You've probably heard a lot about CBD oil, what it doesn, and other products derived from cannabis. Yes, most of what you’ve heard about CBD is true – the good stuff, anyway. But little has been said about where CBD oil comes from, the industrial hemp plant. Surprised? Did you think industrial hemp products only include things like fibers, paper, plastic, and other non-food grade products? The fact is that industrial hemp, like agricultural hemp, can also be used to produce oils, ointments, and even consumable products.
What is industrial hemp?
Industrial hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species. This fancy plant is specifically grown for the many industrial uses of its derived products, hence the name. It's sort of a wonder plant, and can be processed into many commercial items including (but not limited to) biofuel, paint, paper, textiles, insulation biodegradable plastics...and even food.
One of the major differences between industrial hemp and its agricultural counterpart is the fact that the industrial variety naturally has lower concentrations of THC, while the concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD) are higher. Meaning that it has decreased psychoactive effects.
Three cool facts (insert emoji with sunglasses here)
To get better acquainted with industrial hemp, let’s look at some cool facts about it:
1. It’s green
Well, yes, the color of the growing plant is pretty obvious, but that’s not what we mean. Hemp is one of the most environmentally safe raw materials known to man. For example:
An acre of hemp can produce as much fiber as three acres of cotton. Hemp also requires no pesticides and little to no fertilizers.
Hemp can be used to make paper and wood only 120 days after being planted. Trees, on the other hand, can take up to 10 years before they can be harvested for the same purpose. Save the trees!!!
- Need clean fuel? Hemp could be the answer as it can be converted into clean-burning ethanol fuel. Since it produces more biomass than any known plant species, it has the potential to become a major source of biofuel fuel.
2. Hemp seeds are a superfood
Who doesn’t love a superfood? Hemp seeds contain a powerful protein that is more nutritious than soybeans. The industrial hemp seeds can also be used to make any product that can be derived from soybeans as well, for example:
Cheese, milk, ice cream, and butter
Bread (or cookies)
The list can go on and on. Additionally, the hemp seed oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, and it's far more economical to grow than soybean plants. All these are the good things that our bodies need to thrive.
3. Industrial hemp works medical wonders
Want to boost your own health? Who hasn’t had that acne flare up, or those head foggy days where you just can’t function? Hemp seed oil is very nutritious and helps promote:
Renaissance of an ancient super plant
Hemp is one of the first fibers that humanity used to spin into fiber over 10,000 years ago. Throughout the ages, its uses have varied, touching nearly every facet of life. Today, hemp is beginning to reclaim its honor. We’ve been snoozing way too long on hemp, and it’s time for that to change!