Hemp is an incredibly versatile substance that often does not get the recognition it deserves. In addition to being a great source for CBD, hemp can also be found in a whole host of household products. Here are five fantastic uses for hemp.
Despite making up less than 1% of all textile products, hemp is one of the best sources for fabrics available. Hemp fabric is anti-microbial, has a high tensile strength, breathes better than cotton, and gets softer with ages. Not only that, but hemp is also better for the environment. In order to grow enough cotton to make just one T-shirt, you would need 720 gallons of water. Hemp requires half as much water. Hemp is also known as a “carbon sink,” storing up to 9.82 tons of C02 per acre; which almost completely offsets the carbon impact of producing hemp fabrics.
One of the most significant contributors to pollution on Earth is plastic. From straws to shrink wrap, plastic is everywhere in our society; which is unfortunate, because it takes hundreds if not thousands of years to decompose. That’s where hemp comes in. Hemp is biodegradable, uses fewer resources than the leading sources for plastic (like cotton), and contains high concentrations of cellulose; which is a critical ingredient in plastic creation. Hemp makes such a great plastic that even companies like Porsche have started to introduce cars with bodies made from hemp-bioplastic.
You may not be able to make an entire house of hemp, but you can get pretty close with something called hempcrete. Hempcrete is made when you mix hemp’s pulpy wood-like center with a lime-based binder. The result is a building material that weights approximately 1/8th as much as concrete and about 1/20th the strength. When used as structural support, hempcrete can increase the load strength of a study wall by a factor of three to four times! Not only that, but hempcrete is mold-resistant, carbon-negative, and works well as an insulator.
You can make soap out of just about anything, including hemp! Typically made from hemp seeds, hemp soap is fantastic for your skin. The reason why is that hemp is chock full of polyunsaturated fatty acids like Omega 6 and 3. Hemp soap is also full of vitamin E, which is also good for the skin, and vitamin A, which acts as an anti-oxidant. Because hemp naturally possesses anti-bacterial properties, most hemp soaps are also free of harmful additives like triclosan, which dries out the skin.
Hemp can help improve not only our daily lives but also our electronic equipment as well. Supercapacitors are essentially batteries that can charge and discharge within a matter of seconds. The only problem with supercapacitors is that they can’t store a lot of energy; that is until hemp came along. A team of scientists at the University of Alberta discovered that the pulpy wood-like center of hemp stalks can be converted into carbon nanomaterials that are used in the creation of supercapacitors. Not only are the hemp-based supercapacitors cheaper to make, but they also work four times better than traditional graphene-based ones!
From batteries to soap, hemp is one of the most useful crops on the planet. As the industrial hemp industry continues to innovate, it will be exciting to discover more incredible uses for hemp!