Did you know that hemp has up to 25,000 different applications? This highly versatile plant is the only crop that can feed you, clothe you, house you, and potentially heal you. Prior to cannabis prohibition in the United States, hemp was utilized for everything from producing paper to textiles. The founding fathers grew hemp and the original American flag was even made from this unique crop. Once marijuana prohibition hit in the 1930s, the introduction of synthetic fibers and the crippling economy put the majority of hemp farmers out of business. The 2018 Farm Bill ended hemp prohibition, making this crop a federally legal commodity. Lawfully-produced hemp products are now legal for sale and transportation in all 50 states. So, what exactly can hemp do for us?
The Industrial Applications for Hemp
While there are numerous different applications for hemp, here are a noteworthy few:
- Fuel: Hemp-derived biofuel offers a more sustainable and economical option due to its short cultivation time requirements. Hemp fuel may provide the additional benefit of extending vehicle life due to its optimal lubricating qualities when compared to petroleum.
- Textiles: Hemp fiber is much more durable than cotton, offering a strong, versatile, biodegradable option. Hemp is considered a low maintenance crop and is relatively easy to cultivate and produce. Hemp fiber is known to be more weather and UV resistant than cotton or silk and can easily be blended with other fibers to enhance comfort and fashion. When comparing hemp with cotton, it is a much more sustainable option that requires less water, pesticides, and herbicides.
- Vehicles: Bicycles, cars, and even airplanes have been produced from hemp fibers. Hemp offers a structurally sound and lightweight option for improving fuel efficiency. The durability of hemp can also improve material stability, helping decrease production costs without sacrificing safety.
- Food: Hemp is a nutrient-rich food that offers high levels of protein, essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Hemp seeds can be added to a number of different recipes and are also pressed to create hemp oil for additional recipes.
- Cosmetics: Hemp seed oil is popular among cosmetic formulations due to its significant fatty acid content. Essential fatty acids have been shown to improve hair and nail growth while providing protective skin properties. Hemp seed oil may also provide comfort for certain skin conditions while helping reduce breakouts.
- Building materials: Hemp-based building products offer the benefits of durability, light-weight material, and affordability to produce. Hempcrete and other building products are also water-, rodent-, and fire-proof. Hemp building materials provide an ideal option for locations prone to severe weather and natural disasters due to its high durability and flexibility for resisting this kind of damage.
- Solar panels: While most solar panels are made from silicone, this substance is actually very expensive to produce and more susceptible to damage. Graphene is another popular material for creating solar panels but it also has significant production costs. Hemp solar panels offer the benefits of easy production, more economical, and better durability.
- Bioplastics: Hemp offers a viable plastic replacement referred to as bioplastic. It is lightweight, biodegradable, and can replace numerous petrochemical plastics. Since it is completely biodegradable, hemp plastic takes around three to six months to decompose.
- Medicine: Hemp-derived CBD products may offer a wide scope of potential health benefits due to its interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
The Sustainable Benefits of Producing Hemp Productions
Hemp is a naturally pest-resistant plant that doesn’t require any genetic modification or the use of pesticides or herbicides. Switching to hemp cultivation would lower the amount of pesticide water runoff in the environment while also reducing water intake when compared to other crops like cotton. Hemp is also a high-yield crop with a relatively short growing season. Hemp cultivation provides detoxification of the air and soil through phytoremediation. Hemp crops used for detoxifying the earth can still be harvested and utilized to produce numerous applications. Some studies have found that hemp used for detoxification has a higher concentration of naturally-occurring CBD.
Join the Hemp Movement
Hemp Depot is honored to share all the incredible ways that hemp can improve our lives and communities. With the majority of states offering regulatory hemp programs, we hope to see significant strides in the way we produce the things we need. Wholesale hemp products offer numerous benefits for any company. For more information regarding the different applications of hemp, please contact us!