1. You’ll be Supporting an Industry that Will Change the World
Anyone who has even dipped their toes into the world of hemp knows a thing or two about the amazing potential that this plant holds for our environment and, dare I say it, the future of the human race. Sure, it may sound a bit over the top, but in reality, when you look at the facts surrounding hemp uses and just how beneficial they are in comparison to their toxic alternatives like cotton, standard tree paper, chemical laden building materials, poisonous petrol, and plastic, hemp really takes the cake.
What better way to show your support for this world-changing industry than to incorporate hemp into your everyday life. Whether you decide to wear more hemp, source yourself a hemp writing paper, buy some hemp seeds and hemp seed oil for your kitchen, or even invest in products like hemp derived skincare or CBD products extracted from hemp, you are making a statement to the world which is that hemp is useful, popular and in demand.
As the old adage goes, we consumers vote with our wallets. What better way to show your support for the hemp industry than to purchase their goods!
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2. It’s a Superfood!
This point is a no-brainer if you are a loyal follower of our blogs and social media accounts, as you would have definitely been exposed to the incredible benefits of the hemp plant. As long as the levels of this cannabinoid remain below 0.2% or 0.3% (depending on whether you are in the USA or the EU), there is free reign to develop and breed hemp plants to contain as many cannabinoids as you wish, or perhaps are able to achieve.
There are over 85 identified cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, not to mention all the other powerful terpenes, flavonoids and antioxidants like Vitamin E, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin A that are also inside the plant. Hemp seeds are especially a source of high nutritional content, as they are extremely rich in protein (with over 65% of that protein being the very highly-absorbable kind, even higher than the protein in meat). Hemp seeds are also brimming with Omega-3 and -6, which are particularly essential in the human diet as it is one of the few nutrients that the body cannot make on its own, but that it also desperately needs to carry out actions such as detoxification, building brain cells, regulating hormones, assisting our neurotransmitters, fighting inflammation, as well as a variety of other benefits.
All in all, hemp as a food provides an extremely wide variety of nutrients, many of which cannot be found in other plant sources. Therefore, by adding just a tablespoon of hemp seeds or hemp seed oil to your daily diet, hemp will benefit you immensely. And it goes without saying that adding a high-quality CBD oil to your daily routine is touted to have a whole plethora of therapeutic benefits as well.
3. Hemp Products are Amazing for the Skin
One of the reasons hemp is such a nutritional powerhouse, is thanks to its levels of essential fatty acids, or EFA’s. These compounds are perhaps better known as Omega-3, -6 and -9. They’re special little guys, because the human body cannot produce them, so its important that we supplement them in our diets. So why are they so good for our skin?
Well, it just so happens that this particular EFA profile resembles our skin’s own fats very closely, meaning it is truly a godsend to keeping our skin conditioned and moisturized. Usually Omega-6 and -9 are quite easy to get from plant oils, however Omega-3 can only really be found in oily fish and plant sources, like flaxseed oil or chia seeds, however hemp seeds provide 50 - 70% more protein than either of these seeds, plus the included bonus of high Omega-3 levels.
4. Hemp May be Mother Nature’s Secret Weapon
The great thing about hemp is that it’s a powerful phytoremediator, meaning it’s an extremely powerful plant when it comes to pulling toxins out of the soil and out of the air. Now this isn’t the kind of hemp that you want in your medicinal or food products or in your hemp-derived skin care, which is why it’s imperative to only buy organic hemp products. Hemp is strong enough to not need pesticides to grow, however it will pick up the toxins in the vicinity it’s grown in, so organic certification is a must.
That being said, for other non-consumable products like hemp paper, hemp textiles, hemp building materials or plastic, this is fantastic! Once the toxins and CO2 from the soil and the air get absorbed into the plant, they are kept within the hemp fibres. This means that not only are most hemp products carbon neutral, they can even be carbon negative, meaning they actually remove more carbon from our atmosphere than their production emits.
This definitely cannot be said for their counterparts in these industries, such as the building or paper industries. Hemp has already been growing in the area near Chernobyl, after the nuclear power plant accident in 1986, with Slavik Dushenkov, a research scientist with Phytotech who were involved with the hemp plantings, saying that “hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find”. Other places like Puglia have also adopted hemp phytoremediation for the toxic soils around the Ilva steel plant, where grazing livestock within a 20k radius of the plant was prohibited.
Essentially, this means that the more in demand hemp goods become, the more hemp will be planted and therefore more toxins will be sucked out of the soil. Support hemp; mother nature will thank you!
5. Help Break Down the Stigma and Normalise the Plant
If you feel strongly like I do that hemp and cannabis products deserve the right to be freed from their undeserving shackles, what better way than to show people exactly what hemp can do outside of being rolled into a joint and smoked. Now, don’t take that last comment as a vote again this form of consumption, dear reader. Despite many people believing that smoking cannabis with elevated levels of THC is only recreational, I know from first-hand contact with people suffering from a variety of illnesses that all cannabis, no matter how it is consumed, can be medicinal.
I also strongly believe that having a joint is no different to having a glass of wine at the end of the day, however that being said, I am also a firm believer that if we want to bring cannabis out of its shadowy, drug-labelled past, we need to focus on the uses and applications outside ‘marijuana’ consumption and focus more on the cannabis plant as whole.
That’s why wearing, eating, buying, and slathering hemp on your skin is so important, because it says to the world that this plant is just like any other. Yes, there may be psychoactive effects when certain cannabinoids are present, but just like our favourite spice, nutmeg, which is known for its hallucinogenic and psychoactive effects at high doses, or even dangerous and poisonous plants that can have fatal results when ingested, we have been given free reign by our government to consume these at our will. Therefore, it makes no sense to criminalise one plant with potential potency and ignore the rest of its content. The sooner we break down the stigma and normalise cannabis, the sooner both our plant and fellow humans will be able to benefit from its availability.
6. There is a Hemp Product Out There for Everyone!
Like we touched upon before, hemp can literally be used for anything. But if your interesting in incorporating hemp into your daily routine and you are not a skincare kinda person - or perhaps you’re just not a fan of hemp seeds - there are a myriad of other hemp products and industries you can support. There really is something for everyone when it comes to hemp!
And with the pace at which this industry is expanding, soon there will be a hemp version for pretty much everything! So get ahead of the curve and set the trend of hemp-ifying your life!
7. You Will Become an Educated Consumer
As many of us know, ignorance is easy, but once you start learning about something, unlearning is practically impossible. This is why it’s so important for everyone, who is even slightly interested in hemp benefits or the liberation of the cannabis plant, to get involved in the industry and educate themselves to the point, where they are well-equipped to start educating others.
The more people learn about cannabis and all its potential benefits for this world, it becomes not only a no-brainer to facilitate easier access and more lax legislation, but also a source of frustration that more hasn’t been done to change things. Incorporating hemp into your daily life, whatever way that may be, ties you to the movement and makes you part of the solution.
The more people demand access to this plant, the more movement we will see in this industry, and thus the more innovation and advancement will follow. So share this article with your friends and get as many people as you can on the hemp bandwagon!