Sustainable Hemp Brands and Products to Try
Easily one of the oldest domesticated crops in human history, hemp is one of the most useful and dynamic plants on Earth. While CBD is one of the more popular components of the cannabis plant, we have used every part of the hemp plant for everything from food and textiles to fuel for thousands of years. Learn about how you can go green by incorporating sustainable hemp brands into your life with myCBD.org.
Going Green with Hemp Companies in 2019
A hardy and renewable resource, hemp grows quickly, is naturally resistant to disease, requires little weeding, enriches the soil it grows in and can thrive in most climates. As hemp legalization has swept through the country and the world, modern processing technologies have also made it possible to use hemp as an alternative to gasoline, plastic, and petroleum products.
The benefits of incorporating hemp into your diet
Both hemp oil and hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious. Hemp is the only plant that contains all the essential amino acids and fatty acids required daily by the human body. Hemp seeds are also a wonderful source of minerals, dietary fibers, and protein. The essential nutrients provided by hemp moderate everything from metabolic health, brain and heart health, skin, mood, energy levels, and even our behavior.
What makes hemp a sustainable health supplement?
A 2018 study released as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicated that Americans of all ages experience high rates of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Eating foods that are rich in minerals and essential fatty acids is an important part of a healthy diet. Because of these many health benefits, hemp foods are increasing in popularity in everything from dietary supplements to cooking ingredients.
Adding hemp to your skincare routine
Because of hemp’s high content of essential oils with skin softening properties, hemp oils are getting incorporated into lotions and other cosmetic products. Petroleum, which suffocates your pores and can sometimes contain carcinogens, is effectively and sustainably replaced in hemp-based products like those crafted by Hempz, Mary’s Nutritionals, and Rosebud CBD.
Sustainable alternatives to paper, fabrics, textiles, and more
Because of the natural strength and flexibility of hemp fibers, industrial hemp has been used in rope and paper making for thousands of years. Because hemp is naturally acid-free, hemp paper doesn’t become yellow or brittle as it ages, unlike conventional paper which disintegrates over time. Additionally, hemp crops can be harvested multiple times a year while trees can take up to 30 years or longer before they can be harvested for paper.
Hemp can also be used to make a variety of fabrics, similar in texture and feel to cotton but far more durable. Hemp can also be used for making rugs and textiles. In fact, some of the oldest known woven fabrics were made from hemp as was the first American flag. In fact, the word canvas is derived from the Latin term for hemp. In addition to its use as a textile and paper alternative, hemp fibers have been used for centuries to make ropes, nets, rigging, and sails thanks to their durability, flexibility, and ability to resist water damage.
Hemp as a plastic and fuel alternative
Long before petroleum became the fuel standard of America and the world, hemp oil was used to light homes, villages, and ships. Today, thanks to advances in processing technologies, hemp oil can also be used to manufacture biofuels for a diesel engine in lieu of gasoline. Not only are biofuels renewable (while fossil fuels are not), they also produce fewer greenhouse gases.
The use of fossil fuels in the production of plastic is another toxic practice that can be sustainably replaced with hemp alternatives. With a half-life of 250-500 years, discarded plastics are destroying our environment and our health. Not only is hemp plastic non-toxic, but it also degrades far more quickly than traditional plastic, in the right conditions.
Toxicity is also an issue when it comes to plastics, which contain chemicals, like BPA, that interfere with our endocrine system and result in hormonal imbalances.
Endocrine disruptors are linked to health issues including:
- Birth defects
- Learning disabilities
- Tumor growth
Building the cities of tomorrow with hemp
Hemp-based materials can replace wood and other materials used to build homes and buildings including, foundations, roofing, walls, pipes, paneling, and even paint. Made from hemp hurds, also called ‘shives,’ hemp building materials are often sold as Hempcrete or Isochanvre.
Not only are hemp-based building materials easier to work with than lime mixes, but it also acts as a moisture regulator and insulator. Though less common in America, the French have been using hemp in construction since the early 1990s.
Discover Different Ways to Incorporate Hemp into Your Life
Even now, we are just beginning to realize the potential of hemp and CBD. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers have demanded—and won—the ability to grow hemp after decades of prohibition. As the awareness of hemp’s benefits spread, many are realizing that hemp can be instrumental in facilitating eco-friendly practices. How would you incorporate the benefits of hemp into your life?