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Hemp Is Not Just for the Hippies

Lifestyle Health & Beauty
By: Brooke R. and Olga G. June 8, 2017

Happy National Hemp Week!


Hemp, otherwise known as industrial hemp, refers to the non-psychoactive varieties of Cannabis sativa L. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods.

Hemp can be grown in almost any condition and requires little care, so it not only grows quickly, but very efficiently. Due to it replenished accessibility, throughout history industrial hemp has been used for paper, textiles, and cordage. Until this day, it can continues to be cultivated as a renewable source for raw materials, where seeds and stalks are incorporated into multitude of products.

To highlight this diverse material, we wanted to share some of the most common ways it is utilized:

Textiles:

Hemp fibers require less toxic chemicals and water to grow than cotton. It is also known for its durability, and natural resistance to UV light and mold. This makes it a great textile alternative for clothing, bedding, drapes and more!

 

Food:

Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are added to salads or other entrees for additional health benefits such as aminos and Omega 3. Where as hemp flour has become a solution to those with celiac disease as gluten-free alternative to flour. In addition to Omega 3, hemp plant contains essential proteins, Vitamin A and is easily digested, making it ideal food not only for humans but also for animals.

 

Skin Care:

The EFA (Essential Fatty Acids) content in hemp helps regenerate dry and cracked skin, making it an excellent moisturizer for your skin. Including it as a part of your body or facial oils, creams, and lotions is very nourishing.

 

Paper:

Hemp use in manufacturing paper is both economical and good for the environment. Rapid plant growth of cannabis helps with reduction of deforestation, which is something we are extremely supportive of!

 

The earliest Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross’s flag,  first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were all created from hemp fibers.  

DID YOU KNOW? Hemp fibers were used to create:

The earliest versions of the Bible ☆ first drafts of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence ☆ Betsy Ross’s Flag ☆ some of the oldest maps & charts

It doesn’t end there!

Even legendary artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh painted principally on hemp linen. Classical canvas!

 

Plastic:

Hemp plastic is recyclable and can be manufactured to be completely biodegradable. There are many variations of hemp plastic; from standard plastics reinforced with hemp fibers, to a 100% hemp plastic made entirely from the hemp stalk.

 

In regards to environmental impact, a great benefit of utilizing hemp plastic is that less oil is used which means less pollution! In addition, hemp plastic turns out to be much more durable, biodegradable product are created. Plastics that are created from hemp do not pose the health and safety risks associated with certain plastics that are reinforced with glass fibers.

 

Building Materials:

The cellulose from the hemp plant can be expelled into almost any product. By varying the heat, pressure, and chemistry, a range of fiber and cellular materials with multiple strength characteristics can be generated.

 

Products for the home industry that have been created using the industrial hemp plant include, but are not limited to: eco-composite paneling, fiberboard beams, roof shingles, carpets, biodegradable paints, curtains, and rugs.

 

Hemp can be molded into completely biodegradable materials, whereas many modern materials produce harmful off-gas that silently infiltrates into our bodies during everyday activities. By using industrial hemp to manufacture non-toxic products, we can alleviate the release of many harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, as well as improve upon the overall health of the community.

Biofuel:

There are two types of biofuel: biodiesel and ethanol.

Ethanol is made from corn, grains or sugar cane, but can also be made from the inedible parts of most plants. It is frequently used as a biofuel, but usually blended with petrol.

Biodiesel is made by refining oils and fats from plants or animals, most commonly from vegetable oil, and requires methanol.

Hemp would be able to produce both biofuels. Being that hemp does not require cleared land to grow, it grows at a much faster rate than any of the crops currently used. This maintains the quality of the earth, preserving it long term so it remains fertile and lush. In this way, hemp is a perfect crop to offset the carbon footprint produced by fossil fuels and the less efficient biofuels used today.

 

Raw Republic Loves Hemp:

  • Add hemp protein to any smoothie or smoothie bowl!
  • Our Marinara + Alfredo Zoodles options both have hemp seeds within the “parmesan cheese”.
  • In addition, the “meatballs” in our Marinara Zoodles have hemp as an ingredient.
  • Raw Republic is continually improvising on ways to upgrade and diversify our menu. New products that will be featured in upcoming launches are sure to include hemp seeds!