Hemp is one of the most useful and sustainable plants on earth. For thousands of years, wise people have used all parts of the hemp plant to clothe, feed, build, and heal the world sustainably.
Hemp has been one of the most significant crops for mankind up until this last century when in 1937, the United States government, under the influence of the lobbying of synthetic textile companies and several other powerful groups who saw hemp as a big threat to their businesses, banned hemp altogether. How owlrageous!
Fortunately producing hemp across the USA is getting wings again thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill that made history by legalizing hemp as an agricultural commodity.
It’s owl good, once again.
The weaving of hemp fabrics is one of the world’s oldest industries, and soon will be the only sustainable path left for our future. Besides being the world’s most sustainable fabric, hemp provides all the warmth and softness of a natural textile but with a UV protection, anti-odor properties, and superior durability seldom found in other materials. Choosing hemp clothing or hemp apparel is a safer, healthier, stronger, and more sustainable decision for you - and the planet!
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Due to its high content of beneficial oils and natural emollient properties, hemp is the better alternative to the toxic chemicals present in many petroleum based lotions and cosmetics. Say hello to Hemp Seed Oil – Your Skin's New Best Friend.
The fats, or lipids, in Hemp (Seed) Oil are similar to those found in the skin. The moisturizing properties of the oil are one reason for adding it to skincare products. Hemp (Seed) Oil has a comodogenic rating of 0, meaning it does not clog pores at all, which makes it a great moisturizer for both oily and acne prone skin types. Its fatty acid content helps create a protective barrier over the skin which prevents moisture loss. Hemp (Seed) Oil increases the elasticity of the skin and brings new life to dry, tired or dehydrated skin. Hemp (Seed) Oil can also bring down the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks. Over time, it can help eliminate acne by keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t block the pores but will actually help the skin balance oil production. It is also high in antioxidants, which are elements that prevent or slow cell damage. Hemp (Seed) Oil also adds vitamin D to the skin, allowing the absorption of calcium that is needed for soft, smooth skin.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a hemp compound, has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” like marijuana’s compound THC. CBD has been studied for its relaxing, pain-relieving, and anti-anxiety properties when taken internally, but recent research has shown that it also has calming and therapeutic benefits when applied topically to the skin. CBD has been shown to help reduce pain and inflammation caused by inflammatory skin conditions, and may even help ease the discomfort of headaches. CBD also has potent antioxidant effects, which means it may help counteract signs of aging caused by free radicals. Scientific and clinical research underscores CBD’s incredible effects on seizures, chronic pain, spasms, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, fibromyalgia, cancer, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, alcoholism, MS, and more without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria. Disclosure: the FDA has only approved less than a handful of CBD Drugs. Hemp medicine benefit statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
Hoots of wisdom: Body wash has 10x the carbon footprint of bar soap. A shift from body wash towards a bar soap has a clear environmental edge in packaging, transportation, disposal, and is longer lasting. Hoot have thought it would be that easy to be green?
No other natural resource offers the potential of hemp. Hemp based materials can replace wood, insulation, and other materials used to build homes and other structures including foundations, walls, shingles, paneling, and pipes. The modern hemp building materials are lightweight, waterproof, fireproof, self-insulating, and resistant to pests.
Hemp can be used to produce strong, durable and environmentally-friendly plastic substitutes. Thousands of products made from petroleum-based plastics can be produced from hemp-based composites.
The quality of hemp paper is superior to tree-based paper and can help the deforestation crisis. Hemp paper will last hundreds of years without degrading, can be recycled many more times than tree-based paper, and requires less toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process than does paper made from trees. Until 1883, 85% of all paper in the U.S. was made with hemp.
Hemp seed oil can be used to produce non-toxic diesel fuel, paint, varnish, detergent, ink and lubricating oil.
Planes, trains, cars, furniture, toys, ski’s, snowboards, surf boards, kayaks, bike frames, carpet, suitcases, backpacks, and a hoot more durable goods can be made from hemp. All products made with hemp fiber are biodegradable.
Hoots of wisdom: "Waste no more time arguing what a could man should be. Be one." Aurelian, Roman Emperor
The hempseed, also containing 30% hempseed oil, is the only source of food from the hemp plant. Throughout history, hemp has provided a nourishing food supply to many cultures around the world. The most famous hempseed consumer was Buddha himself, who ate them during his fast of enlightenment.
Hempseeds and hempseed oil are highly nutritious, delicious, and allergen-free. Hemp, a high-quality plant-based protein and a source of protein far better than meat, is the only plant that contains all of the essential fatty acids and amino acids required by the human body.
Hemp is also nutritious food for animals. When hempseed is included in bird seed, songbirds will pick it out of the mix as they prefer it over other seeds. Hempseed was the # 1-selling bird feed; 4 million pounds were sold in the U.S. in 1937.
Hoots of wisdom: A shift towards a diet that includes more plant-based foods & fewer animal source foods is simply put one of the best things you can do for the environment and for your health
Hemp and marijuana reign from the same plant genome, cannabis. Visually, the appearances of these cannabis plants are quite similar, yet its applications differ. Hemp may look like marijuana, however it does not contain significant concentrations of THC, the active chemicals that cause you to fly “high”. The name marijuana is associated almost exclusively with the herb's drug potential.
Ever wonder where the nickname “weed” comes from? The cannabis plant (hemp & marijuna’s DNA) grows like one, is naturally resistant to most pests, and thrives on less water than most crops.
Cannabis grows best in warm tropical zones or in moderately cool, temperate climates, such as the United States.
There are broadly three groups of Cannabis varieties being cultivated today:
- Varieties primarily cultivated for their fiber, characterized by long stems and little branching, called industrial hemp
- Varieties grown for seed from which hemp oil is extracted
- Varieties grown for medicinal or recreational purposes.