Uses Of Hemp
There are many uses of hemp. Why is hemp a wonder crop? Well, you know – there are lots of uses for hemp that for reasons other than moronic, its presence is considered illegal in the United States. It has various uses – as clothing, food additive, fuel source alternative, cleaning agent for soil pollution, and a whole array of consumer and construction products that one can even imagine.
Hemp has been used since 8,000 BC in China, and is having a comeback lately. It is used as fabric for high fashion apparel and interspersed with fabrics like silk to create nightwear, among others; and as raw material for shoes, jeans and other sportswear. The material may be slightly rough, but is otherwise considered as tough and durable.
· Food and Drinks
Thirty percent of the hemp seed is oil, that contains the essential fatty acids that is used as a food additive. A quarter of the whole seed is protein – where you can find a wallop of calcium, iron, and omega 3. The seed is packed with healthy dietary supplements and have loads of omega 3 that is higher than walnuts! You can enjoy hemp to spike up your beverages – iced tea, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. You can gulp a glass of delicious hemp milk, too!
Since ancient times, hemp has been a source of raw material for the production of paper. About 0.05 percent of available papers in the world today comes from hemp. Hemp is environmentally friendly and is quickly renewable. However, since the processing equipments that are used today are old and dilapidated, helm paper production tends to be more expensive than the ordinary wood pulp.
· Building Materials
Among the many uses of hemp, one cannot envision that it can be used as construction material. You can make it into insulation materials, as done in both Netherlands and Ireland. You can use it to create fiberboards and pressboards; and even Hemp Crete, which is a more durable, lightweight, and an environmentally friendly alternative to concrete.
Hemp can also be used to produce plastics. It is a strong material that Ford used to produce a prototype car in the early 1940s. With the influence of DuPont, Henry Ford axed the car to prove the durability of hemp. Recent uses are – as liners for shower curtains, cases for CD/VHS/DVD, and other varied commercial and industrial products.
You can process helm oil into biodiesel fuel which is used to run cars and motor engines. The fuel is the same as that of petroleum or diesel. With the cellulosic ethanol technology becoming more commercially viable a few years from now, there is no reason why this technology cannot be doable in the future.
· Animal Beddings
The woody portion of hemps can be used for animal beddings. They can be manufactured in pellet type materials and also serves as a good material for horse beddings and as litter for cats and other animals. The hurds can take five times their weight in water and do not produce dust particles.
· Personal Care Products
The European companies first introduced a beauty care line in the 1990s that includes soaps, shampoos, bubble baths, and perfumes. Anita and Gordon Roddick, owners of the Body Shop – an international chain of beauty and body care products had it incorporated into their product lines. The Body Shop now markets a vast array of beauty products using hemp neutraceutical ingredients.
· Chemical Clean up
One of the most intriguing application for hemp is using it for cleaning contaminated soil. The use of hemp was tested in the Chernobyl Nuclear Area to help clean up the soil of radiation. This was in 1990, and the effective use of hemp in the clean up operation made it as a shoo-in whenever soil clear up work is required. The hemp plant, is a fast grower where you can plant from 250-400 plants per square meter. It can grow up to 15 feet tall depending on soil and climate. It is known to do a thorough cleanup when there is sewage sludge, fly ash, or if the soil is contaminated by heavy metals.
Cannabis drugs are used for treating nausea, vomiting, anorexia in patients undergoing radiation therapy treatments, as an appetite stimulant for AIDS victims, for the tremor relief of epilepsy victims, for pain relief , and other treatments. However, the U.S. government has continuously rejected the medical use of marijuana except for extreme cases. In the U.K. and Canada, marijuana is now being developed for medical intervention when the patients are in dire need of it.