Hemp has been grown and used by humans for thousands of years. But an era of hemp prohibition that lasted from 1937 until 2018 effectively shut down the U.S. hemp industry. The combination of federal hemp legalization and modern science is now fueling its resurgence.
As hemp regains its popularity, more is being discovered about it’s wonderful potential uses every single day. We tend to focus on CBD oil products that are derived from hemp, but there are so many more ways to use it in your daily life to reap the benefits. Here are just 5 of the many uses for hemp to incorporate it into your life.
1. Hemp Oil in Your Beauty Routine
Hemp seed oil is a wonderful alternative to other common oils in beauty products, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, and argan oil. It’s touted as an excellent oil for cleansing the skin, removing makeup, or even applying it to your hair as a smoothing and strengthening treatment.
Hemp seed oil is considered non-comedogenic, with a rating of 0 on the comedogenic scale. The scale goes from 0-5, with 0 being completely non-comedogenic or pore clogging, and 5 having a high chance of clogging pores. By comparison, the ever-popular coconut oil is rated at around a 4.
2. Hemp Protein Powder
Hemp protein power is growing in popularity as a plant-based alternative to animal-based products, such as whey protein. If you are someone who works out regularly, or needs a boost of protein, consider trying hemp protein powder.
It’s a wonderful vegan alternative that is rich in all 9 of the essential fatty acids, as well as various minerals and antioxidants. Adding hemp protein powder to your daily smoothie is an excellent way to boost your fiber and protein intake.
3. Hemp Paper
If you still use paper but have environmental concerns, hemp paper is a great possible alternative. While it can be a little difficult to find, it’s growing popularity is hopefully going to change that very quickly. Unlike trees that can take decades to grow, hemp stalks only take around four months. Just one acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four or more acres of trees over a “20 year cycle.”
Additionally, hemp has a higher cellulose and lower lignin content than wood. This makes it an even better choice for higher quality and more durable paper. All these factors combined make hemp a more sustainable choice than trees to produce paper in the effort to reduce deforestation.
4. Hemp Fabric
Did you know that before the prohibition on cannabis a significant portion of clothing was made from hemp textiles? Hemp fiber is considered stronger than cotton, and it’s more cost effective. Because hemp crops require less water, don’t produce much waste, and grow quickly, it’s a viable alternative to many other clothing fibers.
5. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds, sometimes called hemp hearts, and hemp seed oil can be a great healthy addition to your daily diet. They are rich in healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, omegas, and vitamins and minerals. Sprinkling them on your salad, adding them to smoothies, or mixing them in with your yogurt are just some of the many ways to incorporate them into your daily routine.