What Are Uses For Hemp?

 Hemp  is made from the cannabis plant. The part of the plant used to make  hemp  is the stem, whereas the leaves are used most often for marijuana.  Hemp  itself will not work to get anyone “high.”

 Hemp  has an incredible amount of uses which span many industries. These include clothing, paper, auto industry, fuel, food products, and more.

 Hemp  grows well in the open without pesticides or herbicides. Cotton, however, needs a lot of agricultural chemicals to thrive and uses half of the pesticides sprayed in the world.  Hemp’s  deep rooting system actually removes toxins and aerates the soil which benefits future crops.

As opposed to cotton,  hemp  fibers are longer, stronger, more insulative, and more absorbent. Effectively this means  hemp  will keep a person cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than cotton will.

 Hemp  clothing is less likely to fade than cotton and can be made into a variety of fabrics, including linen.  Hemp  fabrics are soft, sturdy, and block ultraviolet light well.

 Hemp  is also frequently used in the auto industry as a substitute for fiberglass. With  hemp  being biodegradable and cheaper, it’s a step in the environmentally conscious direction. Also  hemp  has the potential to become a biodegradable plastic, which would be a substantial improvement over existing technology.

Ford, Mercedes Benz, and BMW have replaced more expensive and dangerous fiberglass with  hemp .

 Hemp  produces 3 to 8 tons of fiber per acre. This is four fold the amount coming out of the average forest. With  hemp’s  long fibers, construction materials can be made very strong and light into beams, studs, posts and fiberboard. This could save forests, recreational areas, and watersheds.

In addition to support structures for housing,  hemp  can be made into flooring, paneling, plywood, roofing, and reinforced concrete. Essentially, anything needed to make into a house can be made in some way shape or form from  hemp .

Paper from  hemp  is very high quality and does not yellow with age. In Europe, bibles typically are made with  hemp  paper. Using  hemp  would save rainforests from depletion and  hemp  paper can be recycled many more times than paper from wood.

 Hemp  has some antimicrobial properties. This makes it useful for lip balm, sunscreen, creams, massage oils, shampoos, and hair conditioners. It’s even well qualified for use in laundry detergents and provides a healthy protein to be used in pet foods.

Considering that half of the world’s forests are gone and only 3% of the US original forests remain, switching to  hemp  would allow the chance to regrow some of these areas yet satisfy the growing needs for them in this country.