Why You Should Start Using Hemp Products
If you’re living on planet earth, chances are you’ve heard about hemp. But do you know what it is? The hemp plant, also known as cannabis sativa, is of the same plant species as cannabis (marijuana). The difference is that hemp is extremely low in THC, meaning it won’t get you high whatsoever.
Wait, hold on, if it doesn’t get you high, then what good is it? Although it may not be psychoactive, you’ll be high on pride once you realize all the good you’re doing our planet by substituting hemp products into your life.
To start, hemp was the original paper. Until the early 1880’s almost all paper was made of compressed hemp material. The production of hemp in place of paper would save acres upon acres of forest, preserving wildlife and nature’s equilibrium. Hemp can be grown almost anywhere, whereas the species of trees everyday paper is made of requires massive chunks of land that are less geographically available. A tree takes 20-50 years to fully develop for harvesting, where a hemp plant takes as little as 4 months.
Another bonus: its wild growth requires no chemicals or pesticides. So you can feel good about writing your next novel or overly romantic love letter on hemp paper.
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Someone has probably forced you to tried almond milk, soy milk, or maybe even cashew milk at some point in your life, but have you ever tried hemp milk? The delicious concoction provides an array of health benefits, plus it tastes the way silk feels. Because of it’s high vitamin and omega-3/6 fatty acid content, hemp milk is great for brain function, bone strength, skin, hair, digestion, and building up your immune system. Hemp milk is a great source of the amino acid GLA, which is super hard to find in most foods, and it’s also loaded with protein, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, and iron. For the vegans out there, very few plant-based foods contain the vital vitamin b12, but hemp milk does!
You can buy hemp milk from most grocery stores, but it’s also extremely easy to make. Simply blend 1 cup of soaked hemp seeds with 5 cups of water, add a splash of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, cane sugar, etc), strain the hemp out with a cheese cloth, and voila! Use this in your coffee, as your smoothie base, with your cereal, or simply enjoy a chilled fresh glass.
Have you dreamt of walking around in public naked? Oh, uh, me neither. I mean, what I meant was…. Okay, wearing hemp feels like wearing nothing. Seriously. It’s so comfortable, it’s basically hippy silk. But you don’t have to be presently bottling your home brew of kombucha to enjoy wearing hemp. There are tons of fashionable hemp brands popping up left right and center. Cotton is terrible for the environment. It uses an unfathomable amount of water, energy and pesticides to grow, and it’s less breathable and doesn’t absorb moisture nearly as well as hemp does. You can find everything from underwear to sunglasses to yoga pants and bags made from hemp. Hoodlamb even makes winter parkas out of hemp.
Step aside, coconut oil: you’ve got some serious competition. Sure, other oils are great, but hemp oil is really something else. It’s loaded with fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3, it contains oleic acids, gamma linoleic acids, stearidonic acids, saturated oils, antioxidants, vitamin B12, A, D, E, carotene, phytosterols, phospholipids, chlorophyll, and minerals including iron, zinc, calcium, and magnesium.
Besides being freakin’ amazing for you when ingested, it’s also a great topical treatment for dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. You can use it as a whole body moisturizer (just splash in some essential oils for scent). Just buy yourself a big bottle of this nutty tasting oil and divide it up. Keep half in the kitchen and the other half in the bathroom. You’d be surprised by how often reach for this stuff!
By using more hemp we’re utilizing our energy with much more efficiency. We’re lessening our contribution of atmospheric carbon dioxide build-up, we’re keeping our beautiful forests happy, and we’re reducing use of toxic pesticides and other pollutants. Hemp truly is the plant that keeps on giving, so why not use it? Start using more hemp and feel a different kind of high, the kind of high you get from knowing you’re contributing to a wholesome future for your body and our planet.
By Tee Krispil