Hemp is a plant with a wealth of benefits, properties, and uses. Due to the versatility of the plant, it is has become a mainstay in numerous cultures and countries around the world. Furthermore, almost every part of the plant can be used for one thing or another.
This ancient plant has been used industrially since prehistoric times, and nowadays is highly valued for its nutritional properties and countless health benefits. In fact, Smoking Paper even uses hemp to produce its Organic Regular and Organic King Size rolling papers, the most ecological and environmentally friendly paper around.
What other names does hemp have?
Hemp is a type of vegetable with several different subspecies: Cannabis Sativa Sativa, Cannabis Sativa Indica and Cannabis Sativa Rudelaris. Each of these subspecies have different growths, features, and applications.
In this regard, Cannabis Sativa Sativa may also be known as common hemp, hemp fibre, industrial hemp, or agricultural hemp. However, when used as a drug it is commonly known as marijuana.
It is important to point out that hemp itself does not contain more than 5% of THC, the main psychoactive element of cannabis. It is also important to bear in mind that, in general, Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Ruderalis, and Cannabis all have different chemical components.
What are the properties of hemp?
Hemp is now commonly known for its wide array of benefits and properties which can be applied at different times, to different uses, and to different sectors. In regard to health, it helps to protect against cardiovascular illnesses, prevents cell ageing, strengthens our immune system, and acts as a regulator for our blood sugar levels. Its seeds also have benefits to help with fatigue, tiredness, PMS, and to regulate the menopause and bowel movements.
In addition to its health properties, hemp also has other properties that have a direct benefit on the environment. For example, growing hemp protects the soil from erosion and prevents deforestation as it can be used as a replacement for wood.
What are the uses of hemp?
Nowadays, hemp can be used in a variety of sectors and for different objectives:
- Food sector: In Spain, hemp seeds can be sold legally as a dietary product. They can be used to make highly nutritional products such as hemp oil, rich in omega 3 and 6. They are also commonly used to make hemp flour and in some drinks such as hemp milk or beer.
- Industrial sector: hemp has been used to make cloth and paper since before records began. Today it is combined with other materials such as linen or cotton and is even used in haute couture. It is also used to make plastics, insulation, and filters. Hemp is very popular in the construction sector due to its insulation properties.
- Cosmetic sector: more and more products and cosmetics are being made with hemp. Thanks to its numerous health benefits, hemp is used in beauty and personal care products, such as creams, gels, lotions, and oils. Some hemp cosmetic products make use of the plant’s anti-inflammatory properties, offering a relaxing and calming effect. CBD creams offer excellent results when it comes to treating skin disorders such as eczema.
- Environment: growing hemp also has multiple benefits for the environment thanks to its capacity to purify both soil and water. It is also a plant that does not need any fertilizers and grows easily, with minimum water.
- Medicinal use: it is important to mention the medicinal uses of hemp as, in this regard, this plant can be used in a variety of contexts and can also relieve certain pains. Likewise, CBD or hemp cannabidiol is already being used in the production of different medications to help treat nausea, sickness, to help encourage appetite, or as a skin treatment product.
Now that you know about the multiple benefits and properties of hemp, are you ready to include it into your daily routine? If you are a smoker, remember that Smoking Paper has various Organic options which are 100% hemp.