How many hemp-made products other than CBD oil do you know about?
Being one of the oldest agricultural crops cultivated by humans, hemp has contributed to the wellness and technological progress of numerous civilizations. Although it only took our government 80 years to successfully destroy the once lavishly thriving hemp culture, the plant is now going through a renaissance, and we are still discovering more about its amazing applications.
Let’s see what an article published in Popular Mechanics said about hemp in 1938:
“American farmers are promised a new cash crop […] and it will provide thousands of jobs for Amerikan workers throughout the land.“
Yes, you’ve just read it correctly; hemp was once believed to be the New Billion-Dollar Crop. With such a broad range of potential applications, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the plant has gained so much respect among the community. At some point, it seemed that the opportunities for using hemp plants in our lives were limitless.
Sadly, not even a year after this publication, the government passed harsh laws on cannabis and hemp, ones that ultimately eradicated the entire industry. Today, most people assume that hemp is no different than marijuana. While these two varieties of cannabis are, indeed relatives, this isn’t a close relationship.
Due to numerous misconceptions spread about hemp, our modern society has not gotten the chance to witness the incredible number of hemp applications and possibilities.
Hopefully, as times are changing, more people will become aware of how hemp can be used in our everyday lives. In this article, we will share with you some amazing hemp-made products other than CBD oil.
Products Other Than CBD Oil
Although hemp owes its new life to CBD oil, there are many other hemp-made products that can serve you well in life. It could be clothing, foods and drinks, accessories in the home, office, farming, and even automobiles.
Here’s the list of the most interesting hemp-made products that you can find on the market today:
Clothing & Accessories
Hemp fabric is superior to cotton and other clothing materials in almost every aspect. Wondering why you should add some hemp clothing pieces to your wardrobe? Here’s the short answer:
Hemp is more breathable and porous
These plants are more durable than their counterparts
Now, let’s see what hemp-made products you can add to your collection.
Okay, hemp shirts may not be 100% hemp-made, but a decent hemp shirt should contain a combination of hemp and organic cotton. The typical ratio for such hemp-made products is 60% hemp / 40% cotton. We bet that these shirts will last you much longer than you think, and be super cool in every way!
Jeans are a textbook example of how hemp fiber can improve the durability and overall quality of clothes. Hemp jeans are absorbent, breathable, and durable, let alone their astonishing anti-microbial qualities. Want to make a wise shopping decision? Buy hemp jeans!
3. Hemp Shoes
Hemp is on its way to making it to the mainstream and mass culture. Therefore, some of the leading national brands decided to hop on the hemp bandwagon. Every year, on April 20th (4/20), some of the most significant names in the clothing industry (eg. Converse and Adidas) come out with limited edition hemp shoes. From classic models to contemporary sneakers – these companies will have you covered.
If you’ve bought a backpack that just tore or broke after several months, you are not alone. We’ve all been there at some point, wishing that we had never bought it. Fortunately, it looks like hemp backpacks can make you forget about these inferior choices. A hemp backpack can last you over 10 years, being a durable and eco-friendly product you can carry around anywhere. Once again, sustainable!
Well, this is by far the coolest and the most creative use of hemp in our opinion. Hemp sunglasses are made with 100% sustainable ingredients. Not only are they a great addition to your outfit, but you can also carry them in hemp-made cases. Yes, hemp-made products like cases are a real thing, too!
6. Hats & Beanies
Whether you want to wear a wide-brim hat or a sports cap, hemp will always come in handy. These hats are resilient and look amazing, which, to be honest, cannot be said about hats from artificial materials.
But hey, did you know that you can keep your head warm over the winter months with hemp as well? Hemp beanies are the solution to the neverending nightmare of throwing your winter head warmer out at the end of each season.
No head sweat here!
While hemp banknotes exist only in our dreams, you can keep your money safe in a stylish yet durable wallet that is made of hemp fiber. Given the outstanding durability of this material, we’re more than sure that a hemp wallet will serve you for a while. Funky fashion too!
You can buy a reusable bag and make your shopping habits a bit greener, but the question is: why not buy a bag that is sustainable itself? Hemp totes are 100% hemp-made products, and as you already know, hemp is one of the most environment-friendly plants in the world. Pump that O2 in the atmosphere with your hemp-grown tote!
Most top soles and straps in sandals are made of gum, plastic, or other synthetic materials. Not only do they exhibit less durability than hemp, but they are also pollutants. If you want to buy sandals with a clear conscience, we suggest that you try hemp-made ones.
The Home & Office
“Can I use hemp in my home or office instead of synthetic accessories?”
Yes, you can! Better yet, hemp can be used in a myriad of ways at home. From simple pens to ecological laundry detergents, you will be surprised to learn how many hemp-based products you can use in your house.
A hemp pen is every pen lover’s dream come true. These hemp-made products are all-natural and durable. If you do your research online, you will find some manufacturers that offer customized hemp pens so that you can engrave anything on them.
