Hemp is a plant with thousands of uses: thanks to its seeds and stems, it can be used in many fields. Recognized as much for its food and cosmetic benefits as for its industrial benefits ( isolation, plastic, fuel, etc…), hemp is nowadays used more and more and brought back to modern times.
HEMP AND FOOD
Hemp seed contains a large quantity of nutrients that are beneficial to the proper functioning of our body, such as minerals, proteins, fibre and other vitamins. The high protein level of hemp seed makes it one of the most recognized natural sources of it. You can add it directly to your dish, shelled or not, and it becomes an essential food for your salads and other favourite dishes.
Hemp seed is also used in the form of oil: by cold pressing it, we obtain a hemp seed oil that contains high levels of omega 3 and 6, which help to solidify the cardiovascular system while protecting it. In this way, hemp seed is also beneficial for preserving your immune and nervous systems. Hemp seed is also very low in saturated fats, making it an essential food for the proper functioning of your body.
HEMP COSMETICS: THEIR BENEFITS
Hemp and particularly hemp seed oil is becoming, as organic cosmetics develop, one of the main arguments for many products available today. The application of this botanical oil on the skin strengthens, moisturizes and relieves your epidermis: its composition containing large quantities of nutrients and natural fatty acids gives it recognized moisturizing properties.
WELLNESS HEMP: CANNABINOIDS AND TERPENES
Hemp also contains a multitude of cannabinoids and terpenes, which give it a well-being and relaxing use. Cannabinoids act together with the endo-cannabinoid system: it regulates homeostasis, which is the balance of the body’s key factors, to ensure that it functions properly. Terpenes are the hydrocarbons present in all plants: they are responsible for their smells and tastes. As the basis of essential oils, they are recognized for their many benefits for the body.
HEMP AND ITS INDUSTRIAL USE
Hemp is equally full of benefits that can be put to good use in the industry:
Thanks to its fibres, hemp is today recognised as a very good isolator in the building industry.Indeed, hemp wool is recognized for its very high performance in terms of thermal or sound insulation, and is also a non-flammable and resistant material to rodents and humidity.
ROPE, PAPER AND FABRIC
Its fibres, which are very resistant, are used for the production and manufacture of rope (such as the ropes of Christophe Colomn’s boat), clothing but also paper (used for the first printing of Gutenberg’s bible).
Hemp also appears to have a promising future as a bioplastic: biodegradable, it could largely become a widely used plastic. An estimate foresees that 30% of the plastic market in 2030 will be made of hemp plastic.
Numerous studies have highlighted the capacity of hemp to clean up contaminated soils. Indeed, studies tend to prove that it has strong properties to clean and purify a soil thanks to its capacity to eliminate residues and existing toxins from the environment, in addition to heavy metals. During the Fukushima accident, it was one of the available natural products taken into account to implement decontamination thanks to its long and deep roots that can drain the soil.
According to recent estimates, hemp can absorb carbon in a very important way: about 1.63 tons of Carbon per hemp plant.