Hemp is INCREDIBLE and has over 50,000 uses! Yip, 50,000 different known uses to replace products we use on a daily basis! It's also a renewable resource that yields a harvest in 4 to 5 months’ time.
Here’s a list of the many things that hemp is for our people.
•Hemp is energy - Hemp biomass can create biofuels such as petrol, diesel, methane, ethanol and methanol. Hemp can also be used to create electricity. It is a cleaner-burning fuel than that of fossil fuels and is a renewable resource that can be harnessed by all people in all places…….in other words fuel!
•Hemp is used for building materials - Hemp biomass can be used to create hempcrete, hemp insulation, and hemp-wood. Hemp is more thermally efficient, fireproof and less susceptible to mould and mildew as well as providing significant sound absorption. One acre of hemp is equal to up to 4 acres of trees in fibre production. Hemp is economic diversification and development for our planet - The hemp industry will create a new economy that is plant-based. It provides the answers we have been looking for about how we can stop the pollution that is causing extinction of wildlife and polluting our oceans, land and air. It is a new opportunity to give the power back to people to create a self-sustainable future for themselves out of hemp. Hemp plants are incredibly versatile.
•Hemp is food - A considerable portion of hemp products falls into the category of food. You will often see hemp seeds featured in healthy recipes. You can buy hemp seeds with the shell or de-shelled; these are often called hemp hearts. Other hemp food products include hemp milk and hemp protein.
Did you know hemp protein contains more protein and healthy fats than almond milk, but it’s less calorific than cow’s milk? In terms of plant-based protein, hemp is one of the best sources. It is known as a ‘complete protein’ because it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids that humans must get from food.
•Hemp is clothes - Before the cotton industry really took off, we used hemp to produce clothes.
•Hemp is an alternative to plastic - Not only is hemp a viable alternative to fuel, it could also replace ALL our plastics.
•Hemp is paper - Hemp paper has actually been used for hundreds of years. The Ancient Egyptians used hemp to create paper, and it is thought that the first hemp paper was made in China in 200-150 BC – it’s been around for a long time! Just one acre of hemp may be able to produce the same amount of paper as 4-10 acres of trees over a 20-year cycle!
•Hemp is milk - The dairy industry is thought to be harmful to the environment, and of course, lactose is another reason to cut out the cow. While soy milk and almond milk are common choices, hemp milk is definitely a rising contender as it’s packed with protein and healthy fat, while also being low in calories.
•Hemp is clean soil - The hemp plant is extremely hardy and can survive in harsh wilderness conditions. One of its traits is that it’s a bio-accumulator, meaning it sucks things up from the soil. In 2001, it was discovered that hemp could extract lead, cadmium, and nickel from the earth. In this study, the researchers planted hemp into soil polluted by sewage to conduct the experiment. It was also suggested that hemp plants be grown at Chernobyl in order to clean up the dirt. If hemp can clean up the land, then it might free up space for crop growth and agriculture, reducing the need for harmful practices such as deforestation.
•Hemp is medicine - You’re bound to know how much we value CBD! It quite literally gave Shelley her life back! Read more about her CBD experience here.