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Hemp is More Than Just Oil

Lisa Rennie
Written by Lisa Rennie

Hemp oil is big business, but there are so many other uses for the plant that deserve just as much attention and recognition.

Thanks to the recent passing of the Farm Bill, hemp is now a legal plant in the United States, allowing farmers to cultivate the plant and eliminating it from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of controlled substances.

Varied Uses of Industrial Hemp

One of the more popular uses of the plant is hemp oil, which is widely available from retailers online and at brick-and-mortar stores. It comes with a slew of benefits and packs a major nutritional punch thanks to its concentration of protein, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Cannabidiol (CBD) can also be extracted from the hemp plant to create CBD oil, which may have medicinal properties and can be used to alleviate pain, inflammation, anxiety, poor sleep, and skin conditions, among other things.

Hemp’s Role in Bioplastics and Biofuel

But hemp is so much more than just hemp oil. It can be grown and manufactured into a host of different things, such as clothing, rope, paper, building materials, bioplastic, and even biofuel. While some of these have been manufactured from hemp for centuries, others are more modern and innovative in nature, particularly bioplastic and biofuel.

While there’s currently a huge market for hemp oil and other products that can be created from hemp, there’s a burgeoning one for hemp bioplastics and biofuel. Hemp-based bioplastic offers a partial solution to the environmental issues that plastics are causing, particularly in our oceans and other waterways. Instead, hemp is a sustainable and renewable alternative and can be used to replace traditional plastics that often wind up polluting the environment.

At the same time, hemp-based biofuel can be used in place of conventional diesel fuel. The seeds from industrial hemp can create a sustainable diesel fuel that may reduce our dependence on nonrenewable resources like fossil fuels. And considering how quickly hemp can be grown, there can be enough hemp to produce plenty of fuel to power machinery and vehicles.

Many players outside of the cannabis space are seeing the potential for these industries and are taking a position in it. And the farmers who cultivate hemp are benefitting from all the uses of the plant, all while stimulating the local economies in which they are located.

Hemp oil itself boasts a host of health benefits, but its other varied uses make the plant a highly versatile one.

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