The term hemp refers to any plant of the genus Cannabis family and is a rough bushy annual consisting of palmate leaves (leaflets or lobes radiating from a common point).
The hemp plant produces clusters of small green flowers and can yield tough fibers as well as narcotic drugs. Essentially there are two parts to the plant that are commonly used for a diverse number of purposes…
Whole, hulled or crushed seed is used for oil in food products such as nutrition bars, cakes, breads, biscuits, butter paste, non-dairy milk, tofu, cheese and ice cream. Other oils are used in cosmetics such as shampoo, soaps and moisturizers. There are also therapeutic qualities to the oil similar to evening primrose oil, cod liver oil, flaxseed oil and soybean supplements.
Some products made from hemp fiber include: all grades of paper, textiles, structural reinforcement building materials, fuel, fiberglass alternatives, lightweight sandwich boards, composite boards, kitty litter, potting mix, nappies and feminine hygiene products.
Hemp has been found to be a lighter yet stronger alternative to fiberglass putting it in greater demand for both technical and environmental reasons.
As alternate materials are needed to keep up with world consumption demands, hemp provides an environmentally friendly crop, which produces environmentally friendly products.
Hemp has enormous commercial potential as an alternative materials resource for addressing the critical supply and demand issues of our modern society.