With a long history and more than 25,000 hemp products currently on the market, there really isn’t enough space on the internet to list all of its potential in a single blog post. So to tackle this daunting task of trying to show the incredible unlimited uses of hemp, I’ll highlight a few traditional uses and a few modern uses that have become staples for the industry.
Hemp Protein – Hemp is often considered a “superfood,” and like the other foods in this elite group, for good reason. Hemp protein contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein….something your chicken breasts or ham sandwiches don’t offer! Hemp protein is also high in fiber, making it easy to digest, and contains vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, zinc, and copper, making it fairly balanced in its macronutrient profile. The fiber though, is arguably what makes it the best source of complete protein you can find on earth. Many people don’t know that a really high protein diet without necessary fiber to digest the protein can really hurt your digestive system. The great thing about hemp protein is that it offers incredible amounts of protein AND natural fiber to work with your body to really utilize your nutrients in a healthy way.
Realhemp™ offers Realhemp™ Protein Powder, the ideal protein powder for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone interested in a clean eating lifestyle.
Hemp Seed – Hemp seed is also considered a superfood because of its balance of protein, fiber, and wide range of nutrients. It contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein, but also contains the essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3) in the optimal 3-to-1 ratio. LINK TO WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
Realhemp™ offers Realhemp™ Hulled Hemp Seed, a nutrient-dense ingredient that can be eaten by the handful as a snack, sprinkled on cereals, salads or yogurt, incorporated into power drinks and smoothies, added on top of fruits or vegetables or also used in any type of dressing, sauce or marinade.
Hemp Seed Oil – Hemp seed oil is the extract of hemp seed, and also contains the essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3) in the optimal 3-to-1 ratio. Additionally, it contains 10% of the recommended daily allowance Vitamin E, a vitamin that dissolves in fat and serves a wide variety of purposes in the body. Though hemp seed oil can be ingested as a supplement to improve the long term health of skin, it can also be applied topically to give an immediate improvement in the health of your skin. The key for maximum benefit is really to ingest through diet and use topically for well-rounded skin health.
Realhemp™ utilizes hemp seed oil in its natural line of skin care products, Realhemp™ Skin Care.
Hemp Skin Care – Hemp seed oil helps alleviate dry skin, minor skin abrasions, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It is also a natural, non-greasy emollient (skin softener). The Vitamin A in hemp seed oil helps clear the skin while healing acne scars, erasing fine lines and wrinkles, restoring elasticity in the skin and improving blood circulation. And the Vitamin E in hemp seed oil helps to reduce wrinkles and stretch marks. Hemp seed oil also relieves redness, itchiness, dry patches, blotchy skin, and inflammation.
Realhemp™ utilizes hemp seed oil and many other natural, healing ingredients in its line of skin care products, Realhemp™ Skin Care.
Hemp Cloth – Hemp fiber is often used in textiles as a stretch-resistant, comfortable, and stylish material that is also resistant to mold and UV light. Hemp cloth is porous, which allows it to breathe in warm weather, but it also traps air and allow it to be warmed by the body, making hemp garments naturally warm in cool weather.
Hemp Paper – Hemp paper is stronger and lasts centuries longer than wood paper without yellowing, cracking, or otherwise deteriorating. It also doesn’t allow for the guilt of, oh idk…. CUTTING DOWN RAIN FORESTS AND DESTROYING NATURAL HABITATS (end mini rant). Additionally, one acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 4 to 10 acres of trees over a 20-year cycle, but hemp stalks only take four months to mature, whereas trees take 20 to 80 years! Yet again the feeling that some lobbyists somewhere were really good at their job to make this paper thing happen and hemp hasn’t….
Hemp Rope – Industrial hemp yields the longest and strongest natural fiber known, which is why hemp rope was used for thousands of years, in countless applications around the world, not just for friendship bracelets.
Hemp Concrete (Hempcrete) – Hempcrete is the best building material that almost no one is talking about. A combination of water, hemp and lime, hempcrete is durable and nontoxic and begs to be used as a central building material in all homes and structures.
Hemp Auto – Lightweight and incredibly durable, hemp fiber makes a superb material for auto parts. Historically, Henry Ford recognized the potential of hemp and used it in the production of auto body panels and, now, BMW‘s new electric car has an interior made of hemp.
The Many Uses of Industrial Hemp
Hemp can also be broken down and used in a variety of industrial applications, from insulation and furniture stuffing, to plaster and press board. Want to learn more? Click on the infographic below!