Raw Hemp Fiber is one of the most valuable parts of the hemp plant. Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers.
The bulk of the woody stalks can be used for paper, animal bedding, oil absorbent, soil amendment, chemicals, plastics and fuels (ethanol, methane, co-firing with coal, etc.)
These fuels burn cleaner and more efficient than other fuels that are not made with hemp.
Hemp paper can be made from hemp plant’s long bast fiber or the short bast fiber (hurd or pulp). Fiber paper is thin, tough, brittle, and rough. Pulp paper is not as strong but is easier to make, softer, thicker, and preferable for most everyday purposes. The very first paper in the world was made from hemp, and as a plant, hemp is more suitable for paper as it has a higher cellulose and lower lignin content. Hemp paper is also much more eco-friendly and sustainable than tree paper, as hemp can be produced much quicker than trees. The quality of hemp paper is higher than wood paper, as hemp pulp is much better for paper than wood pulp.
Hemp seed can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk, made into tea, and used in baking. Hemp seeds are extremely nutritious and easily digestible. They are about one-fourth protein-equal to beef or lamb. Hempfu, like tofu, is an excellent vegetarian source of protein. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, providing all the essential amino acids. Hemp protein is also a great alternative if you’re allergic to the proteins found in dairy and soy.
The principal product made from hemp seeds today is oil. Hemp oil has a high nutritional value, it's 1:3 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body. Canada is now a leader in the global hemp food/health marketplace.
Peanut, Almond, Cashew, and Macadamia nut butter are familiar to most people. It is safe to say that Peanut butter is the most favored of these. The problem is that some proteins are potential allergens, which include soy, dairy, and peanut proteins.
Hemp butter is made from hemp seeds, and no hemp seed allergies have ever been reported. Not the least important fact about hemp butter is that it is a dark green color due to the rich content of chlorophyll, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Hemp Textile / Fabric
Products made from hemp will outlast their competition by many years. Not only is hemp strong, but it also holds its shape, stretches less than any other natural fiber. Hemp may be known for its durability, but its comfort and style are second to none. The more hemp is used, the softer it gets. Hemp doesn’t wear out, it wears in. Hemp is also naturally resistant to mold and ultraviolet light. Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent and will dye and retain its color better than any fabric including cotton. This porous nature allows hemp to “breathe” so that it is cool in warm weather.
Hemp is extremely versatile and can be used for countless products such as apparel, accessories, shoes, furniture, and home furnishings. With so many uses and the potential to be produced cheaply, hemp textiles are the wave of the future!