As the year’s progress, we realize the carbon footprint that we have left on this world is huge and there’s no way to do away with it. However, scientists have always been on the outlook for materials that are low in carbon content that can substitute for our enormous carbon intake and help us reduce the overall carbon footprints.
Presenting, the tremendous uses of hemp plant, a plant belonging to the cannabis family. It has low carbon content and has been used in a multitude of ways to substitute the most popular used of carbon in the industry.
Hemp has been put to myriad uses for a very long time. People have gone on to make ropes, textiles, oil amongst many other things.
Besides, hemp requires little care to flourish. It is very tolerant to the bitter cold of USA and needs practically little to no pesticides or fertilizers to grow. The amount of naturally occurring hemp in the US is huge and can be easily put to a variety of industrial uses.
Here’s a list of the top 20 most popular uses of hemp plant:
- Hemp oil, extracted from the hemp plant is used to create oil paints. Since the oil is created from a plant it is way more ecologically sustainable and doesn’t stress the environment as is the case with petroleum products.
- Hemp oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamins, and is hence, used widely in the cosmetic industry. It contains very little of THC that causes people to get “high” when they consume marijuana. The oil is extracted from plant parts, particularly seeds and they contain little to no THC to cause any sort of intoxication. It works as a magic potion to improve skin health and prevent breakouts, thus, it often minds its way into the cosmetic industry.
- Paper created from hemp is better than ones created from trees. The manufacturing process requires less chemicals and is hence a lot more sustainable. It can be used to make every kind of paper imaginable, from toilet tissues to papers used in books.
- Timber industry in the US, is a big one that has a lot of different uses. Hemp is a good, durable and breathable substitute to wood. These days one of the uses of the hemp plant is in the building industry to compensate for the use of wood or timber.
- Textile industry has been using hemp fibers since time immemorial. However, recently with the increase in consciousness of people towards animal rights and animal fibres as well as towards sustainable and biodegradable materials, hemp served as a good substitute. It is a plant fiber like jute and is easily available in the US and can be easily turned into clothes as well as shoes.
6. Hemp is also mixed with other fibres to create sturdy materials that are used in multiple industrial components like in cars. Companies like Audi, Volkswagen, and others have already put this to good use.
7. With the advent of boho culture and Minimalism, hemp jewelry had gained considerable popularity. Hemp strands are weaved together using macramé techniques and beads to create ornate patterns.
8. Another of the uses of the hemp plant is that it has also been used to create strong ropes. Such ropes are then put to numerous commercial and noncommercial uses. They have also been used in various DIY home decor ideas.
9. Hemp oil and other parts of the plant have been widely used in traditional and commercial medicine. Many use hemp oil and other CBD oils as painkillers to relieve them of pain.
10. Hemp seeds are a rich source of protein and hence are a good addition to one’s diet. It can be sprinkled over your greek yogurt for an added boost of protein, fiber, and omega 3 and 6s.
11. Hemp seeds and oil contain ingredients that help enhance the health of our brains and keeps Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other such neurological disorders at bay.
12. Hemp has anti-inflammatory properties and hence hemp seeds and oils can be used to soothe inflammations.
13. Hemp seeds and oils also help in betterment of the heart and keeps it healthy.
14. For those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder, hemp has numerous benefits. Hemp milk made from hemp seeds consumed regularly can ease the pain and help develop a healthy body.
15. Hemp has antioxidant properties and hence, hemp seeds can be consumed along with other nuts to boost metabolism and flush out toxins.
16. Hemp can also be used as cattle fodder.
17. Hemp is also used as fuel.
18. Hemp oil is used is numerous recipes as a finishing oil to add flavour and taste.
19. Hemp seeds are used in various Asian cuisines, particularly Chinese cuisines.
20. Hemp is used to extract CBD and put it to numerous uses.
Hemp is a very versatile plant and almost every part of it can be put to some use or the other. Every part of the plant, from its seeds to leaves to stem and even its roots are put to various uses. It proves to be a sustainable and resourceful alternative to various non-biodegradable items for instance synthetic textiles amongst others.
Hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp milk can be used in every food recipe and cuisine imaginable for its versatility and since it does not add a very strong flavour hence it doesn’t very much alter the taste of the dish.
The earth is the only inhabitable planet that we know of and it had to be taken care of. The carbon footprints that we have already left behind are difficult to erase and pose a significant threat to the future generation. The tons of plastic and synthetic fibres that cover the planet are huge and their rate of decomposition is slow.
We have used up most of our fossil fuel reserves and very little is left for the next generations. We have destroyed the flora and fauna of the plant, polluted the water and the air, and defiled the soil. Everything produced has to be specifically taken care of to ensure that it is not contaminated by pollutants already present in the air, water or soil.
At such a juncture use of alternative and sustainable sources of energy, food, fuels or raw materials are a good walk towards a better future. Hemp is thus one of those miracle cures that can be used to get the US to become self-sufficient and eco-friendly. Hemp has been cultivated and farmed by numerous civilizations across the globe and it has been put to a multitude of uses.
Although cannabinoid substances have been abused for intoxication purposes yet hemp, that has very little of THC, the component that induces any sort of feeling of intoxication. It can thus be used safely by anyone for a variety of purposes and everyone can reap it benefits.
Hemp grows naturally in America as a wild plant and needs little care or grooming. Such a huge natural resource if not well harnessed would only be utterly wasted.