Ways to Utilize the Hemp Plant Besides Smoking It

Do your body good.

Add hemp seeds to your granola, parfait, salad, or smoothie and you’ve got a killer dose of essential amino acids, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp seeds are also high in magnesium. Three tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds give you 10 grams of protein, 14g fat (mostly coming from omega-3 and omega-6 fats) and 2g fiber.

Hemp powder protein is a great supplement for smoothies. If you do not eat very much or any animal protein, hemp protein is a valuable ally to you.

Here’s a great idea for a smoothie:

¼ cup hemp protein powder
1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ cup blueberries
2 to 3 ice cubes

Blend until smooth.

Build a house.

Hempcrete, a concrete-like material made from hemp mixed with limestone, can be used as a super-strong building material that doubles as an air purifier. Hemp is known for its ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), it breathes in four times the amount trees do during its quick 12-14 week growing cycle.

As the plant-based material cures, it draws carbon dioxide out of the air, effectively making it cleaner to breathe. It truly boggles my mind we aren’t all living in hemp houses already, considering Hempcrete is fire resistant and naturally regulates a structure’s humidity levels. Hemp itself is a beneficial crop requiring no fertilizer, weed killer, pesticide or fungicide. It grows so thickly that weeds cannot grow. Farmers grow it in rotation with other crops such as barley or rye. The crop following the hemp requires no weed killer because the hemp has driven weeds out.

Drink from it.

Hemp-based plastics are the ultimate alternative to regular water bottles. Hemp plastics degrade much faster because they’re plant-based, but they’re also stronger than corn- and soy-based plastics. When made with biodegradable polymer hemp plastic is fully biodegradable and recyclable. Here lies the great potential for this material. Normally we think of recycling as a reuse or reshaping of mechanical parts, though if we were to use more biodegradable materials we could introduce a whole new cycle that would be much more environmentally friendly. Producing hemp plastic requires 22-45% less energy than fossil fuel based plastics.

Wear it.

Unlike most fabrics that deteriorate with each spin cycle, hemp fabric actually gets softer every time you wash it. Acre for acre, you can produce much more hemp than cotton, making it the material to beat when it comes to fabric. In some cases, clothing made of hemp can last up to six times as long as other materials, this is because hemp fibers have a natural resistance to mold and mildew, which makes the material less prone to sources that degrade other materials more quickly. In addition, you can recycle used hemp clothes in paper production, which makes it much better for the environment.



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