There is a reason why cannabis is banned — it is classified as a drug and one of the prohibited substances.
The use of hemp or cannabis is just one of dozens of uses in which this plant can be used. Whether it’s medicine, the textile industry, the construction industry, the automotive industry or the food industry, hemp has tremendous potential as a useful plant, and everything on the plant can be used.
An overview of cannabis as a beneficial plant.
Ironically, as mentioned, the hemp plant can be used in dozens of industries, offers the perfect balance between ecology and economics, and could be the miracle cure for many industries that has been waiting for decades. But we live in a consumer society, and all that matters is profit. If hemp production were legalized around the world, many of the big pharmaceutical workers would no longer have jobs.
As a useful plant, hemp can be grown inexpensively, is 100% usable and can be a tool in many industries that leads to sustainable production. Doesn’t a person have the right to receive the best possible treatment? Isn’t it a human right to use a natural plant to make paper, clothing, and other useful things?
Why are patients with chronic diseases prescribed expensive medications with side effects when a small amount of cannabis can solve the problem? It’s no secret that big lobbyists in the industry are pressuring politicians to keep cannabis illegal — after all, their jobs depend on it and the millions they will make in a few months.
The World Hemp Association gives a great insight into where cannabis can be used as a crop in all its applications. In many discussions about legalization, it comes up again and again that cannabis is associated only with smoking marijuana. There are many more applications in which the hemp plant can save lives and protect the environment.
Aside from the use of cannabis as an intoxicant and medicinally, this plant also offers many other uses, as virtually every part of it has a specific benefit. Due to the different nature of the individual components, there are many other processing options, such as hemp as a useful plant in everyday life.
Since it is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, knowledge of its applications was applied very early and has always been extremely effective.
First of all, let’s look at the various components of a plant and give some examples of how cannabis can be used as a beneficial plant:
- Intoxicants and luxury products.
This part of the usage is well known. Only female cannabis plants develop inflorescences. If cut and dried, they can be used immediately or pre-sieved. If the resin formed on the inflorescences is pressed, they turn into hashish. In further processing for medical purposes there are drugs that smoke / vaporize, are prescribed in the form of tablets or solution. In addition, fibers are formed on the inflorescences.
- Textiles, technical textiles and cottonization.
- Construction material.
- Printed material.
Hemp wool and blended yarns can be easily obtained from plant fibers. They can be used to make casual and work clothes as well as fine textiles. In ancient China, people began to use their knowledge of the plant by extracting ropes, yarn and tarps from the fibers. They, in turn, were very durable and resistant to tearing. The use of hemp fiber in fishing for fishing nets and in sailing for the production of sail fabric plays an important role.
But that’s not all, it is these fibers that can be pressed into particle boards and fiber cement boards. Today, mainly the use of hemp as thermal insulation and soundproofing is winning out over thermal hemp. At this stage, hemp significantly reduces energy costs and thus has a beneficial effect on the climate.
When it comes to printmaking, cannabis has no boundaries. Regardless of the type of paper or cardboard, even specialty paper is not a problem. Almost everything we use wood fiber paper today could be replaced with hemp paper, which would relieve our forests.
- Construction material.
- Printed material.
- Litter for animals.
Even the waste generated from the extraction of flax and hemp, similar to wood, can be used for a variety of purposes. Like fibers, they are part of building materials and printing products, and can also be used as high quality filler for pet litter.
- Food and feed.
- By further processing and additives: biodiesel and plastics.
There are also many seed processing options for humans — hemp flour and resulting baked goods are just one example. When pressing seeds were used as oils and dyes by the ancient Indians. Margarine and hemp oil made from hemp seeds contain only small amounts of fatty acids and are therefore very popular.
Hemp oil and inks are virtually indistinguishable from synthetic inks. They can also be used to obtain varnishes, that is, quick-drying, colorless oils that are applied, for example, as protective layers to furniture.
The effectiveness of hemp as a cleaning agent has even been tested by the Öko-Test and received the highest “recommended” rating. Without bleach, phosphates and many other additives, it is environmentally friendly and completely biodegradable in water within days. It protects colors, also actively cleanses and is especially suitable for allergy sufferers as it may be better for the skin.
The use of lubricants, biodiesel and plastics is self-explanatory.
Using hemp as a beneficial plant is not only far-reaching, but also environmentally friendly, biodegradable and profitable. If more hemp paper were used instead of wood fiber paper, we could save thousands and thousands of trees and thus fight climate change. Instead of wasting energy, it is open to us, thermal insulation with thermal hemp changes planes and thus reduces energy consumption. The benefits of using hemp products are incredible, as jackets made from, for example, hemp are very heat-retaining and extremely waterproof.