11. Hemp Sheets
As we said, hemp fiber is more breathable and porous than other materials. Even organic cotton isn’t anywhere near as good as good old hemp. This, in turn, makes hemp sheets a perfect element of all-year bedding. While not as delicate as cotton, they will last you much longer than other sheets – less landfill!
11. Hemp Towels
Do you know what’s the worst part about using regular towels? It’s the fact that they get a harsher feeling with age. At some point, they will become so hard on your skin that you will have no other choice than to throw them away. Hemp fiber, on the other hand, softens with age, not to mention that it’s also mildew resistant.
12. Hemp Paper
Hemp paper is better than tree paper and for a good reason. First of all, hemp stalks grow as quickly as 4 months. On the contrary, trees usually take 10-80 years to fully develop.
Moreover, hemp can carry up to 85% cellulose content. This is almost three times as much as trees. For example, one acre of hemp can produce between 4-10 acres of trees over a 20-year period. On top of that, hemp paper is more durable; it doesn’t crack, yellow, or lose quality over time.
And, last but not least, increasing the number of hemp plants grown on our planet can boost the sustainability efforts to slow and maybe put an end to deforestation.
13. Hemp Curtains
Cats are beautiful and noble animals, but you know what? They can make a mess out of your window treatments and curtains. Yes, hemp curtains are a real deal. After all, if we can have hemp sheets and towels, why couldn’t we make hemp curtains? They are outstandingly durable and can endure even the wildest scratching from your kitten’s devilish playtime whether you are home, or not!
14. Hemp Crafts
Hemp twines, braided ropes, spools, cords – they all fall into the Hemp Crafts category. Every homeowner who values sustainability and sturdiness will find a way to incorporate hemp-based products like crafts into their home design – or for the sake of utility. We are thinking baskets, hanging plant holders, and whatever you can put your mind to!
Looking for something more durable than cotton and, at the same time, mildew-resistant? Hemp fiber will be an ideal choice for your next set of tablecloths. They are simple, rustic yet elegant, but above all, they can withstand many house parties and family reunions.
Hemp blankets are both beautiful and practical, being one of the most commonly sold hemp-made products for home & office. A hemp blanket can reduce the intensity of night sweats, also known as hot flashes, and can assist people with skin conditions like rashes/eczema due to the breathability of hemp. Plus hemp can take a sound washing making sure that your hemp linen is clean and fresh ready for you to sleep in again. Hemp blankets can make beautiful throws for your sofa or feature armchair.
Foods & Drinks
Hemp belongs to the “superfoods” category. The nutritional profile of hemp and the number of ways in which you can add it to your diet is impressive, to say the least. Hemp is a complex source of protein. It contains essential amino acids that athletes can use to make their lifestyle even healthier. Pair it with the optimal 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids, and there you go! It’s becoming increasingly popular as food for chefs, dieticians, athletes, and health-conscious consumers.
17. Hemp Seeds
As mentioned, hemp seeds have become extremely popular recently. Commonly used by vegetarians and athletes, hemp seeds are often placed among flax and chia as superfoods. Eating hemp seeds can bring you the following benefits:
Provide a complex source of protein
Can assist with immune deficiency disorders
Contains the perfect ratio of essential fatty acids, boosting cardiovascular health, and controlling cholesterol levels
It’s one of the most nutritious foods available in nature
18. Hemp Seed Oil
You can make different types of oils with hemp, but hemp seed oil appears to be the most popular choices on the market. Hemp seed oil is manufactured by cold-pressing the seeds of the plants. In its unrefined form, hemp is often described as “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil.” Just remember that hemp seed oil is NOT CBD hemp oil!
Contains a superior 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids
It is an invaluable source of minerals such as calcium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and magnesium
Rich in Vitamin A & E
Keeps hair and nails in good shape
A versatile skin-care ingredient
19. Protein Powder
Hemp protein contains 15 grams of protein per serving, which gives it the highest protein content of all-vegan sources. Nonetheless, even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian, but you won’t handle that extra chicken breast, adding hemp protein powder to your diet can significantly increase your daily protein intake. In addition, hemp protein contains no lactose, which makes it easily digestible for lactose-intolerant people.
20. Hemp Tea
Ready to get the best of both worlds? Then grab yourself a cup of hemp tea! Both hemp and tea are praised for their antioxidant properties. So combined together you have one powerful cup to start the day. Hemp tea can improve cardiovascular health, increase metabolism, and detox the body. Today, you can buy hemp tea in a variety of flavors, including cardamon, basil, jasmine, mint, and more. We drink to that!
21. Healthy Flavored Water
CBD water has become a flaming hot topic in the hemp industry, but have you heard about hemp’s version of vitamin water? This hemp-made product is packed with vitamins B3, B5, B6, B 12, vitamin C, and Omega-3 fatty acids. That’s not everything, though. hemp water contains all of the essential amino acids and has strong antioxidant properties. Toast-worthy!
22. Hemp Seed Butter
Oh, those lovely spreads! Who doesn’t love peanut butter or vegemite sandwiches, or a spoonful of tahini paste added to their mayo for improved flavor? However, some people are allergic to peanuts or sesame seeds, which can become a very real challenge for those who can’t imagine a sandwich without some sort of spread. We can’t!
