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The Many Uses of Cannabis

Back before prohibition and “Reefer Madness”, cannabis was used and refined into a variety of commercial products. Not only is cannabis great for smoking, but the plant is also pretty versatile. Here are some of the many uses of cannabis.

Hemp or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products.

Paper Products

Hemp paper is exactly as it sounds. It’s paper consisting exclusively, or to a large extent, from pulp obtained from the fibers of industrial hemp. The products are mainly specialty papers such as cigarette paper, banknotes and technical filter papers. Compared to wood pulp, hemp pulp offers a four to five times longer fibre as well as a higher tear resistance and strength. However, the production costs are about four times higher than that of paper from wood. Therefore, hemp paper is not ideal for mass applications such as printing, writing and packaging paper.

A great example, RAW rolling papers. RAW makes rolling papers from organic hemp.  Additionaly, even the glue comes from natural hemp gum.

Textiles

Hemp fiber has been used extensively throughout history. The peak of production coming soon after its introduction to the New World. For centuries, items ranging from rope, fabrics and other industrial materials were made from hemp fiber. Another common use, sail canvas. The word “canvas”  derives from the word cannabis. Pure hemp has a texture similar to linen. Because of its versatility, today we can find hemp in a number of consumer goods including clothing, shoes, rope, dog collars and much more.

AMP Diapers, a Canadian company, makes diaper inserts made with 55% hemp and 45% cotton. It caught me by surprise when my wife told me. I personally thought this was super cool. The hemp inserts are super soft, absorbent and are great against baby’s skin.

Body Care Products

The cannabis skin-care industry is growing by leaps and bounds as long-established companies like The Body Shop expand their product lines. Many of these products include hemp seed oil. Used in folk remedies for centuries, hemp seed oil is known to ease dry skin, reduce inflammation and alleviate skin issues such as eczema. Hemp oil comes from a variety of the cannabis sativa plant. With this in mind, hemp is grown for industrial use, not drug use.

The hemp strains grown for oil production have a minuscule percentage of psychoactive compounds. Regardless, after the seeds are processed, that level is reduced to zero. A small number of beauty products on the market include CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis believed to have a variety of medical uses and does not cause a high.

I personally use the Hemp hand cream for the last few months and keeps my hands from getting dry. At times I have issues with eczema and find this hand cream works better then what my doctor has prescribed, topical cortisone cream.

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Is cannabis a super-food?

Just three tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 10 grams of protein and 3,000 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp can be healthier than chia and flax and is one of nature’s #1 super-food. Not only is hemp good for you, it’s also packed with many other benefits.

Nutritional Profile of Hemp Seeds:

  • Protein – 10 grams of protein
  • Healthy fats – Omega-3 fatty acid in an ideal ratio for your body to help reduce inflammation
  • Fiber – No regular carbs or sugar
  • 50% daily value of magnesium which helps to relax muscles and improve digestion
  • 50% daily value of phosphorus
  • 25% daily value of zinc

Benefits of Hemp Seeds:

  • Supports fat loss and cleansing your colon
  • Positively benefits blood sugar issues or diabetes
  • Increases muscle building and strengthen bones
  • Positively impacts Issues with sleeping, depression or anxiety

Construction

Hempcrete is a bio-composite material used for construction and insulation. Hempcrete is easier to work with than traditional mixes and acts as an insulator and moisture regulator. It lacks the brittleness of concrete and consequently does not need expansion joints. The result is a lightweight insulating material ideal for most climates as it combines insulation and can retain heat and moisture.

Check out the following video below and see how some farmers in the US are growing hemp. It’s incredible how someone can actually use cannabis and build a house.

In conclusion, hemp has many great characteristics. The overall versatility in this plant is unparallel. The health benefits alone call hemp a “super food”. In addition, it can build an entire house. What a great plant!

Do you use any cannabis products on a daily basis?  Leave your comments in the section below!

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