Building Your Hempire: Hemp 101

Before going into the business, you need to know a thing or two about Hemp. What is it? What can it do? Is it legal?

  • A non-psychoactive that’s been around for over 10,000 years–hemp is a powerful plant-based alternative for more than just oil. 
  • Hemp is non-intoxicating, and has many industrial uses and forms from paper, textiles, and cordage, to dietary supplements, cosmetics, dietary substitutions and more!
  • Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man. It has been used for paper, textiles, and cordage for thousands of years.
    • Fun Fact: the Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a scrap of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.

What Can Hemp Do?

Probably save the earth. 

Since its legalization in 2018 for all 50 States, Hemp has been the center of discussion for plant-based healthy alternatives. Not just for dietary needs, but for its industrialization as well. But, before we break down what it is, let’s delve into what it does. 

Hemp is one of the most sustainable plants and products on earth. On top of its supplemental use, Hemp can also be grown as a renewable source for raw materials. Its seeds and flowers are used in health foods, organic body care, and other nutraceuticals. While its stalk and fiber are used as widely from clothes, to cement, to plastics.

As the plant itself grows, it breathes in CO2, detoxifies the soil, and prevents soil erosion. What’s left after harvest breaks down into the soil, providing valuable nutrients.

The plant grows so quickly that you can harvest two crops each season (grows to 4 meters in 100 days) making it one of the fastest CO2-to-biomass conversion tools available. 

Plus one hectare of industrial hemp can absorb 22 tonnes of CO2 per hectare. Compare that to trees–depending on age, climate zone, type of forest, and soil, a hectare of trees captures 1 to 10 tonnes of CO2 per year–at best still only half the average of hemp.

Finally, Industrial hemp farms require much less water than traditional tree or grain farms. For any given area of farmland, Hemp only takes 1 inch of equivalent rainfall every 4 days (or 25 inches of total rainfall for full crop growth). Not to mention it requires fewer pesticides. Less water usage, higher yield, less chemicals–it’s an all around better alternative to papers, plastics, fabrics, and a great deal of other products as well.

What Is Hemp Used For?

Hemp Seed Benefits

Also known as hemp hearts, they’re found in the center of the hemp flower and are used in most dietary and supplemental needs. The hemp seed’s nutrition is a massively rich source of protein, fiber (both soluble and insoluble), and fatty acids like Omega 3’s and 6’s.

Hemp Seed Oil benefits include: baking (dried as a powder to substitute flours and protein powders), Hemp Milk (hearts pressed and processed), or dried whole to be used as granola alternatives.

Hemp is NOT the same as the Marijuana, and therefore, Hemp Hearts do not contain any CBD or THC–as those are chemical compounds extracted from the leaves of the same plants. So for those worrying, “Does hemp get you high?” Rest assured, unless specifically processed for the CBD or THC extracts in its leaves, the hemp plant does not have psychoactive sides effects and is non-intoxicating.

Nutritional Hemp Oil Benefits

Protein9.47 g
Carbohydrates2.60 g
Fat1.20 g
Total fatty acids14.62 g
Monounsaturated fatty acids1.62 g
Polyunsaturated fat11.43 g
Saturated fatty acids1.38 g
  • What is Hemp Oil? Rich in Omega 3’s, 6’, and 9’s, Hemp is an ideal plant-based alternative to fish oil as a source of Omegas, often referred to as “nature’s most perfect oil.”
  • Protein Powerhouse: The hemp protein contains all 9 essential amino acids that your body needs, but can’t produce on it’s own. 
  • Fiber: Plants are the only natural source of fiber in the world! Hemp Seeds (and their shells) offer both insoluble and soluble fiber, which clean out your gut and promote gut health. 
  • Loads of Nutrients: Hemp seeds are also an excellent source of Vitamin E, Zinc, Iron, and Magnesium. Vitamin E and Zinc are potent antioxidants that protect cells against the damaging effect of free radicals. Iron helps deliver oxygen-rich red blood cells throughout the body and Magnesium plays a role in hundreds of vital chemical reactions in the body, plus it helps you feel and stay hydrated.

Hemp Stalk Benefits

The stalk is alternatively used for much more industrial purposes. The stalk can be split into three different sections:

  • Hurd
  • Bast Fiber
  • Stalk

Hurd

This dried fiber can be mulched and turned into fiberboard, insulation, concrete, as well compostable mulch and fertilizer, or used as temperature regulating animal bedding.

Bast Fiber

This fiber is long and sinuous (much like celery). It’s sturdy and thick and is often used for tight woven or knit industrialization: cordage/rope, netting, canvases, carpets, clothes, shoes, bags, etc.–even non-wovens and biocomposites.

Stalk

After being pressed, hemp oils and extracts can then used as biofuels and ethanol–but also dried and mulched for use as cardboard and even water and air filters.

Check out our Hemp Products and see if you can add them to your business.

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