the production of hemp lowers green house gasses and creates many other products in the process.

Random Fact:

Henry Ford created a car that had a body made from Hemp and the engine ran on hemp ethanol. Due to Hemp being illegal the car never took off to production.

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Hemp Paper

Hemp is ideal for paper manufacturing. Hemp regenerates in months vs trees which take 10-100+ years to grow to full maturity. Moving paper production towards hemp has the ability to save the world’s forests. Historically, hemp has been used to create paper for thousands of years. It’s only in the past couple hundreds years that we stopped producing paper with hemp. It makes a fine quality paper that is naturally acid free and does not become yellow and brittle or disintegrate over time like conventional paper. 

Hemp Food & food products

Hempseeds and hemp hearts are highly nutritious and delicious. By introducing hempseeds into your diet you get an ample amount of protein, minerals, and dietary fibre. Many people have been replacing their fish oil supplements with hemp oil! Hemp is the only plant that contains all of the essential fatty acids and amino acids required by the human body.

Different hemp food products:

  • Hemp seeds

  • Protein powder

  • Tea

  • Cooking oil

  • Energy Bars

  • Burgers and more

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Hemp Body Care and Cleaning Products

Some of the most popular hemp products on the market are body products such as shampoo, lotion, and soap. Due to its high content of beneficial oils and natural emollient properties, hemp is becoming a common ingredient in lotions and many other skin, hair, and cosmetic products. It is a good alternative to the toxic chemicals present in many petroleum based lotions and cosmetics.

 
Alex Person