The 2nd annual Hemp Week just took place May 2nd – 8th, and what better way to celebrate then to showoff some of the wonderful hemp products. Did you know that hemp can be used to create over 25,000 products? The US did not always see this crop as it as seen today. In 1942 the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a film titled “Hemp for Victory” in order to promote the production of the hemp during the war. Up until a few years ago, hemp was the black sheep of the plant family, but that is changing. More and more people are seeing the many uses of this jack of all trade plants. Below is a list of just a few of the many products that can be made with hemp:
Choosing to drink hemp milk is a great idea. There are numerous health benefits to drinking hemp milk; such as, it does not have cholesterol, sugar, and is gluten and soy free. Hemp milk contains essential fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients as well.
Soap that is manufactured with hemp oil contains polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. These fatty acids help the body to hold in moisture in the body. Not only do you get the benefit of moisturized skin, you also will receive relieve from eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other skin irritations.
Hemp has been used in production since Washington and Jefferson. Hemp has a large potential when it come to paper products. Hemp, unlike trees, can produce four times more paper when comparing one acre of trees vs hemp. Hemp has the possibility to be used in all forms of paper products, envelopes, cardboard, and toilet paper, just to name a few.
We sometimes glaze over the fact that hemp can be used as food. Hemp nuts are amazing for you. When you eat this easily digestible food, you not only get something that is considered one of the most nutritious foods, you get a complete source of essential fatty acids, protein, and essential amino acids.
Henry Ford was first to use hemp in manufacturing cars; Motive Industries are working on a car that is made of hemp composites that are as strong as the fiberglass in boats. This leads to a much lighter, more efficient car. Being eco-friendly will mean that you also gain a 25 to 30 percent increase in fuel-efficiency due to a lighter car.