8 Interesting products made from hemp

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Hemp is one of the most versatile resources on the planet with more than 25,000 known applications.

Unfortunately, this incredibly valuable resource still maintains a bad reputation in the United States thanks to its relation to other psychoactive cannabis plants.

Hemp is entirely different from cannabis in the way it’s cultivated and in its application but was still grouped with the rest of the cannabis species as a schedule 1 Drug back in the 70s.

Though progress has been slow, as people begin to understand the many benefits of cannabis, the stigma that has unfairly attached itself to hemp is also fading away.  

Here are just eight interesting products that can be made from hemp:

1.Fuel

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Hemp is an environmentally safe and cost-efficient fuel crop. Hemp can be processed to produce two different kinds of fuel – hemp biodiesel and hemp ethanol/methanol.

2. Milk

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Once soaked and ground in water, hemp seeds can produce some incredibly nutritious milk. Resulting in a creamy texture that contains zero dairy, Hemp seed milk is both a tasty and refreshing alternative to dairy milk, jam-packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Iron and more.

3. Diapers

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Hemp-based products are known for their eco-friendly disposability, high quality, and durability. This is especially true once Hemp fibers are broken down to produce cloth-like reusable diapers. Hemp textiles are actually more absorbent and breathable than regular cotton.

4. Shoes

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There’s a growing popularity of using hemp textiles to make shoes. The natural resistance and long-lasting fibers found in hemp fibres makes it an ideal material for shoes as they’re both breathable and comfortable.

5. Nail Polish

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Most major nail polish brands use toxic chemicals that are actually harmful for your nails but did you know that you could replace these harmful polishes with a hemp-based polish?

Hemp contains Vitamin E, protein and fatty acids that are all essential for growing and maintaining strong and healthy nails. Hemp-based nail polish contains no toxic chemicals and can actually help to strengthen your nails.

6. Paper

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Prior to 1883, most of the world’s paper was actually made from hemp fibre but since switched to using trees to create pulp for paper.

Making paper out of trees isn’t the most sustainable option because it can take decades to grow a single tree. Hemp, on the other hand, can be grown and harvested in a few months. The process of producing paper from trees also requires toxic chemicals and the end product can only be recycled three times. Hemp does not require chlorine bleaching the way wood paper does and it can be recycled seven times making it a much more eco-friendly option.

7. Makeup

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Hemp is rich with antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids that are great for the skin, making it a perfect, natural resource for makeup products. The vitamins found in hemp make it perfect for cosmetics that will reduce acne, keep your face clean and slow the aging process.

8. Paint

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Most ordinary paint releases solvents called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are incredibly harmful for the environment. Hemp-based paint however does not contain these VOCs and is therefore safe for the environment and safe to breathe around. It dries quickly, is durable and has a very reliable finish.

Of course, hemp has thousands of other uses, often which are healthier and more sustainable than what we’re using now. Hopefully as the plant becomes more widely accepted, it will replace other products that we’re using that are far less sustainable and harmful than hemp.

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