A Plant for Every Industry: Top 12 Hemp Products and Uses
At CBD Livity, we focus on the medicinal benefits of our quality CBD oils, CBD salve, aromatherapy candles, and more. These products are composed of the extracted cannabinoids found in the harvested flowers of hemp.
But did you know a multitude of other goods are sourced from the all-inclusive plant? Hemp flower might be in the spotlight right now with the CBD industry booming, but the plant has been used in over 25,000 products throughout history!
In this article we focus on a dozen uses of hemp. But to be frank, it’s only the tip of the iceberg for this crop. In total, there are 9 submarkets for hemp uses: agriculture, textiles, recycling, automotive, furniture, nutrition, paper, construction, and medicine.
The 4 major components of the hemp plant include the seeds, flowers, roots, and stalk. We’re going to divide all 12 hemp uses by subcategories of each part of the plant.
Hemp Seed Uses:
- Hemp Lotion- Cosmetics of all kinds are using hemp seed oil in balms and lotions. Even our bestselling CBD salve has hemp seed oil in its lineup of organic ingredients. The cold-pressed seeds contain fatty acids that can naturally moisturize skin and unclog pores
- Hemp Cooking Oil- The same fatty acids in hemp lotion are used in hemp oil to help reduce cholesterol and aid skin cells. Cold-processed and unrefined hemp oil should not be heated like other cooking oils. Instead, use it on top of salads, smoothies, hummus, or pesto.
- Protein-Rich Food- Hemp seeds are a great source of complete proteins. The nutrients are commonly used in flour, hemp milk, hemp protein mixes, or by itself as hemp hearts.
- Paints- Hemp oil can also be used as an eco-friendly and non-toxic alternative for paints and oil finishes.
- Varnishes- Similarly to hemp paint, you can apply hemp oil as a waterproof finish on furniture and leather.
- Engine Fuel– Hemp oil was the most common source of lamp oil until petroleum became popular in the 1870s. Today, more research is being conducted to use hemp oil as a renewable biofuel.
Hemp Flower Uses:
- Abrasive Chemicals- The terpenes inside the hemp flower can be used as a natural and safer ingredient in cleaners.
- CBD Products- CBD can be extracted from hemp flowers and leaves and used in medicinal supplements like CBD Livity salves and tinctures.
Hemp Root Uses:
- Medicinal Supplements- Although hemp roots lack cannabinoids and terpenes, they make up for it with other analgesic compounds. Hemp roots have been used historically to help support pain, inflammation, arthritis, stomach aches, headaches, and sprains.
Hemp Stalk Uses:
- Building Materials- Hemp is the world’s strongest natural fiber, which means it’s a great component for cement, insulation, mortar, and caulking. The woody core of the hemp stalk is mixed with hydraulic lime to build various construction materials.
- Apparel– The stalk can also be combined with soy, silk, cotton, or bamboo fibers to make fabrics and textiles. Adding hemp to clothes makes the garments more durable and breathable. Psst, our CBD Livity shirts and hats are made with 55% hemp!
- Paper- In 100 BC, China started using hemp to make paper. In 1776, the founding fathers drafted The Declaration of Independence on hemp paper too! Hemp fibers consist mostly of cellulose, which makes the material suitable for printing paper, cardboard, and newsprint.
As you can see, hemp is an extremely diverse and versatile plant that can benefit a wide range of industries. Most of America’s hemp use is still imported from China, but with more state and federal hemp bans being lifted, farmers are becoming encouraged
We encourage you to discuss CBD with your physician or healthcare practitioner if you have any specific health related questions or concerns. There are also many independent research studies about CBD available on the internet.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease.