Hemp is a plant blessed with numerous medicinal and therapeutic properties. As such, it comes as no surprise that when it comes to products that can be made from hemp, the possibilities almost seem to be never-ending.
Hemp seeds are the seeds of a cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa). However, unlike marijuana, it has lower concentrations of THC which makes it apt for growing for industrial and nutritional uses. Hemp has an extensive array of uses, including everything from food to cosmetics to medicine to rope to even bricks among other things. Here we list the top most important and useful products that can be made from hemp.
Hemp is finding increasing usage in cosmetics especially in the making of sunscreens. Please remember that the plant itself does not block the highly harmful UV rays but it works as a great base for zinc oxide, which acts as a strong deterrent against ultraviolet rays.
Hemp seeds are highly nutritious, and they can be used to make hemp seed milk. This is a perfect alternative for people who are lactose intolerant and as such cannot consume milk or milk-related products.
Shoemaking companies are using hemp textiles to make shoes. A good example of it is Nike’s special 4/20 which came into the market in back in 2016 and featured a hemp body and sleek accents.
This is one of the most classical examples of usage of hemp. Our ancestors used fibres made out from hemp plant as far as 10,000 years ago. Moreover, the rope was the first product that our forefathers used to make durable ropes. The rope was primarily made from the hemp plant as recently as the 18th century.
You must have seen TFM (total fat material) written on your soap cover. The higher the percentage of soap the better is its quality. Hemp serves an excellent base for soap-making because it contains a high amount of fatty substances.
We all know that paper is made from wood pulp. But you would be surprised to note that it can also be made out of hemp fibres. It makes more business as well as environmental sense to make paper from hemp fibres for the simple reason that it is much easier to grow hemp plants than forests.
Hemp seeds come packed with an extensive range of essential nutrients. It is called a ‘superfood’ because they are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, and minerals delivering an extensive range of essential nutrients in their optimal ratio.
Hemp seeds or oil contain an amino acid known as arginine, which is extremely good for your heart. It is also a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, hemp seed contains an impressive amount of magnesium and B vitamins. All these essential nutrients make it suitable to be used in an extensive range of foods and drinks.
One popular hemp food product is hemp protein powder, which is a greener and more sustainable alternative to dairy-based proteins.
You can make diapers with hemp fibres as they are more water-absorbent than cotton.
Hemp can be processed into hemp biodiesel and hemp ethanol/methanol. Both of these are a good alternative to more polluting fossil fuel.
To build supercapacitors that can store more efficiently than the ones currently in existence has been a constant challenge for researchers. So far, the best supercapacitors are made out of graphene nanosheets, which are pretty expensive to make.
A real breakthrough came in 2014 when Canadian scientists were able to make nanosheets out of hemp fibres, which significantly brings down the cost of building supercapacitors.
“Our device’s electrochemical performance is on par with or better than graphene-based devices,” said researcher David Mitlin.“The key advantage is that our electrodes are made from biowaste using a simple process, and therefore, are much cheaper than graphene.”