Even for many cannabis veterans out there, hemp remains somewhat of a mystery. While most smokers can tell you all you need to know about legal cannabis, the same cannot be said about its non-psychoactive counterpart – Hemp. Hemp is obtained from the Cannabis Sativa L plant, more specifically, its fibers and seeds. Since they don’t carry much THC, they can be used without feeling the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
3 common Uses of Hemp
Because of its resiliency and versatility, hemp can be used in a number of different ways, especially when it comes to the extraction of CBD. Whether you’re searching for an innovative way to make automotive parts, a natural medicine, or you’re trying to build a home, hemp is the ideal material to work with. Here are 3 common uses of hemp to be aware of:
Practical use – the practical uses of hemp date back thousands of years when it was used to create clothing and paper. The reason it was seen as an ideal material for creating clothing and paper was because it was easy to dye and retained colors so well. Unfortunately, hemp lost its prominence in clothing manufacturing to cotton in the early 1900’s. With the onset of Prohibition in January of 1920, the use of hemp in the manufacturing of clothing became non-existent.
Fortunately, hemp has been making a comeback in recent years thanks to newer processes that have made its cultivation as well as the production of hemp-based products easier. Not only are many companies producing clothing and paper products from hemp, they’re also looking towards creating biodegradable plastics from it as well. Consequently, hemp is considered the environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional carbon-based plastics.
Medicinal use – one of hemp’s more common uses is for the CBD (cannabidiol) which can easily be extracted from it. Cannabis Sativa L produces a significant amount of CBD which ultimately has numerous medicinal applications. Furthermore, because hemp is very easy to produce, huge amounts of CBD can be easily accessed for a broad range of uses, especially medicinally and therapeutically.
Construction use – the use of hemp in the construction industry has solidified its use in the future. For instance, there are a few auto manufacturers that are incorporating and using hemp-based bioplastics including Audi, BMWE, and Mercedes Benz. One of the key reasons that these manufacturers have made the switch to hemp-based materials is the concept of “Less weight equals less fuel consumption.”
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