The Uses of Hemp
by Segun Olowookere
objectives of Green Living. This is because hemp is one of those industrial products
which do not need any pesticides or herbicides, besides prevent soil erosion and also
produce oxygen. They can also be substituted for harmful products containing
chemicals and dioxins which decompose very easily.

Hemp is used in clothing by using a blend of flax, cotton or silk and can be put to use
in furnishings as well. The inner two fibers are woodier in texture and can be used in
non woven items like animal bedding and litter. Research proves that hemp, being a
strong and quick growing fiber, can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600%
more fiber than flax.

The oil obtained from the seeds of hemp can be utilized in manufacture of oil-based
paints, in cooking and also in plastics and creams. Hemp, as a fiber, is a vital raw
material needed to produce ropes, sacks and canvasses. Other general uses of hemp
include its usage in some countries to strengthen concrete. Hempcrete is that
material used commonly in France, which contains hemp and serves as a
construction material. Moreover, hemp is used to produce such a bio composite
which Mercedes uses in order to manufacture the internal panel in some of its
automobiles.

The use of this Asian herb cannot be restricted to one particular industry. Apart from
being used in construction work, hemp is also an abundantly used product in food
items. It contains about 80% of fatty acids and even larger proportions of amino
acids which are necessary for a healthy life. It can be consumed directly in the form
of salads or the seeds can be used to produce hemp milk or in baking and even in a
range of products varying from cereals to hemp protein powder, non dairy hemp ice
cream and many others. Hempseed oil is a dietary supplement and being edible oil it
has one of the major advantages attributable to its storage; it can be frozen for
longer periods of time and generally does not need any preservatives to retain its
quality. Iron deficiency is rampant worldwide and hempseed is viewed as one of the
healthiest ways to overcome such deficiency, since it contains calcium and iron along
with other minerals. Its anti inflammatory property highlights its use as a medicine as
well.

Hemp has more eco friendly benefits to offer which include its properties as a purifier
to remove impurities from waste water and other by products. To add to its eco
friendly nature, hemp also helps in killing weeds, since it has abundant growth and
dense plant leaves. It thus helps to boost organic farming by discouraging the use of
herbicides for weed control.

Previously, till the Industrial revolution hemp was used in almost every industry but
gradually each industry substituted the use of hemp with the use of some other fiber.
Filtered hemp oil was once used to power diesels as well but we do not see that
happening now. In the same way, the use of hemp in ropes was replaced by abaca
or manila, while its use in manufacturing sacks was replaced by jute. Use of wool and
nylon became very common in the carpet industry while synthetics and cotton took
over the netting applications. Hemp pulp was once popularly used in paper production
and holds very little significance as a raw material to manufacture paper, as with
improvement in technology, it is wood pulp which has proven more
environment-friendly and also cost effective.

Not ignoring the multitude of ways hemp can be used, it cannot be denied either that
the industry does not remain a very large but developments are being made to
revive it.


About The Author

Segun Olowookere recently started his own clothing company called Lowooke who
speciallise in designing, producing and distributing a range of clothing aimed at the
urban and youth market. The apparel that Lowooke sells is produced using organic
materials that have been ethically sourced. You can view their range of Urban
Clothing London [http://www.lowooke.com/shop/] at
[http://www.lowooke.com/shop/]
Hemp is a commonly used word for
the Cannabis crop used in industry
rather than the type of Cannabis used
for recreational drug use. The simple
definition of hemp is a herb. Industrial
hemp is produced in many countries
in the world, the major producers
being Canada, France and China.
Hemp is a bio mass which has
widespread uses in many industries.
It is used in textile industry, paper
industry, biodegradable plastics, food
and fuel.

Hemp can also be viewed as one of
those products which support the
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