This is where hemp seed butter steps into the arena. Hemp seed butter is as easy to prepare as peanut butter or a tahini paste. It is made from finely ground and pressed seeds to extract its nutritional value. Yum!
23. Hemp Milk
Similar to almond, soy, or hazelnut milk, hemp milk is made by grinding hemp seeds with water. It has a noticeable nutty taste, so chances are it won’t become your best friend. Still, hemp milk is way healthier than its soy counterpart, not to mention that it’s a perfect alternative for those who can’t tolerate lactose. Smoothies have just taken on a whole new hempy ending.!
24. Hemp Flour
Hemp seed flour is a superior source of energy. It’s also gluten-free and packed with nutrients, containing 33% protein. Hemp is actually only second to soy when it comes to protein content. Plus, your body digests hemp seed flour more easily. It’s a perfect hemp-made product for those with allergies to gluten, wheat, nuts, or have sensitive digestion issues.
What makes hemp-made products for skin and body care better than their counterparts? Well, there’s much to talk about, but let’s highlight the most important features:
Hemp oil comes packed with vitamins – Vitamin B, C, E, just to name a couple
Key amino acids from hemp protect the skin against wrinkles and results in better moisturization. Hemp-made products can come in handy for fighting conditions like dry rashes or psoriasis
Again, hemp oil contains the optimal ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 is particularly helpful when it comes to making your skin look nice and firm
Now, let’s take a look at the list of product applications for beauty.
25. Body Lotion
When shopping for hemp body lotion, keep in mind to pick a trustworthy supplier. The brand should use organic ingredients in its product and source its lotion from top-notch quality hemp. Additionally, check that it is certified PETA so no animals suffered to make the product. Hemp body lotion typically is gentle on the skin. It also absorbs quickly into the skin, nourishing it quickly with its beneficial compounds. The texture of a hemp lotion can be similar to a mousse.
26. Shampoo & Conditioner
We bet you’ve cringed at the ingredients list on your shampoo bottles at least once in your lifetime. Needless to say, you probably had problems with recognizing more than half of these ingredients, if not most! This is no longer an issue with hemp shampoos and conditioners. They contain only a natural formula from organic ingredients to treat your hair with the care they deserve.
27. Hemp Serum
Hemp serums are particularly useful in dealing with a range of skin conditions. The serum contains CBD and other cannabinoids for improved efficacy. The extract is contained in hemp oil that is then added to the serum so that it can easily be applied. Hemp serums show an almost 100% absorption rate and they can prevent your skin from getting too greasy.
Industrial Hemp Goods
Do you know why people have once called hemp “the next multi-billion-dollar crop?” Here’s a quick explanation:
During World War II, the US government had a huge demand for more raw material to produce strong, resilient ropes. These products had been severely limited during their confrontation with Japan. The government decided to abandon the anti-cannabis propaganda during this time. They came up with a campaign “Hemp For Victory,” encouraging domestic farmers to start growing hemp and support the US in the war. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) even ran a commercial to highlight the benefit of hemp as an industrial material. How times have changed!
Well, this may sound quite odd, but hemp plastic is technically much the same as traditional plastic. With one major difference: the sustainability and durability of hemp plastic are beyond any comparison. An Australian company called Zeoform has been working for several years on the advancement of biodegradable hemp technologies. The company claims a new type of very robust plastic made entirely from hemp. The material can be injected or blow-molded in countless products ranging from buttons to straws, home furniture, Frisbees. And even toy building blocks…watch out Lego, here hemp comes!
Alas, the biggest problem with using hemp plastic on a broad scale is that it’s cost-prohibitive. So, unless the government loosens its grip on hemp cultivation, hemp plastic will still be out of reach for most to buy.
This is the most exciting and promising application of hemp in the future – building homes! Hempcrete comes with a range of essential benefits, including:
Outstanding thermodynamic insulation as infill in walls and roof cavities
CO2 absorption increased with aging
Yes, hempcrete becomes stronger over time, unlike other materials. The material is also responsible for the reduction of your carbon footprint. But the best part about hempcrete is that it produces zero construction waste.
Considering that 55% of the world’s energy consumption comes from construction waste, hempcrete has a massive advantage over traditional building resources.
31. Hemp Flags
Have you ever heard about Betsy Ross? This is the woman who made the first American flag, and she used industrial hemp fiber. That’s because hemp fiber is guarantees durability as we have discussed and this includes flags. There is even a documentary from Patagonia that features a war veteran making his own US flag from hemp fiber!
What’s the Future of Hemp?
Thanks to the cannabis revolution in the US and Canada, and indeed the world hemp has gained its second life. As scientists and industrial companies are conducting extensive research on the plant, we are witnessing exciting times as a true explosion of hemp-made products becomes possible. The opportunities for using hemp in our lives is at the ready. Soon, more and more health-conscious people, and indeed those who care about our environment will turn to hemp as a sustainable alternative to traditional, synthetic materials we got used to with time due to ignorance and no access.
What hemp products do you use in your home and why? Share your stories!