What is Industrial Hemp?

What is Industrial Hemp?

One Plant. Thousands of uses.

Industrial Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant that is grown specifically to produce industrial hemp-derived products such as textiles, cloth, paint, bio-fuel, paper, and more.

Hemp and Marijuana come from the same plant species, but are genetically different. Hemp contains less THC (the psychoactive component in marijuana) and more CBD (cannabidoil).  In North America, hemp must contain less than 0.3% to be considered legal. 

Industrial Hemp History

After reading our article on the history of industrial hemp, you know that hemp was, and is regaining respect as, a valuable agricultural commodity in North America. 

 

The hemp plant is unique; one plant can be broken down and used for a variety of products.

1.  Food and Beverages:

Hemp Seeds are a super food. One tablespoon has almost 10g of protein. The seeds also contain all 9 of the essential amino acids and are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. 

A Cloth Made From Industrial Hemp

2. Clothing and Textiles:

Hemp fiber has been used to make clothes and accessories for thousands of years. The fibers are strong which makes the clothing last longer. Hemp clothing is also lightweight and resistant to mold and mildew. 

Insulation Made From Industrial Hemp

3. Building Materials:

Hemp’s strong fibers are also excellent for building materials. Hempcrete (a mixture of lime and hemp) are used in construction. Hemp has also been used for thermal insulation, acoustic insulation, and  fiber board.

 

Lotion Made From Industrial Hemp Seeds

4. Cosmetics:

The fatty acids and vitamins in hemp make it a popular ingredient in lotions and oils. Hemp is also high in antioxidants, which can aid in slowing cell damage. 

 

CBD Oil in a dropper Made From Industrial Hemp

5. Nutraceutical:

The most popular use of the CBD cannabinoid is in the nutraceutical market. Many claim that CBD can help treat depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, acne, inflammation, and chronic pain. Studies are ongoing with promising results.

Biofuel Made From Industrial Hemp

6. Bio-Fuel:

Hemp can be made it to two types of fuel; biodiesel and ethanol/methanol.

Hemp Biodiesel is made from pressed hemp seeds. The resulting oil can fuel diesel engines with less pollution than petroleum diesel. 

Ethanol/Methanol is made from fermenting the hemp stalk using gasification.  This more sustainable fuel can be grown on a scale that could reduce/eliminate our dependence on oil.

 

These are just a few of the amazing uses of the hemp plant. As more states finalize programs, new and innovative uses of hemp are sure to follow. 

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