You have surely heard of Hemp being used to produce CBD Hemp Oils, but did you know that Hemp is one of the world's most versatile plants and has over 25 000 known uses?
Here at BROWN'S CBD, we are strong believers that it is time for a change in perspective, a time to use this wonderful natural resource to its full potential.
But what exactly is it good for? Carry on reading to discover 5 Amazing uses of Hemp!
Hemp seeds are an incredible source of nutrients that can be eaten raw, ground into hemp meal or protein powder, sprouted, made into hemp milk, and cold-pressed to make hemp seed oil.
A 100-gram serving of mulled Hemp seeds contains 553 calories and includes 49 grams of fat (75% of Daily Value), 4.6 grams of saturated fat (23% of Daily Value), 8.7 grams of carbohydrates (3% of Daily Value), 4 grams of dietary fiber (16% of Daily Value) and 32 grams of protein (64% of Daily Value).
On top of that, it contains 44% of our Iron, 7% of our Calcium, and 1% of our vitamin C Daily Value.
Hemp seeds are also a complete protein and have a similar amino acid profile to meat, milk, and eggs. Making them an excellent protein source for the growing number of people who follow a Vegan diet, or those who are simply looking to diversify their protien intake.
Hemp seed oil is known to be nature's most perfectly balanced oil due to its perfect 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are essential for human health. Organic, cold-pressed hemp seed oil is mixed with a full spectrum CBD extract to create our Full Spectrum CBD Oils .
Hemp leaves are less nutritious than Hemp seeds but they are still highly nutritious and can be used in salads, tea, or pressed to make hemp juice.
Hemp fiber has been used throughout human history to produce fabric, rope, industrial materials, paper, and canvas. The word 'canvas' actually gets its name from Cannabis!
There are many factors that make Hemp a superior crop for fiber production. In one year, 1 acre of hemp can produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton.
It is also much stronger and softer than cotton with a texture similar to linen. It requires significantly less water than cotton, does not need any pesticides to grow, and can grow in almost any climate.
Paper made from hemp is also superior to standard paper made from trees. Hemp paper can be recycled many more times, lasts longer, and is much less resource-heavy to produce.
Trees can take many years to grow whilst Hemp can grow from seed to crop in just 120 days!
Hemp fiber can even be used to make plastic! Although its use in the mainstream is fairly rare, major car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Ford, and GM are all beginning to use a Hemp-based composite to produce car panels.
3. Building Materials
Hemp has been used as a building material for thousands of years. It has a wide range of applications such as Hempcrete bricks, fiberboard, thermal insulation, internal insulation blocks, acoustic ceiling insulation, and plaster.
Fiberboard made from Hemp is both stronger and lighter than wood making it a superior construction material whilst being more environmentally friendly. A win-win!
The University of Bath is currently conducting EU-funded research into the use of Hemp-lime panels in mainstream construction.
A little-known, but highly prominent use of Hemp is for fuel! Hemp can either be used to create biodiesel, bioethanol, or as fuel for biomass power plants.
Biodiesel is made by pressing Hemp seeds to release their oils which then go through extra processing to make them into a biofuel ready to use in vehicles. A more detailed description of the production process can be found by clicking HERE.
Bioethanol is normally made by fermenting crops such as barley and corn. However, Hemp is a viable replacement due to its ability to grow almost anywhere and produce high yields in ideal farming conditions.
While true renewables such as wind and solar are clearly the most environmentally friendly options, using hemp for fuel could significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and be an important step towards sustainable living.
5. Purifying Soil
Did you know that Hemp was used to remove radioactive strontium and cesium from the soil after the Chornobyl disaster?
Hemp's fast-growing roots are excellent at purifying soil by drawing toxins from the soil and either storing them or transforming them into non-harmful substances. This process is known as phytoextraction or phytoremediation.
Obviously, the hemp would be no good for consumption after absorbing these toxins, but it means the soil can eventually be reused in the future!
These are just 5 of many amazing uses of Hemp and we are sure that more discoveries and innovations will become apparent in the years to come. Hopefully, regulations will relax and the stigma will be lifted so we can all make the most of this amazing plant!
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