September 23, 2014

Hemp – The Wonder Plant?

In Australia, it is illegal to cultivate and use Marijuana but the plant itself does have some brilliant uses such as cleaning up the soil – it was actually used in 1998, Phytotech, along with Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP) and the Ukraine’s Institute of Bast Crops, planted industrial hemp, Cannabis sp., for the purpose of removing contaminants near the Chernobyl site.

Marijuana has a lot of connotations – but what about hemp?

According to Wiki:

Hemp (from Old English hænep) is the name of the soft, durable fiber that is cultivated from plants of the Cannabis genus, cultivated for commercial use.

So what are these uses?

CLOTHING – Hemp has been used as a fabric for many decades and comes in and out of fashion a lot. But don’t just think of hemp as a “hippie” fabric! Check out these chic designs and use of the fabric.

Patagonia Men’s Whino Lace – A sneaker-style lace-up shoe with natural hemp upper. Pair with some dark denim and your favourite tshirt.

Armani Jeans P61 cotton/hemp mix trousers

Millet Hemp Pant – Women’s

FOOD & BEVERAGES – When you think of hemp and food, I bet you think of the cookies and brownies! But did you know that hemp is also used to make oil, milk and butter? Time to broaden the mind (no, not in the psychedelic way!)

Living Harvest Hemp Milk. They also make a range of ice cream and hemp oil.

Cannabis Vodka

Burke’s Hemp Premium Ale

Pot Roast perhaps?

BUILDING SUPPLIES -Did you know that hemp can be used in building? Huh, was that a no I hear? Well it can and here is proof of a beautiful hemp home built in Australia. This house doesn’t need to be rendered, plastered, painted or insulated and it boasts that the walls lock away over 110 kg (240 lb) of carbon per cubic metre.

The Hemp Builder Home in NSW, Australia

Hempflax Insulation

Hempcrete is self insulating. It’s resistant to rotting, mice, rodents, etc. It is also fireproof, waterproof, and weather resistant.

So what do you think? Are you feeling a little “enlightened”?  You should! Hemp is a fantastic plant and should be used! Just not in the way you are thinking!

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Comments

  1. Spiritspark says:

    Im on the ATA forums http://www.ata.org.au/forums/
    Heard about Hempcrete and it sounds like a wonder plant!
    The material builds with thermal qualities and has high insulation as well. Resistant to bugs. Only downfall is water if immersed or in a deluge of Noah’s ark proportions ,I have heard.
    Just waiting for a workshop now.

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