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Hemp is one of the most promising natural resources out there. It’s capable of producing significant quantities of paper, textiles, building materials, food, medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, oil, ink, and fuel. 

Unlike other crops, hemp can grow in most climates and on most farmland throughout the world with moderate water and fertilizer requirements, no pesticides, and no herbicides. 

But due to the ban on marijuana, hemp hasn’t been utilized and its potential has been ignored for the last century. 

Today, we wanted to look at 4 amazing uses of hemp that, hopefully, we see more of in the future!

1. Housing

Seventy percent of hemp’s total weight is made up of the “hurd” or woody inner core. It’s used to make something called “hempcrete” or “hemp-lime”. Not only does this allow for environmentally-friendly building materials, houses made out of hemp come with many benefits.

Benefits of hemp houses include:

– Quake-resistant 

– Fire-resistant

– Water-resistant

– Heat-resistant

– Undesirable to mites

– Does not off-gas

– Does not mold

– Cost-effective

– Low maintenance

2. Food

Hemp seeds, which gather around the head of the plant, contain a protein that is more nutritious and more economical to produce than soybean protein. Hemp seeds are not intoxicating as they don’t contain THC. 

Hemp seed protein can be used to produce virtually any product made from soybean: tofu, veggie burgers, vegan butter, vegan cheese, salad oils, vegan ice cream, hemp milk, etc. 

Hemp seed can also be ground into a nutritious flour that can be used to produce baked goods such as pasta, cookies, and bread.

3. Nutrition

Hemp seeds are rich in many things that can support your health.

They’re a complete source of protein — meaning they provide all nine essential amino acids.

They contain healthy fats, including omega 3 fatty acids, and are a great source of fiber.

On top of that, they are high in vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. They are also a good source of iron, zinc, and B-vitamins.

Research has shown that regularly eating hemp seeds can support the health of the brain, heart, joints, and skin.

4. Fuel 

Something that may surprise most people is that hemp can actually be used as a fuel source and has the potential to replace fossil fuels. In fact, some of the first Fords ran on hemp oil, until the marijuana ban inhibited the production of the fuel and put full reliance on fossil fuels. 

This would obviously be much better for the environment. Hemp can be grown domestically in any climate or environment. Hemp is a renewable resource, growing consistently and quickly, unlike traditional fuel, which is a limited resource that is quickly depleting and will soon run dry. When hemp is burned for fuel, the carbon dioxide that is released into the air can be reabsorbed by the next crop of hemp, which can be harvested only four months later. This prevents a harmful carbon dioxide build-up. Also, hemp is a very leafy, dense plant. As such, hemp releases more oxygen than most plants do, which mitigates the harmful effects of a release of carbon dioxide. Hemp fuel is also beneficial for the vehicle! Biofuel is more lubricating than petroleum and does not harm the torque or ignition of the car.

Cars that use hemp fuel are possible! Just take a look at this Mercedes-Benz from 1983 that runs entirely on hemp!

CBD

As you can see, CBD is just one of the few things that the amazingly versatile plant hemp can be used for. 

And like everything else hemp, CBD is amazing at what it does! From bringing relief to muscles and joints, helping reduce stress, and aiding in better sleep — it’s a great thing to have on hand. 

But there’s a problem…

Most CBD products are difficult for the body to absorb. That’s why SomaLeaf found a better way. Our CBD is wrapped in a unique formula that greatly enhances absorption. That way, you can actually notice the difference. 

>>> Click here to learn more about our CBD tincture.

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