The leaves of the hemp plant are not as useful as the flowering bud but they do serve as being useful, nevertheless. Thinner than the leaves of the marijuana plant, they have a similar look and unless you are an expert or comparing the two plants side by side, you may not be able to tell them apart.
The hemp plant is a an industrialized plant that has been purposely grown for many uses and is now beginning to see a rise in agricultural production, thanks to an easing of sanctions that has recently happened in America.
The hemp plant grows very quickly, from seed to harvested in less than four months on average. As a crop, it is a fantastic investment because it can be used for so many purposes; clothing, paper products, textiles, building supplies, insulation, biofuels such as diesel and ethanol, and also as food. This isn’t even taking into consideration the high volume of hemp being used to manufacture CBD oils and supplements.
Hemp has much lower levels of THC occurring naturally, therefore it is less restricted than marijuana now, as it should be. With fewer restrictions, scientists have been more free to study hemp and its usefulness in many things.
Denim manufacturers are finding ways to create hemp jeans that are as soft as cotton. This is a huge boon for planet earth as hemp uses far less water to grow than cotton. It’s also naturally resistant to bugs and doesn’t require the use of chemical sprays at all, unlike cotton which full accounts for over 25% of all the pesticides manufactured in the entire world.
The fibers of hemp plants can be used to make ropes, clothing, textiles and more. Combining these fibers with other materials has created things like hempcrete that is a fire retardant insulation that is lightweight and incredible in comparison to other forms of insulation. It’s renewable and biodegradable as well, which cannot be said of other products.
The two most inner fibers of the plant, located in the stem, are harder and woody in nature. These can be used for mulch, animal bedding, compost material, and similar products. The oily nature of the plant can be used to help create creams, lotions, paint bases, and more.
Hemp is edible, the leaves can be eaten raw and the seeds can also be eaten. The hemp seeds contain little to no CBD but they taste delicious and contain large amounts of omega oils that are essential to the human body’s health. The seeds are also high in protein, containing all ten amino acids, which is highly rare for any single food source.
The leaves of the plant, along with the stems, are used to extract CBD oil from, which is used as a dietary supplement sold all around the world. In fact, CBD is now used to help manufacture the drug Epidiolex, working as the active ingredient to help relieve people with epilepsy of their seizures. This drug is the first CBD drug to be graced with the approval of the FDA.
The entire plant is very useful and harmless at the same time. Products made with hemp are typically biodegradable, even plastics are being developed with hemp oil that will break down into compostable material within 14 days. If this plastic were to replace the petroleum based plastics that we use now, we could solve most of the world pollution problems.
Hemp is like a super crop that has so many different uses that mankind could almost make everything that was necessary just from this one plant. It’s hearty, grows fast, extremely renewable and biodegrades when used for products.
Maria Arrington is a full time blogger on alternative medicine. She writes on the vast world of alternative medicine and things around this sector.