The Cannabis Plant (Hemp) the single most versatile herbal remedy known to man, the most useful plant on Earth. No other plant contains the wide array of benefits and uses as this wonderful plant.
Cannabis has numerous uses; not only used for the recreational substance, but also has many by-products that are good for your health and the environment.
Hemp Clothing: Clothing made of hemp fiber is lightweight, absorbent and, with three times the tensile strength of cotton, strong and long-lasting. Hemp is weather resistant, UV and mold-resistant, hemp is excellent for outdoor wear. Hemp can be blended with other fibers for different qualities in the garment such as hemp and silk or hem and cotton. Hemp is less expensive to farm because of its minimal growth requirements. Hemp farming uses very little water, does not require the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, and is a readily renewable resource. Its long roots prevent erosion and help retain topsoil.
Health and Healing: Hemp is bursting with Omega-6 and Omega-3, essential fatty acids that have heart health and anti-inflammatory benefits. The protein and fiber in hemp combine to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore sustains your body’s energy. The Omega-3 fatty acids in hemp reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and may even ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Hemp seeds are one of the few Omega-3 sources found in plants. The Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function. Hemp is said to have beneficial results in cancer treatment. It also is considered beneficial for nausea, glaucoma, sclerosis, Parkinson’s autism and many other conditions.
Hemp Paper: Hemp fabric was smashed down into thin sheets to make the world’s first paper. 75-90% of all paper in the world was made with hemp fiber until 1883. The Gutenberg Bible, Thomas Paine’s pamphlets, and the novels of Mark Twain were all printed on hemp paper. Both the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were drafted on hemp, and then copied onto parchment. Paper for cardboard and packing material could also be produced using hemp.
Fuel and Industrial Products: Hemp can provide two types of fuel. Hemp biodiesel, made from hemp oil and Hemp ethanol/methanol, made from the fermented stalk. Ethanol is made from such things as grains, sugars, starches, waste paper and forest products, and methanol is made from woody/pulp matter. Using processes such as gasification, acid hydrolysis and enzymes, hemp can be used to make both ethanol and methanol. Chemical cleanup, Hemp is used cleaning up soil contamination. In the late 1990s industrial hemp was tested at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to help heal the soil. Because of its fast rate of growing each season, hemp shows great potential for cleaning up land contaminated with fly ash, sewage sludge, or other heavy metals.
Building Material: Hemp provides all sorts of good building materials. You can make it into insulation as companies in the Netherlands and Ireland are doing. It can be used to make engineered building products like fiberboard and pressboard, and even be used to make ‘hempcrete’, a stronger, lighter, and more environmentally friendly version of concrete.
Because CBD hemp oil products are legal in all 50 states, they fill an important role for those who can’t access medical marijuana in their state. CBD hemp oil is also an alternative to medical marijuana for those who are interested in using CBD but are looking to avoid the negative effects of psychoactive THC. This in addition to all the uses of hemp listed above make it unbelievable that hemp in our country is used to only a fraction of it’s potential.