Houston-based providers of hemp extractors Cedar Stone Industry are fully aware of the many ways in which hemp and hemp oil can be used for a variety of purposes. Now, a recent article in National Geographic is highlighting the surprising ways in which it can also help the planet.
Although regularly used for medicinal purposes in the treatment of health problems such as insomnia, anxiety, and inflammation, did you know that hemp is also used in the brewing of sustainable beer, race car construction, and as an additional source of protein?
With so many uses in a variety of industries, it is no surprise that many companies are looking for ways to extract hemp and use it sustainably. In so doing, they are actually doing their bit for the planet.
Hemp contains CBD (cannabidiol), and it is this active compound that helps in the regulation of the nervous system by activating specific brain receptors. But CBD is also a very efficient killer of bacteria, making hemp perfect for use in antibiotics.
Alternative to Cotton
Researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy have found hemp to be much more eco-friendly than cotton, using six times less water and allowing for three times more hemp to be grown in the same area. Furthermore, over the entire processing production, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions is similar, meaning more hemp can be grownusing less water.
A Substitute for Plastic
Organic hemp fiber, which is made from the stem of the plant, is a sustainable fabric similar to linen. It is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics, requiring very little water to grow. Because it is lightweight, biodegradable, and elastic, it makes for a fantastic plastic substitute. Hemp has become a composite ingredient used in the bodies and interiors of electric vehicles, replacing plastic to reduce the weight of the car. This is because the batteries used to power electric vehicles can add hundreds of pounds to the overall weight.
Back in 2019, some of the body parts for a Porsche racing car were made from hemp fibers. Moreover, the oil that is recovered after hemp plants have been harvested can be used in the production of diesel fuel.
Additional Source of Protein
Many people are looking for ways to add protein to their diet, particularly if they are trying to lose weight or bulk up. Protein reduces levels of hunger and helps to keepyou full for longer. It can boost metabolism and increase fat burning, making it great for weight loss.
For those wanting to build muscle, a high protein diet is essential. It is great for increasing both muscle strength and mass while also strengthening bones.
Protein is found in dairy products and meat as well as nuts and seeds, and hemp seeds are no different, being rich in protein. In fact, gram for gram, there is around the same amount of protein in hemp seeds as there is in beef. Furthermore, because they also contain fiber, amino acids, and omega fatty acids, they are a great food for vegans. Scientists are currently developing vegan friendly foods from hemp seeds, including tofu and meat substitutes.
Ingredient for Sustainable Beer
In Switzerland, a sustainable beer has been produced using hemp flowers, replacing three-quarters of the hops that would normally be used. The result is a beer that tastes the same as the beer made without the hemp flowers, according to a blind taste test.
Since it is much more eco-friendly to grow hemp in terms of the fertilizer required and fewer pesticides used, it is a more sustainable way to brew beer.